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Everything Dinosaur Adds Social Media Share Buttons

Everything Dinosaur Adds Share Buttons to the Blog

Everything Dinosaur has announced today that it has added social media share buttons to its main blog site.  The buttons including Pinterest and Facebook will help readers of the company’s blog articles to share information about dinosaur research, fossil discoveries and new product developments.  Social media share buttons are already present on the Cheshire based company’s main website: Everything Dinosaur and the prehistoric animal model and toy enthusiasts also stated that social media share button facilities will be enhanced on the firm’s dedicated teaching website.

Social Media Share Buttons Added to Everything Dinosaur Blog

It's only fair to share!

It’s only fair to share!

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

At the bottom of each of the articles published on this blog,  the share buttons will be shown.  Every single article published on this site since, May 2007 (the start of the blog), will have these buttons – that’s nearly 3,000 separate articles and features.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“Readers could copy and paste links in the past, but it is our company philosophy to make things as convenient as we possibly can for our customers and blog readers.  So we have added social media share buttons to assist model collectors, palaeontologists, home educationalists, teachers and general readers.  After all, it’s only fair to share.”

Everything Dinosaur has developed a substantial social media presence with over 5,000 pins on Pinterest, one hundred videos on Youtube as well as very active Twitter and Facebook accounts.  We are delighted to have been able to make our content more convenient for readers.

Everything Dinosaur Stocks Pegasus Hobbies Dinosaur Model Kits

Everything Dinosaur Stocks Pegasus Hobbies Dinosaur Model Kits to Range

Everything Dinosaur is now stocking all three of the superb 1:24 scale dinosaur models made by Pegasus Hobbies.  These kits, are for the avid dinosaur fan or model collector and once assembled and painted can become real show stoppers in a model collectors collection.  The range currently consists of a Tyrannosaurus rex (complete with captured baby Triceratops), an adult Triceratops and a huge Spinosaurus replica kit.  When completed and mounted on its base, the Spinosaurus kit measures an impressive fifty-one centimetres long.

New Additions to the Everything Dinosaur Product Range

Pegasus Hobbies Dinosaur model kits are available from Everything Dinosaur.

Pegasus Hobbies Dinosaur model kits are available from Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The company specialises in military kits, including planes, ships, armoured vehicles and figures but the PVC vinyl range has recently expanded to include three iconic dinosaur figures.

1:24 Scale Triceratops Dinosaur Figure

Great quality model kit to build and paint.

Great quality model kit to build and paint.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

All three of the PVC vinyl kits were sculpted by the very talented palaeo-sculptor Galileo Hernandez Nunez, who has built up a strong reputation for his work on prehistoric animal models.  The paintwork seen on the boxes is the work of the equally talented Shane Foulkes.  The kits are recommended for people who are fourteen or over and each kit consists of several pieces that have to be assembled and glued together to complete the piece.  Please note, as with many of these types of replica kits, there is no paint or glue provided in the box.

How To Build a Triceratops

Easy to follow guides.

Easy to follow guides.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The kit comes with a display base and in the case of the Tyrannosaurus rex and the Triceratops models, a name plate is provided.

To see the range of Pegasus Hobbies model kits at Everything Dinosaur: Pegasus Hobbies Dinosaur Model Kits

The Superb, Museum Quality T. rex Dinosaur Model

A model kit featuring the "Tyrant Lizard King".

A model kit featuring the “Tyrant Lizard King”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur stated:

“We have long been admirers of the work of Galileo Hernandez Nunez and Shane Foulkes. in our view, is one of the most talented artists and model makers around.  We are delighted to be able to offer Everything Dinosaur customers the opportunity to acquire and build these marvellous kits.”

The detail on the models is fantastic and as with the T. rex figure, the Spinosaurus is depicted hunting.  However, the Spinosaurus, regarded as a specialist fish hunter, is shown having caught a Xiphactinus.  Spinosaurus may be regarded as the largest land carnivore known to science but it would have done well to have caught such a fish.  Firstly, although Xiphactinus (a voracious predator in its own right), fossil material is known from the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia, as far as we are aware, no fossils of this giant predatory fish have been found in Africa (the home of the Spinosaurus genus).  In addition, the likes of Spinosaurus aegyptiacus had been extinct for some twenty-five million years before Xiphactinus evolved.

