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15 11, 2016

A Video Review of the Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus

By | November 15th, 2016|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Product Reviews|0 Comments

Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus tanneri Video Review

One of the best reasons for making a replica of a dinosaur is because it happens to be one of your favourites.  That’s the reason given by talented Spanish artist Jesús Toledo for adding the gorgeous Torvosaurus tanneri model to the Paleo-Creatures range of prehistoric animals.  In this short video (2:37), Jesús explains a little about the two species in the Torvosaurus genus (T. tanneri from the United States and Torvosaurus gurneyi from Portugal).  In addition, he provides viewers with a close up look of this well-crafted figure.  The genus name means “Savage Lizard” and one glance at this Paleo-Creatures model convinces you that this Late Jurassic Theropod was a formidable predator.

The Paleo-Creatures Video Review of Torvosaurus tanneri

Video Credit: Paleo-Creatures

 Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus tanneri

For someone based in Spain, choosing the Torvosaurus species known from the Morrison formation of western North America might seem a little strange, especially when the European species is believed to have been larger and heavier.  Still, it is fascinating to consider where in the food chain Torvosaurus was and how it competed with the several other types of large, carnivorous dinosaur that shared its habitat.

When T. gurneyi was formally described in 2014, many media outlets described it as the largest carnivorous dinosaur from Europe known to science.  Theropod fossils from Europe tend to be fragmentary at best, however, based on an assessment of the upper jaw bone and a partial femur, this species of Torvosaurus from the Upper Jurassic of Portugal (Lourinhã Formation) may have grown to lengths in excess of ten metres.

A Scale Drawing of Torvosaurus gurneyi

Torvosaurus gurneyi scale drawing.

A scale drawing of Torvosaurus gurneyi.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

In the video review, dinosaur model fans get the chance to view this Paleo-Creatures replica close up.  The proportions of the model have been carefully thought out and the articulated jaw is a nice touch.  The vivid colouration is very striking and it is worth remembering that every single Torvosaurus is hand-painted, it is a beautiful dinosaur figure.

The Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus Dinosaur Model

The Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus dinosaur model.

The Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Jesús Toledo has managed to produce a well-balanced figure, the feet are not too oversized and the replica is very stable on its sandy coloured base.  Getting large bipeds to stand in a realistic pose can be a headache for designers and sculptors, but Jesús has achieved an excellent result with his Torvosaurus.

To view the range of Paleo-Creatures figures, including the Torvosaurus available from Everything Dinosaur: The Paleo-Creatures Range at Everything Dinosaur

The Monster of Minden – Wiehenvenator albati

Fittingly, we wanted to conclude this article on the ferocious Torvosaurus tanneri by mentioning a recently described Theropod that might challenge T. gurneyi for the title of the biggest meat-eating dinosaur known from Europe.  A team of researchers writing in the journal “Palaeontologica Electronica” in August of this year (2016), have described the fragmentary bones of a super-sized carnivore, one that may have rivalled T. gurneyi in terms of size.  Nick-named the “Monster of Minden”, the scientists, which included Dr Oliver Rauhut, from the Bavarian Collection for Palaeontology and Geology, have named this dinosaur Wiehenvenator albati (the name means hunter from the Wiehen Hills).  Although size estimates do vary, Wiehenvenator has been estimated to have been about ten metres long.  It has been classified as a sister taxon to Torvosaurus, although it lived at least ten million years earlier.

To read an article about the discovery of Torvosaurus gurneyiEurope’s Largest Meat-Eating Dinosaur Described to Date

For further information about Wiehenvenator albatiThe “Monster of Minden”

11 11, 2016

New CollectA Models for 2017 (Part 2)

By | November 11th, 2016|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|2 Comments

New CollectA Models for 2017 (Part 2)

Time to reveal the next three models for 2017 to be introduced by CollectA.  Dinosaur and prehistoric animal model collectors and fans of all things prehistoric can expect a Deluxe 1:40 scale Deinocheirus, a new horned dinosaur figure – Regaliceratops and a Deluxe 1:40 scale Kronosaurus replica complete with articulated jaw.

In the first part of our series of articles introducing the new for 2017 CollectA prehistoric animal replicas, we hinted that there would be another horned dinosaur to come.  This time it would not be a member of the Centrosaurinae clade like Styracosaurus and Einiosaurus, so we are very pleased to introduce Regaliceratops.

