Category: Press Releases

New Scout Series Models by Rebor

Rebor “Breeze” and Rebor “Stan”

Newly arrived at the Everything Dinosaur warehouse are “Breeze” and “Stan”, two new dinosaur replicas in the Rebor Scout model series.  In one delivery we have doubled the Scout series range as there are now four baby dinosaur models to collect.

Available from Everything Dinosaur – The Rebor Utahraptor “Breeze”

The Rebor baby Utahraptor "Breeze"

The Rebor “Breeze” dinosaur model in the Scout series.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

In the United Kingdom, we have the saying “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”.  This phrase was brought to mind when we photographed “Breeze” the baby Utahraptor perched in the hand of one of our team members.  This beautifully painted, museum quality, 1:35 scale replica comes complete with a little rock for this baby dinosaur to sit on.  The Rebor baby Utahraptor might look quite cute but it will grow up to be a six and half metre long super-predator that might have weighed as much as a tonne!

The Rebor Baby Utahraptor – “Breeze”

The Rebor baby Utahraptor replica shows typical anatomical traits of a baby.  The relatively large head, the big eye and the long limbs.  The grasping three-fingered hands are well presented and that killing claw, the sickle-like claw on the second toe, is clearly visible.  Baby Utahraptors were probably quite independent from their parents once they had hatched (precocial), they were probably quite mobile and capable of catching their own food, which would have consisted of small lizards, insects and other small animals.

The Rebor Utahraptor “Breeze”

Rebor "Breeze" Utahraptor baby.

REBOR 1:35 baby Utahraptor museum class replica nicknamed “Breeze”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

“Stan” the Velociraptor Dinosaur Model

Joining “Breeze” is another “raptor” replica, this time a model of a Velociraptor.  Rebor have added “Stan” a model of a baby Velociraptor to their Scout series range.

The Rebor “Stan” Velociraptor Dinosaur Model

"Stan" the baby Velociraptor dinosaur model by Rebor.

The Rebor “Stan” baby Velociraptor dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture above shows the baby Velociraptor “Stan” perched in a team member’s hand.  Note the black claws on the toes, in contrast to the greyish white claws of the baby Utahraptor – a nice touch from Rebor.  The baby Velociraptor certainly looks quite cute, with its large head and oversized limbs (indicating a concept called distal growth).  It might look cute, but when fully grown and part of a pack, this dinosaur would have been one best avoided.  The cute head will have a jaw lined with some eighty very sharp teeth and if this dinosaur did hunt in packs it would have been a very formidable hunter.

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

Natural History Museum Diplodocus and Kentrosaurus

Dinosaur Collection Diplodocus and Kentrosaurus

An old friend of Everything Dinosaur is back in stock, the Natural History Museum dinosaur collection set featuring Diplodocus and the armoured dinosaur Kentrosaurus.  It is great to see this dinosaur model set that features two Late Jurassic herbivores back on the shelves of the warehouse.

The Natural History Museum Dinosaur Collection Diplodocus and Kentrosaurus

The Kentrosaurus and Diplodocus dinosaur models.

The Diplodocus and Kentrosaurus dinosaur models.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view this model set and the rest of dinosaur replicas in this range available from Everything Dinosaur: Dinosaur Replicas – The Natural History Museum

The Diplodocus model measures around forty centimetres in length whilst the Kentrosaurus, (which was a much smaller dinosaur), measures a fraction under ten centimetres long.

Late Jurassic Dinosaurs

Although these dinosaurs lived at the same time, palaeontologists are quietly confident that they never co-existed.  Fossils of Diplodocus are associated with Upper Jurassic deposits of the western United States, whilst Kentrosaurus fossils have been found in Tanzania.  Diplodocus is one of the most famous of all the long-necked dinosaurs.  It is so well known, in part, because a cast of a Diplodocus was donated to the London Natural History Museum by the Scottish-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.  This 87 foot long replica greeted visitors to the museum as it was located in the centre of the Museum’s Hintze Hall, close to the main entrance.  However, in 2015 a decision was made to relocate “Dippy” as the specimen had become affectionately known as and replace it with the skeleton of a Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus).

