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11 10, 2012

Update on New Papo Brachiosaurus Model

By | October 11th, 2012|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Press Releases|0 Comments

Latest News on the Brachiosaurus from Papo of France

Sources close to Everything Dinosaur have reported that the first stocks of the new Papo Brachiosaurus model are currently being painted in the factory before being shipped out to Papo’s European distribution hub (France).  Shipments are expected to be arriving in France by the end of the 19th October.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur (UK retailer of dinosaur models) commented that if this schedule was followed then this new model should be available from the company a few days after the stock had been sorted and allocated in France.

Papo Brachiosaurus Ready for Loading (artists impression)

Papo Brachiosaurus ready for shipping (nearly).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The spokesperson also confirmed that space had been made available in the Everything Dinosaur warehouse to accommodate this new model’s arrival.  Plans are in place to email all the customers who had requested that a Brachiosaurus be reserved for them, team members already having been assigned to the task of  managing the reserved models list and contacting customers.

Fingers crossed that everything goes OK with this last Papo release in 2012.

14 06, 2012

Getting to Grips with the “Thunder Beasts”

By | June 14th, 2012|Adobe CS5, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Trying to Round up a Megacerops

We have been experimenting with some of the backdrop pictures that Collecta have kindly provided for us.  The picture team members at Everything Dinosaur have created shows a Neanderthal man bravely trying to corral a fearsome Megacerops (Thunder Beast).  The Brontotheres were extinct by the time the Neanderthals (H. neanderthalensis) evolved but we thought we would practice our photoshop skills by trying to create this image.

Rounding up a Megacerops (Collecta Megacerops)

Horns versus Spear

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Fossils of Neanderthals show a considerable amount of pathology.  The sort of injuries identified match those seen in modern day rodeo riders, so palaeontologists think that these hominids tackled large prey at close quarters.  They must have been very tough, the Collecta Neanderthal figure certainly looks very tough.

2 06, 2012

Celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

By | June 2nd, 2012|Adobe CS5, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates|0 Comments

The Dinosauria over the Last Sixty Years

Over the next few days a number of events are being held around the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth  II, who has been the queen for sixty years.  The queen’s coronation was held on the second of June 1953, but she actually ascended to the throne a year earlier on the death of her father, King George VI.  At Everything Dinosaur, the challenge was how to create a banner for placing on our website celebrating the occasion and how to incorporate palaeontology and specifically dinosaurs into the theme.

Everything Dinosaur – Diamond Jubilee Banner

A Royal Occasion with one or two Dinosaurs

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To return to Everything Dinosaur’s home page: Everything Dinosaur

For example, if the queen reigns for another three years and one hundred days or so, she will become the longest reigning British monarch, passing Queen Victoria who reigned from 1837 until 1901.  It was in the reign of Queen Victoria that the word Dinosauria was first coined.  Richard Owen (later Sir Richard Owen), used the phrase “fearfully great lizards”, otherwise referred to as “terrible lizards” to establish a new Order of reptiles – the dinosaurs.

More different types of dinosaurs have been discovered in the reign of Her Majesty the Queen than in the reign of any other British monarch.  In fact, more dinosaur species have been named and described in the last sixty years than in the previous one hundred and fifty years.

The dinosaur featured on the banner, wearing the Union Jack bowler hat and holding a Union Jack flag is a Proceratosaurus.  This dinosaur was chosen at it was named and described in the year her Majesty was born (1926).  The fossils of this dinosaur were found in England (Gloucestershire), this is the county where two of the queen’s children Prince Charles and Princess Anne have their royal residences (Highgrove House and Gatcombe Park).  Proceratosaurus is believed to be a member of the Tyrannosaur family (Tyrant Lizard Kings), appropriate to have a Tyrannosaur on a banner celebrating a royal occasion.  In addition, this dinosaur although discovered in England, was named by a German palaeontologist, our Royal family (the house of Windsor) are of German descent.

Proceratosaurus Celebrates a Royal Occasion

Theropod Enters into the Party Spirit

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Let’s hope the weather improves and that the forecast rain does not occur so that the diamond jubilee celebrations can proceed under clear, blue skies.

