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12 01, 2018

The Schleich Tawa Dinosaur Model is in Stock

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Everything Dinosaur Stocks the Schleich Tawa Dinosaur Model

The new for 2018 Schleich Tawa dinosaur model has arrived and is now in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  The Schleich Tawa is one of three Theropod replicas introduced by the German-based figure manufacturer in 2018, but the only one that represents a hypercarnivore.  The other two Theropods are the Schleich Oviraptor and the new colour variant of the Schleich Therizinosaurus.

The Schleich Tawa (Tawa hallae) Model is the Only Hypercarnivore Theropod to be Added to Date (2018)

The Schleich Tawa hallae dinosaur model.

The new for 2018 Schleich Tawa dinosaur model (T. hallae).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Tawa hallae – A Triassic Hypercarnivore

A hypercarnivore is an animal that has a diet of more than 70% meat, the diet of Oviraptor and Therizinosaurus is not that well understood, but Oviraptor may well have been omnivorous and Therizinosaurus could have been a relatively sedentary browser.  However, Tawa, a Theropod that lived more than a hundred million years earlier, was most certainly carnivorous and perhaps a hunter of other dinosaurs such as Coelophysis.  The jaw may be slender, but it is lined with sharp and curved teeth, ideal for slicing through meat.  Tawa had strong grasping hands with each finger ending in a sharp claw, these hands were probably used to grasp and subdue small prey.

The Sharp Teeth and Grasping Hands of Tawa hallae

Schleich Tawa dinosaur model.

A close-view of the Schleich Tawa dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Ghost Ranch Location

This lithe dinosaur is known from the fossilised remains of several individuals recovered from sediments that make up part of the Petrified Forest Member of the famous Chinle Formation exposed at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico.  All the fossils found to date represent immature individuals or juveniles which measure between two to three metres in length.  However, a single femur (thigh bone) found in association with the other remains provides tantalising evidence that these fast-running dinosaurs could grow much larger, perhaps more than four metres in length.  The Ghost Ranch location has provided palaeontologists with a fantastic insight into a Late Triassic palaeoenvironment, a time when the Dinosauria was beginning to dominate terrestrial environments, but they shared this seasonal world with other reptiles and mammal-like reptiles too.

Tawa hallae was named and scientifically described in 2009, to read an article about this dinosaur’s discovery: New Theropod Fossil Provides Evidence of Dinosaur Diversity

The Theropods of Ghost Ranch

Discovered by Edwin Colbert in 1947, the Coelophysis beds have produced more than 1,000 skeletons of Coelophysis, making this little Triassic Theropod one of the best known of all the Dinosauria.  In truth, the first evidence of dinosaur fossils from this location was recorded in 1885, but the native American people would have been aware of the strange bones eroding out of the ground for hundreds of years before western scientists.  The genus name for Tawa comes from the local Hopi people’s language.  It is their word for the Puebloan sun god.  It is fitting that a dinosaur from a part of New Mexico which would have been familiar to native peoples, has been given a name honouring the language and customs of these people.

To view the Schleich Tawa model and all the other figures in the Schleich prehistoric animal model range: Schleich Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals

8 01, 2018

New Schleich Models in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

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New Schleich Prehistoric Animal Models in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

The first of the 2018 Schleich prehistoric animal figures are in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  Five new models are now available, the new for 2018 Schleich Triceratops, the new colour variant Therizinosaurus plus the Psittacosaurus, Oviraptor and the amazing Dinogorgon replica.

New for 2018 Schleich Prehistoric Animal Models in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

New Schleich prehistoric animals (2018).

New Schleich prehistoric animal models (2018).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Schleich Prehistoric Animal Models for 2018

Four of the five models to have arrived to date, are dinosaurs, the exception is the confusingly named Dinogorgon.  Dinogorgon is a member of the Therapsida and, as such, is more closely related to us humans than it is to any dinosaur.  One group of the therapsids, evolved into large, sabre-toothed predators – the gorgonopsids (named after the Gorgons from Greek myth), Dinogorgon is a gorgonopsid, a member of an African subfamily (the Rubidgeinae), which were the apex predators in southern Africa at the end of the Permian.

