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20 05, 2017

The Latest Everything Dinosaur Customer Newsletter

By | May 20th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Newsletters, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

Rebor, Battat Terra and Bullyland – Everything Dinosaur Newsletter

Subscribers to Everything Dinosaur’s news feed received this week an email newsletter giving them notification of the arrival of the limited edition Rebor hatchling Stegosaurus “Clover” and the repainted “Fallen Queen” Triceratops horridus dinosaur model.  Subscribers have the opportunity to discover the latest releases, to get updates on what’s coming into stock and to be kept abreast of product developments.

This can be really important, especially with the likes of the Rebor “Clover” replica, as only 1,000 of these exquisite models have been made.

The Latest Everything Dinosaur E-News

Everything Dinosaur newsletter.

The Everything Dinosaur E-News (mid May 2017).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

There are opportunities to opt into the Everything Dinosaur newsletter subscribers list when placing an order, but guests and other visitors to the Everything Dinosaur website can subscribe by simply scrolling down the home page and filling in the form on the bottom right of the screen.

Scroll Down the Everything Dinosaur Homepage to Find the E-News Subscription Form

Subscribe to the Everything Dinosaur newsletter.

Scroll down the Everything Dinosaur home page to find the subscription area.

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Visit Everything Dinosaur’s website here: Everything Dinosaur

Breaking News on Battat (Battat Terra)

The latest newsletter also provides information on the Battat Terra range of dinosaurs.  This model range, originally designed for the Boston Museum of Science in America, currently consists of twelve replicas.  However, in the newsletter, Everything Dinosaur informs readers that this number is likely to be reduced as models are retired.  One of the key objectives of these newsletters is to ensure that collectors are kept up to date with such developments.

Battat Terra Dinosaurs – Soon to be Less Than Twelve

Battat Terra dinosaur models.

The Battat Terra dinosaur model range (for the moment).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur stated:

“Periodically, we send out a formal newsletter to our database of subscribers.  We take great care to manage this list and we do our best to inform our customers about product developments, new blog articles highlighting dinosaur fossil discoveries, the latest introductions, model retirements and such like.  We send out these newsletters so that we can keep this ever-growing list up to date with developments.”

The Newsletter Provides Helpful Information About Prehistoric Animal Model Ranges

Helping customers to stay informed.

Everything Dinosaur newsletter (mid May 2017).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

 For further information about Everything Dinosaur’s newsletter and to enquire about subscribing, simply: Email Everything Dinosaur

Newsletters provide an excellent opportunity for Everything Dinosaur to maintain relationships with its customers as well as providing a convenient platform for subscribers to access informative content.  They are also very easy for dinosaur fans to share with their own contacts and followers.  Naturally, they will not replace the personal correspondence that team members provide, dealing promptly and swiftly with customer emails and enquiries.

Feedback from Customers

It is important to give customers the opportunity to correspond with Everything Dinosaur.  Two-way communication is simplified as, with all Everything Dinosaur’s newsletters, there is an email link to allow recipients to contact the company directly.  Staff are happy to help with individual queries and they do their best to offer advice.

The spokesperson added:

“We get all sorts of questions, typically we get asked about shipping and postage options, requests for model measurements, requests to reserve replicas and of course, lots of questions about forthcoming releases.  We even get sent questions about prehistoric animals, the latest enquiry received just a couple of hours ago concerned a question about the smallest dinosaur known to science.”

The next E-News to be sent by Everything Dinosaur is due to be dispatched in about seven days or so, it will introduce a new model range to company’s ever-growing prehistoric animal model portfolio.

16 05, 2017

Rebor “Clover” Hatchling Stegosaurus Coming to Everything Dinosaur

By | May 16th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Rebor “Clover” – Limited Edition Hatchling Stegosaurus is Coming to Everything Dinosaur

The superb, limited edition Rebor “Clover”, a replica of a hatching Stegosaurus, is coming to Everything Dinosaur very soon.  Team members at the UK-based company are expecting delivery of these hand-painted scale models to the Everything Dinosaur warehouse within 48-hours.

Update: The Rebor “Clover” limited edition is now available from Everything Dinosaur (until stocks run out).

