During the last month, March, I only got three new figures, all of which I will show you them in this post.
Figure 1: CollectA Kosmoceratops
This is the CollectA Kosmoceratops, which was released in 2012. I got this figure at the beginning of March, and it came with the Xenoceratops. Kosmoceratops means “ornamented horned face” and lived in the
Campanian stage of the Cretaceous period. Its full scientific name is Kosmoceratops richardsoni. The species name
honors Scott Richardson, the volunteer who discovered two skulls of this animal in 2007, three years before it got its official scientific name in 2010. It was unearthed in southern Utah along with a similar ceratopsian, Utahceratops. Its estimated that Kosmoceratops was about 4.5m long (about 15 ft). The most interesting thing about Kosmoceratops is the fact that it has 15 horns; ten on the top of its frill, one on each cheek, and three horn on its face. The CollectA figure has the right amount of horns for its head.
This figure was produced in 2012 along with the Utahceratops, and those two have many similarities. My figurine has been worn down on one of its horns.
Figure 2: PNSO Odontochelys
PNSO introduced 24 new minifigures for their second wave on minifigures, along with repainted version of the original 24 minis. Their Odontochelys is part of their second wave, released in late 2018. What is very unique is that this is a one-of-a-kind figure of a prehistoric testudine. Odontochelys means “toothed turtle.” It full name, Odontochelys semitestacea translates to ”toothed turtle with a half-shell.” The name refers to the fact that it doesn’t have a fully-developed shell on its back. This reptile was about forty centimeters long (15.7 inches) and lived in what is now the Guizhou Province of China. Odontochelys was scientifically described in 2008. The most interesting feature of Odontochelys was that prior to the discovery of the ancient stem turtles Pappochelys in 2015 and Eorhynchochelys in 2018, it was the oldest known testudine to science. It is considered the “missing link” in between Pappochelys and Proganochelys.
The figure is in around 1.3 scale, and is already lovely. It helps out the design with both size and detail. I really like it, but there is one more figure that is more perfect in my opinion.
Figure 3: PNSO Tianyulong
The final March figure is the PNSO Tianyulong. This is also my favorite of the batch. Tianyulong’s full name is Tianyulong confuciusi. Its name means “Tianyu dragon of Confucius”, with its genus name referring to the Tianyu Museum of Nature, and its species name honoring the Chinese philosopher Confucius. This animals would been about 70 cm (27.6 in) long, and lived in the Tiaojishan Formation of Liaoning Province in China. Tianyulong was described in 2009, and at the time, was assigned to the Early Cretaceous. Since then, it was reclassified to the Oxfordian stage of the Late Jurassic. What is interesting about this animal is that it had a row of large filament structures, believed to have been protofeathers that ran along the neck and back. This animal is a heterodontosaurid, meaning that it is very closely related to Heterodontosaurus.
This figure, although my favorite, also has downsides. First, its arms are pronated, and should face inward. I can, however, excuse that. The other downside is with the poster. It incorrectly mentions that Tianyulong lived during the Cretaceous, whereas it really lived during the Jurassic. This can be excused however, as this animal was once thought to the Cretaceous before it was relocated to the Jurassic period. But everything else seems to be correct.
Sorry for the wait, I will be doing more frequent posts on here.