Hope everybody has fun.  Congratulations your Majesty.

To return to Everything Dinosaur’s home page: Everything Dinosaur

26 05, 2012

Helping to Make an Unusual Graduation Card

By | May 26th, 2012|Adobe CS5, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates|0 Comments

Providing Assistance to the Parents of a Graduate – Quetzalcoatlus

Our team members tend to get a lot of emails and letters, we try our best to respond to all those that require a reply.  One of the more unusual requests for assistance received by Everything Dinosaur involved a graduate, geologists and Azhdarchid Pterosaurs.

Genny Marcus Haskins has just graduated with a degree in Wildlife Conservation – our congratulations to her.  Her parents, Sue and Roger are both geologists.  When Genny was born, instead of a stork being depicted on cards announcing the birth of their daughter, Sue and Roger decided that it would be more appropriate to illustrate Genny’s arrival with a Pterosaur carrying their little bundle of joy in its jaws, rather than the traditional stork.

When Genny graduated from high school, a geologist/artist friend revised the non-stork/Pterosaur image providing an updated picture of a flying reptile.  As Genny aged, so Pterosaurs evolved – that was the general idea.  So when Genny graduated with her degree, it was necessary to find a picture of another, later type of flying reptile and the Quetzalcoatlus, one of the last of the Pterosaurs (Maastrichtian faunal stage), and one of the largest known was selected.

Genny’s Unique Graduation Card

Keeping up with the Evolution of Pterosaurs

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Sue Marcus and Roger Haskins

The picture above shows the graduation card that team members at Everything Dinosaur helped design.  We were happy to help out these geologists from overseas, although we are not sure how we managed to have a Velociraptor photographed lurking behind the card, with all the dinosaur toys and games we have, we suppose that this was always going to happen.  Still Genny is in no danger, she can always escape by taking to the air.

Glad to have helped out, from all of us at Everything Dinosaur, good luck with the job hunt Genny.

14 05, 2012

Unusual Requests sent to Everything Dinosaur

By | May 14th, 2012|Adobe CS5, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates|0 Comments

How to Fly on a Pterosaur

At Everything Dinosaur we get lots of emails, letters and drawings from people with an interest in dinosaurs and prehistoric animals.  We do our best to respond to them all, helping where we can and supplying information and advice.  We get a number of what might be regarded as rather unusual requests, usually related to dinosaur toys and games for example, Susan from Virginia (United States), contacted us yesterday with a plea for help.

This is what she wrote :

“My husband and I are both geologists, so, when our daughter, Genny, was born, we had a friend/colleague do a cartoon of a Pterodactyl (instead of a stork) bringing the baby.  When Genny graduated from high school, he managed to paste her head on a later (more evolved, get it?!) version of a Pterosaur.  After many gray hairs on our part, she has just graduated from college.  She has no interest in becoming a geologist, though she’s become accustomed (or maybe inured) to my humour.  I would love to have her announcement card showing her riding the Quetzalcoatlus (she selected the image she liked).”

Having selected an image of an Azhdarchid Pterosaur – the Quetzalcoatlus that was one on display at the Everything Dinosaur on-line shop, Susan then had the problem of creating the image of her daughter riding the flying reptile.

Although our team members would be the first to admit that they are not experts at Photoshop CS5, but yesterday evening they had a go and produced the image below which they then emailed over to Virginia.

Flying A Pterosaur – Graduating to Success

Image Created for Susan

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

 Congratulations to Genny for graduating and we wish Genny and her parents every success.  Now back to our dinosaur toys and games.

11 05, 2012

Papo Baby T. rex Models

By | May 11th, 2012|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products|3 Comments

Baby T. rex Models from Papo by Everything Dinosaur

The new Papo baby Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur models have arrived at Everything Dinosaur.  These are the last of the Tyrannosaurids to be added this year by the French manufacturer who have introduced a total of four T. rex models into their “Dinosaures” figure series.

The Papo Baby T. rex Models

Baby T. rex Models from Papo

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

As well as a new brown version of their standing T. rex model, Papo introduced a “running T. rex” replica, both these models came out in February, the babies; or should that be hatchlings, are the latest additions along with one more model, a large replica of the Sauropod Brachiosaurus due to be launched in July.

