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Carcharodontosaurus – A Very Popular Dinosaur

Carcharodontosaurus – An Enormous Carnivorous Dinosaur

Paleo Paul has been busy with his camera again as this week, team members at Everything Dinosaur were emailed some photographs of the latest addition to his fossil collection, a magnificent broken tooth from a very large Theropod dinosaur.  In his email, Paleo Paul explained that the tooth was from a North African, meat-eating dinosaur called Carcharodontosaurus, a dinosaur whose fossils first came to the attention of the scientific community in the early part of the 20th Century, although Carcharodontosaurus was not named and formally described until 1931.

The Large Theropod Tooth (Carcharodontosaurus)

Dinosaur fan sends picture of dinosaur tooth into Everything Dinosaur

The large, broken Theropod dinosaur tooth identified as Carcharodontosaurus.

Picture Credit: Paleo Paul

Carcharodontosaurus saharicus

Paleo Paul wrote to say that this dinosaur was named and described by the famous German palaeontologist Ernst Stromer von Reichenbach and this is a beautiful specimen.  In many of the fossil carcharodontid teeth that we have examined, the tip of the tooth is often missing and Paleo Paul is lucky to have this specimen in his fossil collection.  This is a broken tooth, the root is missing, this tooth was most probably shed when this dinosaur was alive.  The tooth may have been lost when this carnivore was either feeding or fighting.  Scientists now know that North Africa around 98 million years ago (Late Albian to Early Cenomanian faunal stages) was home to a number of large predatory dinosaurs.  Carcharodontosaurus saharicus is regarded as an apex predator, some of the teeth associated with this species are nearly twenty centimetres long!

A Close up of the Denticles (Serrations on the Teeth)

A close up of the denticles on the side of a Theropod dinosaur tooth.

A close up of the serrations on the side of the tooth.

Picture Credit: Paleo Paul

The photograph above shows a close up the tooth serrations (denticles) which are found on the carinae (sharp edges) of the tooth.  The shape, number and size of these denticles are helpful when attempting to identify which dinosaur the tooth likely came from.  Denticles can be found on both the leading edge (anterior) and the rear edge of the tooth (posterior), most Theropod teeth have two carinae therefore, in bilateral symmetry, but not always, the carinae can be offset or even split in some genera.  Being able to see clearly defined denticles such as these reflects the high degree of preservation of this particular fossil tooth.  Well done to Paleo Paul for getting a super close up photograph!

An Apex Predator

Carcharodontosaurus saharicus was very probably the top predator in its environment.  In the Everything Dinosaur database, we record C. saharicus as being potentially, up to fourteen metres long, reaching a head height of nearly six metres and weighing in excess of 6,000 kilogrammes.  It really was a formidable animal.  Carcharodontosaurus is very popular amongst dinosaur fans and Paleo Paul also sent in a couple of pictures of his CollectA Deluxe Carcharodontosaurus model

The CollectA Deluxe Carcharodontosaurus in a Dinosaur Diorama

The CollectA Carcharodontosaurus dinosaur model.

The CollectA Carcharodontosaurus provides an excellent example of what palaeontologists think this dinosaur looked like.

Picture Credit: Paleo Paul

The CollectA Carcharodontosaurus provides an excellent example of what palaeontologists think this dinosaur looked like.

To view the CollectA Deluxe range of scale prehistoric animal models: CollectA Deluxe Scale Prehistoric Animal Models

Paleo Paul likes to modify and repaint his prehistoric animal replicas, but in this instance he has decided that the CollectA Carcharodontosaurus needs no such makeover. It is just fine as it is.

The CollectA Deluxe Carcharodontosaurus on the Prowl

CollectA Carcharodontosaurus model.

CollectA Carcharodontosaurus prehistoric scene.

Picture Credit: Paleo Paul

Our thanks once again to Paleo Paul for sharing his photographs with us.

Halloween Dinosaur Fun

Trick or Treat with a Dinosaur!

The countdown to Halloween has well and truly started and team members at Everything Dinosaur have been busy sending out lots of dinosaur themed costumes for kids to help very young dinosaur fans get into the Halloween spirit.  Children seem to have a fascination with monsters and dinosaurs like Giganotosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex certainly tick all the boxes when it comes to monstrous animals with big teeth.  After all, a fully grown T. rex had jaws so big that it could swallow a small child whole.  Help your young dinosaur fans get into character with these super dinosaur dressing up costumes.

