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Everything Dinosaur Says Sorry

Our Apologies

A number of Everything Dinosaur customers and blog fans have been experiencing either slow download speeds or a loss of the Everything Dinosaur websites and blog completely.  We would like to apologise for any inconvenience that this may have caused.  Everything Dinosaur’s  on line presence was undergoing essential maintenance as well as a number of upgrades, all designed to improve our customer service.

“Stego” and “rex”,  Everything Dinosaur’s two, plush IT engineers have been helping with the project and they have created a banner which was put up on the company website, Everything Dinosaur that reassured visitors to our website that everything was running OK.

“Stego” and “rex” Make a Contribution to the Site Upgrades

This banner appeared on the website during maintenance

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Note to the rest of the Everything Dinosaur team.  Is it a good idea to have “Stego” and “rex” helping out our IT operations?  After all, Stegosaurus is famous for having a brain the size of a walnut and Tyrannosaurus rex is famous for having very short arms and only two fingers on each hand.

Never mind, essential maintenance done and it’s upwards and onwards from here for the company renowned for its ability to supply dinosaur toys and games.

Dinosaur Summer Party Fun

Giant Inflatable Tyrannosaurus rex

Get into the summer party mood with this super-sized, inflatable T. rex from Everything Dinosaur.  This inflatable dinosaur stands an impressive 1.83 metres (six feet) tall when inflated and is bound to make young dinosaur fans roar with excitement.

Six Foot Tall Inflatable Tyrannosaurus rex

Just add air for lots of dinosaur fun.

Just add air for lots of dinosaur fun.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

This giant dinosaur inflatable can be blown up by a foot pump, a hand pump or good, old fashioned, lung power.  On test, our friendly dinosaur enthusiasts were able to blow it up in about five minutes or so.  This makes a super addition to a dinosaur party, or indeed for use in schools when Reception/Foundation stage children are learning all about dinosaurs.  It was pointed out to us, that this inflatable is actually taller than every member of the Everything Dinosaur team.

To view Everything Dinosaur’s range of dinosaur themed party products: Party and Birthday Party Supplies

It certainly is an impressive dinosaur.  Palaeontologists have calculated the growth rate of dinosaurs and they too, just like us, had growth spurts.  Tyrannosaurus rex babies probably grew very quickly in their first few years, after all, small dinosaurs could have ended up as lunch for bigger dinosaurs.  From hatching, Tyrannosaurus rex probably reached a length of around two metres within the first year of its life, still, it had a long way to go to reach the 13-14 metre giant that some Tyrannosaur fossils indicate.

Inflatable T. rex from Everything Dinosaur

Six foot high inflatable T. rex

Six foot high inflatable T. rex

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

With the debate regarding whether or not dinosaurs were warm-blooded (endothermic) or cold-blooded (ectothermic) or indeed somewhere in between (mesothermic) likely to continue for a very long time, at least young dinosaur fans can relax on the beach with a giant inflatable dinosaur to keep them company.

Microwarmer Soft Toy Dinosaurs from Everything Dinosaur

Dinosaur Soft Toys – Microwarmer Dinosaurs

Just in stock at Everything Dinosaur and timed nicely it seems with the return of cold and showery weather for most of the UK, are these super microwarmer soft toy dinosaurs.  There are three in the series, a cuddly T. rex (if you can imagine such a thing), a friendly Stegosaurus and a cute Triceratops.  These soft toys have a special pocket in their tummies, inside you will find a cloth sachet that contains linseed.  Put this sachet into the microwave to warm up and then pop it back into the dinosaur to create a super, warm and cosy soft toy dinosaur.

The Microwarmer Tyrannnosaurus rex Dinosaur Soft Toy

A soft toy that also acts as a hot water bottle.

A soft toy that also acts as a hot water bottle.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

With sales of these items supporting the Natural History Museum, mums and dads are going to like them too.  The sachet pops inside the tummy of the dinosaur and it keeps warm for quite a long time.  These microwarmer dinosaurs are so much more practical than a hot water bottle.