To view the range of Rebor prehistoric animals available from Everything Dinosaur: Rebor Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Replicas

The Rebor Hatchling Stegosaurus Replica “Clover”

Rebor "Clover" hatching Stegosaurus.

Rebor hatchling Stegosaurus “Clover”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Limited Edition Rebor Replica

Only 1,000 of these hatching dinosaur models have been made.  “Clover” joins other Rebor hatching dinosaur models such as “Rudy” the hatching Tyrannosaurus rex and “Jolly”, the Triceratops hatchling which was the first in this special series to be introduced.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“Both Jolly and Rudy proved to be extremely popular with dinosaur fans and we already have had lots of enquiries and requests to reserve one of these limited edition replicas.”

To reserve a limited edition Rebor “Clover” (hatching Stegosaurus): Email Everything Dinosaur to Reserve “Clover”

Update: The Rebor “Clover” limited edition is now available from Everything Dinosaur (until stocks run out).

Complete with Pieces of Eggshell and a Four-Leaf Clover

As well as the display stand and the model itself, the Rebor hatchling Stegosaurus comes supplied with a set of poseable ferns which form a fantastic backdrop to the replica.  Two extra pieces of eggshell are provided so that diorama makers and collectors can present their own model in a unique way.  The baby Stegosaurus even has a lucky four-leaf clover to keep it company, a quirky piece of design from Rebor which makes this beautifully crafted replica even more appealing.

The Rebor “Clover” Comes with a Four-Leaf Clover

Rebor "Clover" hatching Stegosaurus.

Rebor hatchling Stegosaurus “Clover”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

 Clovers are nested within the genus Trifolium, which in turn is assigned to the plant family Fabaceae (the legumes).  It is likely that the Fabaceae originated during the Mesozoic, however, the earliest fossils that can be definitively assigned to the Fabaceae appeared in the late Palaeocene Epoch (fifty-six million years ago approximately).  This flower family may have first evolved during the time of the dinosaurs, but it is highly unlikely that any member of the Stegosauridae ever fed on clover, or even another member of the legumes family for that matter.  The heyday of the Stegosaurs was the Late Jurassic and this family of plant-eating dinosaurs were probably long extinct before the Fabaceae evolved.  Still, we can give Rebor a lot of credit for their innovative approach to prehistoric animal modelling.

To view the range of Rebor prehistoric animals available from Everything Dinosaur: Rebor Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Replicas

A Rebor Hatching Stegosaurus Dinosaur Model

Rebor "Clover" hatching Stegosaurus.

Rebor hatchling Stegosaurus “Clover”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Hatching Stegosaurus Dinosaur Model from Rebor

Stegosaurus is one of the most popular of all the dinosaurs.  It regularly features in the top ten of dinosaurs in Everything Dinosaur’s annual prehistoric animal survey.  Rebor have already produced a Stegosaurus figure, a baby Stegosaurus which is named “Melon”, this is a 1:35 scale, hand-painted replica.  There are rumours that Rebor intend to introduce a replica of an adult Stegosaurus, but we at Everything Dinosaur, couldn’t possibly comment…

The 1:35 Scale Baby Stegosaurus Replica from Rebor (Melon)

"Melon" the Rebor Stegosaurus replica.

Rebor baby Stegosaurus “Melon”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Update: The Rebor “Clover” limited edition is now available from Everything Dinosaur (until stocks run out).

1 05, 2017

Everything Dinosaur to Stock Mojo Models

By | May 1st, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

Everything Dinosaur Adds Mojo Models

Everything Dinosaur is to add Mojo “Prehistoric and Extinct” models to the company’s already extensive product range.  The Mojo models are scheduled to go live on the Everything Dinosaur website in the middle of May, around week commencing 15th May.  JurassicCollectables exclusively revealed that Mojo models were coming to Everything Dinosaur in a recent unboxing video posted up on their YouTube channel.

Unboxing 2017 Prehistoric Animal Models Including Some Mojo Models

Video Credit: JurassicCollectables

In this short, ten-minute video, the narrator discusses the contents of the latest parcel of prehistoric animals to be sent from Everything Dinosaur to JurassicCollectables – new for 2017 Papo models, the first batch of the 2017 CollectA replicas and in a scoop for this excellent YouTube channel, JurassicCollectables was able to reveal that the Mojo range had been added to Everything Dinosaur’s product portfolio.  The Mojo dinosaur models include Triceratops, Parasaurolophus, Velociraptor, Brachiosaurus, Stegosaurus, Spinosaurus and a new for 2017 Allosaurus.