New for 2017 the CollectA Regaliceratops Dinosaur Model

CollectA Prehistoric Life Regaliceratops model.

The CollectA Regaliceratops horned dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: CollectA/Everything Dinosaur

CollectA Regaliceratops

Named back in 2015, Regaliceratops (R. peterhewsi) rather upset the Ceratopsid apple cart as the skull showed Centrosaurine characteristics despite its classification as being a member of the Chasmosaurinae.  It is always good news when a relatively recently scientifically described dinosaur becomes a model and CollectA have done a great job depicting this stocky and statuesque herbivore.  The brightly coloured head shield and the body paint really make this particular dinosaur’s features stand out.

CollectA Regaliceratops Measurements

The official measurements we have for this new horned dinosaur model are as follows: length, a fraction under 12.5 cm long and height 5 cm approximately.

CollectA Deluxe 1:40 Scale Kronosaurus (articulated jaw)

Swimming into view comes the first (hint) of the marine reptiles for 2017.  A magnificent Kronosaurus figure complete with an articulated lower jaw.

The CollectA Deluxe 1:40 Scale Kronosaurus Model

The CollectA Kronosaurus replica with articulated lower jaw.

The CollectA Deluxe Kronosaurus model.

Picture Credit: CollectA/Everything Dinosaur

Fans of marine reptiles are likely to get quite excited about this short-necked member of the Plesiosauria, the model has been carefully thought out, taking into account some of the latest research into this formidable predator.  The deep body, large skull, the jaws with their heterogeneous teeth and some teeth very fang-like, long powerful flippers and that fluke on the end of the tail – all highly commendable.  Model collectors with long memories might remember a short-lived Schleich Saurus Kronosaurus figure that had similar colouration.  The Schleich Kronosaurus was around about a decade ago, in our view, this new CollectA offering is much the superior figure.

CollectA Deluxe Kronosaurus Swims into View

The CollectA Kronosaurus replica with articulated lower jaw.

The CollectA Deluxe Kronosaurus model.

Picture Credit: CollectA

CollectA Deluxe 1:40 Scale Kronosaurus Measurements

This is quite a large model, it measures a total of 31 cm long, making the CollectA Kronosaurus about the same length as the CollectA Deluxe Pliosaurus that came out in 2015.  The height of the model (from the top of the skull) is estimated to be 6 cm.

CollectA Deluxe 1:40 Scale Deinocheirus

Hot on the heels of the not-to-scale Deinocheirus figure that was released last year, comes this Deluxe model.  Our view of this giant ornithomimosaur has been revised over the last few years and the design team at CollectA have been quick to acknowledge these revisions and apply them to their model range.

New for 2017 A CollectA Deluxe Deinocheirus

The CollectA 1:40 scale Deluxe Deinocheirus model.

The CollectA 1:40 scale Deluxe Deinocheirus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: CollectA/Everything Dinosaur

The colour scheme chosen for this new figure is almost identical to the smaller model introduced last year.  However, the stance is slightly different and the tail in the larger, Deluxe version is not raised as high.  The head of the CollectA Deluxe model is also turned a little and not facing forwards. One thing that it does have in common with the popular Prehistoric Life model is that the tongue can be seen in both figures.  Palaeontologists have speculated that the deep lower jaw may suggest that this strange dinosaur had an over-sized tongue!

A Comparison between the two CollectA Figures Showing the Latest Interpretation of Deinocheirus

CollectA Deinocheirus models compared.

A comparison between the not to scale CollectA Deinocheirus model of 2016 with the new for 2017 Deluxe Deinocheirus figure.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

CollectA Deluxe Deinocheirus Measurements

The official measurements we have for the CollectA Deluxe Deinocheirus are: length 28.5 cm approximately and the model stands some 15 cm high.

As for when these models will be available, we are expecting our first stock of these three new models sometime around the end of February, or perhaps the first week of March or thereabouts.

To view the CollectA Prehistoric Life including 2016 models: CollectA Prehistoric Life Collection

To view the CollectA Deluxe model range: CollectA Deluxe Scale Models

To read an article about the discovery of Regaliceratops: Regaliceratops – A Right Royal Rumble

For an article that discusses the revision of Deinocheirus (D. mirificus): Deinocheirus – Done and Dusted (for now at least)

Look out for more information on new prehistoric animal models from CollectA next week.

