Category: Everything Dinosaur Products

Bullyland Ancient Horse

Bullyland Ancient Horse Figure

The Everything Dinosaur warehouse is a real treasure trove of prehistoric animal models.  Team members are currently making room for more models to arrive in 2017, but that gives us time to reflect on some of the very special residents that we have had the privilege of stocking.  Take for example, the exceedingly rare Bullyland “Prehistoric World” range of prehistoric animal models.  We have been able to provide many collectors with these models over the years, even though as a series, apart from one specially commissioned manufacture, these replicas have been out of production for nearly a decade.

Bullyland Ancient Horse Figure

Bullyland Ancient Horse.

Bullyland 1:24 scale approx prehistoric horse model

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We still have a few of these very collectable models in our warehouse.  Whilst undertaking a stock take it is always a pleasure to see models such as these.  However, they will soon be sold out and the likes of the ancient horse replica from Bullyland will be extinct.  The Bullyland ancient horse model represents a primitive horse called Anchitherium, which evolved in the Miocene.  The fossil record indicates that this little horse stood about sixty centimetres high at the shoulder (about six hands) and it had three toes on each foot.  Fossil finds indicate that this genus migrated into Asia and Europe and it provides a tantalising clue in the evolution of the single hoof forms of the horse we see today.  The evolution of the horse from small cat-sized creatures such as Propalaeotherium that lived in the dense jungles and lush forests of the Eocene to the magnificent creatures we see around us, was first documented by the famous American palaeontologist Charles Othniel Marsh.  Marsh was a prolific writer and published a great deal many scientific papers, but few are as eloquent and as compelling in support of the argument in favour of evolutionary theory than his 1874 publication in which he plotted the evolution of the horse.

To read more about Charles Othniel Marsh: Celebrating the Anniversary of the Birth of Othniel Charles Marsh

To view the remaining figures available in the Bullyland “Prehistoric World” model series including the last of our ancient horses: Bullyland Models and Prehistoric Animal Replicas

Paleo-Creatures Range at Everything Dinosaur

Paleo-Creatures Models Available from Everything Dinosaur

The Paleo-Creatures range of hand-crafted, scale model prehistoric animals created by talented Spanish artist and designer Jesús Toledo is now available from Everything Dinosaur.  These unique, polyurethane scale replicas are all hand-painted with the finest quality acrylic paints and each one makes a fantastic piece for any model collector.

The Beautifully Crafted Paleo-Creatures Range of Prehistoric Animal Models

Paleo_Creatures prehistoric animal models.

The wide range of Paleo-Creatures replicas.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Paleo-Creatures

To view the range of Paleo-Creatures prehistoric animal replicas available from Everything Dinosaur: The Paleo-Creatures Range of Prehistoric Animal Replicas

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We are delighted to introduce the Paleo-Creatures range to our customers.  Each carefully crafted replica is unique and we have admired the work of Jesús Toledo for a while now.  This range features amazing ancient creatures such as the awesome anomalocarid Aegirocassis and the spectacular Koolasuchus model, it is great to see an artist introducing scale replicas of some of the more unusual creatures that once roamed our planet.”

A Wide Range of Prehistoric Animal Models

The Paleo-Creatures range includes a number of models representing animals not covered in other mainstream product ranges, for example, there is a model of the bizarre Triassic marine reptile Atopodentatus and the incredible “Tully Monster” (Tullimonstrum gregarium), whose fossils are known from just one place in the world – the Mazon Creek fossil beds of Illinois, United States.

The “Tully Monster” – Tullimonstrum gregarium Paleo-Creatures Replica

The Paleo-Creatures "Tully Monster" model.

The Paleo-Creatures Tullimonstrum replica.

Picture Credit: Paleo-Creatures

Very little is known about the very strange “Tully Monster”, it was only recently that palaeontologists were able to classify this animal to a Phylum.  To read an article about the classification of Tullimonstrum: “Tully Monster” Riddle Solved.