Kentrosaurus is a member of the Stegosaur family, it was formally named in described 101 years ago by the German palaeontologist Edwin Hennig (in 1915).  These dinosaur models are superficially similar, both have spikes running down the back to the tail.  Many palaeontologists now believe that Diplodocus may have had narrow, pointed spikes lining the hips and located down the long tail.  Although this view is not universally accepted as Everything Dinosaur’s latest illustration of “double beam” shows:

An Illustration of Diplodocus from the Everything Dinosaur Database

A Diplodocus drawing.

A drawing of Diplodocus “double beam”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“It is always a pleasure to see this model set on the shelves in our warehouse and the Natural History Museum dinosaur collection remains a very popular model range amongst collectors and dinosaur fans alike.  Diplodocus and Kentrosaurus may have never encountered each other, but they seem very happy together in this well crafted model set.”

Best Prehistoric Animal Models of 2015

The Dinosaur Toy Forum – Votes on Prehistoric Animal Models

Those discerning model collectors and prehistoric animal enthusiasts at The Dinosaur Toy Forum have voted on their top ten replicas that were introduced in 2015.  This eclectic group of knowledgeable collectors have weighed up the merits of the 2015 releases and after much debate and discussion a definitive top ten has been produced.  To be included in the survey, a figure had to have been released in 2015 and we at Everything Dinosaur were informed of the results and kindly sent a short video by The Forum administrators which showcases those models that made the list.

The Top Ten Prehistoric Animal Models of 2015

Video Credit: The Dinosaur Toy Forum

The Poll Winners Ten to the Runner Up Position

A poll for the best prehistoric animal models of 2015.

Voted the best models of 2015 by Dino Toy Forum members.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Key

10. The Schleich World of History Kentrosaurus

9. The Rebor 1:35 scale Acrocanthosaurus replica (Hercules)

8. The Wild Safari Dinos Nasutoceratops model (Safari Ltd)

7.  The CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale Spinosaurus

6. The Wild Safari Dinos Yutyrannus model (Safari Ltd)

5. The CollectA 1:40 scale feathered T. rex replica

4.  The Papo baby Apatosaurus

3.  The Battat Terra T. rex replica

2.  The CollectA Supreme Guidraco 1.5 scale model

And the Winner is – The Wild Safari Dinos Sauropelta Dinosaur Model

Sauropelta wins the favourite prehistoric animal model of 2015 award.

Voted the favourite prehistoric animal model of 2015.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

All the top ten models, including the Battat Terra Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur figure are available from Everything Dinosaur, we stock one of the widest ranges of prehistoric animal models in the world.

To see the huge range of prehistoric animal models available at Everything Dinosaur: Visit The Models Section of Everything Dinosaur

The Sauropelta replica, part of the Wild Safari Dinos model range manufactured by Safari Ltd is a deserved winner, in fact this is the second award that this particular replica has won.  In January 2016, Everything Dinosaur reported on the results of similar poll from the readers of the “Prehistoric Times” magazine.  In that survey, the Wild Safari Dinos Sauropelta came out joint top with the 2015 re-modelled Spinosaurus replicas by CollectA, to read a short article about the magazine’s survey: Congratulations to Safari Ltd and CollectA

Commenting on the results from The Dinosaur Toy Forum poll, a spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur stated:

“The Forum members certainly know their prehistoric animal replicas and the top ten from this survey shows the broad range of excellent quality prehistoric animal models that are currently available.  The Guidraco Supreme Pterosaur model is a worthy runner up but there is no disputing the winner, our congratulations to Safari Ltd for their Sauropelta figure.”

If these ten figures as voted for by The Dinosaur Toy Forum members are anything to go by then the prehistoric animal model making industry is in a very healthy state.  We look forward to hearing which of the many dinosaur figures introduced this year will be voted number one by the prestigious Dinosaur Toy Forum.

The Dinosaur Toy Forum can be found here: The Dinosaur Toy Forum

Our thanks to The Dinosaur Toy Forum administration team for sharing this information with Everything Dinosaur.

Rebor Replica News

Rebor Dinosaur Model News – Summer 2016

Email Everything Dinosaur here to reserve your models: Reserve Models Here or checkout the article below for more information.