The Soft and Cuddly Stegosaurus in the Range

We have taken out the linseed sachet so you can see how big it is.

We have taken out the linseed sachet so you can see how big it is.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Microwaveable dinosaur soft toys make excellent bedtime buddies for young dinosaur fans. We think these are suitable for children from three years and upwards.  A point made by one of our reviewers was that the material was not only very soft but also sensible, it is sponge washable.

To view Everything Dinosaur’s range of soft toy dinosaurs including microwaveable dinosaurs: Dinosaur Soft Toys

The Microwarmer Triceratops Dinosaur Soft Toy

A friendly, cute Triceratops soft toy.

A friendly, cute Triceratops soft toy.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Each of these microwaveable soft toys measures at least twelve inches in length, the Stegosaurus is nearly fifteen inches long and they are bound to prove popular with young dinosaur fans.  Each soft toy comes with easy to follow instructions.

Microwave advice as follows (based on a microwave with a turntable and on full power)

Microwave rating 0 to 800 Watts – maximum heating time sixty seconds

Microwave rating from 801 to 1,000 Watts – maximum heating time forty-five seconds

If for any reason you heat up your linseed pouch for too long, and it becomes too hot, no need to worry, simply carefully pick up the sachet and place it on a heat-proof surface to cool down.

Design a Dinosaur T-shirt Competition

Design a Dinosaur T-shirt Competition from Everything Dinosaur

Team members at Everything Dinosaur have been working on a number of new ideas and designs for the company’s own range of prehistoric animal themed T-shirts for children.  We have lots of ideas, but we thought to ourselves why don’t we give a budding palaeontologist the chance to design their very own, personalised dinosaur tee?

Please note this competition is now closed.

Stegosaurus has been busy helping the team members sort out all the ideas, but with a brain the size of a walnut, our poor Stegosaurus is struggling – so it is over to you.  Simply design a dinosaur themed T-shirt and email a picture of your design over to us and we will print the one we all like the best and then send the designer their very own, unique piece of “dino wear”.

What Prehistoric Animal Themed T-shirt Can You Come Up With?

What dinosaur themed design will you come up with?

What dinosaur themed design will you come up with?

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Just email a picture of your design to: Email Everything Dinosaur

Remember, we are looking for a T-shirt designed for children, from age ranges 3 -12 years, so nothing too complicated.  Ideally, the design should fit on the front of a T-shirt covering a space 10 inches wide by 12 inches long (25cm by 30cm) approximately.  Apart from that anything goes – a Tyrannosaurus rex  attempting to hang glide, a Triceratops using its horns to help wind up knitting wool, our Stegosaurus struggling with maths – whatever “shakes your sieve” as we palaeontologists say.

Words, pictures or a combination of both it is entirely up to you.

The Range of Colours in the T-shirt Range 

Five colours for the T-shirts being considered.

Five colours for the T-shirts being considered.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view Everything Dinosaur’s range of dinosaur and prehistoric animal themed clothing: Dinosaur Clothing Ideas

At the moment our team members (aided by Stegosaurus) are looking at five colour options for the T-shirt range.  There is a yellow, green, pink, blue and a Tyrannosaurus red currently being considered.  Our dinosaur themed T-shirts are going to be quite colourful – how will  your design turn out?

The winning design will be made up into a T-shirt and then this shirt, (once we have the right size measurements) will be sent out to the lucky winner!

Just email a picture of your design to us at Everything Dinosaur: Email the T-shirt Designs

Terms and Conditions of the Design a Dinosaur T-shirt Competition

Automated entries are not permitted and will be excluded from the competition

Only one entry per person

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

The Everything Dinosaur name a dinosaur caption competition runs until June 17th 2014.

Winner will be notified by private message sent by email.

Prize includes postage and packing

For full terms and conditions contact: Contact Everything Dinosaur

Please note this competition is now closed.

Dinosaur Birthday Cake Recipe

Easy to Make Dinosaur Themed Birthday Cake

Everything Dinosaur team members get sent in lots of emails about dinosaur party food.  We are happy to send out suggestions and provide advice, our staff like to offer advice on healthy treats such as fruit and vegetable based snacks, but then there comes the problem of the centre piece – the birthday cake itself.  Not to worry, here is a simple and easy to follow recipe to make a sponge cake shaped like a meat-eating dinosaur.

