Welcome to Dinovember! That means, it's time for new gifts, new specimens, and new dinosaurs!
Get ready to explore the Mesozoic with Dinosaur Food, beautiful Pyritized Iguanodon, Pachycephalosaurus Dome, and incredible Tethys Ocean fossils!
Look at everything new below and stick around until the end to learn how you can save 10% with the BLASTOFF sale!
🌟 Pyritized Iguanodon
This dinosaur is so shiny, you're gonna need shades. 😎
The incredible Iguanodon was first described in 1825 and was one of the first genus of dinosaurs to be studied. This herbivore was a keystone to our modern understanding of the dinosaur world.
The Iguanodon lived over 125,000,000 years ago in the Cretaceous period. This particular material comes from a Cretaceous era deposit on the Isle of Wight.
Our understanding of it has changed a lot over the years, but today we know Iguanodon for it's iconic thumb spike and bipedal movement. With an elongated pinky, it was even able to grasp and maneuver food into its mouth.
This particular fossil material has undergone the process of mineralization. That means, the interior of the bone has been replaced by pyrite over millions of years.
Thanks to this geologic process, you can still see the details of the dinosaur's interior with beautiful pyrite! It's truly an incredible sight!
🌊 Tethys Ocean
These ocean floor fossils come from an unusual place — the peaks of the Himalayas! How did they get up there? Well, to learn that we'll have to head back 250,000,000 years, the dawn of the Tethys Ocean.
The Tethys was a prehistoric sea that emerged out of Pangea in the Triassic period. For millions of years, it was filled with aquatic animals like ammonites, plesiosaurs, and ichthyosaurs.
As tectonic plates crashed against each other though, the bedrock of the ocean was lifted thousands of feet above sea level. This brought about the end of the Tethys and created many mountain ranges within Eurasia, like the Alps, the Carpathians, and even the Himalayas.
Today, you can find this ancient sea floor layer in the mountaintops, which is where this material comes from. The dark slate which makes up the fossils comes directly from this prehistoric ocean.
These fossils are ammonites and belemnites preserved in beautiful concretions recovered from the banks of the Gandaki River. Each one is completely unique and sold by size.
Also available are sections of sea floor rock from the Tethys layer of the mountains. Both of these specimens date back over 50,000,000 years and are an incredible reminder of our planet's shifting surface!
👷 Pachycephalosaurus Skull Dome
Pachycephalosaurus is a unique dinosaur, in that it evolved its own safety helmet. This bipedal animal had a several inch thick skull dome that could keep it protected from blunt force.
Emerging in the Late Cretaceous over 66,000,000 years ago, Pachycephalosaurus's distinctive bone dome has made it a recognizable and beloved dinosaur of many fossil enthusiasts. It may have used its helmet as a defensive weapon, to attract mates, or even as an intimidation display.
This specimen is a fossilized section of that very skull plate! Both small and medium sized pieces are available on the site. Get your own piece of this incredible and unique dinosaur!
🌿 Dinosaur Food - Cycad Fossil
The palm-shaped fronds of the Cycad plant are an iconic piece of the dinosaur landscape for good reason. These plants were an incredibly important food source to the largest land animals to ever walk the planet.
What made these plants so beneficial was an incredible digestion process. Large dinosaurs relied on their gut bacteria to break down the cycad plants into their nutrients, which helped them grow so tall.
The Cycad order actually originated millions of years before the last dinosaur, and some species still live today. It turns out, these plants were even longer lived than the dinosaurs that ate them!
This specimen is a Cycad fossil fragment from the Lance Formation in Wyoming and is estimated to be 67,000,000 years old. It's available now in the shop — you'll need it to feed all your new dinosaurs! 😂
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