9 11, 2016

JurassicCollectables Reviews the Rebor Oddities Tylosaurus proriger

By | November 9th, 2016|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

JurassicCollectables Video Review of Rebor Tylosaurus proriger “Charon”

Time to catch up with what those clever people at JurassicCollectables have been up to and today we showcase their latest Rebor review, a video review of the Rebor Fossil Oddities Studies Tylosaurus proriger.  The great thing about JurassicCollectables YouTube channel is that it permits dinosaur fans and model collectors to get a good look at any potential purchases.  A video is the ideal way to appreciate the quality of what is, a new line from Rebor, after all, “Charon” – more about the name later, is a display piece and the video does give viewers a fantastic opportunity to assess this novel, marine reptile-themed item.

JurassicCollectables Video Review of the Rebor Fossil Oddities Studies (Tylosaurus proriger)

Video Credit: JurassicCollectables

A New Product Line for Rebor

In this short, but informative video review, the narrator comments that the Fossil Oddities Studies Tylosaurus proriger represents a brand-new line for the company.  He is quite right to make this point, Rebor have been keen to give collectors merchandise that reflects prehistoric life from a different perspective.  The output of the company so far has been focused on interpreting animals based on the fossil evidence.  This new product line, takes a different standpoint, it actually sets out to give collectors the opportunity to acquire something that reflects the fossil evidence itself.  That’s a novel twist and we congratulate Rebor on taking this route.  The T. proriger replica is set in its own museum-like display cabinet and it can be lit from the top (four AAA batteries are required), just like an exhibit in a natural history museum.

A Tylosaurus on Display (Rebor Fossil Oddities Studies)

Rebor (Charon) Tylosaurus proriger.

Rebor Tylosaurus proriger in display case.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Rebor admirers will get the chance to see another fossil interpretation very soon, the next model to be released (in the next two weeks), is a 1:1 scale replica of a baby Lourinhanosaurus (L. antunesi).  In 1993, over 100 fossilised dinosaur eggs were discovered in Portugal, these were identified as Lourinhanosaurus, some of these eggs were so perfectly preserved that tiny fossilised embryos could be identified.  The Rebor “baby Bonnie”, the Lourinhanosaurus embryo model, is based on this fossil material.  This model will be introduced under the Rebor “Club Selection” banner, as only 1,000 replicas have been made.

Fossil Studies 01

In the four minute long video, the back of the box is shown, the slot to allow the display figure to be hung on a wall is identified and the lighting feature explained.  JurassicCollectables shot some of the video with the lights out, just with the model itself lit, viewers can appreciate the quality of the construction and see how effective the lighting is.  In addition, the attention to detail on this new Rebor figure is highlighted.  The little touches give this item real finesse.  For example, the narrator points out the quality of the hinges on the box, they are based on the very sort of brass hinges found in real museum display cases and the Rebor Fossil Oddities Studies Tylosaurus proriger even has a brass effect nameplate.

Name that Marine Reptile Figure?

Rebor Tylosaurus proriger nameplate.

The Rebor “Charon” Tylosaurus nameplate.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

 We congratulate JurassicCollectables for producing this excellent video review, congratulations also to Rebor for producing this fine replica of a famous marine reptile in the first place.

JurassicCollectables have made some fantastic prehistoric animal videos including amazing video reviews of the Rebor range, to see these videos and to subscribe to their very informative YouTube channel: Subscribe to JurassicCollectables on YouTube

To view the range of Rebor replicas available from Everything Dinosaur: Rebor Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models

Why Charon?

Charon (Kharon), was the ferryman of Hades.  In Greek mythology, Charon ferries the souls of the dead across the rivers Acheron and Styx.  We think it quite appropriate to name an interpretation of a fearsome marine creature after a mythological figure associated with water and death.  Charon is also the name of the largest of the five known moons that orbit the dwarf planet Pluto.  Pluto was very much in the news during this product’s development as the New Horizons spacecraft approached this faraway part of our solar system in 2016 and provided unparalleled views of this cold, icy world and its near neighbour Charon.  The name for the moon Charon was formally adopted by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in 1986, making this year, the year of the introduction of the Rebor Fossil Oddities range, the thirtieth anniversary of the naming of this celestial body.

