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Competition Time Again with Everything Dinosaur

It’s competition time again with Everything Dinosaur and we have a signed copy of a fantastic new book all about British dinosaurs to win.  To celebrate the publication of “Dinosaurs of the British Isles” one of the authors of this amazing account about all things Dinosauria, palaeontologist Dean Lomax, has autographed a copy from the very first print run.  Everything Dinosaur is going to give this away to one lucky dinosaur fan.

The Front Cover of “Dinosaurs of the British Isles”

A comprehensive guide to British dinosaurs over 400 pages.

A comprehensive guide to British dinosaurs over 400 pages.

Picture Credit: Siri Scientific Press

This unique publication catalogues all the major dinosaur fossil discoveries from the British Isles.  With a foreward from Dr. Paul Barrett of the Natural History Museum, Dean and his fellow author Nobumichi Tamura provide a comprehensive account on the dinosaurs of the entire British Isles.  With hundreds of photographs, detailed skeletal reconstructions and vivid life illustrations this is a “must have” for every dedicated dinosaur fan, fossil collector and budding palaeontologist.

Competition Details

So our competition is this, if you were to discover a new species of dinosaur in the UK – what name would you call it?  That’s right, we want you to come up with a name for a new species of British dinosaur!

To enter our “name a British dinosaur” competition, a chance to win this truly unique account of the dinosaurs of the British Isles, all you have to do is “Like” Everything Dinosaur’s FACEBOOK page, then leave a comment with your suggested name for a new British dinosaur on the picture of the front cover of  the book (shown above).

Click the logo to visit our Facebook page and to give our page a "like".

Click the logo to visit our Facebook page and to give our page a “like”.

Everything Dinosaur on FACEBOOK: “LIKE” Our Facebook Page and Enter Competition

We will draw the lucky winner at random and the British dinosaur name competition closes on Friday, 31st October 2014.  Good luck to everyone and we can’t wait to see what British dinosaur names you come up!

Terms and Conditions of Name a British Dinosaur Competition

Automated entries are not permitted and will be excluded from the draw.

Only one entry per person.

The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative will be offered.

The Everything Dinosaur name a British dinosaur competition runs until Friday, October 31st 2014.

Winner will be notified by private message on Facebook or email.

Prize includes postage and packing.

For full terms and conditions contact: Contact Us

To read Everything Dinosaur’s Review of “Dinosaurs of the British Isles”: “Dinosaurs of the British Isles” Reviewed

Can’t wait to get hold of this book!  ”Dinosaurs of the British Isles” can be ordered from Siri Scientific Press: Visit the website

The Dinosaur Toy Forum Diorama Contest (Video)

The Dinosaur Toy Forum Diorama Contest Sponsored by Everything Dinosaur

Those clever people at the Dinosaur Toy Forum have compiled a video that displays all the entries for the 2014 diorama competition as sponsored by Everything Dinosaur and what a splendid selection of prehistoric themed scenes have been created.  It is certainly going to be a difficult job selecting the winners as there are some wonderful examples of creative use of models and modelling materials.  The winning entries will be selected by vote amongst forum members, a very democratic  and fair solution, to what would be a tricky task for a judging panel.

There is a Cambrian diorama, some splendid Triassic prehistoric animals, marine reptiles, Pterosaurs and plenty of scenes depicting Theropods, team members have enjoyed watching the video and identifying all the replicas contained therein.

The Competition Entries – Diorama Contest 2014

Video Credit: The Dinosaur Toy Forum

 A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur, which has sponsored the competition this year stated:

“We have all been extremely impressed by the standard of competition entries.  Everything Dinosaur would like to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone who entered, we are very proud to be involved as sponsors and clearly there are a lot of very talented forum members.”

The prizes have all been put aside in a special area of the Everything Dinosaur warehouse, once winners have been announced we can get these prizes (prehistoric animal models of course), sent out and on their way.

Best of luck to everyone involved and we look forward to posting up more news shortly.

Drawing of Sauropelta (Shield Lizard)

Sauropelta Illustrated

As we prepare for the 2015 introduction of the Sauropelta dinosaur figure in the Wild Safari Dinos model series (Safari Ltd), our team members have been working on the fact sheet that will accompany sales of this dinosaur model.  This large, early representative of that branch of the Ankylosauridae known as the nodosaurids was certainly a spectacular animal.  It had four pairs of spines projecting upwards and outwards from the neck and its body armour consisted of rows of bony studs interspersed with small, pebble-like osteoderms.  Sauropelta (S. edwardsorum) certainly needed its armour, as it shared a habitat with some very formidable Theropod dinosaurs.