For dinosaur party supplies check out Everything Dinosaur’s huge range: Dinosaur Party Supplies

A Recipe for a Super Dinosaur Birthday Cake

Simple to make dinosaur birthday cake.

Simple to make dinosaur birthday cake.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur


To make each sponge base (you will need to make two sponges, so double these ingredients) 
175 grammes (6oz) of butter
175 grammes (6oz) of caster sugar
3 large eggs
175 grammes (6oz) of sieved self-raising flour
To ice and decorate your dinosaur birthday cake 
225 grammes (8oz) of icing sugar
225 grammes (8oz) of butter
Few drops of green food colouring
One small pack of mini-marshmallows (to make the teeth)
One small piece of liquorice (to make the mouth)
One jelly button (to make the eye)
One liquorice cartwheel cut into quarters (to make the claws and toes)
Small pack of chocolate mint squares (each one cut in half to make the spines down the back)

As for decorating your dinosaur, you can use anything you like, so be imaginative and we are sure the budding young palaeontologist in the household would be happy to advise and help.


1. Grease two large 20 cm x 30cm (8 inch x 12 inch), baking trays.  In a mixing bowl, cream butter and caster sugar together until pale and creamy.  Beat eggs in a jug then add them to mixture (a little at a time, beating as you go).

2. Add a quarter of the flour to the mixture, dropping it through the sieve again from a height above the bowl (helps make the sponges light and airy).  Gently fold in the flour using a metal spoon.  Repeat this process until all the flour is folded in.  You should have a mixture that will drop off a spoon easily when the spoon is tapped against the side of the bowl, if the consistency is not right add a tablespoon of hot water.

3. Divide the mixture between the two tins, then place them on the middle shelf of a pre-warmed oven at 170°C / 325°F (Gas mark 3) for 25-30 minutes or until they are pale golden in colour.  Remove from the oven and wait a minute then loosen them round the edges with a palette knife turn them out onto a wire cooling tray. Let the sponges cool completely before cutting and decorating.

 The Sponge Cake and the Dinosaur Template

Ready to cut out the dinosaur shapes using the template

Ready to cut out the dinosaur shapes using the template

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Using the dinosaur template provided by Everything Dinosaur* download the template and print it out onto paper.  Then using the paper cut-outs as guide create the same shapes on stiff card.  The sponge can then be divided up to make the various parts of the dinosaur.  Do not worry about the joins, they will be covered up by the icing and the decorations.  Remember to leave the sponge for a while to cool before attempting to cut out your templates.

To download the template for the dinosaur simply visit Everything Dinosaur and then scroll down the home page to the bottom and click the link entitled “Dinosaur Party Cakes”.  In these pages, you will find the template download plus lots of other recipe ideas.

New Soft and Cuddly Dinosaur Backpacks from Everything Dinosaur

Soft and Cuddly Dinosaur Backpacks

The latest editions to Everything Dinosaur’s huge range of prehistoric animal themed merchandise have just been put up on line.  They are soft and cuddly dinosaur themed backpacks, one a Triceratops, the other a colourful Tyrannosaurus rex.

Measuring a generous sixty-three centimetres in length, the Triceratops has been created so that it matches other horned dinosaur soft toys currently available from Everything Dinosaur.

The Soft and Cuddly Triceratops Dinosaur Backpack

A backpack for a young dinosaur fan.

A backpack for a young dinosaur fan.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Lightweight and very soft, this horned dinosaur themed backpack proved very popular on test with both girls and boys.  The sturdy black straps are adjustable and the backpack is comfortable to wear.  It also doubles as a handy pyjama or nightgown case for budding young palaeontologists.  The roomy zipped pouch on the back means that you can carry dinosaurs around or even slip in a snack as you go on fossil finding adventures.  Mums and dads liked the backpack too, although it is not waterproof, it is sponge washable and the cute expression on the face of this Triceratops appealed.