The Schleich Dinogorgon Model

Schleich Dinogorgon.

The Schleich Dinogorgon model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

This beautifully detailed figure measures around thirteen centimetres long and it is great to see Schleich making models of prehistoric animals that predate the Dinosauria.

Schleich Oviraptor Model

Schleich have also introduced a model of an Oviraptor into their dinosaur range.  The Oviraptor continues the trend to introduce feathered dinosaur representations into the company’s portfolio.  The figure is resplendent with its shaggy coat and prominent wing feathers.  The model stands some ten centimetres high, so it works in scale with larger replicas representing larger species.  The detail of the individual feathers on the Schleich Oviraptor has already attracted a number of favourable comments.

The Schleich Oviraptor Dinosaur Model

Schleich Oviraptor Dinosaur Model.

The new for 2018 Schleich Oviraptor dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view all the new Schleich prehistoric animal figures currently in stock at Everything Dinosaur: Schleich Prehistoric Animal Models

Schleich Therizinosaurus

Another Theropod, but like Oviraptor, very probably not a hypercarnivore.  Schleich have introduced a new colour version of their popular Therizinosaurus figure.  Just like its predecessor, this model has an articulated jaw and moveable arms.

The New for 2018 Schleich Therizinosaurus (Colour Variant)

Schleich Therizinosaurus dinosaur model.

Schleich new Therizinosaurus (2018).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Schleich New for 2018 Triceratops Dinosaur Model

An old favourite has been remodelled for 2018 by Schleich.  The German-based company has introduced a large model of Triceratops.  The figure measures a whopping 21 centimetres long and it works well in scale with the Tyrannosaurus rex models introduced by Schleich.  The Schleich Triceratops has been given a vivid red colouration, in stark contrast to the battleship grey that covers the majority of the figure.

The New for 2018 Schleich Triceratops Dinosaur Model is in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

Schleich Triceratops dinosaur model (2018).

The new for 2018 Schleich Triceratops dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Schleich Psittacosaurus

The last of the new for 2018 figures to be featured is the splendid Schleich Psittacosaurus.  We know that Schleich will introduce more models in the near future but for the time being, we will conclude this brief overview of new prehistoric animal models by commenting on the Schleich Psittacosaurus.

The Schleich Psittacosaurus (2018)

Schleich Psittacosaurus (2018).

New for 2018, the Schleich Psittacosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

This model shows lots of detail and the skull with its prominent jugals (bony projections) deserves praise.  The painting around the open mouth is particularly well done and it is good to see that Psittacosaurus has been given a set of bristles at the end of its tail, as the fossil record suggests.  The bright green colouration contrasts nicely with the muted, pale undertones of the belly, thus emphasising the idea (as supported by a recent scientific paper), that these types of dinosaurs were countershaded.

To read an article about countershading in Psittacosaurus:Calculating the Colour of Psittacosaurus

All in all, it is a big Iguanodon’s thumb up from Everything Dinosaur for these new Schleich replicas.  We also look forward to commenting on the new for 2018 Tawa (T. hallae) figure when it arrives at our warehouse.

4 01, 2018

Estemmenosuchus Scale Drawing

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Estemmenosuchus Scale Drawing

One of the new 1:20 scale figures from CollectA for 2018 is a model of the Dinocephalian Estemmenosuchus.  We are not expecting this model to arrive in stock until the middle of this year, but we are busy preparing a fact sheet to accompany sales of this Permian herbivore (most scientists state that these animals were plant-eaters).  For virtually every named prehistoric animal model we sell, we include a fact sheet about that animal in with the customer’s order.  Along with the fact sheet, we also provide a handy scale drawing so that readers can see at a glance just how big this prehistoric animal was.