Mojo Models Coming to Everything Dinosaur

Mojo dinosaur and prehistoric animal models.

Mojo “Prehistoric and Extinct” model range.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Mojo Prehistoric and Extinct Animal Models

Formed in 2009, Mojo has created an exciting range of animal and fantasy figures.  In 2016, many of their existing models were given makeovers and new paint schemes ready for a re-launch this year.  In addition, a number of new sculpts and prototypes were prepared in order to expand the company’s product range.  Everything Dinosaur will be bringing into stock all thirty-one of the models in Mojo’s “Prehistoric and Extinct” animal model range, including the quite rare and hard to get prehistoric mammals such as the excellent Deinotherium model seen in the JurassicCollectables unboxing video.

In addition, new for 2017 Mojo dinosaurs will be available from Everything Dinosaur, including the wonderful Mojo Tyrannosaurus rex hunting (red) replica which led the narrator in the JurassicCollectables video to exclaim:

“The detail on this looks absolutely stunning” and “This looks amazing!”

The New for 2017 Mojo Hunting Tyrannosaurus rex (red colour)

Mojo hunting Tyrannosaurus rex.

Mojo hunting T. rex dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Two versions of the large, hunting T. rex model will be available from Everything Dinosaur, the Mojo hunting T. rex (red) see picture above and JurassicCollectables video, plus a green version of this dinosaur model.  In total, there will be six new Tyrannosaurus rex models, including a juvenile replica and a 1:40 scale T. rex.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We have been most impressed by the way that the Mojo range has developed and we are delighted to be able to add these new replicas to our inventory.  In particular, it is great to see some of the more unusual prehistoric and extinct creatures featured.  For example, we will be adding the re-painted Hyaenodon gigas plus the entelodont Daeodon and the exquisite Brontotherium model to our product range.”

The JurassicCollectables unboxing video certainly highlights the quality of the prehistoric animals currently available and we look forward to viewing individual model reviews on the YouTube channel.

The YouTube channel of JurassicCollectables provides an extensive library of informative prehistoric animal model reviews, if you have not already subscribed to this extremely professional channel then we at Everything Dinosaur, encourage you to do so.

Visit the JurassicCollectables YouTube channel: View JurassicCollectables on YouTube and Subscribe

To visit the Everything Dinosaur models section of the website: Prehistoric Animal Models

6 04, 2017

Updating Apatosaurus

By | April 6th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

Re-writing the Apatosaurus Dinosaur Fact Sheet

At Everything Dinosaur, for the vast majority of the named prehistoric animal models we supply, we send out a fact sheet on that animal to accompany the sale.  As a result, we have researched and written hundreds of fact sheets.  From time to time, we have to update and amend these fact sheets to reflect changes in ideas about extinct animals and to incorporate new fossil evidence.

A New Scale Drawing Added to the Everything Dinosaur Apatosaurus Fact Sheet

Apatosaurus scale drawing.

Scale drawing of Apatosaurus (A. ajax).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Take for example, the Apatosaurus fact sheet.  This was first written in 2006, but it has undergone several revisions, just like the whole of the diplodocids.  In the new, updated data sheet, we assert that Apatosaurus was closely related to Diplodocus and comment on the recently resurrected genus Brontosaurus being the sister taxon to Apatosaurus.  A sister taxon or sister group, as it is sometimes termed, is used in classification to denote the very closest relatives of another taxon within the evolutionary tree.

Although several palaeontologists disagree with the findings of the 2015 paper that considered Brontosaurus a valid genus “A Specimen-level Phylogenetic Analysis and Taxonomic Revision of Diplodocidae (Dinosauria, Sauropoda)”, which was co-authored by Roger Benson of Oxford University), at Everything Dinosaur, we have amended our fact sheet to reflect the changes in the Diplodocidae family.  In addition, back in 2014, a huge, two-metre-long femur (thigh bone), was discovered at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry (Mesa County, western Colorado).  Although, a number of Sauropod genera are associated with this famous dig site (Brushy Basin Member of the Morrison Formation), the bone has been ascribed to Apatosaurus (species unknown) and this single bone discovery suggests that Apatosaurus may have been considerably bigger than the twenty-one to twenty-two-metre-long estimates of the past.