The Soft and Cuddly Tyrannosaurus rex Dinosaur Backpack

Proved very popular with young dinosaur fans on test.

Proved very popular with young dinosaur fans on test.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The T. rex measures a fraction over sixty-three centimetres in length.  The colourful backpack featuring the “Tyrant Lizard King” was described as being “cute” and it represented a “happy dinosaur” according to one young reviewer.

Everything Dinosaur’s range of soft toys, including dinosaur backpacks can be found here: Dinosaur Soft Toys and Backpacks

We had some fun photographing these backpacks, they are so soft and cuddly that our photographer was reluctant to let them go but we managed to get some pictures in the end.  Even Tyrannosaurus rex refused to co-operate at one point.  We wanted to take a picture so that we could show the sturdy adjustable straps on the back, we succeeded, but it looks like our T. rex got camera shy in the photograph.

Sturdy Straps on these Dinosaur Themed Backpacks

Robust and sturdy straps on the dinosaur themed backpack.

Robust and sturdy straps on the dinosaur themed backpack.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Sales of these two products help to support the Natural History Museum – London.

A Review of Everything Dinosaur’s Social Media Performance

An Update on Everything Dinosaur’s Social Media Activities

The first five months of 2014 have whizzed by and Everything Dinosaur team members have been as busy as ever working with schools and museums.  The company’s new school website is progressing well and it should go live shortly, there are lots of new prehistoric animal models coming in the near future and the staff have been kept very busy packing and despatching orders to customers all over the world.

However, we remain committed to keeping up a dialogue with all our chums on various social media,  so with five months gone, we thought it would be a good idea to reflect on our social media targets that were set at the turn of the year, time to see how we are progressing.

As part of our New Year predictions, team members outlined the plans and targets for Everything Dinosaur’s social media activities over the next twelve months or so, these included the following:

Blog – to post up at least 365 articles in 2014.

So far we have posted up an article each day for the whole of the first part of 2014.  This means that an additional 151 articles have been added to the Everything Dinosaur blog.  The Everything Dinosaur web log now has a total of 2,641 published articles, making it one of the largest blogs of this type around.

Ezine – to have 685 articles posted up on this platform by the year end.

Not too bad progress on this one.  To date 575 articles have been published on Ezine.  Each article is different, carefully researched and submitted in its own right.  We have another six months or so to write 110 further articles.  There is a bit of work required to hit our target but if we keep persevering this target is definitely achievable.  In total we are currently at 83% of this rolling target.

YouTube – to have produced another 35 videos and seen viewing figures go over the 800,000 mark in total

So far, another fourteen videos have been added this year.  Everything Dinosaur has nearly nine hundred subscribers and nearly 700,000 video reviews.  With more videos planned in the next fortnight or so, we should achieve around thirty-five videos for the year, taking our video count to well over one hundred.  Video reviews are planned for more Collecta models as well as for further additions to the Papo dinosaur model range.  If our viewing figures continue the way they are we should get over 800,000 video reviews by the end of the year.

Pinterest – to have over 3,000 pins up on the Everything Dinosaur boards by December 31st 2014

Team members have made a special effort in May to pin up more of our dinosaur and prehistoric animal images from our archives.  After a really big push in May, we have not got over 3,000 pins up, which is a terrific effort. This target has been achieved, perhaps 4,000 by the end of 2014?

Facebook – 1,200 likes and to continue to post up pictures, articles, snippets and so forth to encourage lively debate.

Lots of lively debate on Facebook that’s for sure.  We really do appreciate all the contributions from everybody involved and we have clocked up 1,165 likes which is a terrific score.  We are grateful for every “like” that we receive.  Look out for more free downloads, competitions and updates on our Facebook page.

Click the Facebook Logo Below to Visit Everything Dinosaur on Facebook

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

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

We are just thirty-five “likes” off our 2014 target, we will keep working hard, replying to every comment we receive and providing lots of information and advice.  Hopefully, we will get to our target shortly.