Everything Dinosaur’s Prepared Scale Drawing of Estemmenosuchus (E. mirabilis)

Estemmenosuchus scale drawing.

A scale drawing of the bizarre Dinocephalian Estemmenosuchus (E. mirabilis).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Deciding on Which Species of Estemmenosuchus to Depict

There are currently two species of Estemmenosuchus recognised, Estemmenosuchus mirabilis and the much larger Estemmenosuchus uralensis, but which species does the CollectA Deluxe 1:20 scale figure represent?  The CollectA model is over seventeen centimetres long and at 1:20 scale this represents an animal around 3.5 metres long.  This suggests that the model is getting towards the larger E. uralensis, which measured between 3.5 and 4.5 metres in length.  However, the larger Estemmenosuchus uralensis only had one pair of horny projections on the skull, whilst the smaller of the two recognised species E. mirabilis, had two pairs of horns on the top of the skull.

The CollectA Deluxe Estemmenosuchus Model (New for 2018)

Estemmenosuchus model from CollectA.

A Deluxe 1:20 scale Estemmenosuchus model from CollectA.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

There are other anatomical differences too.  The skull of the larger species Estemmenosuchus uralensis was up to fifty percent longer.  The muzzle of E. mirabilis is proportionately smaller, but wider towards the front (anterior portion), there are also subtle differences in the morphology of the skulls, although both species show the characteristic thickened bone which is so reminiscent of the estemmenosuchids.  Based on this information, we think that the new for 2018 CollectA Deluxe Estemmenosuchus represents the smaller of the two valid species (E. mirabilis).  Our scale drawing has therefore been prepared based on an animal measuring around three metres in length and weighing an estimated 750 kilograms.

3 01, 2018

Preparing New Outlook Signatures

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Preparing New Signatures for Emails

This week sees the installation of new computers at Everything Dinosaur.  This has given team members the opportunity to prepare new email signatures and other items as the new systems are installed in our offices.  With so many new items due to come into stock, it is a question of what products we should promote in our e-signatures along with what other information should we include in emails to customers.

Everything Dinosaur is expecting around fifty new models coming into our warehouse over the next twelve weeks or so.  We are expecting new products from Schleich, Papo, Mojo Fun, CollectA, Beasts of the Mesozoic, plus more stock of PNSO models and figures.  For our first signature of 2018, we have chosen to promote the Beasts of the Mesozoic range, an exciting range of 1:6 scale figures that represent (mostly) dromaeosaurids, although ironically, our Beasts of the Mesozoic signature features Balaur bondoc, which is now classified as a large, flightless bird and not a member of the Dromaeosauridae.

Preparing New Email Signatures for Everything Dinosaur

Beasts of the Mesozoic Balaur bondoc model.

Beasts of the Mesozoic “Raptors” Coming to Everything Dinosaur in 2018.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Preparing for All the New Products

Reserve lists have been operating for some months and several fact sheets have already been prepared along with scientifically accurate scale drawings.  Room has been allocated within our warehouse to receive the new products and we are looking forward to highlighting all the new arrivals on our blog and social media pages.  Look out for updates and featured articles being posted up on this weblog.

2 01, 2018

Palaeontology Predictions for 2017 – How did we do?

By | January 2nd, 2018|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page|0 Comments

Palaeontology Predictions for 2017 – How did we do?

Back in early January 2017, Everything Dinosaur team members had a go at predicting the news stories that our blog site would cover in the next twelve months or so.  After our crystal ball gazing we made a total of seven predictions:

1).  A New Epoch – Arise the Anthropocene!

2).  More Mini Dinos – The “Microsaurs” are Coming!

3).  “Enormosaurus” to Get a Formal Scientific Name

4).  The Impact of the Dinosaurs of China Exhibition in the UK

5).  Everything Dinosaur’s New Website

6).  Fossil Sites and Vandalism

7).  Dinosaur Fossilised Eggs Discovery

Arise the Anthropocene!