The Pegasus Hobbies 1:24 Scale Spinosaurus Model Kit

Spinosaurus catching a Xiphactinus fish?

Spinosaurus catching a Xiphactinus fish?

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Spinosaurus replica is a terrific addition to the model series.  Yes, as our dinosaur experts point out, the Xiphactinus in a lacustrine or riverine environment is extremely unusual, as far as the known fossil record goes, these fish were entirely marine and highly nektonic with no likely need to venture close to shore or into fresh water. Putting this little quibble aside, all three models are terrific and Everything Dinosaur is delighted to able to add them to its range.

Everything Dinosaur’s Social Media Targets 2015

Setting Targets for our Social Media in 2015

Having reviewed our progress on the various social media platforms that we support, Facebook, Twitter, Everything Dinosaur’s Youtube channel and so forth, it is time to look ahead to what we think we can achieve over the next twelve months.  She who must be obeyed “Tyrannosaurus Sue” has set targets for “likes” on Facebook, followers on Twitter, pins on Pinterest and so forth.  We are going to list them here and periodically, throughout the year review our progress.  2015 should be an exciting time for Everything Dinosaur, we are going to have lots of new and exciting dinosaur toys and prehistoric animal models, but first and foremost let’s take a look at those targets.

  •  Everything Dinosaur’s School Website (Dinosaurs for Schools)

Since this website went live in August of last year, we have been able to help many hundreds of teachers and thousands of school children.  The free downloads, teaching resources, lesson plans and activity ideas have been very well received indeed.  In 2014, we posted up sixty-seven articles on the teaching blog, all about dinosaur discoveries and about how to teach about dinosaurs and prehistoric animals in school.  We featured pictures, drawings, dinosaur museums that had been set up in classrooms, all sorts of creative and imaginative teaching ideas.   With the focus in England very much on working scientifically we shall continue to do all we can to assist teaching professionals, museums and home educators.

To visit Everything Dinosaur’s website for schools and home educators: Teaching About Dinosaurs in Schools

So in 2015 our targets for the Dinosaurs for Schools website are:

  1. A further 125 articles posted up on the teaching blog site (total by the end of the year to be 192 articles)
  2. At the moment we have twenty downloads available to support schools, we intend to add another ten to this list, (total number of downloads available = 30)
  •  Everything Dinosaur on Facebook

We really enjoy posting up pictures, articles and information on our Facebook page, we have lots of friends and last year we accumulated 1,580 “likes” we are truly honoured.   We have about 175 friends on Facebook too.  At Everything Dinosaur we believe that Facebook “likes” have to be earned and not purchased we shall continue to work hard to earn every appreciative “like” that we receive.

Targets:

  1. Increase “likes” to “2,000″ by the end of 2015
  2. Increase the number of friends we have on Facebook to 400 by the end of the year
  3. Run at least three competitions and free giveaways to show our gratitude to our Facebook fans (just like we did last year)
We believe customer service is the key to getting "likes".

Target for 2015 is 2,000 earned “likes”.

Feel free to “like” our page by clicking on the Facebook logo – that would be brilliant!!

  • Twitter

With over 2,000 “tweets”, Everything Dinosaur team members are beginning to find their feet on Twitter, we love the immediacy of this platform and sharing pictures of fossils and illustrations of prehistoric animals.  Our Twitter feed is linked to our dinosaurs for schools website so we can “tweet” about good teaching practice and post up pictures of children’s artwork and such like.

Targets:

  1. 3,200 “tweets” by December 31st 2015
  2. To increase the number of people we follow over 5oo (up from 345).
  3. To increase the number of people following us from 370 to 650 by the end of the year
  • Youtube

At the moment our Youtube channel: Everything Dinosaur on Youtube has ninety-six videos, this is a few less than we anticipated after we did not get all the videos made that we wanted to last year.   However, we are still really impressed with the number of channel views which now stands at over 890,000 (thanks to everyone).  Subscriber numbers have topped 1,200 which is also very impressive as far as we are concerned.  We make model and replica reviews, post up collecting tips and hints and generally like to feature our favourite prehistoric animal models.  Our targets for the Everything Dinosaur Youtube channel are listed below our Youtube banner.