To read more about this fossil discovery: Record Breaking Apatosaurus Thigh Bone

Apatosaurus Illustration

Although we had a lot of Apatosaurus illustrations in our database, we chose to commission a new drawing based on the Papo Young Apatosaurus dinosaur model, which was introduced back in 2015.  Apatosaurus was considerably more robust than Diplodocus and the Papo model, with its thick neck, showing well defined cervical vertebrae and robust limbs, contrasted nicely with our illustration of Diplodocus.

The Papo Young Apatosaurus Dinosaur Model

Papo Young Apatosaurus model.

The Papo Young Apatosaurus dinosaur model – view from above.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the Papo Apatosaurus and the rest of the Papo prehistoric animal model range: Papo Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models

Many skeletons of these animals are found with the skull missing and when Apatosaurus was first described it was given the short, deep, “box like” skull of a Camarasaurus.  When a real Apatosaurus skull was scientifically described many years later, it was described as being very different from that of a camarasaurid.  It was long and low with peg-shaped teeth positioned at the front of the mouth.  The nostrils are located on the top of its head, this added weight to the argument that Apatosaurus lived in swamps where it could feed out of reach from predators with the water helping to support its great bulk.  However, it is now believed that these animals were almost entirely terrestrial.

Until the next Apatosaurus fact sheet re-write.

31 03, 2017

Papo Acrocanthosaurus and Ceratosaurus in Stock

By | March 31st, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

Papo Acrocanthosaurus and Papo Ceratosaurus in Stock

The new for 2017 Papo Acrocanthosaurus and Papo Ceratosaurus dinosaur models are now in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  These two beautiful dinosaur models with articulated lower jaws have just arrived at Everything Dinosaur’s warehouse, ahead of their official release date.  This means that we are now stocking five, new 2017 Papo models – all of them dinosaurs.

The Papo Acrocanthosaurus and the Papo Ceratosaurus Dinosaur Models

Papo Ceratosaurus and Acrocanthosaurus models.

The Papo Acrocanthosaurus and the Papo Ceratosaurus dinosaur models.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Papo Dinosaurs

The first five Papo models to be released this year into their “Les Dinosaures” range, just happen to all be dinosaurs, the models released so far:

  1. Papo Polacanthus.
  2. Papo repainted Velociraptor (blue) with an articulated lower jaw.
  3. Papo repainted Oviraptor (blue).
  4. Papo Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur model, complete with an articulated lower jaw.
  5. Papo Ceratosaurus – this replica too, also has an articulated lower jaw.

The largest of the Papo models introduced into the dinosaur model range to date is the Papo Acrocanthosaurus.  It measures an impressive twenty-eight centimetres long and that sinewy, serpentine tail is nearly sixteen centimetres in the air.  It is the biggest Papo prehistoric animal model to be introduced this year.

The impressive and toothy-looking Ceratosaurus is very well painted, lots of teeth on show (perhaps the model represents the Ceratosaurus species C. dentisulcatus)?  The Papo Ceratosaurus model measures around twenty centimetres in length and not including that large nasal horn, the model stands a fraction under nine centimetres high.

My Papo Acrocanthosaurus Dinosaur Model

The Papo Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur model.

The Papo Acrocanthosaurus model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the entire range of Papo dinosaur models, including all five new for 2017 replicas, simply click on the following link: Papo Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models

The Papo range have great appeal to model collectors and dinosaur fans.  The French company has built up a strong reputation in the dinosaur model market.

Collect them all!

11 03, 2017

Frogspawn in the Office Pond

By | March 11th, 2017|Animal News Stories, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page|0 Comments

Frogspawn in the Office Pond

We have frogspawn in the Everything Dinosaur office pond!  Early this morning two batches of frogspawn were laid.  We are expecting more as at least five frogs have been spotted in the pond this afternoon.  The frogs are all Common Frogs (Rana temporaria), the name is a bit of a misnomer as frog numbers, like most species of amphibians have declined substantially in recent years.  It’s great news for us, to have frogspawn in the pond once again.