The impact of our own species on the planet was never far from the news channels last year, a trend that will be continued long into the future.  In the early 2017 blog article, we specifically highlighted the problem of non-biodegradable plastics and their impact on the ecology of the ocean.  This huge problem was brought into sharp focus with the excellent “Blue Planet II” television series broadcast by the BBC.

The Impact of Plastics in our Oceans was Highlighted in Early 2017 by Everything Dinosaur

Plastic pollution, the impact of mankind on the environment

Non-biodegradable plastics and other debris on a beach.

As yet, the Anthropocene has not been formally adopted as a distinct unit of geological time.  The body tasked with defining the start of this new Epoch and also defining the end of the current Epoch (the Holocene), the Anthropocene Working Group, has not reported back to the International Commission on Stratigraphy.  The idea to mark the impact on the environment by our own species, with the establishment of a new unit of geological time has been accepted, it is now a case of agreeing when in history our influence started to become profound.

Mini Dinosaur Discoveries

With the Dinosauria, it is often the big fossil specimens that grab the headlines. Everything Dinosaur predicted that a number of new species of small Theropod dinosaur would be named and described.  Sure enough, a number of “little critters” had scientific papers written about them, for example, in March, scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences announced the discovery of a new species of Early Cretaceous dromaeosaurid.  Zhongjianosaurus yangi was about eighty centimetres long (most of that was tail), it has been described as “Microraptor on stilts”.

Newly Described Chinese Dinosaur Z. yangi

The holotype fossil material of Zhongjianosaurus yangi.

The holotype of Zhongjianosaurus yangi.   A new “Microsaur” described in 2017.

Picture Credit: Chinese Academy of Sciences

“Enormosaurus” Gets Formal Scientific Name

The huge Titanosaur dubbed “Enormosaurus”, which had been featured in the television documentary “Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur” was finally named and described, just as we predicted.  A scientific paper published in the “Proceedings of the Royal Society B (Biology)” in August announced Patagotitan mayorum to the world.  Attenborough’s giant, sixty-nine tonne dinosaur finally had a scientific name.

An Illustration Showing the Size of Patagotitan mayorum

Patagotitan size comparison.

Patagotitan mayorum size comparison with an adult African elephant and a human for scale.

Picture Credit: G. Lio/Everything Dinosaur

To read the article about the naming of P. mayorumGiant Dinosaur Gets a Name

The Dinosaurs of China Exhibition Proves to be a Big Hit

In the summer and autumn of 2017, visitors to Nottingham were given the opportunity to view some amazing Chinese dinosaur fossils close up.  The “Ground Shakers to Feathered Flyers” exhibition show-cased some of the astonishing dinosaurs from north-eastern China that demonstrate the evolutionary link between Theropod dinosaurs and birds.  As we predicted, the exhibition proved to be a big commercial success with hundreds of thousands of visitors “flocking” to the East Midlands.

A Huge Gigantoraptor Towers Over the Exhibition

Dinosaurs of China 2017.

Giant dinosaurs featured in the exhibition.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur is already working on a number of dinosaur, monster and prehistoric animal themed events for 2018…

The New Everything Dinosaur Website

Just as we said, our new website went live in the early Spring of 2018.  It is mobile device friendly, has lots more interactivity and permits us to make purchasing dinosaur toys and models so much easier than ever before.  Tens of thousands of orders processed and FEEFO 5-star ratings across the board provide testimony with regards to the site’s success.

Visit Everything Dinosaur: Everything Dinosaur

Fossil Sites and Vandalism

Sadly, our prediction about more deliberate damage to fossil sites came true, all too frequently.  Over the course of the last twelve months we have reported upon the apprehension of a Chinese dinosaur egg fossil thief (March 2017) and last month, we reported the sad news that a three-toed dinosaur foot print fossil in Australia had been deliberately vandalised.