6 11, 2016

Archaeopteryx and Compsognathus on Display

By | November 6th, 2016|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Naturmuseum Senckenberg Archaeopteryx and Compsognathus

With the wonderful Rebor Compsognathus replica back in stock (Sentry), it is worthwhile reflecting on the amazing Solnhofen exhibit in the vertebrates’ gallery at the Naturmuseum Senckenberg (Frankfurt).  The famous, finely grained Upper Jurassic Solnhofen and Holzmaden deposits are not too far from the Frankfurt museum, so a number of fossil specimens including pterosaurs, marine reptiles and dinosaurs are represented within that part of the collection on view to the public.

Compsognathus and Archaeopteryx on Display at the Museum

Archaeopteryx and Compsognathus on display.

An exhibit showing the similarities between Archaeopteryx and Compsognathus.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

In the brightly lit Compsognathus and Archaeopteryx exhibit, these two Late Jurassic animals are compared side by side.  There is a focus on the delicate jaws of Compsognathus (the genus name means “elegant jaw”), whilst the Archaeopteryx section looks at the adaptations within the skeleton for flight.  The informative display boards are in English as well as German, very helpful for visitors and this display forms part of a larger exhibit that looks at the relationship between small, cursorial Theropod dinosaurs and the evolution of the Aves (birds).  The bones within the display itself are casts of the actual fossils but great care has been taken to light the exhibit so the minute details, even traces of feathers on the Archaeopteryx specimens, can be made out.

The Rebor Sentry (Compsognathus longipes)

The Rebor replica Sentry (Compsognathus).

Rebor Compsognathus – Sentry

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the Rebor range of prehistoric animal models including the amazing Compsognathus scale model: Rebor replicas including the 1:6 scale Compsognathus replica “Sentry”

The Rebor Sentry is a fantastic museum quality model of this lithe and agile dinosaur.  The Rebor 1:6 scale replica comes with a model of a Jurassic dragonfly (Protolindenia).  It is thought that Compsognathus chased insects and other small animals in the undergrowth.  Catching a dragonfly would have been a challenge for this little dinosaur (the largest specimen indicates a total body length of around 120 centimetres).  However, the effort would have been well worth it as a dragonfly would have made a sizeable meal for this tiny Theropod.

The craftsmanship on the Rebor Sentry is exquisite.  For example, this replica even has an articulated lower jaw.

Archaeopteryx and Compsognathus Models

Several mainstream model manufacturers have added an Archaeopteryx figure to their ranges.  This is pleasing to see, as the “Urvogel” is an iconic animal representing a transitional form between a reptile and a true bird.  The term “Urvogel” is German and it means “first bird”.  Although Archaeopteryx was not the first bird to evolve, when its fossils came to prominence in the late 1850’s and early 1860’s, it did indeed represent the first major and widely studied fossils of a Jurassic member of the Aves, or at least an animal the represented a bridge between the Order Reptilia and the Aves.

At Everything Dinosaur, we are aware that a mainstream manufacturer intends to introduce another replica of Archaeopteryx in 2017, once we have permission to post up pictures on our social media pages we shall get them up.  As for Compsognathus replicas, these are few and far between, that long tail, small head, and those delicate limbs make sculpting replicas quite difficult, that’s why there is so much to be admired in the Rebor Sentry replica.

The 1:6 Scale Rebor Compsognathus Model (Sentry)

Rebor 1:6 scale Compsognathus model

The amazing Compsognathus model from Rebor available from Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

22 10, 2016

Carcharodontosaurus – A Very Popular Dinosaur

By | October 22nd, 2016|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Photos/Pictures of Fossils|0 Comments

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.

1 10, 2016

Spinosaurus and Pterosaur Prehistoric Scene

By | October 1st, 2016|Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Spinosaurus and Anhanguera Prehistoric Diorama

Our thanks to the very talented Paleo Paul who sent us in a couple of pictures of his latest prehistoric scene that he had created.  A Pterosaur looks down on the meal of a Spinosaurus, a giant fish that this sail-backed reptile has just caught for itself.  We really appreciate all the pictures, drawings and images we get sent and yes, we do look at them all and respond to all those that request a reply.

A Spinosaurid and Pterosaur Inspired Prehistoric Scene

Cretaceous prehistoric animal scene.

Papo Spinosaurus and Schleich Anhanguera Pterosaur models re-painted and modified.

Picture Credit: Paleo Paul

The spinosaurid is a re-painted and re-modelled Papo Spinosaurus and very splendid it is too.  The Pterosaur flying over the scene is a Schleich Anhanguera replica, which also has had a makeover by Paleo Paul.  It is always a challenge to paint water well and we commend the artist for this excellent effort, the Spinosaurus really does look at home on the shore.

