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18 07, 2018

The Dinosaur Park and Hell Creek Formations

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The Dinosaur Park Formation (DPF) and the Hell Creek Formation (HCF)

We have been asked to give a brief explanation of the different dinosaurs associated with two famous North America rock formations.  A comment on the different dinosaur faunas associated with the Dinosaur Park Formation (DPF) of southern Alberta and the Hell Creek Formation (HCF), which is mostly associated with the state of Montana but also outcrops in North and South Dakota as well as Wyoming.

The Badlands of the Dinosaur Park Formation (DPF) – Hunting for Dinosaur Fossils

Looking for Late Cretaceous dinosaur fossils.

A typical view of the “Badlands” of the Dinosaur Park Formation.  The red arrow in the picture highlights the layer in which the fossils of a new type of horned dinosaur were discovered.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Badlands

Both the Hell Creek Formation and the Dinosaur Park Formation are referred to as “Badlands”, this term is derived from the French phrase “les mauvaises terres” and dates back to the early years of exploration of these vast tracts of land.  The term describes an area largely devoid of vegetation that is subjected to rapid erosion caused by wind, rain and running water.  The DPF is older, the strata were laid down between 76.5 and 75 million years ago in the Late Cretaceous (Campanian faunal stage).  In contrast, the Hell Creek Formation is younger.  The rocks were formed at the very end of the Cretaceous (Maastrichtian faunal stage) and the strata records the transition from the end of the Cretaceous into the Palaeocene, the first Epoch of the Cenozoic.  The HCF spans approximately 66.8 to 66 million years ago and documents evidence of an extra-terrestrial impact event preserved as a thin clay layer that contains large quantities of the rare Earth element iridium, marking the Cretaceous-Palaeogene boundary, representing an extinction event denoting the end of the age of the dinosaurs and the start of the Cenozoic.

Looking for Fossils – Hell Creek Formation

Looking for fossils - Hell Creek Formation.

Prospecting for fossils – Hell Creek Formation (Montana).

Picture Credit: University of California Museum of Palaeontology

The Ancient Environments

The strata that forms the DPF represents a coastal plan environment, crossed by numerous large rivers.  The majority of the rocks are sandstones and mudstones, although there are layers of volcanic ash (bentonite), which resulted from the sporadic eruptions of volcanoes in the region. In the upper part of the DPF, coal deposits can be found (Lethbridge coal zone), representing deposition in a swampy environment.  The sea gradually encroached onto this coastal plain and the area was eventually flooded, resulting in the deposition of the marine shales that represent the Bearpaw Formation that overlies the DPF.

The Hell Creek Formation was created under similar circumstances.  It too represents clays, mudstones and sandstones deposited on a delta, a low-lying flood plain crossed by many rivers.  The HCF also has peaty, coal-like deposits (lignite), representing deposition in coastal swampy environments.

The Palaeoenvironment of the Dinosaur Park Formation

The fauna and flora of Alberta 75 million years ago

Alberta around 75 million years ago (Dinosaur Park Formation).

Picture Credit: Julius Csotonyi

A Chasmosaurus and a Lambeosaurus feeding during the late evening, a typical scene representing the biota associated with the DPF.

The Palaeoenvironment of the Hell Creek Formation

Triceratops dinosaur illustration.

Triceratops was one of the last dinosaurs to evolve.  A resident of the Hell Creek Formation.

Picture Credit: Julius Csotonyi

A Triceratops grazes next to a palm tree on the coastal plain that is represented by deposits that help to make up the Hell Creek Formation of Montana.

Different Time Periods – Different Dinosaurs

Both the HCF and the DPF are famous for extensive dinosaur fossils.  It is worth remembering that numerous other kinds of animal (and plants) are represented in the fossil record of these two formations.  Although, the dinosaur fauna is similar between the DPF and the HCF, for example the terrestrial large herbivores are dominated by duck-billed dinosaurs and Ceratopsians, the genera represented are very different.

In simple terms, the stage scenery might be similar and the cast of characters reminiscent but the actors on the stage are different.

Typical Dinosaurs from the Dinosaur Park Formation (Campanian Faunal Stage of the Cretaceous)

Dinosaur Park Formation dinosaurs.

Typical dinosaur fauna of the Dinosaur Park Formation (Alberta, Canada).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Typical Dinosaurs from the Hell Creek Formation (Maastrichtian Faunal Stage of the Cretaceous)

Dinosaurs of the Hell Creek Formation.