Exciting news for the fans of the Rebor replica series as there are going to be a number of new additions to the Rebor range coming into stock at Everything Dinosaur within the next two weeks.  Firstly, not one but two Compsognathus model sets.  Compsognathus, was one of the first complete dinosaur skeletons ever found.  It is actually known from two specimens, one discovered in Germany in the late 1850’s and one found in France in 1971.   Hence, Rebor are introducing two Compsognathus sets, in honour of the two specimens.

Available from Everything Dinosaur Mid June – SENTRY!

The Rebor replica Sentry (Compsognathus).

Rebor Compsognathus – Sentry

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Flock of Compsognathus Models

Also launched at the same time is a set of four Compsognathus models entitled “BAD COMPANY”, these too will be available from Everything Dinosaur in mid June.

The Rebor Compsognathus Flock “BAD COMPANY”

Rebor Compsognathus set "Bad Company"

Rebor “Bad Company” Compsognathus model set.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Our chums at Rebor tell us that the Compsognathus model in “Sentry” will be the same as one of the models in the “Bad Company” four pack.  However, with the “Sentry” replica, customers will also receive a beautiful model of the ancient Late Jurassic dragon fly Protolindenia.

The Beautiful Rebor Protolindenia Dragonfly Model (Sentry model set) Compared to a Dragonfly Fossil

The Rebor Protolindenia model compared to a fossil dragonfly.

The Rebor Protolindenia model is part of the Rebor “Sentry” Compsognathus set.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To reserve a Rebor “Sentry” Compsognathus or to reserve a Rebor “Bad Company” model set, simply: Email Everything Dinosaur

New Additions to the Rebor “Scout” Series

Say hello to “Breeze” a baby Utahraptor which is the latest addition to the very popular Rebor “Scout” series.  This 1:35 scale replica of a Utahraptor (U. ostrommaysorum) will also be available from Everything Dinosaur around the middle of June.

The Rebor “Scout” Series Baby Utahraptor – “BREEZE”

Rebor "Breeze" Utahraptor baby.

REBOR 1:35 baby Utahraptor museum class replica nicknamed “Breeze”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Continuing the dromaeosaurid theme, as “Stan” the baby Velociraptor model will also be in stock at Everything Dinosaur in a couple of weeks or so.  This model is also from the Rebor “Scout” series and it is a 1:18 scale museum quality model of a Velociraptor youngster.

The Rebor “Scout” Series Baby Velociraptor “STAN”

1:18 Rebor baby Velociraptor replica.

“Stan” the baby Velociraptor model from Rebor.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To reserve any or all of these models (the  Rebor “Sentry”,  “Bad Company” or the Scout series “Breeze” or the baby Velociraptor “Stan”, simply: Email Everything Dinosaur

To view Everything Dinosaur’s current range of Rebor replicas: Rebor Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Museum Quality Replicas

Everything Dinosaur Prepares for Daresbury Open Day

Everything Dinosaur Starts Preparations for the Daresbury Open Day

What do laser beams, a supercomputer, Tyrannosaurus rex, the Large Hadron Collider and fossil shark teeth have in common?  Answer – these items and so much more are going to part of the fabulous Daresbury Open Day taking place on Saturday, July 9th, at the prestigious, world-renowned science park.  This year, a fantastic Dino-Zone has been added to the mix of family themed science attractions at the Sci-Tech Daresbury and Everything Dinosaur team members have been asked to take part.

Daresbury in Cheshire, is home to one of the UK’s world leading science campuses and some of our planet’s best engineers and scientists.  As a working science facility it is not usually open to the public, however, on the 9th July the campus will be throwing its doors open and providing visitors with an opportunity to explore, learn and take part in some fun science activities.

The Dino-Zone Could be a Hair Raising Experience

Getting involved in science.

Get up close to science with a hands on public day at Daresbury Sci-Tech.