To read the story: Dinosaur Footprint Vandalised

Dinosaur Fossil Eggs

For such a geographically widespread group, with a huge temporal range, dinosaur eggs are relatively rare.  However, our last prediction concerned the discovery of dinosaur fossil eggs and sure enough, on December 25th (blogged about on December 27th), we picked up reports that Chinese construction workers had discovered more than twenty dinosaur egg fossils during the construction of a school in Jiangxi Province (south-eastern China).

Dinosaur Egg Fossil Discovery

Chinese dinosaur egg fossils.

Local scientists examine the dinosaur egg fossils.

Picture Credit: Ming Kangping/China News Service

We wonder what amazing dinosaur news stories and fossil discoveries we will cover in this blog over the next twelve months or so…

25 12, 2017

Merry Christmas from Everything Dinosaur

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Merry Christmas from Everything Dinosaur

The big day has finally come and on behalf of everyone at Everything Dinosaur, we would like to wish everybody a Merry Christmas.  Compliments of the season to one and all.  Over the festive period, Everything Dinosaur will be monitoring emails and sorting out orders for customers.  We will also commence our annual stock take, with plenty of mince pies to keep us going.  In the next few weeks, Everything Dinosaur will be receiving something like fifty new models, it certainly is an exciting time for us and our many thousands of customers all over the world.

Our Christmas picture this year, reflects the new models coming into stock and also takes a nod in the direction of “Fallen Kingdom”, the new “Jurassic World” movie due to be released in June 2018.  Santa Claus might be full of cheer, but in the Dinosauria when it comes to “claws”, look out for the fearsome thumb claw of Baryonyx.  The Baryonyx in the picture is one of four, exciting new Mojo Fun replicas coming into stock at Everything Dinosaur and in “Fallen Kingdom”, Baryonyx is one of the new dinosaurs to feature.

Merry Christmas from Everything Dinosaur

Happy Christmas from Everything Dinosaur.

Merry Christmas from Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Thank You for all the Cards and Messages

A special thank you to all our customers and fans of dinosaurs who sent into Everything Dinosaur cards, seasonal emails and even pictures of dinosaurs in Christmas scenes.  Most of these have been pinned up around the warehouse and the offices, they will help to keep us smiling as we undertake this year’s stock take  Our thanks once again for all the messages of support.

For an article that links Christmas dinner to dinosaurs: Dinosaurs and Your Christmas Dinner

Over the next few days and weeks we will be compiling all the new fact sheets for the CollectA models, making room in our warehouse for the Beasts of the Mesozoic range and we have a shipment of PNSO replicas to look forward to.

Lots to write about over the Christmas holidays but in the meantime, we would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas!

24 12, 2017

Focus on Safari Ltd New for 2018 Synapsids

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Safari Ltd Prehistoric Mammals and Dimetrodon

Yesterday, Everything Dinosaur focused on the new dinosaur models for 2018 being introduced by Safari Ltd.  In this blog article, we take a look at the other non-dinosaur models that have been added, these models including the Dimetrodon replica along with the dinosaurs, are all in stock and available from Everything Dinosaur.

Safari Ltd – Focusing on the Synapsids

New prehistoric animal models from Safari Ltd (2018).

New for 2018 synapsids from Safari Ltd.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Why Call them Synapsids?

Usually, it is quite straightforward when it comes to categorising new models from a manufacturer, but with the fourteen figures stocked by Everything Dinosaur, a couple of them present us with a dilemma.  Firstly, we have included the “Winners Circle” Safari Ltd Przewalski’s horse, this is a replica of the world’s only truly wild horse, an animal that very nearly went extinct in the 20th Century, but a dedicated zoo breeding programme enabled these magnificent animals to be re-introduced to some specially selected wildlife refuges.  Once this horse (Equus ferus przewalskii), was a common site across the Mammoth Steppe, it has even been depicted in cave paintings.  As an animal of the Ice Age very much at home with Mammoths and Mastodons, we have added this model of Przewalski’s horse to our replica range.