Twitter – 2,000 tweets

We have posted something like 1,115 tweets and we have several hundred followers which has made us very “chuffed” to say the least.  We should have 2,000 plus tweets posted by the end of the year.

Team members will continue to monitor our progress on social media, the new school web site has links to our twitter, pinterest and Facebook so this should give our work with schools greater exposure on social media.  This new site should have a positive impact on Everything Dinosaur’s various social media campaigns.  Let’s see how things look at the end of the year.

Dinosaur Footprint Party Cakes Recipe

A Simple to Follow Step-by-Step Guide to Make Dinosaur Footprint Cakes

No pun intended, but here is a simple step-by-step guide to make some super tasty dinosaur themed party treats.  Many children love dinosaurs and ask for a dinosaur themed birthday party, this can be a bit of a headache for the grown ups, but not to worry the team members at Everything Dinosaur can help out by providing a recipe to make cakes with a dinosaur footprint theme.

Everything Dinosaur’s Dinosaur Themed Party Cakes

Tasty dinosaur themed treats.

Tasty dinosaur themed treats.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

List of Ingredients (to make dinosaur themed tasty treats)

Plain Flour 275 grammes (10oz)

Butter 350 grammes (12oz)

Caster Sugar 225 grammes (8oz)

Small Tin Condensed Milk 400 grammes (14oz)

4 Table Spoons of Golden Syrup

Plain Chocolate 225 grammes (8oz)

Small pack of Marzipan or White Icing

2-3 Table Spoons of Jam


    • Heat the oven to 180°C /350°F (Gas mark 4).  Mix together 225 grammes (8oz) of butter with 100 grammes (4oz) of the caster sugar in a large bowl.   Add the flour and work the mixture into a soft dough.
    • Press the mixture into a shallow baking tray, measuring approximately 22 centimetres by 32 centimetres, even it out then place in the oven and bake until this biscuit base is golden and crisp.
    • To make the caramel filling, heat the remaining butter and sugar with the tin of condensed milk in a saucepan, adding the golden syrup.  Bring to the boil and allow to simmer for a few minutes, stirring all the time until the mixture turns a golden, caramel colour.  Carefully pour over the biscuit base in the tray and then leave it to cool.
    • Melt the plain chocolate over a pan of simmering water and spread over the caramel, then allow everything to set.  Download the dinosaur footprint template (available at Everything Dinosaur*),draw round it using a piece of stiff card to create your very own dinosaur footprint template.
    • Roll out the marzipan or the white icing then carefully cut out footprints using a small knife.  Put a little dab of jam onto the footprint and carefully place them in rows on the chocolate biscuits.  Then simply cut the biscuits into small squares, each one with a footprint on it and there you go, your very own dinosaur footprint biscuits.

This recipe is very simple to follow and the cakes are very popular with young dinosaur fans.  For mums and grown ups too, we hope this easy to recipe helps when it comes to the dinosaur themed party food.

Everything Dinosaur* – when on the Everything Dinosaur home page, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the link entitled – “Dinosaur Party Cakes”.

Gorgosaurus versus Albertosaurus (Speculative)

Tale of the Tape – Albertosaurinae

Team members at Everything Dinosaur get sent lots of letters, pictures and emails from fans of dinosaurs, we are grateful for all the correspondence and we do our best to respond to those that require a reply.  A frequently asked question is which dinosaur would win in a fight between two species?  We tend to steer clear of these sorts of debates, after all, there is not a lot fossil evidence to back up any claims and many of the opponents in such contests happen to be separated by thousands of miles and in most cases millions of years.

One email received recently, asked the question who would win in a fight between Gorgosaurus and Albertosaurus?  We thank Theodore, Clare and Adam for this question.  We have had a lot of questions about Gorgosaurus since this fearsome Tyrannosaur appeared in the “Walking with Dinosaurs in 3-D” film that came out in December 2013.  Let’s try and answer the question by explaining a little bit about what we think we know from fossils when it comes to these two types of meat-eating dinosaurs.