Typical dinosaurs of the Hell Creek Formation.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We are looking forward to our visit to the Beacon Museum at Whitehaven (Cumbria).  Everything Dinosaur will be taking visitors on a fossil hunt and we hope to be able to give away real dinosaur bones.

4 07, 2018

Everything Dinosaur Newsletter Early July 2018

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Everything Dinosaur Newsletter (Early July 2018)

The latest prehistoric animal scale models from CollectA along with information about the new Rebor Velociraptor “Sweeney” and the Eofauna Straight-tusked elephant figure are all included in Everything Dinosaur’s latest customer newsletter (early July 2018).  Four new CollectA scale models are in stock, plus the Rebor Velociraptor “Sweeney” reserve list is now open and the Eofauna Straight-tusked elephant model (Palaeoloxodon antiquus) is due to arrive very shortly.

Everything Dinosaur’s Newsletter (Early July 2018) Features the New for 2018 CollectA Scale Models

CollectA Dimetrodon and the CollectA Estemmenosuchus 1:20 scale figures.

Two new Permian prehistoric animal figure models have arrived in stock at Everything Dinosaur – CollectA Dimetrodon and the CollectA Estemmenosuchus.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Four New CollectA Scale Prehistoric Animal Models

The latest CollectA scale models have arrived at Everything Dinosaur and feature in the company’s latest newsletter.  Fans of CollectA  have requested that more Palaeozoic figures be added to the range.  Earlier this year, a 1:20 scale Dunkleosteus was added and now joining this Devonian Placoderm are two Permian figures, representing Dimetrodon and the Dinocephalian Estemmenosuchus.  Both these figures are also in 1:20 scale.

To view the new CollectA Deluxe scale models and the rest of the CollectA scale model range: CollectA Deluxe Models

The 1:40 Scale CollectA Deluxe Ceratosaurus and the CollectA 1:20 Scale Gomphotherium Figure

CollectA Gomphotherium 1;20 scale model and the 1:40 scale CollectA Ceratosaurus.

The CollectA Ceratosaurus and the CollectA Gomphotherium models.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

In addition to the CollectA Dimetrodon and the CollectA Estemmenosuchus, also just in are the 1:40 scale Ceratosaurus dinosaur model and the prehistoric elephant Gomphotherium.  Like the CollectA Dimetrodon figure, the 1:40 scale Ceratosaurus dinosaur model has an articulated lower jaw.

The Reserve List for the New Rebor Velociraptor “Sweeney” Has Opened

Newsletter subscribers are among the first to learn that another Rebor 1:18 scale Velociraptor replica is on the way.  A reserve list has been opened for Rebor “Sweeney”, subscribers can ensure that they are able to purchase this new Theropod figure when it arrives at Everything Dinosaur’s warehouse later this month.

To reserve a new Rebor Velociraptor figure “Sweeney” or to request a subscription to Everything Dinosaur’s regular company newsletter, simply drop us an email: Email Everything Dinosaur

The New Rebor Velociraptor “Sweeney” and the Eofauna Straight-tusked Elephant

The new Rebor "Sweeney" Velociraptor figure and the Eofauna Straight-tusked elephant.

The new Velociraptor figure from Rebor “Sweeney” and the Eofauna Palaeoloxodon antiquus.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Everything Dinosaur newsletter is a great way for subscribers to keep up with new model introductions, information about figure retirements and other news about collecting dinosaurs and prehistoric animal figures.

The New Eofauna Straight-tusked Elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus)

Readers of our latest newsletter were also provided with an update on the progress being made with the eagerly awaited Eofauna Straight-tusked elephant figure (Palaeoloxodon antiquus).   This new prehistoric animal replica, the second in the exciting Eofauna range, is due to arrive at Everything Dinosaur’s warehouse in just a few days.  A reserve list has been opened for this popular 1:35 scale model, collectors don’t need to tie a knot in their trunks to remember, let Everything Dinosaur take care of reserving a model for you.  When the stock arrives, we will set a figure aside for you and even drop you an email to let you know that this model is available to purchase.

Newsletter subscribers can look out for more updates about other new for 2018 figures shortly.  At Everything Dinosaur, we do all we can to keep our readers and subscribers informed.

1 07, 2018

New Deluxe CollectA Figures in Stock

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New Deluxe CollectA Figures in Stock

The new for 2018, CollectA Deluxe prehistoric animal models are in stock at Everything Dinosaur.   The CollectA 1:40 scale Ceratosaurus, along with the CollectA 1:20 scale Dimetrodon, Gomphotherium and the amazing Estemmenosuchus.  These hand-painted replicas are welcome additions to, what is already an extensive range of prehistoric animal figures offered by CollectA

CollectA Prehistoric World Scale Models in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur stocks the hand-painted, CollectA Prehistoric World scale models.