Picture Credit: STFC

Amongst the attractions,  Everything Dinosaur team members will be inviting members of the public to dig for fossils amongst the gravels of our “Jurassic beach”, what you find, if you like, you can keep.  Our fossil experts will be on hand to identify fossil finds and to explain about life in the past.  Over the last few days, we have been sorting through our vast treasure trove of specimens, all collected from various dig sites around the world.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We will be on hand to help identify the fossils found in our own exhibit and no doubt, we will be able to help identify the specimens dug out from the large sandpit in the Dino-Zone as well, although we suspect the range of fossils that we will be offering will be a little more diverse.  For example, we have thousands of fossil shark teeth that we have excavated as part of our fossil sieving work at various locations, these too will be given away”.

Hands on Science Hands on some Prehistoric Shark Teeth!

fossilised shark teeth.

A successful fossil hunt.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

An Interactive Dino-Zone

Come and meet REX, a walking, running, blinking animatronic Tyrannosaurus rex and if you are a fan of “Jurassic World” have a go at controlling a life-size digital dinosaur or learning how amazing synchrotron technology and the energy emitted from electrons is shedding new light on dinosaur research.  For dino-bird enthusiasts, Samantha Sportun, (Collections Care Manager and Senior Conservator, Manchester Museum), will be showing off a wonderful stone replica of one of the best examples of Archaeopteryx yet found.

Examine the Archaeopteryx Specimen

With bird-like features and reptilian features is it a bird or a dinosaur?

With bird-like features and reptilian features is it a bird or a dinosaur?

Picture Credit: Stanford University

Samantha will be explaining about Archaeopteryx research using one of the best preserved of all the Archaeopteryx fossils found to date, the Thermopolis Archaeopteryx!

For more information about this exciting public event: Daresbury Sci-Tech Open Day

There are bound to be lots of fossils on display including a few dinosaur bones for visitors to explore.  There might even be a few pieces of dinosaur bone to be discovered in our fossil gravel beds, one thing for sure, team members at Everything Dinosaur have already begun sorting through the various fossil collections in the company’s warehouse in preparation for this big event.

Sorting Through Hundreds of Different Fossils

Sorting fossils at Everything Dinosaur.

Some of the fossils being sorted by Everything Dinosaur as they prepare for the Daresbury Laboratory public outreach science event.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Spectacular Science

As well as the Dino-Zone, members of the public will be able to explore virtual worlds or star in their own mini feature film using Matrix-style, bullet time special effects or test their nerve and accuracy aiming to shoot balloons with laser beams.  Visitors on the day will be able to explore one of the most advanced particle accelerators dedicated to cancer therapy research, or the world’s most powerful supercomputing facilities dedicated to industry, where new car models are designed.  They will also be able to visit one of the most powerful microscopes in the world that formed part of the Nobel Prize winning graphene research and walk through a life-sized, section of the Large Hadron Collider tunnel.

In total, there will be something like seventy different exhibits and activities on offer for children and grown-ups during the open day.  For further details and booking information: Daresbury Sci-Tech Public Open Day and Events

Examining Lasers at the Daresbury Sci-Tech Public Open Day

Science fun at Daresbury Sci-Tech Open Day.

Science fun at Daresbury Sci-Tech Open Day.

Picture Credit: STFC

Happy 90th Birthday Sir David Attenborough

Happy 90th Birthday Sir David Attenborough

On this day in 1926, the English naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough was born.  Today, we celebrate Sir David’s (he was knighted in 1985), ninetieth birthday.  His contribution to our understanding of the natural world has been immense.  He can now add the title of nonagenarian to his array of awards and accolades.  On behalf of everyone at Everything Dinosaur we would like to wish Sir David “many happy returns”.

Happy Birthday Sir David Attenborough

Happy 'Birthday Sir David Attenborough.

Happy ‘Birthday Sir David Attenborough.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur with images from the BBC

Today, a lot of media outlets will be paying tribute to the body of work with which Sir David Attenborough has been associated.  He has been a part of so many people’s lives and documented our rapidly changing world.  Through his eyes and his narration we have seen and heard about this remarkable ecosystem that we are very much a part of, but sadly, most of us have lost touch with.

In the office over this weekend we have been sharing our thoughts about some of the amazing programmes, many of which were ground-breaking documentaries that this stalwart of British broadcasting has worked on over a BBC and programme making career that extends to more than six decades.  Some of us remember watching a programme called “Fabulous Animals” which was broadcast in the mid 1970’s and (if we recall correctly), was shown during the summer holidays.  In this series, David (not to be knighted for another ten years or so), explored stories relating to mythical creatures such as mermaids, griffins and the Loch Ness monster.  These programmes have not been seen by any of us for half a lifetime, but we can recall the enthusiastic presenter explaining and enthralling us with tales of these astonishing creatures.

