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Safari Ltd Prehistoric Animal Retirements 2017

Prehistoric Animal Models Being Retired by Safari Ltd in 2017

Much has been said about Safari Ltd’s drip feeding of information with regards to their new models and replicas.  Everything Dinosaur team members have tended to stay on the fence as it were, but we do know that there has not been much said about which models are being retired and coming out of production.  In this brief blog post we intend to address this.  For model collectors and dinosaur fans knowing what new replicas are coming is great, but it is also extremely important to know which models are not going to be made any more.

Lots of Fuss About the New Models but Which Ones are Going?

Some of the new for 2017 prehistoric animal models.

A montage of new model images from Safari Ltd.

Time to flip the coin and give our ten cents worth on the prehistoric animal retirements from Safari Ltd.

Gastornis is Gone!

Fans of this particular “Terror Bird” are going to miss this replica of the giant, flightless Gastornis or should that be Diatryma?  There is still some debate as to just how distinct these two genera are.  However, after a little more than three years, this colourful and highly collectable replica is going to go to that great big aviary in the sky.  Models of “Terror Birds” are rare and with the demise of this particular figure, they are likely to become rarer still.  If you have not got this replica yet, snap it up quick – or should that be “quack” after all, as a member of the Anseriformes, Gastornis is distantly related to today’s ducks.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Gastornis – Out of Production

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Gastornis

The Prehistoric Life Range – Gastornis

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

 Tree Fern Felled!

Also for the chop is the tree fern model, one of three prehistoric plants (cycad and agathis conifer being the other two), in the Wild Safari Prehistoric World range.  These replicas proved to be very popular with dinosaur diorama makers and not being able to add a tree fern or two to prehistoric scenes is going to disappoint a lot of model makers.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Tree Fern – Gone to Seed

Tree fern model

Wild Safari Prehistoric World tree fern model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

With Everything Dinosaur having received news of the demise of the tree fern it seems likely that the cycad and the agathis conifer models could have their days numbered too.   We are still able to source these two prehistoric plants but we suspect that remaining stocks will soon be exhausted.

Toob Strike

The hand-painted designer toob product line is also having a bit of a sort out.  Team members at Everything Dinosaur were sad to see the excellent prehistoric crocodiles toob retired a little while ago and now we hear that the prehistoric sharks and the prehistoric sea life toobs are also being withdrawn from production.

 Prehistoric Sea Life and Prehistoric Sharks Scuttled

Safari prehistoric toobs to be retired.

Prehistoric Sea Life and Prehistoric Sharks designer toobs retired.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

These two toobs contained a number of replicas not found in mainstream prehistoric animal model production.  For example, in the prehistoric sharks toob there were models of Cretoxyrhina, Hybodus and Xenacanthus, whilst in the prehistoric sea life toob we know that collectors will miss the Metriorhynchus and the Basilosaurus replicas.  Credit to Safari Ltd for bringing out these models in the first place and we do understand, that in order to introduce new figures some older models, inevitably have to be retired.

Everything Dinosaur will have stocks of these items for a while yet, our advice is simple, purchase whilst you can if you want to add any of these to your model collections.  As these items get rarer and more difficult to obtain, expect prices to rise on auction sites as dealers get greedier and greedier.

To view what’s available from Everything Dinosaur, including rare Carnegie Collection models: Wild Safari Prehistoric World and the Carnegie Collection

Halloween Dinosaur Fun

Trick or Treat with a Dinosaur!

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

Dinosaur Halloween Fun!

Dinosaur costumes.

Dinosaur dressing up costumes for Halloween.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Dinosaur Trick or Treat!

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

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

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

Glow in the Dark Dinosaur Stickers and T. rex Skeletons

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

A Range of Dinosaur Themed Glow in the Dark Stickers

Dinosaur glow in the dark stickers.

Glow in the dark dinosaur stickers for Halloween.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

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

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

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

Scary Dinosaur Skeletons Depicting Creepy Cretaceous Critters

Glow in the dark Tyrannosaurus rex.

