Schleich Dunkleosteus – A Sneaky Peek
Team members at Everything Dinosaur got the chance to get up close to a number of the new for 2016 Schleich prehistoric animal models the other day. Feedback from our customers, those had already viewed the pictures on this blog in previous articles, has been positive, but we were asked to confirm whether or not the Schleich Dunkleosteus had an articulated jaw or not. Just by chance we shot a short piece of video, showing the articulated jaw of the Dunkleosteus. We do our best to respond to all the questions and queries we get regarding new model introductions, so without any further delay, here is a short ten second video which showcases the new Schleich Dunkleosteus and confirms that this placoderm replica does indeed have an articulated lower jaw.
A Very Quick Peek at the New for 2016 Schleich Dunkleosteus Model
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This model is due to be introduced in the summer of 2016. It is scheduled to become available at around the same time as the Herrerasaurus and the Baraparasaurus models. For information on these two Schleich releases and for exclusive photographs, including more shots of that fantastic Dunkleosteus, check out this earlier article: New Schleich Dinosaurs* for 2016.
Dunkleosteus from the Deadly Devonian
Reaching lengths of up to ten metres, Dunkleosteus (D. terrelli) was one of the largest vertebrates around during the Late Devonian. Part of the highly successful placoderm group, these armoured fish dominated marine and freshwater environments, having first evolved sometime in the Silurian. This bizarre looking fish, with its huge jaw plates that acted like shears, was formally named and described in 1873 by Dr. John Newberry. The genus name is in honour of the famous American palaeontologist Dr David Dunkle of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
A Scale Drawing of the Giant Dunkleosteus
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The fearsome reputation of this prehistoric fish was firmly secured in the minds of fans of ancient life when the Devonian was rated number five in the BBC television documentary “The Seven Deadliest Seas”. Adventurer Nigel Marvin came face to face with this leviathan in the programme. He used a spherical diving cage to protect himself from those powerful cutting plates.
Of all the new Schleich releases scheduled for this year, the Schleich Dunkleosteus certainly seems to have captured people’s imaginations.
We hope readers like our sneaky peek of the Schleich Dunkleosteus.