Like the adult T. rex models, the babies have articulated lower jaws, although the mouths do not open as wide as with other Papo figures.  As these dinosaurs have been sculpted looking up, perhaps seeking food or protection from a parent, team members at Everything Dinosaur used their photoshop skills to have our newest recruits to the Papo model range studying the Everything Dinosaur logo.

Papo prehistoric animal models: Papo Dinosaur Models

Dinosaur enthusiasts can now re-create their own version of the new Tyrannosaurus exhibit at the Los Angeles Museum – they can create their own family of Tyrannosaurs.

8 05, 2012

Happy Birthday Sir David Attenborough

By | May 8th, 2012|Adobe CS5, Animal News Stories, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Famous Figures|0 Comments

Many Happy Returns to the Naturalist and Broadcaster

Today, May 8th is the birthday of Sir David Attenborough, the naturalist, broadcaster and keen fossil collector who has done so much to popularise Earth sciences and a fascination with life on Earth, both extant and extinct.  We at Everything Dinosaur, would like to wish Sir David many happy returns for the day.

Happy Birthday Sir David Attenborough

Still Enthusing about the Natural World

Picture Credit: Sir David Attenborough/Everything Dinosaur

Many of our team members have been inspired by Sir David’s enthusiasm and energy.  We wanted to create a special tribute to him and as we are getting better at using the software programme Adobe CS5, we created a special banner on the Everything Dinosaur website which has been posted up today honouring the great man.  We have had the pleasure to be able to write reviews on a number of books that accompany the many television documentaries that feature Sir David.  Only the other week, we set about trying to discovery the whereabouts of the book “Life on Earth” which accompanied the 1979 seminal documentary series narrated by Sir David and made in conjunction with the BBC’s natural history unit. This book has gone missing from our office library and we have instigated a search around the offices and the warehouse to hunt down our copy.

One of the most influential television series for us, was not the “Life” series of programmes that established Sir David as the voice of natural history programming in the BBC, but a little known, short series called “Fabulous Animals” first broadcast we think in the mid 1970s.  In this programme, aimed at children, Sir David enthused about mythical creatures and the fossils that inspired the legends and myths.  For many of us, our fascination with all things Dinosauria came into being at this point.  The programme was broadcast in the summer holidays, mid-morning and although a distant memory for most of us these days, it remains a favourite amongst us.

Sir David’s Birthday Banner online at Everything Dinosaur

Celebrating the Birthday of Sir David Attenborough

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Having covered the main Kingdoms and Phylum of the natural world, Sir David’s work stands as testament to the broadcasting qualities of the BBC’s natural history unit.  Hopefully, “Life on Earth” will be broadcast on terrestrial television once more, in the near future, giving us a chance to watch all over again an example of this extraordinary body of work which Sir David has dedicated a life time to creating.

Happy Birthday Sir David Attenborough

Still enthusing about the Natural World

From all of us at Everything Dinosaur – we wish Sir David Attenborough a happy birthday.

1 03, 2012

St David’s Day – Dragons, Dinosaurs, Facebook and Problems with the Post Office

By | March 1st, 2012|Adobe CS5, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates|0 Comments

The Start of Spring?

Today, March 1st is, according to some sources the first day of Spring.  It may feel a little spring-like as we observe the frogs in the office pond cavorting about and certainly if we check the office barometer we can see that we are indeed in for a spell of relatively settled weather.  However, today most of us have not being going around with a “spring” in our step.

Firstly, we wanted to celebrate St. David’s day (patron saint of Wales), by putting up some pictures of dragons that we saw at one of the Welsh schools we visited recently.  Unfortunately, the pictures of a some beautiful, red Welsh dragons made by the pupils have been put somewhere in our office and we can’t find them – whoops.  This in the Chinese year of the dragon as well, how unfortunate, still here is a picture of a dragon-like creature, possibly Welsh by Australian artist Kate Rhode.

 A Prehistoric Winged Creature by Kate Rhode

Nearly a dragon.

