Beautfully modelled Estemmenosuchus from a range of scale prehistoric model toys made by CollectA. This Estemmenosuchus is hand-painted and finely detailed. A great addition for any prehistoric or dinosaur fanatic!
Estemmenosuchus was a therapsid which lived approximately 255 million years ago during the Late Permian Period. It was first discovered during the middle of the 20th century in Russia and was named by P. K. Chudinov in 1960. The name of this animal means “crowned crocodile” in Greek.
Don’t judge this animal by some of the Estemmenosuchus pictures on the Internet today. That’s because most of them make these animals look like some kind of crazy hippopotamus with elaborate head crests. Which can make it look pretty scary. However, it probably wasn’t all that scary in real life. It was probably more like a modern cow.
Estemmenosuchus was about 13 feet long and weighed around 500 pounds. Its body was very much like a cow’s body – except it had legs that were shorter than a cow’s legs. Its skull had a lot of different bony knots on it, which were probably used to protect itself from predators and wasn’t used as a weapon. And while this animal had sharp forward pointing teeth, they probably were mainly used for eating plant material such as cycads and conifers.
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