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April-May 2018 Newsletter


Featured Category: Paleontology
Fossils: Ice Age 2mya • Megalodon Shark 17mya




April - with Earth Day behind us, we thought we'd focus attention on the fossilized remains of extinct animals, particularly fossils from the Ice Age. The fossil record helps us in analyzing the animals themselves and the possible causes of their extinction. Our collection of paleontological material began in partnership with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, in the form of an impressive Smilodon fatalis skull. Since then, we have obtained specimens from multiple sources including the Babiarz Institute of Paleontological Studies. Our fossil specimens span from as long ago as two hundred million years (Whorl Tooth Shark and Cynodont) to as recently as twelve thousand years ago (Woolly Mammoth and Bison), and includes fossil mammals, birds, sharks, dinosaurs & reptiles, and many Ice Age specimens.




Fossil Skulls Fossil Skeletons Fossil Cranial Elements

Fossil Skulls
Mammals, Birds, Sharks,
Dinosaurs & Reptiles

Fossil Skeletons
Mammals, Birds

Fossil Cranial Elements
Osteological, Dental, Scale & Sculpture

Fossil Postcranial Elements Fossil Sets Fossil Scale & Sculpture

Fossil Postcranial Elements
Mammals, Birds,
Dinosaurs & Reptiles

Fossil Sets

Fossil Scale & Sculpture

Ice Age Fossils

Smilodon (Tarpit & Antique finishes)
South American Smilodon

Ancestral Tiger
Cave Lion
American Lion (Tarpit & Antique finishes)

Chinese Megantereon
Megantereon Skull

Dire Wolf (Tarpit & Antique finishes)
Woolly Mammoth (Skull with Tusks, Tusks available separately or paired)
Fossil Beaver (Tarpit & Antique finishes)

Fossil Armadillo
Short-faced Bear


Elephant Bird
Cave Bear

The last ice age, a period called the Pleistocene in which ice covered over a third of the earth, began approximately 1.6 million years ago and ended about 11,000 years ago. During this time Homo sapiens evolved, co-existing with large mammals, dubbed mega-fauna. Other mammals, birds, crocodiles, lizards, turtles, and other reptiles also flourished.

About 13,000 years ago, the earth experienced an extinction of megafauna. The cause of this extinction event is still debated, and scientists continue their research into extinction hypotheses such as climate change, scarcity of food, human activity, an impact by an extra-terrestrial object, like a comet, or a combination of factors.

One of the richest sources of insect, plant and animal remains from the Pleistocene Epoch can be found at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. Several of our specimens are licensed through NHMLA from their collection, including our first paleontological skull, and the skeleton of a saber-toothed cat.




Megalodon Shark


The Megalodon Shark
One of the largest predators in vertebrate history


We are fascinated by sharks. The stealth, ferocity and power which make the shark an apex predator in oceans - itself a mysterious medium - ignites our imagination. Sharks have been feared and revered though history, as gods in ancient origin stories, and as implacable natural-world villains in contemporary novels and movies, as subjects of docu- and mocku-mentaries featured in popular blocks of programming (shark week anyone?). Modern sharks are now a focus of research and conservation efforts to ensure that these not-so-fuzzy vulnerable species do not become extinct, like their relative and largest of any known shark species, the megalodon shark.

The idea that an animal long thought to be extinct could be re-discovered, living, (as happened in 1938, when a living coelacanth was found in waters near South Africa) is the premise behind the upcoming movie “The Meg,” anticipated to release in August. Only in this case, the animal in question is one of the most powerful predators that ever lived.

For a limited time, we are offering our Meg Jaw on sale at a greatly reduced price. It dwarfs the modern great white shark jaw (also available) at a height of 6 1/2 feet tall and width over 8 feet, and it boasts 3 rows of 46 teeth. This is one impressive photo-op for your aquarium, natural history museum, or ...?



We invite you to explore our website, or, if you prefer, the online PDFs of our printed catalogs.
Please note that our newer products are only viewable online - please see our New Products category.

Catalog of Human Anatomy PDF
Catalog of Zoological Anatomy PDF



Until next time...

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