As part of Everything Dinosaur’s preparations ,we have commissioned an illustration of this nodosaurid.  The drawing will help us to create a scale drawing, to give readers the chance to gauge just how big this dinosaur was.  It will also permit us to add “shield lizard” to our large collection of dinosaur drawing materials and downloads.

Everything Dinosaur’s Sauropelta Illustration

Primitive nodsaurid from the United States.

Primitive nodosaurid from the United States.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Mike Fredericks

The Sauropelta Replica (Safari Ltd)

Available from Everything Dinosaur in early 2015

Available from Everything Dinosaur in early 2015

Picture Credit: Safari Ltd

We think our illustration captures the anatomy of Sauropelta quite well, we shall add a human figure to the final drawing to provide scale.  One thing that has been pointed out to us, however, both the model and drawing with their small, down-turned snouts look unhappy.  Happiness is not an emotional state that is readily applied to the Dinosauria and we certainly should not anthropomorphosize, but perhaps the Sauropelta will look a little happier when these models start being snapped up by collectors and dinosaur fans alike.

To view Everything Dinosaur’s range of prehistoric animals from Safari Ltd: Dinosaur Models (Safari Ltd)

Feedback from Foundation Class

Five Stars for Everything Dinosaur (sort of)

At Everything Dinosaur we encourage teachers to provide our team members with feedback over our visits to schools to teach about dinosaurs.  We conduct dinosaur and fossil workshops from children within the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stages) right up to students at Key Stage 4.  We are keen to develop our work in schools and museums and we are very grateful for all the feedback that we receive.  Whilst it would be great if teachers could leave feedback and comments on our dedicated teaching website, we do have a section dedicated to this, we do appreciate that sometimes teaching professionals find themselves so busy that this is not always possible.

To view Everything Dinosaur’s dedicated teaching website: Dinosaurs and Fossils Teaching Website

To help overcome this we always carry feedback forms with us when we visit schools, colleges and other institutions.  Being able to provide instant feedback is a great benefit to the teachers, teaching assistants and learning support team members that we work with.

Following our visit to Kensington Primary School to work with Foundation Stage children, we got lots of very positive feedback from the teaching team.  This feedback has already been posted up on our dedicated teaching website, but we thought it would be helpful if we posted up one of the forms from a class teacher here.

Foundation Stage Teacher Praises Everything Dinosaur

5 Stars for Everything Dinosaur.

5 Stars for Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Kensington Primary School

 We note that our “star rating” system was perhaps a little confusing but the comments are greatly appreciated.

The Foundation Stage teacher commented:

“Excellent resources and modelling of different vocabulary, especially focusing on opposites eg. hard/soft.  Children remained engaged throughout and loved touching the objects.  They were the focus of a lot of discussion throughout the rest of the day.”

Our dinosaur expert talked through a couple of extension activities with the teaching team and we look forward to hearing how the term topic develops.

Year 1 Explore Dinosaurs

Exploring Dinosaurs and Learning How to Eat Like a Diplodocus

Another busy day yesterday for Everything Dinosaur with a visit to Altrincham Preparatory School to work with Year 1.  The children, under the enthusiastic tutelage of their teachers Mrs Bacon and Mrs Eyley had been studying dinosaurs and fossils and a visit from our dinosaur expert helped to reinforce learning.  One of the pupils in the class heralds from Canada, so it was apt to explore the rib bones of an Edmontosaurus (named after the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta).  One of the children in 1E was born in Argentina, so we promised to send out some information on Argentinosaurus, a huge Titanosaur, as part of the extension resources.

The children had been busy writing about Diplodocus and our expert was able to see some of the excellent examples of hand-writing, vocabulary use and sentence construction that was on display.

Year 1 Pupils Write About Diplodocus

A "What I am" writing exercise with Diplodocus.

A “what I am?” writing exercise with Diplodocus.

Picture Credit: Altrincham Preparatory School/Everything Dinosaur

As part of the experiments we conducted, we showed how Sauropod dinosaurs like Diplodocus fed and then we looked at some fossilised plants and compared them to living ferns.

To read more about Everything Dinosaur’s school visit: Dinosaurs Prove to be a Roaring Success for Year 1

There was also some wonderful artwork on display in the classrooms of 1B and 1E, the children were keen to demonstrate their knowledge and one young dinosaur fan even brought in a model of a Baryonyx.

Piecing Together a Carnivorous Dinosaur

Meat-eating dinosaurs inspire artwork.

Meat-eating dinosaurs inspire artwork.