Frogspawn and Mating Frogs in the Office Pond

We have frogspawn in the office pond.

Frogspawn in the office pond, with two frogs also in the picture.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We have been fortunate to have had frogspawn in our small pond for many years now, hopefully, we shall be able to see some small frogs emerging later in the summer, helping to sustain the local frog population and doing our bit for conservation.

Helping to Conserve the Local Frog Population

Mating frogs (2017).

A pair of mating frogs (2017).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

7 03, 2017

A Royal Ceratopsian

By | March 7th, 2017|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Regaliceratops peterhewsi – Awaiting the new CollectA Model

We are expecting the first batch of new for 2017 CollectA models to arrive shortly.  The CollectA Prehistoric Life Regaliceratops model should be amongst the first of these new models to be delivered into our warehouse and team members at Everything Dinosaur have been busy preparing the fact sheet that will be sent out accompanying sales of this model.

Preparing for the CollectA Fact Sheet

A drawing of the horned dinosaur Regaliceratops.

A scale drawing of the horned dinosaur Regaliceratops.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Hundreds of Prehistoric Animal Fact Sheets

Regaliceratops means “Royal Horned Face”, honouring the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller (Alberta, Canada), as well as paying tribute to that amazing head shield with its rounded epocipitals.  For every fact sheet that we produce, we commission a drawing of the prehistoric animal and the picture above shows our Regaliceratops and a human figure next to it for scale.  Our dinosaur experts estimate that this horned dinosaur would have weighed perhaps as much as two thousand kilogrammes and the head shield would have been some three and a half metres tall in a fully grown adult.  The Regaliceratops fact sheet from Everything Dinosaur is number 814, this gives readers an idea of just how many fact sheets we have written.  Other new fact sheets include one for Basilosaurus, a fact sheet for the marine reptile Excalibosaurus and a fact sheet for the CollectA Gigantspinosaurus replica.  All of these figures will be in stock at Everything Dinosaur very soon.

The CollectA Regaliceratops Dinosaur Model

CollectA Prehistoric Life Regaliceratops model.

The CollectA Regaliceratops horned dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Romantic Regaliceratops

The dinosaur shows characteristics of both the Chasmosaurinae and the Centrosaurinae tribes of the Ceratopsia and hopefully more fossils of this enigmatic horned dinosaur will be found in the future.  In the meantime, we have the arrival of the new for 2017 CollectA Regaliceratops to look forward to.  Academic papers can make quite dry and sober reading.  There is a strict etiquette to be observed when writing them, especially those that are up for peer review.  However, one of the authors of the scientific paper describing R. peterhewsi showed his romantic side, as in the acknowledgements section of the paper, Dr Caleb Brown sneaked in a marriage proposal to his long-time partner Dr Lorna O’Brien.  We are happy to report that Dr O’Brien accepted.

Dr Brown’s Proposal of Marriage in the Scientific Paper

A marriage proposal inserted into the Regaliceratops paper.

By “Royal Command”.

Picture Credit: Current Biology

I guess you could say that this is one marriage proposal that has received royal approval.

To view Everything Dinosaur’s range of CollectA Prehistoric Life Models: CollectA Prehistoric Life Models

5 03, 2017

A Revamped Blog

By | March 5th, 2017|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|3 Comments

Everything Dinosaur’s Blog Gets A Makeover

The Everything Dinosaur blog has had a makeover.  With over 3,600 articles, the blog, which has been operating since May 2007, is approaching its tenth anniversary and it has recently been given a new look to ensure it stays true to the look of the company’s main website: Everything Dinosaur.

The Revamped Everything Dinosaur Blog Site

Everything Dinosaur blog.

Everything Dinosaur’s revamped blog site.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Helping to Educate and Inform

Everything Dinosaur is made up of a dedicated team who write about anything and everything to do with dinosaurs, fossils and other prehistoric animals.   Our features, articles and news stories are posted up on this, our blog site.  The blog was established nearly ten years ago, with the aim of providing open access to news about palaeontology, new model releases, research into dinosaurs and updates on fossil discoveries.  Our blog articles also provide an insight into Everything Dinosaur’s work with schools, museums and other educational bodies as we strive to help inform and educate with regards to the amazing story of life on our planet.