Life on Earth (1979)

The documentary series “Life on Earth” was to follow, a joint venture between the BBC and Warner Bros/Reiner Moritz Productions, a thirteen-part documentary series that charted the story of life and evolution.  This seminal and highly influential television series was to form the basis of a body of work that, in our opinion has not been surpassed.

A Fascination for Fossils

As a young boy growing up in the county of Leicester, Sir David was passionate about fossil collecting, an enthusiasm he still has, although sadly with dodgy knees and a pacemaker, his days of clambering over rocks in search of petrified evidence of ancient life might be behind him.  Nonetheless, as a presenter and narrator he has still played a pivotal role in enthusing the next generation of budding palaeontologists and fossil collectors.

Sir David Discusses Trilobites with Professor Richard Fortey

Sir David Attenborough discussing Trilobites with Professor Richard Fortey.

Sir David Attenborough discussing Trilobites with Professor Richard Fortey.

Picture Credit: BBC

Over the next few days the BBC will be showing a number of programmes and documentaries that celebrate the work of this much admired naturalist and broadcaster and last week it was announced that Sir David’s first foray into television “Zoo Quest” was to be broadcast in colour for the first time.

Attenborosaurus

Sir David has been honoured on numerous occasions and has a number of living and extinct species named after him as well as a polar research vessel.  For example, back in 2008, when Sir David was a sprightly eighty-two year old, Everything Dinosaur reported on the discovery of a placoderm fossil in Australia that showed evidence of viviparity (live birth).  The animal was named Materpiscis attenboroughiA Fishy Tale Indeed and fans of marine reptiles will know that the Pliosaur Attenborosaurus conybeari honours Sir David and the 19th Century English geologist William Conybeare.

The CollectA Attenborosaurus Model

Named in honour of Sir David Atttenborough.

Named in honour of Sir David Attenborough.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To purchase a model of Attenborosaurus (Attenborough’s lizard): CollectA Attenborosaurus model

From all of us at Everything Dinosaur, happy birthday Sir David.

Everything Dinosaur – Battat Terra Dinosaurs

Battat Terra Dinosaurs Added to the Range

Everything Dinosaur is delighted to announce that the Battat Terra dinosaurs model range is being added to the UK-based company’s inventory.  All twelve of the prehistoric animal models, including the discontinued therizinosaurid, Nanshiungosaurus (pronounced Nan-she-ung-oh-sore-us) are going to be stocked by Everything Dinosaur.  The models are due to arrive early next week and we expect them to be on line and available for sale in about 72 hours.

If you would like to reserve one of these excellent models, of if you would like more information, drop us a line: Email Everything Dinosaur

Battat Terra Dinosaurs – Added to the Everything Dinosaur Model Range

Available on line from Everything Dinosaur in early May 2016.

Available on line from Everything Dinosaur in early May 2016.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur Honours Dan LoRusso

The figures sculpted by Dan LoRusso for the Terra product line are re-painted versions of replicas originally designed for the Museum of Science (Boston).  Everything Dinosaur is proud to add the Battat Terra dinosaurs to its, already extensive model range, a fitting tribute to highly respected Dan LoRusso, who sadly passed away last year.

The Battat Terra Carnotaurus Dinosaur Model

The Battat Terra Carnotaurus dinosaur model.

The Battat Terra Carnotaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture above shows the splendid Carnotaurus (C. sastrei) replica, which is one of six Theropod dinosaurs to feature in this twelve model series.  Everything Dinosaur will offer all twelve models for sale plus, for a limited time, the complete set of all twelve replicas will be available to buy in a single purchase and at a very special introductory price.

Commenting on the addition of the Battat Terra dinosaurs to Everything Dinosaur’s extensive portfolio of prehistoric animal figures, a spokesperson for the UK company stated:

“It is great to see all twelve of the first wave of the Battat Terra dinosaurs added to our model range.  The shipment is due to arrive in the next couple of days and then they will be available on the company website.  These models are ideal for collectors and dinosaur fans and we are delighted to announce that a number of the Battat Terra replicas will be exclusive to Everything Dinosaur.”