Albertosaurus and Gorgosaurus Are Very Closely Related

The famous Canadian palaeontologist Lawrence Lambe established the Gorgosaurus  genus exactly 100 years ago, when he described fossils of a large Tyrannosaur Gorgosaurus libratus.  The dinosaur known as Albertosaurus was named a few years earlier (1905), although the specimens which became known as Albertosaurus fossil material were actually found back in the mid 1880′s.  Albertosaurus (Albertosaurus sarcophagus) was named after the part of Canada in which the fossils were found, the Province of Alberta.  Palaeontologists have argued over whether there are two different types of Tyrannosaur represented by the fossils.  A comprehensive review carried out in 2003, established Gorgosaurus and Albertosaurus as different, but very closely related dinosaurs.

Sister Taxa

Analysis of more recently discovered Gorgosaurus and Albertosaurus fossils enabled a team of scientists to establish in 2003 that Gorgosaurus was indeed a different type of meat-eating dinosaur to Albertosaurus.  Gorgosaurus is believed to have had slightly longer legs, and slight differences in the skull.  Some scientists have suggested that since the majority of fossil material ascribed to Gorgosaurus is found in older rocks than the majority of fossil material believed to represent Albertosaurus, then Gorgosaurus may have been the ancestor of Albertosaurus.  These dinosaurs were very closely related.  They have been put into their own sub-family of Tyrannosaurs, the Albertosaurinae.  For the moment, most scientists agree that just Gorgosaurus and Albertosaurus belong in the Albertosaurinae, they are sister taxa, which means that Gorgosaurus and Albertosaurus are more closely related to each other than they are to any other type of Tyrannosaur.

Who Would Win in a Fight?

Fossils of Gorgosaurus and Albertosaurus have been found in the same parts of North America and if we assume that these dinosaurs lived at around the same time, then it is possible that these species may have interacted.  If they shared the same environment and competed for the same food and living space then these two dinosaurs may have been in competition with each other. Violent conflicts between Albertosaurus and Gorgosaurus would probably have been rare. We don’t know this for sure, fossils of both Gorgosaurus and Albertosaurus show signs of injury caused when the animal was alive, but there is no way of telling how these injuries occurred.  If an adult Gorgosaurus and Albertosaurus met, then it is likely that they may have used visual signals to intimidate and threaten each other rather than an all out attack.  Neither animal would want to risk serious injury as if they were unable to hunt as a result of wounds, then this would probably prove fatal.  At Everything Dinosaur we have speculated in several articles about Tyrannosaurs using scent making to establish territories to convey messages and ultimately to avoid other big predators.

Tale of the Tape – Battle Statistics

Comparative  studies have been undertaken by palaeontologists when it comes to Tyrannosaurs.  Everything Dinosaur team members have taken some of the data from these studies and reviewed the fossil record of these two species.  Using information gleaned from the very largest specimens, we have come up with a “tale of the tape”, a simple data set that can be used to weigh up the likelihood of one type of dinosaur beating another type of dinosaur – in this case a battle of the Albertosaurinae.

Battle Statistics of Albertosaurus (speculative)

May have been bigger, slightly heavier, with a stronger bite.

May have been bigger, slightly heavier, with a stronger bite.

Albertosaurus sarcophagus and Gorgosaurus libratus would have been very equally matched.  Based on an analysis of some of the larger fossil specimens, Albertosaurus could have been slightly larger than Gorgosaurus (although this point is contradicted by other evidence).  The skull size, shape and jaw length was also different, giving Albertosaurus a slightly smaller skull, but a stronger and shorter muzzle that may have provided this dinosaur with a more powerful bite.

Battle Statistics of Gorgosaurus (speculative)

Faster and slightly more nimble when compared to the biggest Albertosaurus dinosaurs.

Faster and slightly more nimble when compared to the biggest Albertosaurus dinosaurs.

Measurements of limb bones attributed to G. libratus indicate that this dinosaur may have had a slightly longer stride length.  This information, when taken together with the smaller size of the Gorgosaurus specimens compared to the largest Albertosaurus fossils, suggest that Gorgosaurus could have been more agile and slightly faster.  Looking at published academic papers on the bite force of members of the Tyrannosaur family and relating this to a one metre long skull discussed in the collection of a Canadian museum, we have speculated that Gorgosaurus may have had a weaker bite, still a powerful bite, but perhaps its jaws were not as strong as a similar sized, shorter-skulled Albertosaurus.