Picture Credit: Altrincham Preparatory School/Everything Dinosaur

The children and the teaching team really enjoyed the morning and it was great to see so many dinosaur themed examples of work posted up around the classrooms.  We even met one little boy called Owen, so we sent over some information on the anatomist Sir Richard Owen who was responsible for naming the group of animals we know as the Dinosauria.

To read more about Everything Dinosaur’s work in schools: Dinosaur Workshops for Schools

Everything Dinosaur on Social Media

Social Media and Dinosaurs

Today, is the official first day of autumn in the United Kingdom.  Although our team members spend most of their waking hours discussing the concept of “deep time”, this year seems to have simply whizzed by.  Soon it will be Christmas (just ninety-two days to Christmas, or so we have been reliable informed).  Therefore it is a good time to reflect on our social media targets that were set at the beginning of the year.  On January 8th 2014, Everything Dinosaur staff set out a list of objectives with regards to the company’s social media activities, this list was updated and reviewed again in June.

To view the original article: Our Social Media Plans

To see the June review: Social Media Performance Review

Social media can be used for many purposes, we like to pass on helpful tips and advice to our customers.  We also like to post up articles about new dinosaur and fossil discoveries, museum exhibitions, competitions that we run, support schools and teachers and generally engage in two-way communication with our many friends and supporters across the world.  Our team members set targets at the start of the year, let’s see how we are doing.

FACEBOOK

This is our favourite platform, although Twitter is catching up fast.  Thanks to all those people who have entered our competitions and sent us various drawings and pictures, we have enjoyed seeing these items as they have been posted up onto our Facebook wall.  In terms of “likes” we had a target of 1,200 by the end of 2014, so far we have over 1,265 “likes”.  We are grateful to everyone who has liked our page.  Should we set a new target, how about an additional 100 “likes” by the end of the year?

New target = 1,380 “likes”

You can help us, by visiting Everything Dinosaur on Facebook (click the Facebook  logo below) and “like” the Everything Dinosaur page.

Everything Dinosaur on Facebook

Click the logo to visit our Facebook page and to give our page a "like".

Click the logo to visit our Facebook page and to give our page a “like”.

TWITTER

We love the immediacy of Twitter and we have really enjoyed “Tweeting” to our many friends and fans.  It has been great to correspond with so many helpful, intelligent people and to swap ideas and updates.

Back in January we had the following targets:

  • Tweets: 2,000
  • Followers 250
  • Following 300

So far we have tweeted 1,670 times and we have 255 followers and we are following 278, not many but not too bad considering all the work we do in schools and our other activities.

PINTEREST

Everything Dinosaur set the following targets for Pinterest at the beginning of 2014 (revised targets from June in brackets)

  1. 3,000 pins (4,000)
  2. Dinosaur party board
  3. 500 following
  4. 250 followers

As of this week, our Pinterest figures look like this – 4,639 pins with 130 pins on our Dinosaur Party board with a further 143 pins on our commercial board “dinosaur themed gifts”, 570 followers and 495 following.  Everything Dinosaur has already surpassed a number of Pinterest targets for the year, perhaps a total of 5,200 pins by the end of December?

Check out Everything Dinosaur on Pinterest: Everything Dinosaur on Pinterest

EVERYTHING DINOSAUR’S BLOG

Our web log (this site) is quite big, we are on target to have 2,800 articles on line by the end of the year, we should really post up on our social media platforms that we have passed 2,750 so far.  We try to put up an article, a news story or feature every single day of the year.  We set ourselves an additional target of 1,125 verified comments by the end of 2014, so far we have logged over 1,080, perhaps over the next few months we can achieve our comments target.  In addition, we have also spring cleaned (if that is the right term) our blog site, we have added a site map put up those blog articles that were lost when we upgraded systems and made sure that the archive was up to date.  Not too bad then.

YOUTUBE

Our video reviews have proved to be very popular, we are very appreciative of all the kind words and positive comments that we have received.  We wanted to upload a number of video reviews of new models this year, we have still got a few to do but we have 90 videos on line at the moment.  We set a target of 800,000 video reviews by the end of the year, it looks like that target is going to be exceeded as we have got 797,000 video views to date, perhaps we should set a new target of 900,000 by December 31st 2014.  Our subscriber numbers continue to increase we have over 1,030 at the moment.

We are truly grateful for all the comments, suggestions, feedback, unboxing videos, likes that we receive etc..  We can’t stress enough how important they are to us.