The Beautiful Przewalski’s Horse Model from Safari Ltd

Przewalski's horse figure.

Przewalski’s horse model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

As this magnificent equine has not, thankfully, died out, we could not call the eight non-dinosaur models that we have stocked extinct animals, but these new for 2018 figures from Safari Ltd have given us another problem, one with a big sail on its back.

Adding Dimetrodon

The addition of a Dimetrodon also adds a degree of complexity when it comes to coming up with a collective term for these new models.  Although often mistaken for a dinosaur, any self-respecting primary school pupil will soon correct you, if you mistakenly state that the sail-backed reptile is a dinosaur.  Dimetrodon lived long before the first dinosaurs, it is a member of the Pelycosaurs and as such, it is actually more closely related to the prehistoric mammals depicted in the Safari range than it is to the dinosaurs.  Dimetrodon and its relatives, like the mammals are Tetrapods, whose skull morphology differs from those Tetrapods on the dinosaurs/crocodiles/birds side of the tree of life.  They are synapsids, distinguished by a single hole, known as the temporal fenestra, in the skull, located behind the orbit towards the back of the skull.  Dinosaurs and their relatives on the other hand, are diapsids, they have a pair of openings in the skull behind the eye socket, an upper and lower temporal fenestra.  We can’t refer to these Safari Ltd models as mammals, as Dimetrodon is the exception, being a reptile, but they are all synapsids.

The New for 2018 Safari Ltd Dimetrodon Model

Dimetrodon model.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Dimetrodon model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Introducing the Safari Ltd Synapsids

As well as the stunning Dimetrodon and the beautiful replica of Przewalski’s horse, Safari Ltd have added a Hyaenodon gigas, Uintatherium, Megacerops, Macrauchenia, a Daeodon and a model of an American Mastodon (Mammut americanum).  Each of these new figure is supplied with its very own fact sheet, so collectors can learn about the creature that the model represents.

Everything Dinosaur’s Drawing of the American Mastodon

Scale Drawing American Mastodon.

American Mastodon scale drawing.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the full Wild Safari Prehistoric World model range available from Everything Dinosaur: Wild Safari Prehistoric World

For our earlier article focusing on the new dinosaur models from Safari Ltd: Safari Ltd New Models for 2018

23 12, 2017

Safari Ltd Prehistoric Animals 2018

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2018 Safari Ltd Prehistoric Animal Models are in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

The new for 2018 prehistoric animal models from Safari Ltd are now in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  What a lovely surprise for Christmas, all the new Safari Ltd Wild Safari Prehistoric World prehistoric animals are available from Everything Dinosaur and we even have the prehistoric horse (Przewalski’s horse), in stock for good measure.

New for 2018 Prehistoric Animal Models (Safari Ltd)

Safari Ltd models 2018.

New prehistoric animal models in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The list of new prehistoric animal models is most impressive, there is an Amargasaurus, an American Mastodon, Uintatherium, Daeodon, Ankylosaurus, Dimetrodon, Macrauchenia, the North American caenagnathid Anzu wyliei and a Malawisaurus.  In addition, Safari Ltd have introduced Hyaenodon gigas, two horned dinosaurs Regaliceratops and Triceratops.  There is also a Megacerops and we have added the Safari Ltd Winners Circle Przewalski’s horse.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Models

Since the retirement of the Carnegie Collectibles range in 2015, Safari Ltd have set about replacing the dinosaurs that featured in that scale model series.  Hence the introduction of Amargasaurus and Ankylosaurus.  It is great to see a new representation of the Pelycosaur Dimetrodon introduced as well.  The 2018 dinosaurs also feature some new dinosaurs, modelled by Safari Ltd for the first time.  Malawisaurus, Regaliceratops and the feathered Anzu wyliei also join the range.