Picture Credit: Kate Rhode

It may not be quite a dragon, but it gives us the excuse to post up a colourful image from the Melbourne based artist.

Today, has been fun as far as getting to grips with our new Facebook format is concerned.  As from the end of this month, all Facebook pages will automatically change to a new layout.  Just when we were getting to grips with this site, the format changes and we have to learn some new things – deep joy.

We have managed to put together a new cover as requested, not brilliant photoshop work but hopefully visitors to the Everything Dinosaur Facebook page won’t be put off too much by our limited CS5 skills.

Facebook Cover – Everything Dinosaur

Getting to Grips with Facebook

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Click on the image above to visit Everything Dinosaur’s Facebook page (please give our page a “like”), that would be brilliant.

Feel free to visit our Facebook page, we post up various snippets and other bits and pieces, such as product pictures, updates on research, new models, links and so forth, just look up Everything Dinosaur on Facebook.

Hopefully, things will be back to normal for the Post Office tomorrow, we will wait and see.

22 01, 2012

Tumbling Dinosaurs – New Dinosaur Soft Toys

By | January 22nd, 2012|Adobe CS5, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Soft and Cuddly Tumbling Dinosaur Soft Toys

Hand-crafted and very importantly sponge washable dinosaur soft toys.  Say hello to Triceratops in his bright orange livery, part of a trend this year that sees the introduction of some particularly colourful Triceratops soft toys.  Joining our “Trike” as we like to call him, is a happy Stegosaurus and a bright red T. rex.

These new soft toys are super soft, very cute and have proved very popular on test with our young, budding palaeontologists.

Dinosaur Soft Toys – Dinosaur Tumblers

Cute and Cuddly Dinosaurs

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view these soft toy dinosaurs: Cuddlekins, Dinosaur Soft Toys

Aimed at children from 3 years and upwards these super soft toy dinosaurs with their cute faces inspired team members at Everything Dinosaur to create a Valentines day card (see picture above).  Bright and colourful they make an excellent addition to a  young dinosaur fan’s soft toy collection especially when the young dinosaur fan may be also an enthusiastic collector of Cuddlekins dinosaur soft toys.

15 01, 2012

The Juvenile Dracorex

By | January 15th, 2012|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates|0 Comments

Adding a Juvenile Dracorex Dinosaur to the Safari Ltd Picture

After having carefully modified the Safari Ltd picture that was sent to us so that it depicted a more accurate Late Cretaceous scene, we added for extra affect an image of a juvenile Dracorex.  It is likely that these members of the Pachycepahlosaurini (bone-headed dinosaurs) lived in small groups and younger members of the herd, sub-adults and juveniles probably stayed close to the adults for protection.  It is also highly probable that these young animals would also have looked different from the older, more mature herd members, so we set about creating an image of a juvenile Dracorex using the Safari Ltd image of the Wild Safari Dinos Dracorex replica as a template.

The Mum and Baby Dracorex 

Creating our Mum and Baby Dracorex Image

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

First of all we reduced an image of an adult Dracorex in size.  We could have “morphed” the body a little to give the juvenile a bigger head and larger eyes in proportion to the rest of its body, as seen in actual fossils of baby dinosaurs that have been discovered but for the time being we kept the body shape roughly the same shape as the adults.   We could use the Wild Safari Dinos Dracorex dinosaur model as our template.

Next, we toned down the orange colouration of the throat and the face, assuming that only adult, mature animals perhaps those old enough to breed or to exert some sort of social dominance over other herd members would develop such colourful markings.

The large crests, bumps and horns on the naris around the eyes and at the back of the head were removed, again the presumption was that such skull ornamentation was probably only present in older animals and these features would become more prominent as the youngsters grew.  The raised scutes, along the flanks and running down the back-line of the adult replica were also removed.

We placed the image of the juvenile in close proximity to the adult Dracorex image, so that a comparison between the two could be made (ontogenic differences) and also to give a sense of scale.  As stated earlier, juveniles probably stayed close to the older members of the herd for protection from predators.

So there you have it, Everything Dinosaur’s impression of a juvenile Dracorex, all we need now is more fossil material ascribed to this Pachycephalosaur genus so we can see how wildly inaccurate we were!

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