CollectA Prehistoric World – prehistoric animal models in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture above shows the latest figures to be added to Everything Dinosaur’s CollectA inventory.  In response to the requests from model collectors, the company has decided to make more models of Palaeozoic animals, hence the addition of the bizarre, “crowned crocodile” Estmmenosuchus and the iconic, sail-backed reptile Dimetrodon.  A model of the Late Devonian Placoderm Dunkleosteus was introduced by CollectA earlier in the year.  Another Theropod dinosaur has been added, this time it is a 1:40 scale model of the Late Jurassic predator Ceratosaurus.  The last of the quartet is a superb replica of the early elephant (Gomphotherium), a timely reminder, that the elephant family was once far more diverse than it is today.

The Age of Dinosaurs 1:40 Scale Range

As the CollectA range has expanded, the company has undertaken a degree of rebranding.  A new “Age of Dinosaurs 1:40” scale range has been introduced, although model collectors will note that it also includes pterosaurs and marine reptiles.  New to this range is the 1:40 scale Ceratosaurus, a vividly coloured meat-eating dinosaur with an articulated lower jaw.  A number of species have been assigned to the Ceratosaurus genus, most of which were somewhat lighter and smaller than other hypercarnivores associated with the Morrison Formation of the United States.  To achieve an accurate depiction, CollectA have cleverly depicted their Ceratosaurus figure on a sculpted base.  This permits a more dynamic pose and allows the hind feet to be in appropriate proportion to the rest of the body.

The New for 2018 CollectA 1:40 scale Ceratosaurus Model

CollectA Ceratosaurus dinosaur model.

CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale Ceratosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view all four models and to see the rest of the scale CollectA figures: CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Animal Models

CollectA Other Prehistoric Animals

Three new models have been added to this range.  There is the remarkable Estemmenosuchus, a large, robust animal, distantly related to modern mammals.  Fossil of this Dinocephalian come from Europe (Russia).   Two species have been described, the smaller, E. mirabilis (which we think this CollectA replica represents), was named and described fifty years ago.  It is apt therefore, that on the golden anniversary of the naming of this species, CollectA should introduce a 1:20 scale replica.

Famous for the Bony Horns – Estemmenosuchus from CollectA

Estemmenosuchus model from CollectA.

A Deluxe 1:20 scale Estemmenosuchus model from CollectA.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

1:20 Scale Dimetrodon Model

No Palaeozoic model series is complete without a replica of Dimetrodon.  This pelycosaur is one of the best known of all the Permian synapsids and a number of species have been named.  The new for 2018, CollectA Dimetrodon is in 1:20 scale and it shows some of the very latest thinking concerning this carnivore.   That famous sail does not extend all the way up those tall spines, reflecting the views of a number of palaeontologists.  The Dimetrodon has been given a coat of camouflage, a nod to the likely predatory habits of this reptile, it was probably an ambush hunter, relying on camouflage to permit prey to approach too close, unaware of the presence of the predator.  The CollectA model also has an articulated lower jaw.  Note also the hole in the sail, many fossil specimens show signs of pathology, so CollectA have given their Dimetrodon figure a little bit of “battle damage”.

The CollectA 1:20 Scale Dimetrodon Model

CollectA Dimetrodon model.

CollectA Dimetrodon in 1:20 scale.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

CollectA Deluxe Gomphotherium

Last but not least, is the excellent CollectA Deluxe Gomphotherium figure.  This model too is in 1:20 scale and it is great to see another species of prehistoric elephant being included in the model series. Although the Gomphotheres have an extensive fossil record, with some evidence suggesting the very last of them died out around 8,000 years ago, they are not that closely related to extant elephants.

The CollectA Deluxe Gomphotherium 1:20 Scale Model

CollectA Gomphotherium.

The CollectA 1:20 scale Gomphotherium model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Intriguingly, the length of the trunk is speculative, as the trunk contains no bones, it does not readily fossilise and the length of this iconic piece of a Proboscidean is not known.  CollectA have opted to give their Gomphotherium figure a functional trunk.

Commenting to Everything Dinosaur when these models were first announced, designer Anthony Beeson stated:

“He [the Gomphotherium model] is an addition to our prehistoric elephants.  He is a strange beast with his upper enamel-covered tusks recurving whilst the lower are thought to have been used for digging up roots or water plants.  The length of the trunk is unknown, so I have calculated what I believe would be a useful length.  I have given him a partial furring of hair.”

