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Science & Nature

Science & Nature - Australian Dinosaur Figurine

$3.95

Science & Nature

Science & Nature - Australian Dinosaur Figurine

$3.95

These detailed plastic replicas represent unique Australian dinosaurs that roamed what is now Eastern Australia. 

Forget about T-Rex, and Triceratops - those North American dinosaurs have been done to death... It's time to get with the latest discoveries (1980s is pretty recent) in Australian paelentology! 

Named after the town of Muttaburra in central Queensland, Muttaburrasaurus langdoni was discovered  by local grazier Doug Langdon, for whom the dinosaur is named. Muttaburrasaurus lived around 100 million years ago, during the Early Cretaceous period. It was a herbivore, with rows of grinding teeth. Several specimens of this dinosaur have been found in central and northern Queensland, and partial remains have been found in NSW. Muttaburrasaurus was about 7 metres long, and probably ate plants such as ferns, cycads and conifers. It may have lived in herds.

Atlascopcosaurus loadsi's name is derived from the‭ ‬Atlas Copco company which sponsored the dig which discovered Atlascopcosaurus, and in honour of William Loads,‭ ‬the then state manager for Atlas Copco who also assisted in the dig.  Atlascopcosaurus was also herbivorous and lived around the same time as Muttaburrasaurus, but further south, in Victoria.  Like many other Australian dinosaurs,‭ ‬Atlascopcosaurus is based upon the description of very incomplete remains,‭ ‬in this case part of a jaw.‭ ‬This jaw was been compared to other dinosaur types which has yielded the conclusion that Atlascopcosaurus was probably a member of the Euornithopoda, and had a body length of 2-3 metres. 

  • Atlascopcosaurus model measures approximately 7cm head to tail
  • Muttaburrasaurus model measures approximately 9cm head to tail