Everything Dinosaur can confirm that the first of the new CollectA prehistoric animals for 2024 to be announced is the CollectA Deluxe Dearc sgiathanach. This pterosaur model will be approximately 1:3 scale and it will have an articulated lower jaw.
CollectA Deluxe Dearc sgiathanach
Dearc sgiathanach (pronounced jark ski-an-ach), is one of the largest pterosaurs described to date from Jurassic strata. The wingspan of this flying reptile may have been in excess of 2.5 metres. It was scientifically described in 2022 (Jagielska et al), and it has been assigned to the Rhamphorhynchidae family.
To read Everything Dinosaur’s blog post from February 2022 about this pterosaur: Fantastic Pterosaur Fossil from the Isle of Skye.
The figure measures thirty-nine centimetres in length and it stands 15.5 cm tall. It is part of the CollectA Deluxe range of pterosaurs. This series has won praise for its depiction of a wide variety of flying reptiles, not just well-known pterosaurs such as Pteranodon, but also lesser-known genera such as Caiuajara and Caviramus.
The new for 2024 CollectA Deluxe Dearc sgiathanach is due to be in stock at Everything Dinosaur in early 2024, probably around March (2024).
To view the CollectA Deluxe range of figures in stock: CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Animal Figures.
Isle of Skye Flag Inspires Colouration
The dentition and location of the fossil find indicate that this pterosaur was probably a piscivore. It may have had a similar position in the Middle Jurassic ecosystem as today’s extant northern Gannet (Morus bassanus). This seabird is extremely common on the Isle of Skye. The markings and colouration of this new CollectA model were also inspired by the flag of the Isle of Skye. The white circle around the eye of the model reflects a white circle that features on the island’s flag.
Dearc had acute vision, the bright colours chosen for the tail and for the top of the head suggests that visual cues helped this animal communicate with others of its kind.
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