Visit Everything Dinosaur’s Youtube Channel

Click on the banner to visit Everything Dinosaur's Youtube channel.

Click on the banner to visit Everything Dinosaur’s Youtube channel.

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  1. Number of videos up from 96 to 125 by the end of December 2015
  2. To achieve 1,000,000 video reviews by June 12th 2015 (the day of the world premier of “Jurassic World”) and then to achieve 1,235,000 views in total by the end of the year
  3. To up our channel subscribers from 1,200 to 1,750
  • Pinterest

With 5,300 pins on a total of 31 boards and 735 followers (496 following), Everything Dinosaur team members have worked hard to post up pictures and helpful information related to Pterosaurs, marine reptiles and of course dinosaurs.  We will create a dedicated board to marine reptiles and attempt to get over 250 pins up on this new board by the end of the year.  In addition, we shall set the following goals for Everything Dinosaur’s Pinterest presence.

  1. 8,500 pins
  2. 1,050 followers
  3. 600 following

To visit our Pinterest pages, simply click on the Pin It logo below:

Click to visit Everything Dinosaur's Pinterest pages.

Click to visit Everything Dinosaur’s Pinterest pages.

That’s about all for social media targets, but we will continue to remain as dedicated to our customers as we always have been and we look forward to hearing from you in the future.  Let’s see how close or how far over the targets the team members at Everything Dinosaur achieve by the end of the year.

Ah But!  What about this Blog?

Last but not least we come to the Everything Dinosaur web log.  Since we started blogging back in May 2007, we have tried to post up an article at least once a day, aiming for a total of 365 articles and news stories per year.  To date we have published an incredible 2,867 features, stories and articles.  We estimate that by May 20th we will have posted up our 3,000 blog post, to us, that’s simply amazing.  We will have to mark that landmark, with for a start, a special blog post.  By the end of the year our target is to have added another 365 articles to this site, making a total by December 31st of 3,221 or thereabouts.  We shall see…

Paying Tribute to the New Replicas from Safari Ltd

New for 2015 Safari Ltd Prehistoric Animal Models

Team members at Everything Dinosaur announced sometime ago the new additions to the Carnegie Collection and Wild Safari Dinos model ranges (Safari Ltd).  We are looking forward to stocking these models and can’t decide between us which one we like the best.  As we look forward to 2015, we have taken time out to produce a very quick teaser video which features the five new models from Safari Ltd which will be available from Everything Dinosaur next year.  After all, if a teaser trailer can be made for “Jurassic World”, then why not one for these exciting prehistoric animal replicas.

Everything Dinosaur’s “Teaser Trailer” – New for 2015 Safari Ltd Prehistoric Animals

Video Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view Everything Dinosaur’s current range of dinosaur and prehistoric animal models made by Safari Ltd: Carnegie Collectibles, Wild Safari Dinos. etc.

In this short video (under forty seconds in duration), we show pictures of the five new figures, the Archaeopteryx, the horned dinosaur Nasutoceratops, Sauropelta and the feathered tyrannosaurid Yutyrannus huali.  We also showcase the only scale model to be added next year, the 1:50 scale (approximate) replica of Velociraptor (V. mongoliensis).  No doubt we will comment more on the potential scales (as in scale size, not to be confused with feathers) when we create individual reviews of these prehistoric animals.

To read a little more about these new introductions: Safari Ltd announce new models for 2015

Our dedicated team members will be researching and writing fact sheets to accompany these new animal models.  For every named prehistoric animal replica Everything Dinosaur supplies, a fact sheet all about that creature, is included.  Scale drawings of all these animals have now been completed and the fact sheets themselves will be completed shortly.

Looks like 2015 is going to be an exciting time for dinosaur model and figure collectors.

Congratulations to Diorama Winners

Dinosaur Toy Forum Winners Announced

Over the spring and summer, Everything Dinosaur sponsored a prehistoric animal modelling contest on the Dinosaur Toy Forum.  The standard of entries was extremely high and the subjects covered by the contestants varied and diverse.  There were scenes of many different types of dinosaur (the Papo Running T. rex being a particular favourite model used), Pterosaurs and some amazing marine reptiles, even some Temnospondyl amphibians entered the fray.  One of our personal favourites was “Life in the Precambrian” that used the innovative Toob of Precambrian critters made by Safari Ltd that came out last year.  It is always a pleasure to see how model makers use replicas imaginatively to recreate prehistoric scenes.