Battat Terra Dinosaurs – A Wonderful Model Range

The Battat Terra series features a mix of different types of dinosaur.  Very well-known dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex, Stegosaurus, Pachyrhinosaurus and Parasaurolophus are included along with some of the more unusual members of the Dinosauria such as the armoured dinosaur Euoplocephalus, Dacentrurus, Cryolophosaurus and Amargasaurus.  Naturally, as with all the named prehistoric animal figures sold by Everything Dinosaur, each replica will be supplied with its own fact sheet which will tell customers about the dinosaur, when it lived, what it ate and so forth.

Battat Terra Dinosaur Models Available from Everything Dinosaur

The excellent Battat Terra dinosaur models.

The excellent Battat Terra dinosaur models.

Picture Credit: Battat

The picture above features a Battat Terra Pachyrhinosaurus, with a Dacentrurus model in the middle and the beautiful therizinosaurid Nanshiungosaurus on the left.  Lurking in the background is one of the meat-eaters in this model series – Cryolophosaurus.

No need to pre-order but if you would like to reserve one of these excellent models, of if you would like more information, simply: Email Everything Dinosaur

The Gradual Decline of the Dinosaurs – Earth Day Thoughts

The Gradual Decline of the Dinosaurs – Earth Day Thoughts

Today, the 46th commemoration of Earth Day, some 171 nations signed and ratified the historic Paris Agreement on climate change.  In essence, the Agreement sets out that the global increase in temperature will be limited to no more than around two degrees Celsius as countries work together to cut greenhouse gas emissions, widely believed to be responsible for a rapidly warming Earth. Some fifteen nations had already signed this international accord prior to today, mainly small island states in the Pacific, but with the addition of the 171 signatories, this is a record number for a new treaty.

Commenting on the importance of this Agreement, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated:

“Paris will shape the lives of all future generations in a profound way – it is their future that is at stake.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Addresses Delegates in New York

Ban Ki-moon address the conference in New York

Ban Ki-moon address the conference in New York

Picture Credit: Getty Images

The Two Degree Limit

The Paris Agreement sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C.  Although, the implementation of the agreement will not be easy and several countries, including a number from Africa and central Asia have not signed, if the Earth continues to warm, then our own species could well be threatened.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon explained that as the planet experienced record highs in average annual temperatures:

“We are in a race against time.  I urge all countries to join the agreement at the national level.  Today we are signing a new covenant for the future.”

Yesterday, Everything Dinosaur reported on some new research conducted by scientists at Reading and Bristol Universities that looked at the extinction of the dinosaurs.  A statistical study (Bayesian analysis), revealed that the Dinosauria had been in gradual decline for some fifty million years before finally becoming extinct. To read an article on this research: Fifty Million Year Decline of the Dinosauria

Extinction of the Dinosaurs Will the Human Race Go the Same Way Due to Global Climate Change?

Unless there is a proactive plan to tackle global climate change a mass extinction event cannot be ruled out.

Unless there is a proactive plan to tackle global climate change a mass extinction event cannot be ruled out.

Picture Credit: Mark Garlick/Science Photo Library

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“There is already quite a strong body of evidence indicating that our planet is experiencing a mass extinction event.  Many key species are endangered or threatened and as we are top of the food chain it is in all our interests to try to limit greenhouse gas emissions so that a global climate catastrophe can be avoided.”

One of the authors of the research into the decline of the dinosaurs, that we reported upon yesterday, Dr. Sakamoto, pointed out that the research into the demise of the Dinosauria might have a significance with regards to what we are experiencing today.

He stated:

“Our study strongly indicates that if a group of animals is experiencing a fast pace of extinction more so than they can replace, then they are prone to annihilation once a major catastrophe occurs.  This has huge implications for our current and future biodiversity, given the unprecedented speed at which species are going extinct owing to the ongoing human-caused climate change.”

If the UN General-Secretary calls this a “race against time”, then this is one race that the human race cannot afford to lose.

