Collecta Saurophaganax Dinosaur Model Reviewed
Collecta, a figure and replica manufacturer have released a model of the dinosaur known as Saurophaganax into their prehistoric animal model series. Saurophaganax may not be the best known of all the dinosaurs, but it does deserve greater recognition, as it may well turn out to be one of the biggest carnivorous dinosaurs of all. Some palaeontologists have even suggested that this dinosaur was the size of Tyrannosaurus rex.
Fossils of this prehistoric reptile were first found in the State of Oklahoma. More recently fossils ascribed to this genus have been excavated from nearby New Mexico. This dinosaur was named Saurophagus in the early 1940’s, but this name had to be changed as scientific literature had already acknowledged this genus as being assigned to a species of fly-catcher, a bird. The new name Saurophaganax was erected, however, it was not until 1995 that this genus was established, following a review of the fragmentary fossil material by Daniel Chure of the Dinosaur National Monument (Utah).
Fantastic Detail on this Dinosaur Model
Unlike the majority of the Collecta range, this figure is supported by a base. This permits the hind feet to be kept in approximate proportion to the rest of the body. The figure is beautifully painted with a green body, and cream underside with dark, black stripes running down the trunk and along the lengthy tail. The crests over the eyes, so typical of an allosaurid dinosaur are very prominent. They have been painted a fetching pink colour, which contrasts nicely with the paintwork on the rest of the replica. This dinosaur is posed with its huge jaws wide open, the long tongue and rows of teeth can be clearly seen. Collecta are to be congratulated for the superb care that they have demonstrated in getting the detailing of the skull so accurate.
Allosaurus versus Saurophaganax
The genus name (Saurophaganax) remains in dispute with a number of scientists not accepting this as a valid genus (nomen dubium). The fossils, first excavated in 1931 are extremely fragmentary and although the bone bed where the fossils were found might contain the remains of four meat-eating dinosaurs, no skull material has been discovered and the bones that palaeontologists do have could be those of a very big Allosaurus. Some scientists prefer to call this dinosaur Allosaurus maximus rather than Saurophaganax maximus. These palaeontologists think that the fossil bones do not represent a new genus at all, but represent a super-sized species of an already named and described genus – Allosaurus.
This Collecta model of a Saurophaganax of if preferred Allosaurus maximus, is very well made and wonderfully well painted. We recommend this replica to dinosaur model fans and to collectors.