The only representative of the Hadrosaurs in the Safari model series known as Wild Safari Dinos is the recently introduced model of an Edmontosaurus. Measuring seventeen centimetres in length, this nicely painted model of a duck-billed dinosaur is one of just a handful of new model introductions from the mainstream dinosaur model makers this year. Surprising to see that it has taken a number of years to introduce a replica of Edmontosaurus into the American based Safari range, as this dinosaur is one of the best known plant-eating dinosaurs in North America.
The name means “lizard from Edmonton”, reflecting the fact that several fossils of these dinosaur fossils have been found in and around the Canadian city of Edmonton. Indeed, fossilised bones of this large Hadrosaur were even found in a recent sewer excavation as engineers dug through fossil bearing rock to lay the various types of sewage pipe.
Edmontosaurus a Contemporary of the Last of the Tyrannosaurs
Edmontosaurus was named and described by the famous Canadian palaeontologist Lawrence Lambe in 1917. This dinosaur had at first been named Claosaurus, but Lawrence Lambe studied this duck-billed dinosaur in detail and following his research the animal was renamed Edmontosaurus. This dinosaur was one of the last duck-billed dinosaurs to evolve; it was also one of the largest with adults reaching lengths comparable to Tyrannosaurus rex (which was the main predator of Edmontosaurus). A peaceful plant-eater, these dinosaurs lived in vast herds and their fossils have been found in Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota in the USA as well as Alberta. There have even been fossil finds of this dinosaur in the far north of Alaska, it must have been one of the most common of the large herbivores around at the end of the Cretaceous Period.
The Edmontosaurus Model by Safari
A number of new additions have been added to the Safari Wild Dinos range this year. We fear that this excellent model may have been somewhat overlooked by dinosaur fans and collectors after all the excitement and fuss over the introduction of the super model of the prehistoric crocodile – Kaprosuchus in the same model series.
At seventeen centimetres long, this replica is nicely proportioned and the sculptors have made sure to make the tail quite broad and deep – reflecting the latest scientific interpretation of the Edmontosaurus fossil material. The colouration is mainly a sandy brown but with darker bands down the flanks. The head shows lots of detail and the model is portrayed in a four-footed pose with the flexible neck bent a little backwards, as if this dinosaur is turning round to make sure it can still see other members of its herd.
The Wild Safari Dinos model range contains a wide range of quality replicas, not just dinosaurs but Pterosaurs and other prehistoric animals. This new Edmontosaurus is a super duck-billed dinosaur model and should prove to be popular with professional model collectors.