All four of these exciting replicas are now in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

30 06, 2018

Everything Dinosaur Newsletter (End June 2018)

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Everything Dinosaur Newsletter (End June 2018)

The Rebor War Pig Ankylosaurus, new Schleich models, Mojo dinosaurs, the Beasts of the Mesozoic range and Kaiyodo Tyrannosaurus rex figures all feature in Everything Dinosaur’s latest customer newsletter (end June 2018).  Every once in a while, we send our subscribers an email newsletter that helps to keep them informed about developments at Everything Dinosaur and new model ranges.

Everything Dinosaur’s Newsletter (June 2018) Features the Rebor War Pig Ankylosaurus

Everything Dinosaur Newsletter (June 2018).

Rebor War Pig Ankylosaurus models are in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Rebor War Pig Ankylosaurus Makes Headlines

The new Rebor War Pig figures (Ankylosaurus), make the headlines in our latest newsletter.  There are three colour variants of the War Pig Ankylosaurus, each variant represents a habitat in which this Late Cretaceous armoured dinosaur could have lived – “Plain”, “Woodland” and “Mountain”.  All three of the models have been beautifully crafted and there is quite a debate amongst model collectors and dinosaur fans as to which colour scheme is favourite.

To view the Rebor War Pig figures and the rest to the Rebor model range: Rebor Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals

Beasts of the Mesozoic Saurornitholestes sullivani and New Mojo Models

Beasts of the Mesozoic figures and Mojo models.

Beasts of the Mesozoic Saurornitholestes and new Mojo models for 2018.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Beasts of the Mesozoic and Four New Mojo Models

Newsletter subscribers were the first to learn that another shipment of the very popular Beasts of the Mesozoic 1:6 scale “raptor” figures is on the way.  This shipment will also include two new additions to the range that Everything Dinosaur stocks.  In addition, the latest information on the new for 2018 Mojo dinosaur models was also provided.  Four new models are being introduced by Mojo and a number of existing replicas have been given new paint schemes.  To find out more, we recommend subscribing to our newsletter.

To request a subscription to Everything Dinosaur’s regular newsletter, simply drop us an email: Email Everything Dinosaur

The Four New for 2018 Dinosaur Models from Mojo

Four new Mojo Fun models (2018).

Four new Mojo models.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

All four of the new for 2018 Mojo models are lizard-hipped dinosaurs – Saurischia.  The models represent Baryonyx, Deinonychus, Diplodocus and the giant carnivore Giganotosaurus.

New Schleich and Kaiyodo Market Research

Our latest newsletter includes information on three, recently introduced Schleich figures, the last replicas to be added to their “Conquering the Earth” range for this year.   The models are a very colourful Pteranodon, plus a juvenile T. rex and a juvenile Therizinosaurus.  The Schleich juvenile T. rex has an articulated lower jaw, whereas, the Schleich juvenile Therizinosaurus has moveable forelimbs.

Three New Schleich Figures Plus Kaiyodo Market Research

 

New Schleich figures and new for 2018 Kaiyodo collectables.

New Schleich replicas and looking at the prospect of adding Kaiyodo figures into the Everything Dinosaur product portfolio.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur and Kaiyodo

In the newsletter, we explain that Everything Dinosaur has the opportunity to bring in some limited edition and quite rare Kaiyodo Tyrannosaurus rex collectables.  Aimed at model collectors aged 15 and above (15+), Everything Dinosaur is considering bringing in three, articulated T. rex models.  Each model measures around 29 cm long and it can be put into multiple poses (ten points of articulation on each figure).

Everything Dinosaur newsletter subscribers are asked for their comments and feedback about this exciting new range from the talented model makers at Kaiyodo.

20 06, 2018

More Schleich Prehistoric Animals in Stock

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Three New Schleich Conquering the Earth Prehistoric Animal Models

Three new for 2018, prehistoric animal models have arrived at Everything Dinosaur.  The Schleich Therizinosaurus (juvenile), Schleich Pteranodon and the juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex figures are now in stock.  Everything Dinosaur team members were given a “sneaky peek” of these three “Conquering the Earth” models several months ago and we did post up a number of photographs that we had taken onto our social media pages.  We are very excited to be able to add these three Archosaurs to our Schleich portfolio.

Just Arrived at Everything Dinosaur – New for 2018 Prehistoric Animal Models

New for 2018 Schleich prehistoric animal models.