We aim to provide interesting and informative articles on palaeontology and other Earth sciences as well as to highlight good teaching practices that we find on our visits to schools.  It is great to be able to showcase the work of students, helping them to become enthused about the sciences and helping to feed their curiosity.

The Everything Dinosaur Blog Makes an Excellent Teaching Resource

Fossil handling workshop.

A blog that helps to inform and educate.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We try to produce blog posts that minimises jargon and the use of technical terms.  Our blog is aimed at dinosaur fans, model collectors, teachers and those who share our passion for learning about prehistoric life.

The articles and features that we produce can be used by fellow teachers, teaching assistants and home educationalists.   In order to provide further support, Everything Dinosaur also manages a website dedicated to schools, all helping to support the recently introduced science curriculum at both the primary and secondary levels of education.

The specialist Everything Dinosaur school site: Dinosaurs for School Site

A spokesperson for the UK-based company stated:

“The blog site gives us the opportunity to present information on the many press releases and papers that we get sent from universities and museums.  Our aim is to produce articles that demystify some of the science behind the study of prehistoric life and to provide informative and helpful articles to our readership.”

We remain passionate and enthusiastic about what we do and hopefully this blog helps to keep our customers informed about our activities, new products and our work.  Naturally, we welcome all comments and feedback and one of the new improvements with this revamped blog is that it is now easier to leave a comment on any one of the 3, 600 articles we have produced so far.  Roll on article 4,000!

1 03, 2017

Extra Security on the Everything Dinosaur Website – New Passwords

By | March 1st, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Newsletters, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

New Passwords May be Required on the Everything Dinosaur Website

Everything Dinosaur has launched a brand new website and very good it looks to with visitors commenting on how easy it is to navigate, to search for items and the clarity of the images.  However, existing account holders may encounter a problem attempting to log into their accounts.  Not to worry, first we will explain why existing account holders might be experiencing a problem, next we will show you the simple solution.

Everything Dinosaur’s New and Upgraded Website

Everything Dinosaur's website

The new front page of the Everything Dinosaur website.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

HTTPS versus HTTP

The address of the Everything Dinosaur website: Everything Dinosaur’s Website has been slightly changed.  If the old address is stored in your favourites or if you have it pinned to your tool bar, the link will still work and you can find us.  However, rather than the address of our website beginning “http” it now starts with “https”.  You can see this for yourself in your own browser when you visit our website.

HTTPS Address Element is Highlighted

HTTPS a secure website.

New security safeguards added to Everything Dinosaur’s website.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

In the picture above the address information of Everything Dinosaur is highlighted.

HTTP and HTTPS – What’s the Difference?

HTTP means “hypertext transfer protocol” the set of rules that computers use for sharing information on the internet.  HTTPS stands for “hypertext transfer protocol secure”.  Our new website is more secure, it is extra protection to help keep our customers and their information safe.  When a computer uses HTTPS to communicate, the data is scrambled to that no one in between two communicating parts of the world-wide web can read this data.

Existing Account Holders May Have to Change Their Password

Extra security is great, it’s all part of Everything Dinosaur’s customer service.  However, existing account holders may have to change their password in order to access their account.  The new HTTPS part of our address is, in essence, asking you to change your password to ensure that your data remains secure.

Changing Your Account Password

Changing your account password on our new website is simple.  Here is what you need to do:

• Visit our new website at: Everything Dinosaur
• On the right of the home page, near the top click on the “My Account” button

The account button on the Everything Dinosaur website.

The “account” button.

• When you click on the “My Account” button, you should land on the following page:

Getting a new password (Everything Dinosaur).

Getting a new password.

  • Click on the “lost your password” link (see above).
Resetting your password (Everything Dinosaur).

How to reset your password.

  • Put in your user name or email address and then you will be taken to the “reset password”, click on the button (highlighted above) and you will be sent an email with a link to set a new password.

Making a Password “Strong”

Here are some tips to make your password strong and secure.

  1. Use a unique password for each of your important accounts.
  2. Use a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols in your password.
  3. Don’t use personal information or common words as a password.