In addition to all our social media activities, we have been able over the last month or so, to establish a bespoke website aimed at helping teachers, learning support providers and homeschoolers teach about dinosaurs and fossils.  This new site contains lots of free resources to help this teaching work, as well as articles, features and advice from other teaching professionals.  Thanks to the support that we receive on our social media platforms we have been able to introduce this new website.

New Dinosaurs for Schools Teaching Website has been Launched

Teaching tips, articles, resources and free downloads.

Teaching tips, articles, resources and free downloads.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

 To visit the school site click here: Teaching About Fossils and Dinosaurs in Schools

Our thanks to everyone who has helped us on our journey.

Safari Ltd Announce New Models for 2015

Safari Ltd – New Prehistoric Animal Models for 2015

Safari Ltd have provided Everything Dinosaur with information in regards to this company’s new prehistoric animal models scheduled for release in 2015.  As with the trend in recent years, the number of Wild Safari Dinos introductions outnumbers those in the Carnegie Collectibles, scale model range.  One new addition is being added to the Carnegie Collectibles series, a model of a feathered Velociraptor.

Feathered Velociraptor from Safari Ltd

Available from Everything Dinosaur in 2015.

Available from Everything Dinosaur in 2015.

Estimated to be in approximately 1:50 scale the Velociraptor model measures a little over 19 cm in length and the model is a fraction under 8 cm tall.

The other prehistoric animal models that are due out next year are all part of the not-to-scale Wild Safari Dinos model range.  The introductions consist of a feathered Yutyrannus, the horned dinosaur Nasutoceratops, an Archaeopteryx figure and a model of the armoured dinosaur known as Sauropelta.

The Feathered Yutyrannus Dinosaur Model

Available from Everything Dinosaur in 2015.

Available from Everything Dinosaur in 2015.

The Yutyrannus model measures 20 cm long and is about the same height as the Velociraptor figure discussed earlier, just under 8 cm tall.

To read Everything Dinosaur’s article about the discovery of this “Chinese Feathered Tyrant”: One Tonne Basal tyrannosaurid

The Wild Safari Dinos Nasutoceratops

Available from Everything Dinosaur in 2015.

Available from Everything Dinosaur in 2015.

A beautifully crafted figure that keeps up the company’s proud tradition of introducing  at least one horned dinosaur model each year.  The Nasutoceratops measures 17 cm in length and stands 6 cm high.  To read Everything Dinosaur’s article on the discovery of “large nose, horned face”: Nasutoceratops Article.

Next, we have a replica of Archaeopteryx, a replica painted to reflect some of the latest scientific thinking about “ancient wing” or Urvogel, as the Germans like to call it.  The model is quite large, it is just under 10 cm high and the wing span is around 10 cm too.  What a fantastic model it is.

Wild Safari Dinos Archaeopteryx Model due out in 2015

Due to land at Everything Dinosaur next year.

Due to land at Everything Dinosaur next year.

Last but not least, is the wonderful replica of Sauropelta.  At Everything Dinosaur we just love our armoured dinosaurs and we look forward to receiving this model into our range early in 2015.

Armoured Sauropelta from Safari Ltd

Available from Everything Dinosaur in early 2015

Available from Everything Dinosaur in early 2015

At Everything Dinosaur, we supply Safari Ltd models with our own prehistoric animal themed information sheet.  Scale drawings have already been commissioned for all these models, just to whet your appetites, here is the finished drawing of the basal tyrannosaurid Yutyrannus.

Yutyrannus Drawing from Everything Dinosaur

Dinosaur drawing (Yutyrannus)

Dinosaur drawing (Yutyrannus)

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To see the range of Safari Ltd prehistoric animal models available from Everything Dinosaur: Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models

Autumn Edition of Prehistoric Times

Issue 111 (Autumn 2014) on its Way

The front cover of the next edition of Prehistoric Times depicts a dramatic scene.  A flock of Dromaeosaurs are attacking and over powering an Ornithopod.  We suspect that this is an interpretation of a fossil site whereby the carcases of a number of ferocious dinosaurs called Deinonychus were found in close proximity to the body of a much larger, herbivorous Tenontosaurus.  The scene was created by the highly talented Julius Csotonyi (interview with him in this magazine), it shows a group of Utahraptors overpowering a Hippodraco.  It is a digital painting created in 2013.

Front Cover of Prehistoric Times (Autumn 2014)

Prehistoric Times magazine.

Prehistoric Times magazine.