So based on this highly speculative and in no way whatsoever valid analysis, we have the following:

  • Albertosaurus (A. sarcophagus) – a little bigger, with a more powerful bite
  • Gorgosaurus (G. libratus) – smaller, but more nimble and probably slightly faster

This is all very well and good, let’s put things onto a slightly more scientific footing.  Both these predators are known from fossil material discovered in Canada.  In 2013, an academic paper was published that looked at a concept called “Niche Partitioning” amongst plant-eating dinosaurs of the Dinosaur Park Formation (Alberta, Canada).  This is the same rock formation that contains fossils of Albertosaurus.  In this scientific paper, researchers proposed that there were lots of different herbivorous dinosaurs living together at the same time as they each specialised on feeding on different types of plants.  Some herbivores, such as the slow moving, heavily armoured Euoplocephalus were grazers, whilst duck-billed dinosaurs such as Edmontosaurus were browsers of trees and other tall vegetation.

This idea of niche partitioning applies to carnivores just as much as it does to herbivores.  Dinosaurs such as Albertosaurus and Gorgosaurus probably specialised in hunting different types of prey when compared to their bigger and stronger Tyrannosaur cousins (the Tyrannosaurinae).  Living alongside the likes of Albertosaurus and Gorgosaurus was the stronger and more powerful Daspletosaurus (Daspletosaurus torosus) – “frightful lizard”. Roughly the same size as the largest members of the Albertosaurinae, Daspletosaurus may have been up to 1,000 kilogrammes heavier.  It may have specialised in hunting horned dinosaurs whilst the lighter, faster Tyrannosaurs such as Albertosaurus and Gorgosaurus may have hunted small Hadrosaurs and Pachycephalosaurs.

Truth is, no one will probably ever know for certain. All three dinosaurs seem to have been apex predators.

Look Out for Daspletosaurus

Larger Tyrannosaur present in the ecosystem.

Larger Tyrannosaur present in the ecosystem.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

 So, when it comes to looking at battling dinosaurs, what evidence we have can be interpreted in different ways.  Albertosaurus versus Gorgosaurus, who do you think would win?

Google Doodle Celebrates Mary Anning

Happy Birthday to Mary Anning – Google Doodle

We wonder what Mary Anning would have made of the internet?  Coming from a poor family she may have found access to a personal computer, smart phone or tablet a little beyond her budget.  Perhaps one of those wealthy individuals who benefited from her fossil finds and research might have provided her with a laptop.  Google has marked the birthday of Mary Anning with a Google Doodle to commemorate her birthday on 21st May 1799.

Google Doodle Celebrates the Birthday of Mary Anning

Happy Birthday Mary Anning

Happy Birthday Mary Anning

Picture Credit: Google

Mary’s contribution to the nascent science of palaeontology was immense.  Along with her brother, Joseph, she is credited with finding the first Ichthyosaur skeleton that was scientifically studied, the discovery of Plesiosaurus fossils (the fossil depicted in the Google Doodle) and for finding and bringing to the attention of science the first Pterosaur fossil to be formally studied outside Germany (Dimorphodon) and only the third to be described in the world.

Everything Dinosaur team members were enthusiastic supporters for the life of Mary Anning to be included in the national curriculum of England.  She is one of the designated people who can be studied by school children as part of the science/history scheme of work within the national teaching guidelines.  As a small team, we have done quite a lot to promote science studies in schools and in particular to champion the role of women in science with the aim of encouraging girls to take up science and to develop a career in science disciplines.

Everything Dinosaur with Mary Anning – Helping to Promote Girls into Science

Helping to promote science for girls by dressing up as Mary Anning.

Helping to promote science for girls by dressing up as Mary Anning.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A couple of years ago Google created a Google Doodle celebrating the life and works of Mary Leakey, now Mary Anning has been honoured.  Happy Birthday Mary!

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