Dinosaur Halloween Fun!

Dinosaur costumes.

Dinosaur dressing up costumes for Halloween.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Dinosaur Trick or Treat!

Give your little ones a treat this Halloween!  With bright and colourful dinosaur dressing up costumes for three years and upwards, there’s bound to be something on the Everything Dinosaur website to get your little monsters roaring with excitement.

To see the range of dinosaur dressing up costumes, dinosaur hats and dinosaur masks, all specially designed for budding young palaeontologists, check out Everything Dinosaur here: Dinosaur Dressing Up

With the chest sizes of our dinosaur costumes starting at just sixty centimetres (24 inches), even children as young as three years of age can join in the dinosaur themed fun.  Whether it is dressing up for school, getting ready to go out trick or treating or simply joining in the Halloween activities at home, these dinosaur costumes are ideal.

Glow in the Dark Dinosaur Stickers and T. rex Skeletons

For that extra touch of authenticity make your young dinosaur fan’s day by giving him or her their very own dinosaur glow in the dark wall sticker.  Just switch of the light and watch your dinosaur skeleton glow in the dark!  Everything Dinosaur stocks a wide range of prehistoric animal stickers, it’s enough to get your own bones rattling with fright!

A Range of Dinosaur Themed Glow in the Dark Stickers

Dinosaur glow in the dark stickers.

Glow in the dark dinosaur stickers for Halloween.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

For glow in the dark dinosaur themed stickers, dinosaur face masks and a whole trick or treat basket of prehistoric animal products visit: Everything Dinosaur

Perhaps you might even try out some prehistoric inspired food!  Here is a link to a recipe for a simple and easy to make jelly themed snack that we call “insects trapped in amber”, very creepy or should that be creepy-crawly!

How to make “insects trapped in amber A Prehistoric Party Treat Especially for Halloween!

Scary Dinosaur Skeletons Depicting Creepy Cretaceous Critters

Glow in the dark Tyrannosaurus rex.

A glow in the Dark T. rex wall poster

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The fossil record provides plenty of evidence of some very scary creatures that lived in the past.  Huge teeth, big claws and frightening scales, tusks, horns and amour seem to have been quite prevalent amongst the Dinosauria.  Which one do you think was the scariest?

It only requires to say to all our customers and followers of our social media platforms – happy Halloween!

Rebor Oddities Fossil Studies (Tylosaurus proriger)

Rebor Oddities Fossil Studies (Tylosaurus proriger)

The Rebor oddities fossil studies Tylosaurus proriger replica is now in stock at Everything Dinosaur and what a beautifully crafted display piece it is.  When team members at Everything Dinosaur were first informed about this new strand to the ever-going Rebor range, we have to admit we had reservations.  This was a departure for the company and in our experience creating museum quality displays can be very problematic, however, the display box “ticks all the boxes” for us and the Rebor oddities fossil studies T. proriger makes a novel and fascinating addition to any model collection.

The Rebor Oddities Fossil Studies Tylosaurus proriger

Rebor (Charon) Tylosaurus proriger.

Rebor Tylosaurus proriger in display case.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Fine Details on the Replica

Everything Dinosaur has never conducted a survey to determine the most popular marine reptiles, but the likes of Tylosaurus, one of the biggest members of the Mosasauridae family, would be right up there and it is therefore fitting to see the first of this new line from Rebor depicting a skeleton of “Protuberance Lizard”.  The attention to detail is what makes this replica so striking.   The display case is well crafted and reminiscent of a museum display case, complete with sturdy hinges and overhead lighting (four AAA batteries are required).  The matrix surrounding the replica looks like it has been carefully chipped away to reveal the skeleton fossilised within the rock, individual chisel marks can be made out, that’s a really nice touch.

A Close Up of the Matrix Shows the Detail within the Substrate

The skull of Tylosaurus proriger (Rebor Charon).