The New for 2018 Dinosaur Models from Safari Ltd

Safari Ltd dinosaurs 2018.

The new for 2018 dinosaurs from Safari Ltd.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Fact Sheets

As with all the named dinosaur and prehistoric animal models that we sell, each model is supplied with its own fact sheet.  Our team members have had to research and write three new fact sheets to accommodate these models, namely fact sheets for Anzu wyliei, the American Mastodon and the African Sauropod Malawisaurus.

The Scale Drawing of Anzu wyliei Prepared for the Dinosaur Fact Sheet

Anzu wyliei scale drawing.

A scale drawing of Anzu wyliei.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Only One Theropod

The models are very well made and superbly painted.  Everything Dinosaur congratulates Safari Ltd on the quality of these new introductions.  They also deserve praise for creating such a diverse range of dinosaurs and mammals, plus of course the Dimetrodon, that is more closely related to mammals than it is to the Dinosauria.  It is interesting to note that there is only one Theropod in the fourteen replicas that Everything Dinosaur has brought into the warehouse.  The one Theropod is Anzu wyliei and it is not typical of the Theropoda.  For a start it is edentulous (toothless) and it possessed a beak.   The most striking feature of this dinosaur nicknamed “the chicken from Hell”, as all the A. wyliei fossil material has come from exposures that represent the famous Hell Creek Formation, is the bizarre rounded crest on the top of the head.  The crest superficially resembles the crest on an extant Cassowary (Casuarius genus).

To view the fourteen new for 2018 Safari Ltd prehistoric animals, including the Przewalski’s horse click here: Safari Ltd Wild Safari Prehistoric World

20 12, 2017

Rebor Gunn and Rose Velociraptors Arrive

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Rebor Gunn and Rose are in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

The latest Velociraptor models from Rebor, Gunn and Rose are now in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  These magnificent 1:18 scale figures represent a pair of “raptors”, the lighter coloured one “Rose” being the female, the darker coloured one “Gunn”, representing a male.

The Rebor 1:18 Scale Velociraptor Models Gunn and Rose are in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

Rebor Gunn and Rose.

Rebor Gunn and Rose Velociraptor models.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Rebor “Raptors”

Rebor has produced a number of Velociraptor figures in recent times, these new editions, join the likes of “Winston”, “Alex Delarge” and the Velociraptor figure “Pete” that came out earlier in the autumn.  Each model is in 1:18 scale and collectors have the opportunity to create their own pack of dromaeosaurids.

“Rose” the Female Velociraptor

"Rose" a 1:18 scale Velociraptor model.

The female Rebor raptor “Rose”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Rebor Gunn and Rose

Palaeontologists are not sure what breeding strategies dinosaurs had.  It is likely that what are thought to be quite social creatures, pack hunters, like most of the dromaeosaurids, had similar strategies to those found in social, pack hunters today.  For example, in wolves only the dominant pair breed in most packs, the alpha male and the alpha female.  These animals pair for a long time, perhaps Velociraptors behaved in a similar way, after all, they would have faced the same pressures as wolves do today, in terms of competing for resources and ensuring the survival of the next generation.

“Gunn” Representing a Male Velociraptor

"Gunn" the Rebor Velociraptor.

The male Rebor Velociraptor “Gunn”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Monogamous Birds

Those living members of the Maniraptora (the clade that contains both dromaeosaurids like Velociraptor and extant birds), adopt a variety of strategies when it comes to bringing up the next generation. Many swans, cranes and geese mate for life.  Whilst the majority of the song birds (passerines), are also monogamous but the length of this monogamy varies.  For example, some song birds stay as a pair of life, for several mating seasons or for just one breeding season.  Many living birds adopt a strategy of social monogamy, when both the male and female play a role in parenting.  Perhaps male Velociraptors also had a maternal side?

Rebor “Gunn” Velociraptors Might Have Been Ferocious But They May Have Had a Softer Side

Rebor Velociraptor "Gunn".