2014 Model Contest Sponsored by Everything Dinosaur

Proud to sponsor the competition.

Proud to sponsor the competition.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

It was not just the excellent model making skills on display that impressed Everything Dinosaur team members.  Lots of creative use of photoshop was evident and we loved the titles that the artists had given to their exhibits.  For example, there were entries entitled “Breakfast at Tiffany” which featured the Collecta Stegosaurus corpse, “Desert Stand off”, “Heatstroke” and “Triassic Swim Lessons”.  Our congratulations to everyone who entered, it seems that model making is in fine fettle if the standard of entries in this competition are anything to go by.

As with all contests of this nature, there have to be winners and first prize goes to the forum member known as Federreptil for “Horrible Horn Horde”.

“Horrible Horn Horde” by Federreptil

Congratulations to Federreptil.

Congratulations to Federreptil.

Picture Credit: Federreptil

The detail is exquisite, we recognise a number of models and replicas in this Late Cretaceous scene, commenting on the winner a spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur stated:

“Clearly a great deal of work has gone into this diorama and the attention to detail is fantastic.  Although, the eye is drawn to the herd of Ceratopsians in the foreground, we loved spotting the other prehistoric replicas included in the scene, from the prehistoric plants and trees to the various Pterosaurs including Azhdarchidae”.

This is the second year in a row that Federreptil has won the contest, will anyone be able to challenge this talented model maker in 2015?

Second prize, as voted for by forum members goes to Seismosaurus of the United States for their entry called “On the Beach”.  This is a clever composition that depicts the tracks left by a Sauropod as it wanders along the sand.  The model used is the excellent Wild Safari Dinos Apatosaurus model (Safari Ltd).

Apatosaurus Goes for a Wander Along the Sand

An excellent effort with great lighting.

An excellent effort with great lighting.

Picture Credit: Seismosaurus

Commenting on this composition, Sue Judd (Finance Director at Everything Dinosaur) explained:

“Although the model used is not that large, the artist has really created an impression of scale.  The angle of shot and the clever way in which the seascape background has been incorporated into the picture gives the impression of a huge Sauropod wandering along the shoreline of a Jurassic sea.”

Third place, in what was an incredibly tight contest, went to Irimali for the composition entitled “Separated from the Herd/Storm is Coming”.  A Camarasaurus is isolated and alone, or is it?  Lurking amongst the beautifully recreated Late Jurassic flora, a Theropod waits ready to pounce.

Third Prize Went to “Separated from the Herd/Storm is Coming” by Irimali

Great atmosphere created in diorama.

Great atmosphere created in diorama.

Picture Credit: Irimali

Commenting on the diorama, Mike Walley (Everything Dinosaur) said:

“The model maker has managed to create a very realistic Jurassic forest.  The models themselves are not the “stars” in this particular diorama, for us it is the way that the flora has been depicted.  The scene has been carefully constructed and the diorama has an eerie atmosphere enhanced by the clever use of the background which represents the misty depths of the forest.”

Everything Dinosaur will be in touch with the prize winners shortly so that their prizes (a selection of prehistoric animal models from Everything Dinosaur’s huge range), can be sent out to them.

Once again our congratulations to everyone who took part, we will try and feature the “honourable mentions” in a future blog post.

Do you feel inspired by the amazing prehistoric scenes that have been created in this contest?  Check out Everything Dinosaur’s huge range of prehistoric animal models and plants: Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models

750,000 Views on YouTube

750,000 Video Views on Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube Channel

A very big thank you to everyone who has viewed our various video offerings on Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube channel.  Earlier this week we passed an amazing 750,000 video views.  We certainly don’t regard ourselves as Steven Spielberg, or for older readers a Cecil B. DeMille, but we wanted to post an article to say thank you to all those people who have taken the time to view our model reviews and other videos that we have posted.

Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube Channel Passes 750,000 Video Views

Thank you!

Thank you!

