Wild Safari Dinosaurs Megalodon Shark Mannequin ReviewedSafari Ltd have added a duplicate of the enormous, prehistoric shark referred to as C. megalodon to their Wild Safari Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life mannequin vary. There are many shark fashions accessible from the foremost determine and reproduction producers however that is the primary time that Safari Ltd have added a mannequin of this fearsome, lengthy extinct predator to their mannequin collection.Confusion over the Naming of “Megalodon”C. megalodon, the genus title referring to both Carcharodon or Carcharocles relying on which aspect of the present classification debate surrounding this shark you stand on, lived from sixteen million years in the past to round 1.6 million years in the past. It’s a member of the Lamniformes group of sharks and the controversy over its taxonomic place arises as, with most sharks, it is just identified from fossils of its tooth and a few calcified again bones. The smooth cartilaginous skeleton of sharks implies that generally solely their tooth are preserved as fossils together with a number of of the bigger bones in uncommon instances. Scientists for instance, should not certain what this shark appeared like. May it have resembled an extant member of the Mackerel sharks or maybe it resembled an older sort of prehistoric shark like Otodus.Describing the Megalodon ModelThe fashionable title for such a prehistoric Lamniforme is “Megalodon” and Safari Ltd have opted to market their shark mannequin beneath that title. Its form has been modelled on higher identified members of the Neoselachian group and the design group have been eager to color their reproduction with a battleship gray topside contrasting properly with the white underside. The eyes have a boring, black look, paying homage to many shark fashions seen in toy outlets at present.Spectacular TeethThree rows of tooth could be clearly made out within the jaws of this apex predator. The tooth have been painted very fastidiously and the “lips” of the mannequin have been drawn again as if this shark goes to take a chew out of a possible prey. Palaeontologists have speculated that as a high predator, C. megalodon would have hunted marine mammals simply as Nice White Sharks do at present. Maybe the sculpting group wished to depict their shark attacking a smaller marine mammal corresponding to Odobenocetops (a prehistoric dolphin). Fossils of Odobenocetops have been present in the identical rocks because the tooth of C. megalodon.1:75 Scale Mannequin of MegalodonThe mannequin measures round nineteen centimetres in size. Based mostly on an grownup shark “megalodon” measuring round fifteen metres in whole size, it has been estimated that this reproduction is in approximate 1:75 mannequin scale.