by Shaunacy Ferro, Mental Floss
Over the last few years, how we think about dinosaurs has changed radically. While Jurassic Park may not have gotten the memo, scientists now know that dinosaurs are closely related to modern birds, and in contrast to the scaly reptiles of cinema, they probably were covered in feathers. Unfortunately, dinosaur toy makers haven’t updated their wares to keep up with advances in scientific research.
Lest a new generation of kids grow up with skewed views of dinosaur anatomy, toy designer David Silva wants to create a line of dino action figures that hew more closely to our updated understanding of prehistoric fauna. He’s creating Beasts of the Mesozoic, a line of scientifically accurate dinosaur toys. So far, it includes models of the dinosaur genera Velociraptor, Atrociraptor, and Tsaagan, each with realistic details and moveable joints. The campaign is already fully funded on Kickstarter, where each figurine costs $35.
Silva expects to ship the toys in March 2017, and if all goes well, he’ll be adding new species to the line in the future.