CollectA Provide Further Information about 2014 Product Releases

Following on from the news about the Deluxe Carcharodontosaurus figure due to be made by CollectA next year, the manufacturer has announced today details of another new release.  CollectA are going to introduce in 2014 a model of a dead Stegosaurus, it looks like “roof lizard” has ended up as a meal for another dinosaur.

Dead Stegosaurus Model

New for 2014 the CollectA Stegosaurus Corpse

Dinner for an Allosaurus?

Dinner for an Allosaurus?

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

In a statement a spokesperson from CollectA added:

“Life was not a bed of roses back then and at least this is what might have happened all those years back.  We have had discussions if we should have another corpse but looking at the success of our first model -the Triceratops corpse- we wanted to give it a try.”

Stegosaurus Corpse

The dead Stegosaurus model depicted is typical of a specimen from the western United States.  This type of stegosaur shared its Late Jurassic environment with a number of predatory dinosaurs, animals such as (in order of size, smallest to largest), Marshosaurus, Ceratosaurus, Allosaurus and Saurophaganax to name but a few.

Team members at Everything Dinosaur could discuss which type of carnivore might have done this damage to the adult Stegosaurus.  The ideal that this is scavenging on a carcase can be discounted due to the bite mark on one of the plates along the back.  A predator would not necessarily bite such a part of a stegosaur’s anatomy with all that meat available elsewhere on the body.  That particular aspect of the pathology shown is indicative of having occurred during a fight, it looks like a bite from above, typical of a large, bipedal theropod.

When asked why a Stegosaurus corpse, the spokesperson from CollectA replied:

“Due to its distinctive tail spikes and plates, Stegosaurus is one of the most recognisable dinosaurs.”

Stegosaur Pathology

One other item of interest when it comes to the pathology (wounds).  Note the wounds in the throat area.  The gashes and bite marks are to the side and not from the underneath of the throat area.  This part of a stegosaur’s body (underside of the throat), was protected by a mass of little bony ossicles, a bit like chain mail found on a suit of armour.

These bony ossicles would have protected this dinosaur as it fed on spiky cycads and other tough vegetation as well as affording a degree of protection from predator attack.  Apparently, this protection combined with this dinosaur’s vicious tail (called a Thagomizer) was not sufficient to help this unfortunate victim.

To read how the Stegosaurus tail was named: The Tale of the Stegosaurus Tail.

This model measures approximately 16.5 cm in length and team members at Everything Dinosaur are already “swishing their Thagomizers in excitement” as they await to hear news of more models to be made by our chums CollectA.

To view Everything Dinosaur’s current range of CollectA prehistoric animal models: CollectA Prehistoric Life Models and Figures.