A close up showing the details on the surrounding matrix.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Individual bones have been skilfully modelled and when lit, this replica really stands out, it just shouts quality and we praise Rebor for adding lovely finishing touches such as the brass effect nameplate.  Not only is the scientific name correct but we really appreciate the choice of an italic font, under ICZN rules and basic scientific protocol, the formal, scientific name should always be written in italics, something that a number of other model manufacturers fail to do.

The Nameplate on the Tylosaurus Skeleton Replica

Rebor Tylosaurus proriger nameplate.

The Rebor “Charon” Tylosaurus nameplate.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Why Charon?

We were emailed by a curious customer who wanted to know why the Rebor oddities fossil studies Tylosaurus proriger replica had been called “Charon”.  Those of you familiar with the Rebor model range will know that most of the replicas introduced so far have been given a nick-name related to Greek mythology.  The first in the Rebor oddities line is no exception.  In Greek mythology, Charon (otherwise referred to as Kharon), was the ferryman of Hades who transported the souls of the dead across the rivers Styx and Acheron that divided the world of the living from the underworld – the world of the deceased.   As Tylosaurus was a marine reptile and as it is the first skeleton replica to have been introduced by Rebor it seems apt that Charon was the name chosen for it.    Look out for another skeleton replica from Rebor coming out soon.  A 1:1 scale Rebor Club Selection Lourinhanosaurus antunesi embryo skeleton is due to be launched in the next few weeks.

To view the range or Rebor replicas, including the Rebor oddities fossil studies Tylosaurus proriger replica in stock at Everything Dinosaur: Rebor Replicas.

New Safari Ltd Prehistoric Animal Models 2017

Thirteen Prehistoric Animal Models from Safari Ltd for 2017

Over the last fourteen days or so, lots of forums, blogs and other platforms have been busy discussing the new for 2017 prehistoric animal models to be released by Safari Ltd.  At Everything Dinosaur, we are well aware of what has been going on and we have tended to step aside from all the hyperbole for the moment and concentrate on other projects.  However, with the management of Safari Ltd drip feeding various snippets of information, we do appreciate how frustrating this can be for collectors, so in this blog post we will discuss what we know about the new models, their sizes and when they are likely to be in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

A Revised Version of Diplodocus from Safari Ltd for 2017

A Diplodocus dinosaur model.

Safari Ltd will introduce a counter shaded Diplodocus model in 2017.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World

The only Sauropod included in the new for 2017 replicas is a rather splendid model of Diplodocus, complete with whip-like tail, counter shading and dermal spikes.  This impressive model measures 45 cm from nose to that curled up tail and the head is a fraction under 11. 5 cm high.  It replaces the now long retired, Carnegie Collectibles Diplodocus replica, which was the longest dinosaur model that Safari Ltd had ever produced.  This model measured just under sixty centimetres in length (what a whopper), some of these replicas are still available from Everything Dinosaur, but stocks are running low and once they are gone, they’re gone!

To view the remaining Carnegie Collectibles range available from Everything Dinosaur: Carnegie Collectible Dinosaurs

On the subject of counter shading, the dinosaur at the centre of the counter shading debate in the Dinosauria, Psittacosaurus, is also one of the new for 2017 models.  The introduction of a Psittacosaurus reflects a trend from Safari Ltd to replace those prehistoric animals once represented by Carnegie scale replicas hence the introduction of a new Tylosaurus, Microraptor, Giganotosaurus, Kronosaurus, Quetzalcoatlus, Parasaurolophus and so forth (don’t worry a full list will be published in this article, promise).  Ironically, the spotted look of the Safari Ltd model seems a world away from the latest Psittacosaurus interpretation.  Never mind, perhaps the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Psittacosaurus represents another species, after all, there are plenty of Psittacosaurus species to pick from, this genus being regarded as the most speciose of all the dinosaur genera.

Spot the Psittacosaurus (New for 2017)

Psittacosaurus dinosaur model.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Psittacosaurus dinosaur model.

To read an article which reveals the latest research into the colouration of Psittacosaurus: Calculating the Colour of Psittacosaurus.  It is good to see a model of Psittacosaurus back in the Safari Ltd fold (excluding the Psittacosaurus replica available in the feathered dinosaur toob), the original Carnegie Collectibles 1:10 scale model was retired more than twelve years ago.