 Eotyrannus, Concavenator, Kosmoceratops and Other Dinosaur Models

The Paleo-Creatures portfolio also includes a number of dinosaur models including the Theropods Concavenator and Eotyrannus.  Everything Dinosaur will be adding more dinosaurs shortly, new models as well as the likes of the beautiful Dilophosaurus dinosaur replica.  Look out for new Paleo-Creatures replicas coming into stock.

The Superb Torvosaurus Dinosaur Model Available From Everything Dinosaur

The Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus dinosaur model.

The Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Paleo-Creatures

Spanish artist  Jesús Toledo is already working on a number of exciting additions to the Paleo-Creatures portfolio.  His skilfully crafted models and replicas have already built up a strong reputation amongst model fans and dinosaur enthusiasts and Everything Dinosaur team members look forward to posting up more pictures of some of the forthcoming attractions in this rapidly expanding model range.

Rebor 1:18 Scale Velociraptor “Winston” Breaks Record

Rebor 1:18 Scale Velociraptor Replica (Winston) A Fast Seller

The Rebor 1:18 scale Velociraptor replica, “Winston” has sold out quicker than any other model in the Rebor model range.  However, not to worry, more of these fantastic replicas are on the way and they should be in stock at Everything Dinosaur next week.  The Rebor Velociraptor figure was called “Winston” in honour of the special effects wizard Stan Winston, who was instrumental in articulating and bringing to life the Velociraptors in the first three “Jurassic Park” films.  It seems that these Rebor Velociraptors were as speedy as their on screen counterparts, they have sold out rapidly.

A Speedy Dinosaur Seller – The Rebor Velociraptor “Winston”

The Rebor Winston replica.

The Rebor Winston Velociraptor dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

This beautifully detailed model stands around eight centimetres high at the head and is a generous fifteen centimetres long.  It has proved to be extremely popular with dinosaur fans and model collectors who have raved about its articulated arms and the stunning detail in that poseable lower jaw.

To express interest in having a Rebor Velociraptor 1:18 scale replica reserved for you, simply email Everything Dinosaur and one of our team members will personally email you when the new stock comes in.

Contact Everything Dinosaur about Rebor replicas: Email Everything Dinosaur

There’s no obligation and no need to for any payment, this is just one of the ways in which we try and support our customers.

A Wonderful Velociraptor Model (Rebor Velociraptor “Winston”)

Rebor Velociraptor "Winston"

Rebor 1:18 scale Velociraptor model

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Rebor and Dromaeosaurids

Rebor have slowly and steadily built up an exciting portfolio of prehistoric animal models over the last two years or so.  The company has produced a number of spectacular dromaeosaurid figures – the “raptors”.  Soon there will be a set of Deinonychus models available to go along with the existing Utahraptor and Velociraptor replicas.  The set of three Deinonychus models the “Cerberus Clan” will be on sale from Everything Dinosaur in November, we will post up more details about these 1:35 scale dinosaurs in due course.

In the meantime, Everything Dinosaur is interested in your feedback regarding the Rebor Velociraptor “Winston”, if you want to leave a comment about our service or indeed a review of the model itself, this is very easy to do, simply click the link to the Velociraptor product page below, and when on the page, click the orange coloured link “add your review”.

To review the Rebor “Winston” 1:18 scale Velociraptor model: Click here to add your review

We look forward to receiving feedback.

To see the full range of Rebor models available from Everything Dinosaur: Rebor Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models

Remembering the Thylacine – Threatened Species Day

Remembering the Thylacine

On this day, eighty years ago, the last known Thylacine died at Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart.  It was on the 7th of September 1936, that staff at the Tasmanian zoo discovered “Benjamin”, as the animal was believed to have been named, dead.  Sadly, just two months earlier, the species Thylacinus cynocephalus had been granted protected status, after more than a hundred years of persecution.  Today, we live in what is regarded as more enlightened times, and September 7th in Australia is “National Threatened Species Day”, a day dedicated to honouring those people who work to protect Australia’s unique wildlife.  It is also a day for reflecting on how our own species has led to the demise of other species.  For example, the Thylacine was thought to attack and kill sheep and other domesticated animals and so it was hunted with bounties being paid for each “Tasmanian Tiger” killed.