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Our most popular video is the review we posted up of the Prehistoric Sharks Toob, a set of beautifully made prehistoric shark models manufactured by Safari Ltd.  This video has had something like 95,000 video reviews, which we are so chuffed about.

Everything Dinosaur’s Most Popular Video (So Far)

Video Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To see our comments on the prehistoric shark models when they were first introduced: Prehistoric Sharks Swim into View

We are all genuinely humbled by all the comments we have received, we do try and respond to each and every one of them and to answer any questions that get raised by viewers.  In total, we have eighty-nine videos uploaded with our ninetieth due to go up today (a review of the 1:40 Deluxe Collecta Therzinosaurus dinosaur model).  Thank you for all the “likes” and feedback and a special mention to those customers of Everything Dinosaur who put up reviews of the models and other items that they have purchased from us.  It is always a pleasure to see such videos and we really enjoy watching them.

Our Safari Ltd Megalodon (C. megalodon) video review is also popular along with a number of our video reviews on various Tyrannosaurus rex models.

We shall continue to make and post up model reviews, aiming to have over one hundred posted by the end of the year, a special thanks to all our subscribers.

To visit Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube channel: Everything Dinosaur on YouTube

A Jurassic Christmas Tree

It was the Night before Christmas… Conifers Used as Christmas Trees Have a Long Evolutionary Heritage

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a Mussaurus!

Our apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, but as we are about to close the offices on this Christmas Eve, one final posting on the web log before the big day – a prehistoric themed Christmas tree.

A Jurassic Tree Ready to be Decorated for the Holidays
Prehistoric Plants get ready for Christmas

Prehistoric plants get ready for Christmas

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

It is worth noting that most modern families of conifers (including those that contain the ones that are used as Christmas trees), evolved in the Mesozoic, during the age of dinosaurs.  Although a number of ancient types of conifer did go extinct towards the end of the Cretaceous Period.  However, the origin of the conifers goes back a lot further.  It is thought that the first conifers, as a type of gymnosperm, evolved in the Carboniferous Period.  Next time you look at a Christmas tree, consider how the first trees of that type probably evolved more than 330 million years ago.

C. megalodon and Maths

Using Shark Fossils to Help Primary School Children with Maths

Another day and another free download for teachers and educationalists.   Everything Dinosaur team members had been approached by a number of primary school teachers and HLTAs (Higher Learning Teaching Assistants), to help key stage 1 pupils get to grips with some of the symbols used in mathematics that they will encounter as they progress to key stage 2.  In particular, we were asked to come up with novel ways of helping young children from five years of age to recognise and remember what certain symbols used in mathematics stand for.

Much of the emphasis of the mathematics part of the national curriculum in the United Kingdom is based around young learners making connections between numbers, shapes and symbols.  During key stage 1, pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through practical activity, exploration and discussion.  Many children are keen on dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures so if team members at Everything Dinosaur could build in a prehistoric theme, then all the better to help with the learning.  Children at key stage 1 learn to count, read, write and order numbers to 100 and beyond.   They develop a range of mental calculation skills and should be able to use these skills confidently in different settings.  Children learn about shape and space through practical activity which builds on their understanding of their immediate environment.  They begin to grasp mathematical language, using it to talk about their methods and explain their reasoning when solving problems.  It is developing a familiarity with mathematical symbols where Everything Dinosaur comes in, why not use some images of fossilised shark teeth to help children learn about the “greater than” > and the “less than” < signs.

Using Fossils to Help Children Learn About Mathematics

Greater than and less than thanks to C. megalodon.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur team members used pictures of the huge, fossilised teeth of a giant prehistoric shark called Carcharodon megalodon to create the mathematical symbols.  As children move onto key stage 2, they are expected to be able to recognise that the position of a digit gives its value and to use correctly the <> symbols.

To request a free download of the fossilised sharks symbols: Email Everything Dinosaur

The teeth are part of Everything Dinosaur’s fossil collection.  Some of these fossils are brought into schools to help pupils learn about animals that lived in the past.  The shark teeth are particularly spectacular and these specimens are bigger than the typical hand of an nine year old child.  Such objects always intrigue and fascinate the children and they get a great deal out of the dinosaur workshops in schools that the staff conduct, so why not use some of the fossils to help children with other aspects of their education.