The Rebor 1:18 scale Velociraptor model “Gunn”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

For an article on doting dinosaur dads: Did Dinosaurs Make Good Fathers?

Both Gunn and Rose have articulated lower jaws and articulated forelimbs and the models measure approximately 21.5 centimetres long.  They are a welcome new addition to the Rebor range of prehistoric animal replicas.

At Rest – the Rebor Female Velociraptor “Rose”

Rebor "Rose" Velociraptor Model.

Rebor Velociraptor “Rose”.

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Two Velociraptor Species

Two Velociraptor species have been named, Velociraptor mongoliensis, fossils of which come Outer Mongolia named in 1924 by Henry Fairfield Osborn and Velociraptor osmolskae from Inner Mongolia, China, which was named in 2008 by Godefroit et al.

To view the Rebor raptors “Gunn and Rose” and the rest of the Rebor model range: Rebor Models and Replicas

18 12, 2017

Dinosaur Workshops All Sorted for January

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Lesson Plans for Dinosaur and Fossil Workshops Despatched

All the lesson plans and teaching notes relating to Everything Dinosaur’s dinosaur and fossil workshops in schools have been sent out.  At this time of year, we appreciate how busy teachers and teaching assistants are, so we always make sure that the arrangements are in place for the dinosaur and fossil themed workshops scheduled for the first few weeks of January.  With the teaching assignments concluded for the autumn term, our attention turns to preparing the lesson plans, teaching resources and extension activities in readiness for the first of our dinosaur themed workshops scheduled for the first four weeks of next month.

Lesson Plans Sent Out and Arrangements Finalised

Key Stage 2 example lesson plan.

Example lesson plan (Key Stage 2).

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Helping Teachers and Teaching Assistants

Planning the scheme of work for the school year takes up a significant proportion of the teaching team’s time.  The last thing we want them to worry about is any school visits.  Our prompt supply of information helps the teaching team to maximise the learning objectives and ensures what we intend to cover in our dinosaur and fossil workshop meets the needs of the children and dove-tails into the topic and the scheme of work.

Everything Dinosaur’s timely emails gives hard-pressed teachers and teaching assistants one less thing to worry about as they prepare for the start of the spring term.

In our communication with the school we provide advice and suggestions in order to help maximise the teaching objectives and to accommodate individual learning needs.  Furthermore, we suggest that a member of staff has a smart phone, camera, or Ipad on hand to take lots of photographs.  These photographs are very helpful when it comes to recall and recounting activities.  We are also happy to discuss extension ideas and normally assist with the term topic planning by providing useful additional teaching resources for the class to use.

Although much of the spring term is booked up, Everything Dinosaur does still have a few dates available.  To enquire about the possibility of a school visit from one of our dinosaur experts, simply, email the company: Contact Everything Dinosaur

Our Timely Correspondence Allows Plenty of Scope for the School to Prepare

The hall is closed for dinosaurs and fossils.

Dinosaurs and fossils in the school hall – all sorted thanks to meticulous planning.

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Extension Activities

In addition to delivering the dinosaur and fossil themed workshop, our team members usually bring some additional teaching resources with them.  These resources have been developed by our own teaching team and are designed to fit in with the curriculum.   For example, for a reception class, the extension resources might include an activity that explores the properties of materials, for older Key Stage 1 children, the extension plans might involve the conducting of simple experiments.  For those children in Key Stage 2 the extension ideas could include an investigation leading to the writing of a non-chronological report.  Naturally, for Key Stage 3 and older students, the extension activities meet their learning needs and often involve independent problem solving and investigation, along with exploring some of the ethical dimensions associated with gene manipulation and the advance of genetics, as related to evolution and adaptation.

Listing Extension Ideas After a Dinosaur Workshop

Extension ideas - dinosaur workshop.

A teacher lists the extension ideas during a dinosaur workshop.

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