The Last Known Thylacine circa 1935

A photograph of a Thylacine.

A picture of “Benjamin” the last known Thylacine to live in captivity.

Picture Credit: David Fleay

The Sad Tale of Benjamin – The Last Known Thylacine

Benjamin is believed to have been captured in the Florentine Valley area (south central Tasmania) in 1933 and brought to Beaumaris Zoo (Hobart).  Although once thought to be female, a more recent analysis confirmed that Benjamin was indeed, in all probability a male.  An inability to determine gender reflects the relative neglect the animal suffered in the zoo.  Indeed, the fact that the animal was even nick-named Benjamin has been challenged by a number of academics and authors.  The Tasmanian winter of 1936 was particularly severe and it seems that the last known Thylacine in captivity probably died of exposure after having been locked out of its sheltered sleeping quarters.  And so, the last Thylacine was dead.  Ironically, Beaumaris Zoo, for years dogged by financial difficulties, was to close shortly afterwards.  It was shut down by the Hobart City Council in the last week of November 1937.

In 1996, on the sixtieth anniversary of the death of the only Thylacine to have been given official protection, “National Threatened Species Day” was declared.  A time to reflect on the demise of the Thylacine and how similar fates await other species of flora and fauna unique to Australia unless action is taken to reverse their decline.

The CollectA Female Thylacine Model

Everything Dinosaur is proud to have added the beautiful CollectA female Thylacine model to its range of CollectA models.  The Thylacine, (Thylacinus cynocephalus), was the largest carnivorous marsupial to have lived in Australia in modern times and the last member of a once much more diverse group of marsupials.  The “Tasmanian Tiger” may be thought to be extinct, but is it?

The CollectA Thylacine Model

The CollectA Thylacine replica.

The CollectA Thylacine model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To purchase the CollectA “Tasmanian Tiger” model: The CollectA Thylacine Model

Is the Thylacine Extinct?

The main island that makes up the State of Tasmania is a fraction under 25,000 square miles in size, that’s around three times the size of Wales or about the size of the State of West Virginia in the USA.  There have been a number of reported sightings of “Tigers” both in Tasmania and on the Australian mainland.  Evidence for the existence of Thylacines is a little threadbare to say the least.  Blurred and very indistinct photographs, casts of footprints and some poor quality film footage, but nonetheless, there are a number of people, including academics who fervently believe that the Thylacine, although extremely endangered and very vulnerable, is still holding on.  Every now and then a new eyewitness account is published.

Let’s hope that the Thylacine still exists and that one day soon, September 7th will have even greater significance to the people of Australia.

Dinosaur Fossil Skulls as Teaching Aids

A Set of Eleven Dinosaur Skulls

At this time of year, more so than any other time of year, our offices are inundated with requests from teachers and teaching assistants regarding information on suitable dinosaur themed teaching resources for school.  With many of the Everything Dinosaur team members having a background in education, we do appreciate how busy educationalists are at the moment as they prepare for the start of the new academic year.

We have been helping a number of teaching teams as they prepare to introduce dinosaurs as a term topic theme.  Working under the “land before time” or the creative curriculum’s “footprints in the past”, Everything Dinosaur is able to advise and assist with the preparation of schemes of work.  Take for example, the Year 2 teacher who contacted our office this week, with a request to help provide suitable resources for her class of eager seven year-olds.

We recommended a set of model dinosaur skulls (Safari Ltd dinosaur skulls) and we helped the teacher further by providing additional information on each of the dinosaurs featured in this eleven piece model set.

A Set of Dinosaur Fossil Skulls Ideal for School

Dinosaur fossil skull models, ideal for school.

A set of eleven dinosaur fossil skulls.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

These well made and quite accurate plastic replicas represent herbivores, carnivores and even an omnivore.  Can the class work out what the dinosaurs ate by examining the skulls?  Can they identify a potential omnivore?  Naturally, this is a great way to help reinforce understanding regarding the terms herbivore, carnivore and omnivore.  Can the children identify living carnivores, omnivores and herbivores?  Where do human beings fit into this?