Three new additions to Everything Dinosaur’s Schleich model range.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Schleich Tyrannosaurus rex Juvenile

Over the years, Schleich have produced several T. rex dinosaur models.  This latest edition to the “Conquering the Earth” range measures a little over twenty-three centimetres in length from the tip of that articulated lower jaw to the end of the tail.  The model is well balanced and shows lots of detail, the painting on the inside of the mouth is particularly well done.  It makes a striking companion piece to the Tyrannosaurus rex model introduced by Schleich in the summer of 2017.

The Schleich Adult and Juvenile T. rex Models

Schleich Tyrannosaurs (2017-2018).

The Schleich juvenile T. rex and the 2017 Schleich T. rex model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the Schleich prehistoric animals in stock at Everything Dinosaur, including the three new figures: Schleich Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models

The Schleich Therizinosaurus Juvenile

Schleich have also introduced a juvenile Therizinosaurus dinosaur replica to go along with their repainted Therizinosaurus figure that came out earlier this year.  This model measures a fraction under sixteen centimetres high and is around twenty centimetres in length.

Schleich Therizinosaurs (Adult and Juvenile)

Schleich Therizinosaurs.

Schleich Therizinosaur dinosaur models.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Schleich juvenile Therizinosaurus dinosaur model has a pair of articulated front arms, just like the adult version of this Late Cretaceous Theropod.

Schleich Pteranodon

The last model to be added to Everything Dinosaur’s range is not a dinosaur, but a member of the Pterosauria, arguably one of the most famous of all the flying reptiles – Pteranodon.  Schleich have made Pteranodon models in the past, there was a Pteranodon included in the now retired “Saurus” range of prehistoric animal figures, but this new figure is much more brightly painted.

The New for 2018 Schleich Pteranodon Flying Reptile Model

A Schleich Pteranodon model.

New for 2018, a Schleich Pteranodon model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Pteranodon model is a representation of Pteranodon longiceps, the type species, first named and described in 1876 by the famous American palaeontologist Othniel Charles Marsh.  The wingspan of the model measures approximately twenty-two centimetres.  It is a very colourful flying reptile and we note the texture of the model’s skin, giving the impression of a covering of pycnofibres (hair-like filaments) on the body.  It is likely that these pterosaurs were endothermic (warm-blooded), these fibres would have helped to retain body heat and to insulate the animal.

A spokesperson for Everything Dinosaur commented:

“These three new figures are welcome additions to the Schleich Conquering the Earth model range.  Two of the new models represent juvenile Theropods.  The long crest of the colourful Pteranodon probably played a role in display.”

14 06, 2018

Everything Dinosaur to Conduct Dinosaur and Fossil Workshops at The Beacon Museum

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Everything Dinosaur at the Beacon Museum

As part of The Beacon Museum’s summer exhibition “Brick Dinos”, team members from Everything Dinosaur will be conducting a weekend of dinosaur and fossil themed workshops.  Join Mike and Sue from Everything Dinosaur from Friday afternoon 27th July and throughout that weekend and help them hunt for fossils including dinosaur bones!  Team members from Everything Dinosaur will be conducting a series of workshops at the Beacon Museum, giving participants the chance to be a palaeontologist and cast museum quality fossil replicas.  Turn dinosaur detective and get up close to some amazing fossils and learn how to find evidence of ancient life. Best of all, what you find on the fossil dig, you can keep!

Join Everything Dinosaur Team Members over the Weekend of July 27th to July 29th

Everything Dinosaur at the Beacon Museum

Everything Dinosaur will be conducting a series of family friendly dinosaur and fossil themed workshops from July 27th – July 29th.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Dinosaur Detectives and Perceptive Palaeontologists

The “Brick Dinos” event allows visitors to travel back in time and to interact with a series of prehistoric animal exhibits that have been created by the famous plastic bricks (Lego®).  Everything Dinosaur will be conducting a series of 2-hour-long, family friendly, dinosaur and fossil themed workshops, utilising the ground floor of the Beacon Portal.  Numbers are limited so booking is essential.

Dinosaur and Dino Pro combination tickets available please ring 01946 592302 for details, or alternatively, you can contact the Beacon Museum for tickets and further information: Contact The Beacon Museum at Whitehaven

Mike from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We are going to be bringing lots of different fossils which have been collected from various dig sites, sharks teeth, corals, ammonites, crocodile armour and of course, real dinosaur bone.  Visitors to the Beacon will have the opportunity to hunt for fossils and you can take home what you find, starting your own fossil collection.”

Everything Dinosaur at the Beacon Museum Friday July 27th to Sunday July 29th

Everything Dinosaur and fossil workshops.

