About this project
Anomalocaris canadensis is the perfect candidate for Paleo Pals™ plush toys, for it represents the beginning of truly complex predators. This life-sized high quality reconstruction of one the Cambrian period’s most enigmatic creatures is lovingly designed with data from original fossils. Strange in every respect, this sea-bug inspires people of all ages to explore the science of natural history. A. canadensis’s charming weirdness makes it an intriguing and delightful companion to the infinitely curious.
- Andy the Anomalocaris is 20" long and 14" wide
- Toy is intended for individuals ages 4 +
Paleo Pals™ bring to the surface the many wonderful animals of Earth's paleontological history that have been eclipsed by prehistoric celebrities such as T-Rex and other dinosaurs. These plush toys exemplify educational play while maintaining a high degree of scientific accuracy, and most importantly FUN. Paleo Pals™ are great for classrooms, rock hounds, and budding paleontologists alike.
Anomalocaris canadensis: first described in 1892 by British-Canadian paleontologist Joseph Frederick Whiteaves. The most notable specimens were retrieved from the Burgess Shale in Yoho National Park, Canada. Several early paleontologists investigating the fossils mistakenly took distinct parts of the organism, (the mouth, pincers, and tail) and categorized them as three separate animals. Growing between 1 and 3 feet long, this intriguing relative of arthropods hails from the Cambrian period, about 508 million years ago. Believed to be one of the world’s first apex predators, it would have used its pineapple-shaped mouth to crush or suck unsuspecting victims into its gut. This odd yet endearing critter continues to puzzle and amaze the scientific world.
Why Do We Need $11,000?
Professionally manufacturing our delightful plush toys takes up the bulk of our funding needs. Also, it is important that our toys meet CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008) testing regulations to ensure safety and quality, making this a vital element of our campaign.
World-renowned paleontologist Dr. Robert T. Bakker donated a great deal of his valuable time as a consultant and endorser of Paleo Pals™. His contributions include providing academic material to aid in the accuracy of our plush toys and professional critiques of the anatomy of our fluffy friends. We are honored to have the help of such a distinguished scientist in our aim to educate the world about these amazing ancient animals.
We would like to thank Matthew T. Mossbrucker, Curator of the Morrison Natural History Museum and expert on all things Jurassic, for the multitudes of educational resources he provided to our product innovation, and for his unwavering moral support.
We would also like to thank the Tally family, owners of the Dinosaur Hotel (Best Western Denver Southwest), for their marketing advice, networking connections, and a mutual passion for sharing the natural world with the public.
Risks and challenges
We are creating these little beasties in the lab and there is always a risk that they could breakout and go viral! The sheer overload could cause manufacturing delays.
But sit tight! If there are any significant production delays on Andy the Anomalocaris or Dusty the Diplocaulus, you will get your other rewards delivered to you in the meantime.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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