To view the dinosaur skulls and to see the range of other prehistoric animal models and replicas Everything Dinosaur offers: Safari Ltd Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animals

Identifying Dinosaurs by their Skull Shape

The dinosaur skull set provides lots of scope for independent research on dinosaurs and for sorting games.  For example, we recommend that the fossil skulls be buried in a small sand tray and then the children can have a go at excavating fossils using old art brushes and other digging tools.   What sort of tools would a palaeontologist use?  One teacher split his class into eleven groups and gave each group a different skull. Each group was then challenged to produce a science poster with lots of facts about their dinosaur.

Dinosaur Skull Models

Everything Dinosaur helping to identify dinosaur skulls.

Identifying dinosaur skulls.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Commenting on the use of the skulls in education a spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur stated:

“These robust models are great for creative teaching projects.  Using inexpensive props such as these, teaching teams can conduct all sorts of lesson activities that appeal to all types of learners.  The fossil models are very kinaesthetic and children love to handle them and they are very well made and accurately represent real dinosaur fossil skulls.  These models not only help children learn about individual dinosaurs but they can gain an appreciation of the diversity of the Dinosauria and how different types of prehistoric animal adapted to particular ecological niches.”

An Excellent CollectA Thylacine Video Review

CollectA Thylacine Video Review

Everything Dinosaur customer Matthew (the Dinosaur King), has produced another excellent video review of one of his recent model purchases.  Talented and knowledgeable Matthew, has created a short video showcasing the rather excellent CollectA Thylacine model.  The Thylacine was a marsupial predator, the last known surviving member of the Thylacinidae, a once diverse family of predatory marsupials which were common throughout Australia and New Guinea.

The CollectA Thylacine Figure Reviewed

Video Credit: Matthew – The Dinosaur King

A Brief Video Review

In Matthew’s carefully scripted video, the viewer is treated to a detailed look at this new for 2016 replica.  The video itself lasts a little over five minutes in duration.  In this time, Matthew is able to get over just what an excellent replica the Thylacine figure is.  With the model out of its protective packaging, the narrator uses his hand to provide a scale for the Thylacine and the commentary includes a close up look at those gaping jaws and individually painted teeth.  Although, scientists know that the Thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus – the name translates to “dog headed pouched one”), could open its jaws very wide, it very probably preyed on animals much smaller than itself.  The Thylacine was hunted to extinction (it is probably extinct), as it was thought that this nocturnal hunter attacked sheep and other domestic animals.  Matthew discusses the demise of the Thylacine in the video, he also speculates on whether or not some small numbers may still survive in the remotest parts of Tasmania or within the wild outback of the Australian mainland.

The Remarkable and Highly Detailed Female Thylacine Model by CollectA

The CollectA Thylacine replica.

The CollectA Thylacine model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Female Thylacine

The model represents a female of the species, there is a sizeable joey in the pouch.  The tail of the juvenile can be seen sticking out.  The design team at CollectA certainly seem to have studied very carefully the few old photographs that show a Thylacine with a distended pouch.

To view the CollectA range of prehistoric animal models including the female Thylacine replica: CollectA Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models

The video gives discerning model collectors the chance to view the model in detail.  The narrator comments on how accurate and life-like the figure is.  The video shows a close up of the black eyes of the Thylacine, a feature noted in the description of the Thylacine written in 1806 by Tasmania’s Deputy Surveyor-General George Harris.

Harris stated:

“The length of the animal from the tip of the nose to the end of the tail is 5 feet 10 inches, of which the tail is about 2 feet…Head very large, bearing a near resemblance to the wolf or hyena.  Eyes large and full, black with a nictant membrane, which gives the animal a savage and malicious appearance.”

