Eye-popping coloring with a fully functional jaw that opens and closes. Includes an accurate portrayal with an upper double row of teeth / forked tongue.
The Schleich Mosasaurus measures: 12.75" L x 4.25" W x 3.4" T.
Schleich Mosasaurus #15026 Review:
Prepare to be mesmerized by its eye-popping coloring, featuring silver stripes and a silver dusting effect on a vibrant green base. The accurate countershading adds depth and realism, with a lighter belly coloring.
One of the standout features of this model is its fully functional jaw, which opens and closes, allowing for interactive play and display. The attention to detail extends to the mouth, where an upper/inner double row of teeth and a forked tongue are accurately portrayed.
The shape of the Schleich Mosasaurus exudes a lifelike swimming pose, capturing the essence of this ancient marine reptile. While the back row of ridges adds a touch of visual interest, it's important to note that there is no fossil evidence to support this specific accuracy.
The Mosasaurus, a majestic marine reptile from the Late Cretaceous, captivates with its massive size and formidable presence. With a streamlined body, powerful jaws, and sharp teeth, it reigned as a fearsome predator of the ancient seas. Its smooth, bluish-grey skin and white underbelly provided effective camouflage. Fossil evidence reveals the Mosasaurus' adaptability, possibly capable of limited movement on land. This iconic creature continues to fascinate scientists and ignite the imagination of enthusiasts, offering a glimpse into the extraordinary diversity of prehistoric life and the wonders of our planet's ancient past.
Information from Schleich
Mosasaurus; "lizard of the Meuse River" is the defining example of the mosasaurs, an extinct group of aquatic squamate reptiles. It lived from about 82 to 66 million years ago during the Campanian and Maastrichtian stages of the Late Cretaceous. The earliest fossils of Mosasaurus known to science were found as skulls in a chalk quarry near the Dutch city of Maastricht in the late 18th century, which were initially thought to have been the bones of crocodiles or whales. One particular skull discovered around 1780, and which was seized by France during the French Revolutionary Wars for its scientific value, was famously nicknamed the "great animal of Maastricht".
In 1808, naturalist Georges Cuvier concluded it belonged to a giant marine lizard with similarities to monitor lizards but otherwise unlike any known living animal. This concept was revolutionary at the time and helped support the then-developing ideas of extinction. However, Cuvier did not designate a scientific name for the new animal; this was done by William Daniel Conybeare in 1822 when he named it Mosasaurus in reference to its origin in fossil deposits near the Meuse River.
The exact affinities of Mosasaurus as a squamate remain controversial, and scientists continue to debate whether its closest living relatives are monitor lizards or snakes.
Part of the Dinosaur Series by Schleich.
Hand Painted. Made of durable synthetic material.
Product Code: Schleich 15026