Paleo Paul stated:

“The Spinosaurus has a central nasal crest added in conjunction with later discoveries.  The fish is Xiphactinus from the excellent Pegasus model kits.  All models slightly modified. Really get a buzz out of doing these compositions!”

A Wider Angle View of the Prehistoric Scene

Prehistoric animal model scene.

Papo Spinosaurus and Schleich Anhanguera Pterosaur models re-painted and modified.

Picture Credit: Paleo Paul

Thanks for sending in these pictures, we too get a big buzz out of seeing such well-constructed dioramas.

23 09, 2016

The Jurassic of Europe

By | September 23rd, 2016|Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Europe in the Jurassic

Our thanks to Robert Townsend who sent us some more prehistoric animal diorama pictures.  This time, Robert focuses on dinosaurs that lived in Europe during the Jurassic and he has created some fascinating scenes in his large-scale dinosaur diorama “The Lost World”.

A Lourinhanosaurus Stalks an Europasaurus

Stalking an Europasaurus.

A Lourinhanosaurus stalks Europasaurus.

Picture Credit: Robert Townsend

This is a nicely composed shot, the details on the foreground are clearly defined and the whole photograph has a sense of perspective.

A Close up of the CollectA Lourinhanosaurus Dinosaur Model

The CollectA Lourinhanosaurus dinosaur model.

CollectA Lourinhanosaurus in a dinosaur diorama.

Picture Credit: Robert Townsend

The Lourinhanosaurus model is part of the “Prehistoric Life” model range by CollectA.  In this image, Robert brings out the detail on the figure quite nicely as well as revealing the level of care taken in the creation of the prehistoric scene, note the tiny pebbles in the foreground.  Clearly a lot of time and effort has gone into creating the prehistoric settings for these dinosaur models.

The CollectA Metriacanthosaurus at the Water’s Edge

CollectA Metriacanthosaurus.

CollectA Metriacanthosaurus model.

Picture Credit: Robert Townsend

A number of environments are depicted in the dinosaur themed diorama, the use of water effects provides a good focal point to set various prehistoric scenes.  The low light in the background gives the impression of dusk, here is a Metriacanthosaurus (model by CollectA), coming down to the river late at night to quench its thirst.

A Metriacanthosaurus Confronts an Adult Stegosaur (Dacentrurus)

Metriacanthosaurus and Dacentrurus fight it out.

A CollectA Metriacanthosaurus threatens a CollectA Dacentrurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Robert Townsend

Robert is keen to depict various interactions between prehistoric animals associated with Jurassic-aged strata from Europe.  In this photograph, an adult Dacentrurus adopts a threatening posture when confronted with a Metriacanthosaurus.  The meat-eater better watch-out, as at nearly two tonnes, the Dacentrurus is a very formidable opponent.

Our thanks to Robert for sending in these photographs.  We get sent lots of pictures and other dinosaur related items, we enjoy looking at them all.  We really do enjoy the creative ways in which our customers display their dinosaur and prehistoric animal model collections.

6 08, 2016

Giants of Ancient South America

By | August 6th, 2016|Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

South American Themed Dinosaur Diorama

Dinosaur model enthusiast and collector Robert Townsend very kindly sent into Everything Dinosaur some further pictures of his prehistoric landscape.  This time he has focused on dinosaurs that roamed the southern hemisphere during the Mesozoic.  In his diorama entitled “South American Giants”, Robert highlights the diversity of Sauropods that once roamed the landmass of Gondwana, he has also added some large Theropod models to highlight the apex predators which once called South America home.

When the Sauropoda Dominated the Mega-fauna of Gondwana

South American giant dinosaurs.

An Amargasaurus (foreground), Saltasaurus (background).

Picture Credit: Robert Townsend

The picture above shows a Safari Ltd (Wild Safari Dinos) Amargasaurus in the foreground, in the background, a pair of long-necked dinosaurs (Saltasaurus) walk by.  This is a well composed photograph.   The position of the models provides perspective and depth perception, the animals moving in opposite directions provides contrast and draws the eye into the photograph, allowing the clever and careful use of foliage to be appreciated.

A Close View of the CollectA Agustinia Dinosaur Model

Agustinia dinosaur model.