Our thanks to Matthew for sharing this video with us, check out his YouTube channel for lots of other very informative prehistoric animal videos: Matthew the Dinosaur King YouTube Channel

JurassicCollectables Reviews “Winston” Rebor Velociraptor Replica

A Video Review of the Rebor “Winston” Velociraptor Replica

JurassicCollectables have produced a video review of the Rebor 1:18 scale, coloured Velociraptor called  “Winston” and what a wonderful opportunity to view this new Rebor model close up it is.  The Velociraptor figure has been introduced to pay tribute to Stan Winston, the special effects wizard behind the dinosaurs in the first three “Jurassic Park” films.  It is these films that really cemented the “raptor” amongst dinosaur fans as one of the most dangerous dinosaurs of all.  The Velociraptors in the movies may have been depicted much larger than they would have been back in the Late Cretaceous, but since “Jurassic Park” came out (1993), palaeontologists have identified a number of large dromaeosaurids, links to articles about some of these discoveries are provided at the end of the article, but without further ado, let’s look at the video.

The “Winton” Velociraptor Unboxing Video Review by Jurassic Collectables

Video Credit: Jurassic Collectables

Velociraptor Replica Reviewed

In the brief video, (it lasts a little over six and a half minutes), the narrator guides the viewer through the details that can be seen on this carefully sculpted model.  The replica stays true to the non-feathered principles of the first “Jurassic Park” offerings and the viewer is guided around the dinosaur with a special focus on the beautifully crafted, articulated lower jaw.  A comparison is made between this figure and the Scout series Velociraptor “Stan” introduced by Rebor earlier this year.  The “Stan” and “Winston” figures are united in a special, limited edition (1,000 made), bronze effect replica set, JurassicCollectables will be reviewing this figure once Everything Dinosaur has sent out a set to them.

JurassicCollectables have a brilliant YouTube channel “ram packed” full of dinosaur model reviews and other very informative videos.

Visit the YouTube channel of Jurassic Collectables here: JurassicCollectables on YouTube , don’t forget to subscribe to the JurassicCollectables channel.

The Rebor Velociraptor Figure “Winston”

The Rebor Winston replica.

The Rebor Winston Velociraptor dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture above shows the Rebor Velociraptor dinosaur model “Winston” as it comes out of the box, it is worth noting that the forelimbs are articulated too, one of several points made by the narrator in the highly informative JurassicCollectables video review.

To purchase “Winston” the spectacular Velociraptor model by Rebor and the rest of the Rebor range at Everything Dinosaur: Rebor Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models

JurassicCollectables conclude that this is an exquisite “raptor” figure, one that would fit in well with any dinosaur model collection.

We can’t wait to report on the bronze effect, limited edition “Winston” and “Stan” replica set once the talented folks at JurassicCollectables have published their video review.

As Promised, Dromaeosaurid Related Articles

Below are some articles from this blog site that provide further information on recent “raptor” discoveries.

The fearsome Dakotaraptor: Dakotaraptor A Giant Raptor

Dakotaraptor compared to Utahraptor: Dakotaraptor and Utahraptor Compared

One big rock and potentially six plus Utahraptors: A Nine Tonne Block and the Utahraptor Fossils It Contains

New species of Velociraptor-like dinosaur described: Boreonykus certekorum A New Type of “Raptor” from the Far North

JurassicCollectables Video Review of the Rebor Scout Series “Stan”: A Review of the Rebor Scout Series Baby Velociraptor Model

New Rebor “Raptors” in Stock

Rebor Winston and “Father and Son” Replicas in Stock

The Rebor Winston Velociraptor replica and the beautiful, limited edition, bronze effect “Father and Son” Velociraptor set are in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  The latest additions to the Rebor scale model range arrived a few hours ago and we have had time to admire these skilfully crafted dinosaur models.  Inspired by Stan Winston, the special effects pioneer who worked on the first three films in the “Jurassic Park” franchise, the models depict Velociraptors as they were envisaged in the famous movies.  Hence the names “Winston” and “Stan”

The Delightful Rebor Velociraptor Replica “Winston”

The Rebor Winston replica.

The Rebor Winston Velociraptor dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture above shows the coloured version of “Winston”.  It is beautifully painted and if you compare it with the picture below, you should be able to note another feature of this particular Rebor replica, one that is shared by the bronze effect “Winston” in the “Father and Son” Velociraptor model set.