Dinosaurs Help Inspire Anti-Bullying Posters for Schools

Everything Dinosaur Team Members Provide Anti-Bullying Posters for Primary Schools

Week commencing November 18th is the official anti-bullying week in the United Kingdom.  A number of nationwide events and activities are planned to help raise awareness over the issues of bullying and the consequences of having been bullied and Everything Dinosaur team members have been doing their bit to help primary school teachers get the anti-bullying message across.  With all the dinosaur illustrations and other resources available, staff were challenged to create an anti-bullying poster for use in schools.  A number of designs were suggested and three have been prepared and made available as downloads that can be emailed to schools and other organisations to help support their anti-bullying strategy.

One of the Anti-Bullying Posters Created by Everything Dinosaur

Stop the Bullies!

Stop the Bullies!

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Each of the posters can be printed onto an A4 sized (297mm x 210mm) piece of paper and the posters can be laminated so that they can become a permanent part of the anti-bullying message within any school.  As children seem fascinated with dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, it seems sensible to utilise these long extinct creatures to help make bullies extinct too.

A spokes person from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“It is important to get the message across to school children that bullying is not to be tolerated.  We see the concerted efforts of teachers, teaching assistants and other support staff  with regards to anti-bullying strategies when we visit schools and we wanted to do our bit to help stop the bullies.”

To request an anti-bullying poster for your school, simply email the staff at Everything Dinosaur and they will ensure that a poster is emailed out.

Contact Everything Dinosaur: Email Everything Dinosaur

Happy Halloween from Everything Dinosaur

Horrible, Scary Triceratops

October 31st is “All Hallows Eve” a time for spooky goings on, pumpkin lanterns and trick or treats.  From a palaeontologist’s perspective it always surprising when one considers the scary and frightening monsters that are conjured up from the imagination when the fossil record is full of evidence of strange, bizarre and monstrous animals that really existed.  A psychologist friend waxes lyrical on our fear of dark places and something “lurking in the woods”.  To our ancestors, forested areas harboured predators such as bears, wolves and things much worse, these were places to avoid and our primeval fear of dark, poorly lit, potentially dangerous places still persists in many of us today.

Most mammals lack colour vision, unlike the birds and as most scientists agree, the Dinosauria.  The widely accepted theory is that mammals evolved in the shadow of the dinosaurs who were mostly diurnal (active during the day).  Our ancient mammalian ancestors, scurried about in the undergrowth or were nocturnal.  This was a strategy for survival, being small and furry made you fair game for a large number of predators so it was best to hide during the day.  As a result, most mammals have eyesight still suited to this way of life, we primates are an exception not the rule.

To celebrate October 31st, we have created a little spooky Halloween picture of our own.  Everything Dinosaur team members have hidden some prehistoric animals in the picture, as well as the Everything Dinosaur logo.  Can you spot them all with your colour vision?

Happy Halloween from Everything Dinosaur

Can you spot the prehistoric animals?

Can you spot the prehistoric animals?

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The fossil record demonstrates the great variation in vertebrate forms that have evolved.  There are a number of candidates for the title of “scary creature”.  Of course there are the fearsome Theropod dinosaurs along with a huge number of other predators.  Take the Gorgonopsids for example.  Named after the terrible Gorgon of Greek myth, some of these Therapsid predators with their monstrous teeth and jaws were apex predators during the Permian.  Not capable of chewing, these reptiles probably bit off chunks of flesh and swallowed them hole.

A Typical Gorgonopsid (Inostrancevia)

Scary monster from the Permian

Scary monster from the Permian

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

There were also plenty of frightening mammals and birds around in prehistory, the aptly named “Terror Birds” or the mighty, nobbly-faced Uintatherium, a genus of huge, herbivorous mammal from the Eocene.  The largest species of Triceratops currently recognised is called Triceratops horridus (horrible three-horned face).  When the huge skull with its three horns was first studied, academics thought this was a dinosaur that would have looked horrible, but to us when viewing a reconstructed Triceratops skeleton we think it is rather beautiful.

A Triceratops Skeleton – Horrible or Beautiful?

Three Horned Face on Display

Three Horned Face on Display

Happy Halloween.

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