The CollectA Deluxe Agustinia dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Robert Townsend

A number of Sauropods feature in Robert’s South American themed diorama.  The picture above shows a close up of an Agustinia (pronounced Ah-gus-tin-nee-ah), a bizarre, herbivorous dinosaur whose fossils were first discovered around twenty years ago.  From the limited number of fossils found, palaeontologists remain uncertain as to the phylogeny of this particular dinosaur.  It could be a member of the titanosaurids, or perhaps it was more closely related to Diplodocus (diplodocid dinosaurs).  Until more fossil material is found and studied, the family classification of this particular South American dinosaur remains uncertain.

Carnivorous Dinosaurs of South America

Giant meat-eating dinosaurs roamed South America.

Mapusaurus and Giganotosaurus feast on a long-necked dinosaur.

A number of super-sized Theropods are known from South America.  Robert depicts different types of meat-eating dinosaur in his diorama.  Amongst the abelisaurids, Robert has included a number of different types of predator, including Mapusaurus and Giganotosaurus which are greedily feeding on the remains of a Sauropod in the photograph above.

A Lifelong Dream.

When asked how he got interested in collecting dinosaur models and making dioramas, Robert explained:

“When I was about eleven or twelve years old I saw the film “Valley of The Gwangi” which was about some cowboys in the old wild west who discover a lost world of living dinosaurs inside a secret and hidden canyon.  I was so impressed with the realism of the animation of the creatures that I wanted to make my own lost world of dinosaur models in a prehistoric world.”

In his childhood, Robert constructed a number of dinosaur model kits and he started building landscapes from a young age, but not always with the results he desired.  When it came to creating prehistoric scenes, Robert admits his early efforts were a case of trial and error.

“What materials did one use?  I didn’t have a clue.  My dad suggested that I make the landscape out of a large piece of white card he obtained from somewhere.  It was rolled up, and when unrolled and flattened out it was about four feet square.  On the dining room table I used a felt tip pen to draw where the rocks and the rivers were meant to go.  To make prehistoric type plants I rolled up pieces of white paper, coloured them in with green and brown felt tip pens and then cut one end to spread out the fronds at the top.  They were stuck on the card with sellotape.  After an afternoon of trying this, the whole thing looked such a mess and so totally unconvincing that I was disappointed with my clumsy efforts.  I threw the whole lot away in the bin.  I thought it was best to wait until a time when I learnt what materials to use and how to build properly with them.  Well, now that time has come and you can see some of the results above.”

A Juvenile Argentinosaurus Roams Across the Diorama

The CollectA Argentinosaurus.

A juvenile Argentinosaurus.

Picture Credit: Robert Townsend

Thank you Robert for sending your photographs to Everything Dinosaur, they are greatly appreciated.  The next project for Robert is to build “Jurassic Park III later in the summer.  His plans are well advanced, the landscape will have a water hole surrounded by prehistoric trees and plants, some plastic aquarium plants and rocks from a garden centre, even some model plants that Robert will have made himself.

The CollectA Williamsonia Helps to Bring Prehistoric Scenes to Life

The CollectA Williamsonia plant.

The CollectA Williamsonia prehistoric plant, a great addition to dinosaur dioramas.

For extra realism, Robert is keen to get hold of some of the prehistoric plants and other materials from Everything Dinosaur, sounds like a good plan.

The Williamsonia and other prehistoric trees and plants can be found here: CollectA Scale Models

27 07, 2016

Pictures of New for 2016 Papo Velociraptors

By | July 27th, 2016|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Papo Green Velociraptor and Papo Feathered Velociraptor

At Everything Dinosaur, we enjoy receiving pictures of dinosaur and prehistoric animal models.  We have lots of very talented customers who make gorgeous dinosaur themed dioramas and other prehistoric scenes.  We really appreciate the fact that we get sent photographs of model displays, even pictures of the models themselves can make our day.  The Papo Velociraptors are quite photogenic and here are some snaps we took of the new for 2016 Papo “raptors” when we saw them earlier in the year at a trade show.

 A Pair of Papo Velociraptors

Papo Velociraptor models.

The Papo Feathered Velociraptor and the Papo Green Velociraptor dinosaur models.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture shows the excellent green Papo Velociraptor in the background and in the foreground, the new for 2016 Papo feathered Velociraptor, both of these models are available from Everything Dinosaur.  In terms of size, the green “raptor” edges it as it measures about a centimetre longer than the feathered Velociraptor replica, although it might be a little unfair to compare these models in terms of size as they have different poses, the green Velociraptor for example, has a more upright stance.