Weather Warnings Issued for Fossil Hunters

Strong Winds Forecast for England’s South Coast

The holiday weekend will see a lot of amateur fossil collectors dusting off their geological hammers and heading for the coast to begin this year’s fossil hunting.  The BBC weather centre has issued warnings over strong winds gusting up to sixty miles an hour in exposed coastal areas.  The wind and rain will dampen many a fossil hunter’s spirit, but also these conditions might make looking for fossils in areas such as Bracklesham Bay, Bognor Regis, Eastbourne, Beachy Head and Lyme Regis hazardous.

Bad weather can lead to a number of fossils being washed out of the cliffs and ending up on the foreshore at these locations, however, rock falls are common around the Beachy Head and Lyme Regis beaches and Everything Dinosaur urges all would-be fossil hunters to take caution.

Brandon Lennon, an expert fossil hunter and guide located on England’s Jurassic Coast at Lyme Regis commented:

“We had some severe storms during winter and they have washed a lot of fossils out, however, I would advise all visitors to the beaches around Lyme Regis and Charmouth to avoid getting too close to the cliffs and to heed the tide times.”

Sensible advice indeed, Brandon, although these beaches can provide a wonderful fossil hunting experience, especially for families, we echo Brandon’s words of caution.

Lyme Regis – Experienced Fossil Hunters Advise Visitors to Stay Clear of the Cliffs

Fossil hunting can be fun but beware of the cliffs.

Fossil hunting can be fun but beware of the cliffs.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

With the holiday weekend upon us, this gives families visiting the seaside to participate in a guided fossil walk.  This is often the best way to explore a beach and to look for fossils, especially if the weather is likely to be inclement.

We wish all fossil hunters the very best of luck and hope that everyone has a successful fossil hunt.  Everything Dinosaur team members hope to take some time out from their fieldwork and teaching commitments to do some fossil hunting, just for fun.

 We look forward to hearing about fossil discoveries from our many thousands of customers.

To read more about guided fossil walks with Brandon Lennon: Guided Fossil Walks

As for team members at Everything Dinosaur, this weekend we are all in the office preparing for some new arrivals…

“Dinosaurs from Top to Bottom” with Everything Dinosaur

Talking Science with Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur will be bringing a little bit of “Jurassic World” to Warrington next month when the Cheshire based company delivers a dinosaur themed presentation as part of the Talking Science series of public lectures held at the prestigious Daresbury Laboratory.

Each month, the talented team at Daresbury Laboratory put on a FREE public lecture on a scientific theme and Everything Dinosaur’s “Dinosaur Mike” has been invited in to talk about some of the latest research into dinosaurs.

Everything Dinosaur Will Be Presenting at Daresbury Laboratory

Talking Science - Talking Dinosaurs

Talking Science – Talking Dinosaurs

The Daresbury Laboratory hosts a monthly series of inspiring public lectures, themes this year include the Big Bang, super computers, imaging comets, looking for ancient royalty and climate change.  Everything Dinosaur’s contribution will be to provide a family themed, fun exploration of dinosaurs with lots of audience participation.  The team members have written a brand new presentation, building on the company’s excellent teaching reputation.

The Venue has been Checked Out by Everything Dinosaur

Dinosaurs are coming to this location in April 2016.

Dinosaurs are coming to this location in April 2016.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Talking Science lectures are FREE but reservations must be made prior to the event, for further information and to reserve tickets: Free Talk on Dinosaurs – Dinosaurs from Top to Bottom

The Proposed Running Order

One of the challenges facing the Everything Dinosaur team is to how to cram 160 million years of dinosaur evolution into a single presentation.  This is not easy to do, but with the youngest members of the audience in mind, the talk will focus on the likes of Triceratops, the tyrannosaurids and of course Tyrannosaurus rex!

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur explained:

“Our intention is to deliver a very interactive dinosaur show, with lots of information and dinosaur facts.  We will be inviting members of the audience to help us explore some of the latest research into prehistoric animals as well as setting a number of puzzles and quizzes along the way.”

Notes for Teachers and Parents

The April 6th presentation will include lots of handy teaching information.  Free support materials will be made available and these can be requested by emailing Everything Dinosaur.

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