Everything Dinosaur at the Beacon Museum 27th July to 29th July.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Proposed Itinerary*

Everything Dinosaur team members are going to be very busy over that weekend.   The team intend to conduct a 2-hour dinosaur and fossil workshop on Friday afternoon (starting 2pm) and to delivery two further workshops on Saturday and Sunday morning.  On Saturday and Sunday afternoon, Everything Dinosaur will be laying out their fossil trays and inviting visitors to join them on a fossil hunt, looking for fossils which will include teeth from prehistoric sharks, belemnite guards and dinosaur bones.

Friday 27th July
• 2pm to 4pm – Dinosaurs and Fossils Workshop

Saturday 28th July
• 9.30am to 11.30am – Dinosaurs and Fossils Workshop

• 1pm – Fossil Trays and Finding Fossils

• 2pm – Fossil Trays and Finding Fossils

• 3pm – Fossil Trays and Finding Fossils

• 4pm – Fossil Trays and Finding Fossils

Sunday 29th July
• 9.30am to 11.30am – Dinosaurs and Fossils Workshop

• 1pm – Fossil Trays and Finding Fossils

• 2pm – Fossil Trays and Finding Fossils

• 3pm – Fossil Trays and Finding Fossils

• 4pm – Fossil Trays and Finding Fossils

Proposed itinerary* potentially subject to change contact The Beacon Museum for further information.

Finding Fossils Including Shark Teeth

fossilised shark teeth.

A successful fossil hunt.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Further information and tickets: Contact The Beacon Museum at Whitehaven

24 05, 2018

Super Dinosaur Thank You Letters

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Great Wood Primary – Dinosaur Letters

Children in Year 2 at Great Wood Primary (Lancashire), sent in some super thank you letters to team members at Everything Dinosaur following a workshop at their school.  The pupils have been learning all about dinosaurs for their summer term topic and last month, an Everything Dinosaur team member was invited into the school to deliver two dinosaur and fossil themed workshops, one for each Year 2 class.

A Set of Thank You Letters Sent to Everything Dinosaur by One Year 2 Class

Pupils send thank you letters to Everything Dinosaur

Pupils at Great Wood Primary sent thank you letters to Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Beautiful Letters from Year 2

During our workshop, lots of extension ideas surfaced and we always try to support the lesson plans and scheme of work of the teaching team.  Challenging the class to write a letter to us gives an opportunity for the children to practice their handwriting and use of grammar.  We received two sets of letters, one from each class and it was great to see such excellent examples of letter writing.  Some of the children produced long letters, using two sheets of A4 paper, that is brilliant!

Lots and Lots of Letters for Us to Read – Here are the Letters from the Second Class

Dinosaur thank you letters from Year 2.

Children send in letters about dinosaurs.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Dinosaur Mike, who conducted the two workshops with the eager young palaeontologists from Great Wood Primary praised the children, saying:

“It was a great honour to receive the letters from Year 2.  The correspondence was held up in the post and we had to go to the Royal Mail delivery centre to pick them up, but the trip was so worthwhile as we came back with two sets of super thank you letters.  We really appreciate the letters and we have read them all.”

Putting the Letters on Display

The team have read them all and they hope to post up responses to some of the questions the children asked.  After laying the letters out onto the packing room floor in the company’s warehouse so they can be photographed, the letters will shortly be pinned up to the warehouse notice board.  They will make a super display and they will help to remind Dinosaur Mike of his visit to the school.  In the letters, the children inform us about their favourite part of the workshop.  It seems that the children really enjoyed comparing their brain to the brain of a giant armoured dinosaur and handling fossils.  The Tyrannosaurus rex tooth segment was also a favourite.

We wish the children and their hardworking Key Stage 1 teaching team every success with their dinosaur themed term topic and thank you once again for sending into Everything Dinosaur the wonderful correspondence.

20 05, 2018

New Papo, New CollectA and New Rebor Feature in Newsletter

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New Papo, New CollectA, New Rebor Figures all Feature in Newsletter

Subscribers to Everything Dinosaur’s newsletter received their latest bulletin a few days ago.  They were amongst the first to know about the arrival of the latest batch of new for 2018 Papo figures as well as the shipment of CollectA models including the 1:40 scale Mapusaurus figure.  In addition, our newsletter featured an update on the latest offerings from Rebor.

The Papo Therizinosaurus and the Papo Iguanodon Models are in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

The new for 2018 Therizinosaurus and Iguanodon models from Papo.

