Bullyland Europasaurus Dinosaur Model Reviewed

Bullyland Prehistoric World Europasaurus Dinosaur Model

It is not often a dinosaur gets named after an entire continent but there are three instances that spring to mind. Firstly, there is Antarctosaurus (although its fossils have not been found in Antarctica), secondly, there is Australovenator, whose fossils do come from Australia and now we have Europasaurus, a long-necked dinosaur from Germany.

Fossils from Lower Saxony

A Dutch amateur fossil collector exploring a limestone quarry in Lower Saxony came across the fossilised remains of approximately a dozen dinosaurs in 1998. It was thought that all the dinosaurs represented babies, as the bodies ranged in size from under two meters long to a fraction over six meters in length. These were herbivorous Sauropods, a group of prehistoric animals that includes the mighty Brachiosaurus, classification and Apatosaurus, yet since these fossilized skeletons were so small it was thought this must be the fossilised remains of a crèche of youngsters. Only when a researcher from the University of Bonn, who was conducting research into how quickly baby Sauropods grew, examined the skeletons was it discovered that the fossils of the larger individuals represented adult animals. A new genus of Late Jurassic Sauropod was established and Europasaurus holgeri came into being. This dinosaur was officially named and described in 2006.

A Miniature Sauropod Dinosaur

The fossils of Europasaurus were found in marine deposits. It seems this small member of the Dinosauria, one of the smallest members of the Sauropoda assigned to date, was a dwarf form. Land cut off from the mainland of Europe formed an island chain about 154 million years ago, the islands continued to shrink as the sea level rose and populations of dinosaurs marooned on these shrinking landmasses had to adapt to environments with fewer resources. Over many generations, the huge, long-necked Sauropods that were the ancestors of Europasaurus evolved into miniature versions. Being smaller these dinosaurs needed less food to sustain them, a good thing when on an island with limited food resources.

The Europasaurus Dinosaur Model

The replica represents the known fossil material well. It shows the longer forelimbs compared to the hind-limbs, so typical of a Brachiosaurid Sauropod. The model has been nicely painted with a light tan color on the flanks with darker stripes and spots – excellent camouflage for a forested environment. The dinosaur model measures around twenty-five centimetres in length so it works well to the scale of other, larger figures representing much larger Sauropod dinosaurs.

Domed Skull of a Brachiosaur

The model makers have been careful to depict their dinosaur model with a domed skull, just like other Brachiosaur replicas made by Bullyland of Germany and it is great to see a German dinosaur being made by a German company.

"Europe's Lizard"

As for being named after a continent, Europasaurus means "Europe's Lizard", a reference to the European fauna known to have existed at the end of the Jurassic geological period. The species name honors the Dutch fossil collector who first found the fossils of …

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Bullyland Lambeosaurus Dinosaur Model Reviewed

The second dinosaur model to be introduced by Bullyland this year is a replica of the huge, Late Cretaceous duck-billed dinosaur known as Lambeosaurus. The model has been added to the German company’s “Prehistoric Life” range of replicas and figures and the Lambeosaurus is currently the only member of the Hadrosaur family represented in the range.

One of the largest of the Lambeosaurine Hadrosaurs, or to be more precise, one of the largest Lambeosaurines known from North America, Lambeosaurus is famous for having a “hatchet-shaped” head crest. In this new replica, the head crest is painted scarlet, which contrasts nicely with the blue coloured back and more subdued brown and tan tones of the flanks and the tail.

Four-legged Stance of a Herbivorous Animal

Although regarded as a facultative biped, that is, an animal that usually walked on four legs but could if it wanted to, resort to a bipedal stance, the Lambeosaurus figure has been posed in a very dynamic position. The model is balanced on three legs, with the right rear leg raised off the ground if this dinosaur is walking or even trotting along. This is a very unusual stance for such a replica, most duck-billed dinosaur toys tend to be posed in a bipedal position with their long tail resting on the ground. This new for 2014 addition to the Bullyland range has its long, narrow tail held clear off the ground.

Fine Details Can be Made Out

Lots of fine detailing can be made out, the beak, for example is broad and spatulate in shape. This accurately reflects the known fossil material. The eyes are positioned correctly in the skull and even the tiny holes in the side of the head which comprised this dinosaur’s ears can be made out. The figure measures a fraction under twenty-seven centimetres in length from that long tail raised off the ground to the tip of this dinosaur’s broad beak.

Hand-painted by Bullyland

The German manufacturer is keen to point out that every replica they make in this particular model series is hand-painted and the painting and finish on this plant-eating, prehistoric animal is excellent. The size of this figure means that it works well with other dinosaur models made by Bullyland such as their Tyrannosaurus rex and the very rare Ankylosaurus and Pachycephalosaurus models.

All in all this is a well crafted figure, one that depicts this large member of the Ornithischian dinosaurs as a fast-moving, active, dynamic animal. We recommend this model to prehistoric animal model collectors and dinosaur fans alike. If Bullyland operate a similar policy with this Lambeosaurus as they have done with other figures, this model will soon be retired making it highly collectible and prized.

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