Within the “account settings” of your own account you can reset your password and there is even a helpful “generate password” button which will automatically give you a new, strong password.

Remember: If you change any of the settings on your account, such as your password, remember to scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “save changes” button to save your updates.

26 02, 2017

Those Curious Coelurosauria

By | February 26th, 2017|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page|0 Comments

Complicated “Hollow Tailed” Lizards Such as Fukuivenator

That diverse and very complicated clade of Theropod dinosaurs, the Coelurosauria can prove problematical for even the most knowledgeable dinosaur enthusiast to navigate.  This time last year, a new dinosaur from Japan was assigned to the “Hollow Tail Lizards” (that’s what the term Coelurosaur means), today, we reflect on that dinosaur’s discovery and what it means for dinosaur classification.

Tyrannosaurus rex Is a Member of the Coelurosauria

Tyrannosaurus rex head.

Tyrannosaurs are members of the Coelurosauria.

Fukuivenator paradoxus

It was in February 2016, that a group of scientists including researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Japan’s Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, published in the journal “Scientific Reports”, a paper on a newly described Theropod dinosaur that had been assigned to the Coelurosaurian clade.  This dinosaur was named Fukuivenator paradoxus, the name translates as Fukui Prefecture hunter with surprising characteristics.

A Model of F. paradoxus on Display at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

Fukuivenator model.

Fukuivenator replica on display at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum.

Picture Credit: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

Known from approximately 160 fossil fragments, representing around seventy percent of the skeleton of a single animal, Fukuivenator’s remains were first noticed by a field team in the summer of 2007.  They were exploring the Early Cretaceous exposures at the famous Kitadani Dinosaur Quarry, which is on the Sugiyama River in the northern part of the city of Katsuyama, Fukui, on the island of Honshu.  The remains constitute the most complete non-avian dinosaur fossil found in Japan to date and remarkably, despite having lain in the ground for something like 125 million years, all the fossils were found within a matrix block measuring just half a metre by half a metre (around 0.125 cubic metres).

A Mix of Characteristics

The Coelurosauria clade consists of all those dinosaurs that are more closely related to birds than they are to Carnosaurs such as the Allosaurs.  Essentially, the clade contains non-avian dinosaurs such as the Tyrannosaurs, Compsognathidae, Ornithomimosaurs and the Maniraptora, within which, is nested those avian dinosaurs – birds.  Fukuivenator may only have weighed around twenty-five kilos, but in palaeontology it punches way above its weight, as the fossils reveal that this fast-running two and a half metre long dinosaur, exhibits a combination of primitive and derived features seen amongst a variety of Theropod groups.  Its discovery showed palaeontologists just how diverse the Coelurosaurian Theropods could get.

A Reconstruction of the Skeleton of Fukuivenator paradoxus

Tthe skeleton of Fukuivenator paradoxus.

A reconstruction of the skeleton of Fukuivenator paradoxus.

Picture Credit: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

Whilst the bones of Fukuivenator show a large number of morphological features not seen in any other member of the Theropoda, it did have a combination of primitive and derived traits seen in different Theropod subgroups, notably the “raptors” (Dromaeosauridae).  Phylogenetic analysis classified, what is arguably Japan’s coolest dinosaur, as a basal member of the Maniraptora.  However, other studies indicate affinities with Ornitholestes, from the Late Jurassic of North America.

Using computed-tomography, the delicate bones of the inner ear were analysed.  The inner ear bones also showed a mixture of characteristics.  The proportions of the bones were similar to those seen in other fast-running dinosaurs, whilst on the other hand, the length of the cochlea duct suggested that Fukuivenator might have had the same auditory abilities of modern birds.  Its hearing could have been comparable to the hearing of the birds that we see today.

The researchers concluded that with the discovery of Fukuivenator, the morphological variety within Coelurosaurian dinosaurs was certainly increased.  Fukuivenator highlights the high levels of homoplasy (features shared by a group of species but not present in their common ancestor), in Coelurosaurian evolution.

In addition, examination of the teeth, which although long and pointed, lacked serrations suggested that Fukuivenator may well have been an omnivore.

Fukuivenator made the “Hollow Tails” even more complicated.

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