New for 2018 Papo Therizinosaurus and Papo Iguanodon dinosaur models in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur customers who had requested a Papo model be put on reserve for them have already been contacted by staff members.

To view the range of Papo prehistoric animal and dinosaur models available from Everything Dinosaur: Papo Prehistoric Figures and Models

CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Life

Five new CollectA prehistoric animal figures have arrived.  There are 1:40 scale figures of the fearsome Mapusaurus and a beautiful Iguanodon.  In addition, CollectA have introduced a 1:20 scale replica of the giant Devonian Placoderm Dunkleosteus and just like the amazing Mapusaurus, it too has a movable jaw.

Newsletter Readers were Amongst the First to Find Out About the New CollectA Models

New CollectA figures in stock at Everything Dinosaur

New for 2018 CollectA prehistoric animals.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

As well as the new scale models from CollectA, our latest bulletin included details of the two new, not-to-scale dinosaur figures that have just come out.  The drinking Mantellisaurus has been eagerly anticipated by model collectors and joining this Ornithopod, is a model of the bizarre, carnivore Sciurumimus, that despite being only known from a 70 cm long skeleton, may actually represent one of the largest types of Theropod from Jurassic Europe.

To view the scale model series from CollectA: CollectA Deluxe

To see the Mantellisaurus and the Sciurumimus models and the rest of the huge CollectA Prehistoric Life range: CollectA Prehistoric Life Models

Rebor “Chickenosaurus” and an Amazing 3D Lenticular Poster

Rebor continue to innovate and have added an amazing dinosaur embryo figure to the company’s “Oddities” range.  This cleverly designed item is a fantastic model of a genetically modified baby dinosaur.  The Rebor Chickenosaurus is supplied with a battery and has a light-up base and it makes a real focal point within a model collection.

Rebor Introduces a “Genetically Modified” Dinosaur and a Poster of “Wind Hunter”

"Chickenosaurus" and the 3-D Utahraptor poster from Rebor.

Rebor “Chickenosaurus” and the 3-D Utahraptor poster.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Rebor has introduced a three-dimensional poster of the Utahraptor figure “Wind Hunter” produced by the company.  This poster, the first to be made by Rebor, is also available from Everything Dinosaur.  This colourful and very striking dinosaur poster measures 26.5 cm by 20 cm (including the frame) and it is a limited-edition item.  It makes a smashing backdrop to the 1:35 scale Rebor Utahraptor ostrommaysorum figure.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“Once again the design team at Rebor have produced a pair of innovative carnivorous dinosaur themed items.  The “Chickenosaurus” has a light up base and when lit, the superb detail on the little dinosaur embryo can be clearly seen.  As for the three-dimensional, lenticular poster, it gives the impression that the eyes of a pack of hungry Utahraptors are following you around the room – spooky.”

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18 05, 2018

Preparing for Beasts of the Mesozoic

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Getting Ready for the Arrival of the Beasts of the Mesozoic Range

Everything Dinosaur team members are getting ready to receive the new Beasts of the Mesozoic range of 1:6 scale figures.  The stock is due to arrive in our warehouse next week.  For virtually every named prehistoric animal replica or model that we supply, our team members research and write a fact sheet on that creature.  These fact sheets are then sent out with the models and figures so that purchasers can read about the extinct animal the model represents.

Lots and Lots of Maniraptoran Fact Sheets Have Been Prepared

Fact sheets prepared for the Beasts of the Mesozoic range of models.

A collection of Beasts of the Mesozoic fact sheets created by Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Managing the Maniraptora

A few years ago, we could have referred to the Beasts of the Mesozoic range as representing members of the Dromaeosauridae family of dinosaurs, however, with the reclassification of Balaur bondoc from the Hateg Formation of Romania, as a flightless, ground-dwelling bird, we have had to extend our classification somewhat.  The Maniraptora clade is comprised of all those dinosaurs that includes the birds and the non-avian dinosaurs that were more closely related to them than to the North American ornithomimid Ornithomimus velox.  Amongst the many 1:6 scale models coming in there are plenty of vicious, fearsome carnivores.  Certainly, enough to keep fans of “raptors” happy.

The Skull of Linheraptor exquisitus (Holotype IVPP V 16923)

Linheraptor fossil skull.

Linheraptor skull in right lateral view.

Picture Credit: Zootaxa

The picture (above) shows the fossilised skull of Linheraptor exquisitus (holotype), the white scale bar = 5 centimetres.