Straight Out of the Box – The Rebor “Winston” Velociraptor Dinosaur Model

A 1:18 scale Velociraptor dinosaur model (Rebor Winston).

Straight out of the box! A Rebor Velociraptor model (1:18 scale model).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Can You Spot The Difference?

The two pictures above show the Velociraptor replica, they have been taken with the ties still on the model but there is a difference between the two photographs, can you spot it?  Yes, that’s right the forelimbs in the pictures are in different positions.  Both the “Winston” and the “Father” replicas have articulated arms.  This enables collectors to position their “raptors” in different poses.  The lower jaws in both models are also articulated.

To purchase the Rebor Winston Velociraptor Model: Rebor 1:18 Scale Velociraptor Model “Winston”

 Pins to Secure and Support the Model

Rebor have striven to give the new Velociraptor replicas a dynamic pose and the design team have certainly achieved a wonderful effect.  Discreet pins in the base fit securely into sockets under the feet, this helps to stabilise the model as it balances on those delicately crafted Velociraptor toes.

Little Pins in the Base of the Model

Rebor replica "Winston" a Velociraptor model

The red arrow points to the discrete pin that helps to secure the Velociraptor model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

When the model is secured to the base the pins cannot be seen.

“Winston and Stan” Limited Edition Model Set

The bronze effect, limited edition Velociraptor model set, nick-named “Father and Son”, consists of a “Winston” accompanied by “Stan”, the baby Velociraptor introduced recently into the Rebor “Scout” model series.  The adult dinosaur in this set also has articulated front limbs and an articulated lower jaw.  The bronze effect paint work has been very well done and the models have an almost pewter-like quality to them.

The Rebor “Father and Son” Limited Edition Velociraptor Model Set

The bronze effect Velociraptor replicas from Rebor.

The bronze effect Velociraptor dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To purchase the limited edition Velociraptor model set (whilst stocks last), check out Everything Dinosaur’s Rebor model section: Rebor Models and Replicas.

Only one thousand of these bronze effect sets have been made, those collectors lucky to get hold of one will have something really special to add to their dinosaur model collection.

Getting Excited About Paleo-Creatures

A Short Video of the Paleo-Creatures Replicas

Team members at Everything Dinosaur are getting very excited at the imminent arrival of the first of the Paleo-Creatures prehistoric animal models.  Stocks of Xenacanthus, Tullimonstrum (Tully’s monster) and Atopodentatus (A. unicus) et al,  will soon be filling our warehouse shelves and we can’t wait for the shipment to arrive.  Everything Dinosaur announced recently that they would be stocking the Paleo-Creatures line of high quality, polyurethane resin replicas.

The Paleo-Creatures range of hand-crafted, scale model prehistoric animals has been created by talented Spanish artist and designer Jesús Toledo.  He very kindly sent Everything Dinosaur a link to a short video showing the models that we had ordered laid out ready for packing before they were despatched to our warehouse.  In this short video (one minute forty-five seconds), viewers get the chance to see up close for themselves just how gorgeous these models are.  Check out the video in this link: Paleo-Creatures Video

Video Credit: Jesús Toledo (Jetoar’s Collectables)

A Row of Torvosaurus Models from Paleo-Creatures

Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus

A row of Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus.

Picture Credit: Jesús Toledo (Jetoar’s Collectables)

 The picture above is from the short video that was sent to Everything Dinosaur.  The video shows some of the models lined up ready for packing prior to their despatch to our warehouse.   The model in the middle is the beautiful Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus replica.  What a fantastic dinosaur model this is!  Just behind Torvosaurus some Paleo-Creatures Tullimonstrum (T. gregarium) can be seen.  Lining up in front of the fearsome Torvosaurus are some Kosmoceratops models, perhaps being just in front of a hungry Torvosaurus, especially a model with an articulated lower jaw, is quite a dangerous place for a horned dinosaur model to be.

Aegirocassis and Koolasuchus Replicas (Paleo-Creatures)

Paleo-Creatures models.

