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An ammonoid cephalopod, a new plush fossil in PRI's Paleozoic Pals collection.
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Who doesn't want their very own pet ammonoid? Now you can have one too!

It's easy to find plush models of large prehistoric animals like dinosaurs, mammoths, and saber-tooth cats. But here at the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI), we recognize that creatures both large and small are a huge part of life on Earth. Our wildly successful plushie line, Paleozoic Pals, was designed to bring lesser-known and lesser sized -yet just as important- fossil creatures to life for the community of scientists, students, and the public as a whole to enjoy.

Last year, our friends on Kickstarter helped us resurrect a Devonian trilobite. With your overwhelming support, we were also able to bring our eurypterid plush back from extinction, and we're working on a new website that brings Paleozoic Pals to households around the world. This year, we need your help to bring an ancient cephalopod back to life and turn it into a soft, 14-inch plushie that is ready to snuggle you with every one of its tentacles.

Ammonoid? Isn't it an "ammonite?"
Ammonoids are a major group of shelled cephalopods (the group containing octopuses and squid) that lived from the Devonian (~380 million years ago) to the end of the Cretaceous (~65 million years ago). They had chambered shells subdivided by complex folded walls, or septa. The term "ammonite" refers to a smaller sub-group of ammonoids, distinguished by extremely complex septa, and restricted to the Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods.

$5

  • A special limited edition digital photographic wallpaper pack of five designs, available in your choice of several different screen resolutions. These stunning, close-up, high-resolution images showcase the intricate details of beautiful fossils from PRI's collection.

$16

  • One ammonoid plushie and the fossil wallpaper pack

$26

  • Earlybird special!
  • One plushie and the fossil wallpaper pack
  • Ammonite mousepad and PRI pen
    $32
  • Limited quantities! Two plushies and the fossil wallpaper pack

$60

  • One plushie and the fossil wallpaper pack.
  • Learn more about the world of past and present mollusks or find out how to identify Devonian fossils! Your choice: Spirals in Time: the Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells by Dr. Helen Scales OR our Guide to the Devonian Fossils of New York (please note: no ammonoids in this volume, but still an excellent choice for those interested in Devonian fossils)
  • A 15-minute phone or Skype conversation with the expert of your choice at PRI.

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  • Bonus Buy: Limited Quantities Available
  • Get FIVE ammonoid plushies and the fossil wallpaper pack

 $100

  • A 1-year Science and Nature membership to PRI.
  • One plushie and the fossil wallpaper pack.

OR

  • Bonus Buy: Limited Quantities Available!
  • One plushie and the fossil wallpaper pack.
  • One ammonite t-shirt designed by PRI staff member Wade Greenberg-Brand
  • One set of four gorgeous wood Devonian cephalopod coasters, created for us by local artist Jenny Pope!

 $200

  • Bring up to 9 friends or family members with you for an exclusive evening tour of the Museum of the Earth. We'll keep it open after-hours just for your group! (Note: depending on the number of backers, other groups from this funding level may join in on the same evening)
  • One ammonoid plushie and the fossil wallpaper pack.

 $500

  • Spend a day behind the scenes at PRI's venues: the Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center. You'll have opportunities to tour our extensive collections, see live animal feedings, or maybe even help set up a temporary exhibit (subject to availability). You'll also get a 1-year Ecphora Membership: a special science-related membership with exclusive benefits. (Please note - this does not include transportation to Ithaca.)
  • Get TWO ammonoid plushies and the fossil wallpaper pack.

 $1000

  • Spend a weekend fossil collecting in upstate New York! Our expert staff members will take you and a friend or family member fossil collecting at their favorite localities and give you a guided gorge tour. Basic lodging will be provided for non-locals (but you'll have to make your way to Ithaca).
  • Get TWO ammonoid plushies and the fossil wallpaper pack.

$14,000 - Sea of Ammonoids - FUNDED!

We can produce even more plush ammonoids! As thanks, we'll design a limited edition ammonoid artwork!

  • Everyone will get a digital copy of the art.
  • Everyone at funding level $15 or higher will get a sticker based on the artwork, and an ammonoid fact sheet.
  • Everyone at funding level $200 or higher will get a limited-edition photographic ammonite poster print.

$22,000 - Power to the Placoderms

Last year, we asked our backers what they'd like to see as our next Paleozoic Pal. The ammonoid won that competition, but our runner up was Dunkleosteus, an armored fish (placoderm) from the Devonian Period. If we reach this stretch goal, we'll put a new Dunkleosteus plushie into production! Please note: this image shows a computer-composited prototype and is subject to change. We'll keep you updated!

Dunkleosteus - rough prototype
Dunkleosteus - rough prototype
  • Everyone at our original funding levels of $26 or more will get a bonus Dunkleosteus plushie!
  • We'll also produce a second fossil wallpaper pack for everyone!

$30,000

We'll work on designing an all-new Paleozoic Pal, which you, the backers, will get to vote on.

$40,000 - Paleozoic Proliferation

  • We'll produce the new plushie voted upon at the previous goal.
  • Paleozoic Pals will become fully self-sustaining - we'll be able to produce new designs without needing a new campaign for each one.
  • We'll be spreading the joys of science and Earth history through households around the world!

So Why Should I Buy an Ammonoid?

When you donate towards production of our Paleozoic Pals, you're not simply buying a plushie. You're supporting an organization with a long, rich history and outstanding capabilities in Earth science and environmental research. PRI makes a difference in the lives of hundreds of people across the country and the world, from students in central New York and teachers in California, to educational reformers in Washington DC and scientists in France. Our educational programs aim to increase science literacy at all levels of society, from early to adult learners. We are national leaders in providing innovative ideas and materials for Earth systems science education, including oceans, atmospheres, rocks, glaciers, and life itself. If you'd like to learn more about PRI's national outreach efforts, please check out the video below!

PRI's two main venues, the Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center, pursue and integrate education and research in order to increase knowledge, educate society, and encourage wise stewardship of the Earth. Our high-quality products affect real lives in our community. Here's a true story from a New York earth science teacher:

"I have a young man in my class who showed up with much resistance to the process of education. Although he attended regularly and was polite, he simply would not do the work. When I discuss the Geologic Past unit, I have my props that include Charlie the Trilobite and Uri the Eurypterid. These are plush toys I bought from the PRI booth at STANYS a few years back. This young man perked up at them. He asked to hold the Eurypterid... He was so fascinated by it that he did research on them. It became routine that he would pick up Uri and hold on to it while he worked. And he worked. His grades turned around, and his participation increased."

Even the simplest little things have the power to educate, inspire, and turn a life around. Thank you for supporting the Paleontological Research Institution and our production of Paleozoic Pals.

Risks and challenges

We don't anticipate many risks or challenges to this project, as our ammonoid model is fully designed and ready to go, and the manufacturer is ready to begin production when we give the word. That being said, there is always the chance for a delay in production. We are still working with our designer on the Dunkleosteus, and although we are confident it will be completed before the end of the campaign, there is always a chance for an unforeseen delay. We will keep our backers updated throughout the process and the plushies will be shipped as soon as possible once we have them in hand!

After funding, our largest project will come in the form of shipping. We intend to ship all rewards beginning early in the month of October. However, depending on the quantities ordered and the time involved to package and mail the items, it could take us more than a month to complete fulfillment of all rewards.

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