Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 8th, 2009
In a world media exclusive from Cryptomundo comes remarkable news about a new replica very special to cryptozoologists, and students of extinct and extant species. A living fossil. Via the Miami headquarters of Safari Ltd, I have been informed that among the new replicas to be released for 2010 will be a high quality figurine of the coelacanth (Latimeria chalumnae).
It is beautiful, accurate, and extremely important for your collection. The detailing and blue color are outstanding!
Revealed here for the first time, the image of the Wild Safari replica of the Coelacanth for 2010. The Wild Safari Coelacanth is 5.75 inches long, 3 inches in height (14.6 x 7.6 cm).
The coelacanths, which are related to lungfishes and tetrapods, were believed to have become extinct at the end of the Cretaceous period, 65 million years ago. That is until the first Latimeria specimen was found off the east coast of South Africa, off the Chalumna River, a mere 71 years ago, this coming December.
This classic “living fossil,” the modern coelacanth was famously discovered in 1938 by Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer, a museum director in East London, South Africa (shown above with the “first” coelacanth).
Ramona Pariente, President of Safari Ltd., in an exclusive interview, informs me that despite the generally bad economy in other sectors, for their replica business, “2009 has been the best year in the history of our company. Our 2010 collection is stellar. We are already taking orders for 2010 now with large and small venues. International sales are also up and thriving because we are able to ship direct from Hong Kong.”
Coelacanth stamps, for example, worldwide, are some of the most sought after collectibles around. Due to the popularity of the coelacanth in music, video games, literature, and television, in general, I predict that Wild Safari’s new coelacanth will be an overnight sensation, a replica of immediate rarity because it will be in high demand among diverse collectors in many fields, beyond dinosaur replica collectors and fossil and modern fish fans. The interest in this item will surprise, I’m sure, even the folks at Safari Ltd during its initial year. Dealers will not be able to keep up with the sell-outs of their stock.
Get them while you can!!
Two other new items from Wild Safari for 2010 are the Kentrosaurus and Rhamphorhynchus, pictured below.
The Wild Safari Kentrosaurus is 5 inches long, 2 inches in height (12.75 x 5 cm).
The Wild Safari Rhamphorhynchus 8 inches long, 7.5 inches in height (20 x 19 cm).
The coelacanth is the logo species of Portland, Maine’s International Cryptozoology Museum, which was first opened in 2003. We have incredibly positive news about the museum in the coming days. Help us support our forthcoming public opening soon in downtown Portland with a donation today. Please click the button below. Thank you.
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Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.