The Aegirocassis replicas (foreground), Koolasuchus models (background).

Picture Credit: Jesús Toledo (Jetoar’s Collectables)

The splendid Aegirocassis (anomalocaridids, also referred to as anomalocarids) are lined up ready to be packed, these are wonderful models of the giant Ordovician filter-feeder.  In the background, some of the Koolasuchus replicas are awaiting their turn to be packed.  They too, are very beautiful and highly detailed, hand-crafted models.

To read a press release announcing that Everything Dinosaur would be stocking the Paleo-Creatures model range: Paleo-Creatures Coming to Everything Dinosaur

A Close Up of the Paleo-Creatures Concavenator

The Paleo-Creatures Concavenator.

A close up view of the Paleo-Creatures Concavenator.

Picture Credit: Jesús Toledo (Jetoar’s Collectables)

The fine detailing on these models can really be made out, both in these still pictures and from the video that was kindly sent in to us.

Eotyrannus (E. lengi) Model from Paleo-Creatures

Paleo-Creatures Eotyrannus model.

The Paleo-Creatures Eotyrannus ready for shipping.

Picture Credit: Jesús Toledo (Jetoar’s Collectables)

Thoughts on Rhamphorhynchus

Rhamphorhynchus – A Popular Pterosaur

Of all the pterosaur models that Everything Dinosaur sells, the Rhamphorhynchus replica which is part of the Wild Safari Dinos Prehistoric Life range, is one of the most popular.  Introduced in 2010, this long-tailed member of  the Pterosauria has steadily grown in popularity with dinosaur fans and model collectors alike.

Everything Dinosaur’s Illustration of the Wild Safari Dinos Rhamphorhynchus Model

Rhamphorhynchus illustration

An illustration of the Pterosaur called Rhamphorhynchus.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the Wild Safari Dinos range of prehistoric animal models and replicas: Wild Safari Dinos and Prehistoric Animal Models

Studying the Brain Morphology of Pterosaurs

In 2003, a team of researchers lead by Lawrence Witmer (professor at Ohio University), looked into the fossil evidence in a bid to map the brain anatomy of several types of pterosaurs.  One of the flying reptiles studied, due to the quantity of fossils was  Rhamphorhynchus muensteri.  Using endocasts of the brain they retrieved by performing CAT scans of fossil skulls and by comparing these scans with extant flying animals, the scientists were able to estimate the various physical attributes of members of the Pterosauria so that their flying abilities could be assessed.

Witmer and his team found that Rhamphorhynchus held its head parallel to the ground due to the orientation of the osseous labyrinth of the inner ear, which helps animals detect balance. In contrast, pterodactyloid pterosaurs such as Anhanguera appear to have normally held their heads at a downward angle, both in during flying and whilst on the ground.

Marine Clays of Southern England

Rhamphorhynchus fossils have been recovered from Jurassic marine clays in southern England but the finest and best preserved specimens come from the famous Solnhofen quarry in Bavaria, (southern Germany).  Many of these fossils not only preserve the bones but also show impressions of soft tissues such as the wings and tail.  Ironically, the Messel oil shale beds and their Eocene fossils are a UNESCO World Heritage site (granted this status in 1995), but as far as we at Everything Dinosaur know, the Solnhofen quarries have not be granted this status.

The Popular Wild Safari Dinos Rhamphorhynchus Model

Rhamphorhynchus model

Wild Safari Dinos Rhamphorhynchus figure.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Rhamphorhynchus – Flying Reptile

Rhamphorhynchus was a long-tailed type of flying reptile and several species have been described.  The wings were made of skin stretched between an elongated finger from its hand, down to the ankle.  It had a long, straight tail stiffened with ligaments which ended in a diamond-shaped rudder.  It is believed that one of the ways Rhamphorhynchus hunted was by dragging its beak in the water .  When it came into contact with prey, it would snap its needle-sharp teeth shut, and toss the food into its throat pouch, a structure that has actually been preserved in some rare fossils.  Palaeontologists still debate how this Jurassic reptile fed.

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