The skull is shown in right lateral view, abbreviations: a, angular; aof, antorbital fenestra; f, frontal; hy, hyoid; itf, infratemporal fenestra; j, jugal; l, lacrimal; ld, left dentary; lpa, left prearticular; lsp, left splenial; m, maxilla; mf, maxillary fenestra; n, nasal; nf, narial fenestra; o, orbital; p, parietal; pmf, promaxillary fenestra; pmx, premaxilla; q, quadrate; qf, quadrate foramen; qj,
quadratojugal; rd, right dentary; sa, surangular; sq, squamosal.

The Linheraptor figure is just one of the 1:6 Beasts of the Mesozoic replicas due to arrive next week, already excited about this, but not to worry, we are definitely not in a flap!

10 05, 2018

Rebor Ankylosaurus “War Pig”

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Rebor Ankylosaurus “War Pig”

The Rebor Ankylosaurus model “War Pig” is coming into stock at Everything Dinosaur.  Available in three colour variations – Plain, Woodland and Mountain, this 1:35 scale model of Ankylosaurus magniventris is the latest addition to the Rebor scale model range.  This beautifully designed armoured dinosaur figure is due to arrive in about four weeks, team members at Everything Dinosaur expect to have stocks in their warehouse by early June.

The Rebor 1:35 Scale “War Pig” Ankylosaurus magniventris

The Rebor Ankylosaurus dinosaur model "Mountain" colour variant.

The Rebor Ankylosaurus dinosaur model “Mountain” colour variant.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Ankylosaurus – Mountain, Plain and Woodland

Ankylosaurus magniventris is regarded as the largest of the Ankylosauridae and although it has had a family of armoured dinosaurs named after it, palaeontologists now think that this Late Cretaceous armoured giant was not typical of the Ankylosaur family.  Ankylosaurus is known from only fragmentary remains found in the USA and Canada and its tail club was more rounded in shape when compared to other closely related Ankylosaurs, an anatomical feature picked up on by the designers at Rebor.  The tail bones (caudal vertebrae), are distinct with “u” shaped neural spines, a feature unique to A. magniventris, hence the relatively broad, wide tail on the Rebor figure.

The Rebor Ankylosaurus “War Pig” Plain

Rebor Ankylosaurus dinosaur model.

Rebor Ankylosaurus “War Pig” Plain.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Why Three Different Versions?

Intriguingly, despite Ankylosaurus being very well-known by the public and a veteran of numerous dinosaur films, palaeontologists regard it as ecologically rare in ancient Late Cretaceous palaeoenvironments.  Compared to the coeval nodosaurid Edmontonia, A. magniventris fossils are much less frequently found, this and differences in the shape of the jaw indicate that these two armoured dinosaurs may have inhabited different habitats and specialised in eating different types of vegetation.  Edmontonia fossils are associated with lowland, fluvial deposits, and the paucity of Ankylosaurus fossil material suggests that this dinosaur was a very infrequent visitor to the floodplains, so where did Ankylosaurus live?

The truth is we don’t know, hence the reason for three different colour variants of Ankylosaurus being introduced by Rebor.  Ankylosaurus may have inhabited upland areas, hence the “mountain” version.  It could have been at home in forested areas, hence the stunning “woodland” model, or equally, it could have been an animal of the open plains, hence the amazing “plain”.

Three Beautiful Versions of Ankylosaurus – Where Do You Think It Lived?

Rebor has made three different versions of Ankylosaurus.

The three different Rebor models “mountain”, “plain” and “woodland”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view Everything Dinosaur’s current range of Rebor replicas: Rebor Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models

Articulated Armoured Dinosaurs

The models have articulated lower jaws, the heads can be rotated and the tails have a metal rod inserted in them that allows the awesome tail club to be put into different positions.  As with all the Rebor replicas, these 1:35 scale figures have been beautifully painted and all three are fantastic additions to the Rebor range.  The models measure 29.5 cm in length and when this is scaled up it puts the Ankylosaurus replicas into the ball park size range stated by the recent (2017) scientific paper.

The Rebor “War Pig” Ankylosaurus – “Woodland”

Rebor Ankylosaurus dinosaur model "woodland".

Rebor Ankylosaurus “woodland”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Due to be in Stock in Four Weeks

These beautiful figures are due to be in stock in four weeks’ time, they can be reserved by dropping Everything Dinosaur an email: Email Everything Dinosaur to Reserve Your Rebor Ankylosaurus

We are looking forward to welcoming this trio of Thyreophorans into our warehouse.

To read Everything Dinosaur’s article on the 2017 paper that described Ankylosaurus as an atypical Ankylosaur: Ankylosaurus Not Your Typical Ankylosaur

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