Joining the Psittacosaurus, is the second representative of the Marginocephalia, a model of the horned dinosaur Einiosaurus.  There has been a trend amongst model manufacturers to extend the range of horned dinosaurs offered, Safari Ltd have been no exception and for the last few years at least one horned dinosaur has been added to their range.  It is very pleasing to see a replica of the Centrosaurine Einiosaurus added.  Ironically, this dinosaur was formally named and described some twenty years ago, prior to the big boom in North American Ceratopsian discoveries.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Einiosaurus

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Einiosaurus.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Einiosaurus replica.

The Full List of Wild Safari Prehistoric World New for 2017 Models

  • Coelophysis (18.25 cm by 6.5 cm high)
  • Deinocheirus (see picture below) measuring 20 cm long and around 7.5 cm high
  • Diplodocus (45 cm long with a head height of around 11.5 cm)
  • Einiosaurus (16.25 cm long by around 6.5 cm head height)
  • Feathered Tyrannosaurus rex (just over 30 cm long with a head height of around 13.5 cm)
  • Feathered Velociraptor (21.5 cm long and with a head height of a little over 7 cm)
  • Giganotosaurus (37 cm long and just over 10 cm tall)
  • Kronosaurus (34.25 cm long by 19.25 cm wide)
  • Microraptor (18 cm long with a wingspan of over 13 cm)
  • Parasaurolophus (19.75 cm by 5.74 cm)
  • Psittacosaurus (13 cm long by 4.5 cm high)
  • Quetzalcoatlus (Pterosaur) with a wingspan of around 22 cm
  • Tylosaurus (just under 24 cm long)

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Deinocheirus Replica

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Deinocheirus.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Deinocheirus replica.

The shaggy coated Deinocheirus replica concludes our current look at the latest editions to the Wild Safari Prehistoric World portfolio.  We expect all these models to be in stock at Everything Dinosaur by January 2017 (possibly a little sooner).

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.

Schleich T. rex Model and a Young Dinosaur Fan

A Young Dinosaur Fan and a Schleich T. rex

Team members at Everything Dinosaur have been busy cataloguing and classifying lots of dinosaur pictures.  This work is being carried out for a special project we are working on, we can’t tell you about the project in too much detail for the moment, suffice to say we are very excited about it and it does involve looking at lots and lots of pictures of dinosaur models.  Whilst browsing all the data files we came across this wonderful picture that had been sent to us by our friends at Schleich.  It shows one the World of History Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur models being played with by a young dinosaur fan.

The Schleich Tyrannosaurus rex Dinosaur Model with a Young Dinosaur Fan

Tyrannosaurus rex model and a young dinosaur fan.

T. rex model and a young dinosaur fan.

Picture Credit: Schleich

The budding young palaeontologist seems very pleased with this prehistoric animal replica and he is full of admiration for the “King of the Tyrant Lizards”.  The model is actually the dark green Tyrannosaurus rex, it was introduced by Schleich in 2012.  A light green version of T. rex was introduced in 2014, both models have proved to be very popular with young dinosaur fans.

Schleich Tyrannosaurus Models Side by Side

A pair of Schleich T. rex dinosaur models.

2012 version on left
2014 version on right

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Spotting the Differences Between Two Schleich Dinosaur Models

There are subtle differences between these two dinosaur models.  The easiest way to tell the two models apart (even in a black and white photograph), is to look at the area that approximates to the knee.  The earlier version has a series of dots, whereas the 2014 replica does not.  Schleich will be adding some more T. rex dinosaur models to their range in 2017, for a preview of the new models including the new tyrannosaurids, try this link: Schleich Prehistoric Animal Models for 2017 (part 2).

These types of dinosaur models make for great, creative, imaginative play and over the years Schleich has re-modelled their product range, tending to produce very colourful figures including some wonderful Theropod dinosaurs.  We recall a Schleich T. rex model being specially commissioned to celebrate the centenary of the scientific description and naming of this Late Cretaceous, North American, meat-eating dinosaur back in 2006.  These German manufacturers certainly have a long and proud prehistoric animal model legacy.

To view the current range of large dinosaur and prehistoric animal models made by Schleich: Schleich World of History Prehistoric Animal Models

We wonder what other interesting dinosaur themed pictures and graphics we will find as we trawl through our extensive archive.

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.”

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