Examining the Papo Feathered Velociraptor

The feathered Velociraptor from Papo.

Holding the Papo feathered Velociraptor model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

 Papo, the French model and figure manufacturer, has built up a strong reputation for its excellent replicas over the last few years.  The company’s dinosaur model range was believed to have been inspired by the first film, “Jurassic Park” that was released in 1993.  The current range consists of nearly forty different prehistoric animals.  The “raptors” certainly are very reminiscent of the “Jurassic Park” pack.

To view the full Papo prehistoric animal model range: Papo Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models

The Velociraptors are part of a group of five new model introductions this year from Papo (dinosaurs range).  They were introduced along with a Baryonyx replica, a new colour variant of the running Tyrannosaurus rex and the fearsome Cretaceous terrestrial crocodile Kaprosuchus.  These are all excellent models and very welcome additions to the Papo product range.

Papo Velociraptor Model Comparisons

Close up views of Papo Velociraptors.

An aerial view of the Papo Velociraptor models.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Two Species of Velociraptor

Two species of Velociraptor have been described.  Velociraptor mongoliensis was named and described in 1924 (Osborn) and in 2008 a second species was erected – V. osmolskae.  A joint Belgian/Chinese expedition to the Bayan Mandahu region of Inner Mongolia in 1999, recovered two fragments of upper jaw bone, that, although very similar to V. mongoliensis, showed enough anatomical differences to merit the erection of a new Velociraptor species.  Velociraptor osmolskae was very probably closely related to V. mongoliensis and it is hoped that further analysis of fragmentary Theropod remains from Bayan Mandahu and more Velociraptor fossil finds from China will help to provide further information regarding the phylogeny of these two dinosaurs.  The Belgian palaeontologist Pascal Godefroit (and colleagues), honoured the Polish palaeontologist Halszka Osmólska, a person synonymous with exploring Upper Cretaceous rock formations of Mongolia, when they erected the trivial name.

Velociraptor Pathology

A skull attributed to Velociraptor mongoliensis shows clear pathology.  There are two parallel rows of small puncture marks along part of the skull.  These punctures match the dentition of an adult Velociraptor.  This pathology has been interpreted as evidence of fight between two Velociraptors. The lack of any signs of healing preserved in the fossil bones, suggests that the recipient of the injuries was mortally wounded or that it died shortly after the encounter with the other “raptor”.

Perhaps some of our customers will send in pictures of their Velociraptor models posed in combat!

24 07, 2016

Back to School with Everything Dinosaur

By | July 24th, 2016|Dinosaur Fans, Educational Activities, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases, Teaching|0 Comments

Fantastic Dinosaur Themed Back to School Items from Everything Dinosaur

No sooner do the schools break up then our thoughts are turning to the Autumn Term.  The teaching team at Everything Dinosaur are already booked up quite a lot for both next term and into the Spring but there are still some dates available for our dinosaur workshops in school.  However, just as teachers commence preparations for their scheme of work to be delivered next term, so parents too are planning ahead.  Mums and dads, grandparents and guardians will be turning their thoughts to kitting out their charges ready for when the children go back to school.  For budding young palaeontologists Everything Dinosaur has a huge range of prehistoric animal themed school items, from pencils through to lunchboxes and backpacks, Everything Dinosaur has getting ready for school covered.

Some of the Dinosaur Themed Back to School Items Available from Everything Dinosaur

Back to school items available from Everything Dinosaur

Back to school stationery available from Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Whether you are looking for notepads with a dinosaur motif, or pens and pencils so that young dinosaur fans can jot down their discoveries, Everything Dinosaur is the place to go to find back to school prehistoric animal themed school sets and stationery.

Back to School stock in stock at Everything Dinosaur: Back to School

There are school kits, dinosaur stationery sets, soft and cuddly back packs, pencil cases, notebooks, notepads and a whole range of other items, a list as long as a the neck of a Tanystropheus – there is plenty of choice, enough to make even the most reluctant school child roar in approval like an angry Tyrannosaurus rex.

Back to School with Everything Dinosaur

Dinosaur pens available from Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Notes for Teachers

As for our popular dinosaur and fossil themed workshops in schools, our team members are booked up well into the Spring term.  However, there are some dates still available and for further information about Everything Dinosaur’s work in schools, simply visit the link below for further information.

Contact Everything Dinosaur to enquire about dinosaur themed workshops in school: Contact Everything Dinosaur, request a quotation

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