Picture Credit: Mike Fredericks

To read more about Prehistoric Times and to subscribe: Prehistoric Times Magazine

What a dramatic and beautifully crafted scene depicted on the front cover of the autumn edition.  We note also that the film “Dinosaur 13″ will be discussed, we look forward to reading this article, after all, we had a small role in the pre-publicity with regards to this movie that hit selected cinema screens in August.  There is also an interview with the very talented Julius Csotonyi.  Team members at Everything Dinosaur had the great honour of reviewing Julius’s latest book earlier this year “The Palaeoart of Julius Csotonyi” and what an excellent publication it is to.  On the subject of excellent publications, we are really looking forward to the next edition of Prehistoric Times.

Closing Date for Name a Dinosaur (T shirt Competition) Approaches

Dinosaur T-shirt Competition Closes on Friday 19th September (2014)

Just a few more days to go, but there is still time to enter Everything Dinosaur’s “Name the Dinosaur on our Exclusive T. rex T-shirt Competition”, seriously, we are going to have to think of easier titles.  Anyway, the contest closes on Friday 19th September.  PLEASE NOTE THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.

Back on August 22nd, Everything Dinosaur introduced a little contest to celebrate the introduction of the company’s exclusive range of dinosaur themed T-shirts.  We called it our “T-errific, T-yrannosaurus, T-easer, T-shirt competition (there we go again with the long titles).  Our “Apprentice Palaeontologist” tee featured a very cute baby Tyrannosaurus rex.  It even held in its claws a geology hammer, very sweet, but we did not have a name for this little critter.  That reminds us, thanks to Sandra and Mary for their suggestion of “crittersaurus”, this name has been added to our competition entries.

Cute Tyrannosaurus rex Baby Needs a Name

Think of a name for me to win a T-shirt!

Think of a name for me to win a T-shirt!

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view Everything Dinosaur’s dinosaur themed clothing for children: Dinosaur Themed Clothing for Children

Entering the competition is really easy, remember it’s a chance to win a dinosaur themed T-shirt for your own budding palaeontologist, just “Like” Everything Dinosaur’s FACEBOOK page, then comment on the picture of the baby dinosaur design on our red T-shirt (as seen above, the same picture will be posted up on our Facebook page today, so that it is easy to find).  It is a very friendly looking “Apprentice Palaeontologist”, our little dinoaur just needs a name.

Don’t forget, to enter, just visit Everything Dinosaur on FACEBOOK  and “like” our page and leave a suggested name for our baby dinosaur by adding a comment to the baby dinosaur’s picture.

Everything Dinosaur on Facebook

Click the logo to visit our Facebook page and to give our page a "like".

Click the logo to visit our Facebook page and to give our page a “like”.

Everything Dinosaur on FACEBOOK: “LIKE” Our Facebook Page and Enter Competition

We will draw the lucky winner at random after the name caption competition closes this Friday that’s  Friday 19th September 2014.  Good luck to everyone taking part.

Full terms and conditions, the competition rules and so forth can be found here: Dinosaur T-shirt Competition Extra Information

PLEASE NOTE THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

Feedback from Everything Dinosaur Customers

Customer Says Hi and Thank You

We are very lucky to have some amazing customers and we really enjoy learning all about the adventures our dinosaur toys get up to.  The other day, amongst the very many complimentary emails we received about our customer service, there was one from dad Kevin, who wrote to us about his young son Ted.

It seems that Ted is a budding palaeontologist and he just loves the dinosaur models that came from Everything Dinosaur.

Kevin wrote to say:

“I recently made an order of about five dinosaurs from you.  Ted’s growing obsession with dinosaurs led me to your site and I was impressed by the quantity, quality and value for money of the models that you offer.  I was thoroughly impressed by your service, the dinosaurs really are top quality and not only that but they arrived fast, nicely packed and came with info sheets that were a pleasant surprise too.”

Ted Ensuring that his Diplodocus Gets a Good Feed

Young Ted knows that Diplodocus was a herbivore.

Young Ted knows that Diplodocus was a herbivore.

Picture Credit: Dad (Kevin)

It’s always a pleasure to hear from our customers.  We receive a lot of feedback from parents, teachers, guardians, museum staff – all sorts of people.  We genuinely try and help all that we can.

Kevin went onto add:

“The main purpose of this email, was to thank you and to share with you some of the joy your products have brought us all.”

We are grateful to Kevin and his family for sending us a splendid picture of young Ted making sure his Diplodocus gets plenty of food to eat.  Kevin commented that thanks to his dinosaurs, he was learning all about what different animals eat.  An understanding of animals, plants and learning about food chains is part of the national science curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2 for England.  Dinosaurs as a teaching topic does help enthuse and engage the minds of young children.

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