A glow in the Dark T. rex wall poster

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

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

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

Countdown to the Frankfurt Book Fair

One Week Until the Frankfurt Book Fair

Just under a week to go now until the grand opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair (19th-23rd October).  The “Frankfurter Buchmesse” is the world’s largest trade fair for books and publications, based on the number of print houses and publishing companies that exhibit in the vast and sprawling trade halls.   More than a quarter of a million visitors are expected to attend and for teaching professionals and for those responsible for book procurement for schools, this event provides a wonderful opportunity to catch up on the latest trends within educational publishing.

The Frankfurt Book Fair Opens Next Week

Frankfurther Buchmesse logo (2016).

Frankfurt Book Fair logo (2016).

Picture Credit: The Frankfurt Book Fair Press

Over the course of the five-day event, the city of Frankfurt’s population could swell by us much as 20% as visitors from all over the world flock to, for what is for many, the centre of the book publishing world.  After all, this part of southern central Germany can trace its roots in the printing industry back some five centuries or more.  The first three days are allocated to trade visitors, on the weekend, members of the public are able to attend and meet the many thousands of exhibitors, from over 100 different countries, many of who are specialists in the field of educational publishing.

Literacy and English National Curriculum

When the Department of Education outlined the new curriculum for schools, it placed a great emphasis on reading skills and the development of language.  Everything Dinosaur team members work mainly with Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 teaching teams and within the blueprints for the new curriculum’s roll out, the Dept. of Education stated that reading helps pupils to develop emotionally, culturally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.   Within our own workshops for schools, especially when working with Key Stage 1 classes, we try to build in extension exercises that involve the children exploring both non-fiction and fiction texts.

We may live in a society increasingly dominated by downloads, catch-ups and re-winds but it is through reading that children can acquire knowledge and build upon what they already know.  Young boys can become disillusioned about reading, however, when given the chance to read a book all about dinosaurs they relish the opportunity.

The Aim of Many Teachers to Develop a Lifelong Appreciation of Books

Browsing books.

Time for browsing at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Picture Credit: The Frankfurt Book Fair Press

The Frankfurt Book Fair is considered by many as being the most important event of its kind in terms of international deals and trading.  However, teachers and administrators responsible for the school library can also find much to inspire them and assist them with their work.  The school library is often a hub of learning within the school and provides a valuable focal point for developing a coordinated reading policy throughout the educational establishment.  Such a library represents the very first place where children encounter a multitude of books for the very first time.  It has been reported that the average UK household contains only around 150 books in total, so a well-stocked school library can appear like a magical “Aladdin’s Cave” to eager young readers.

The Reading Socio-economic Divide

In a survey carried out by the charity Booktrust and published in the early months of 2014, the socio-economic divide between readers and non-readers within the UK was highlighted.  Based on a survey of fifteen hundred adults, the researchers found that on average, the better-off the person the more likely they were to read regularly.  Key links were identified between a person’s propensity to read and their social background.  A high proportion of people from low income groups admitted that they never read.  Young people, especially men with a relatively poor education, were the least likely to read regularly.  The Dept. of Education concluded in its framework document for the future direction of the English national curriculum by stating that the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of our society.  People who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.

All praise to the Frankfurt Book Fair and to the many teachers, home educationalists and education professionals who are inspired by what they see (and read) there.

New Safari Ltd Prehistoric Animal Models 2017

Thirteen Prehistoric Animal Models from Safari Ltd for 2017

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

A Revised Version of Diplodocus from Safari Ltd for 2017

A Diplodocus dinosaur model.

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

Wild Safari Prehistoric World

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

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

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

Spot the Psittacosaurus (New for 2017)

Psittacosaurus dinosaur model.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Psittacosaurus dinosaur model.

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

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

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Einiosaurus

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Einiosaurus.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Einiosaurus replica.

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

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

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Deinocheirus Replica

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Deinocheirus.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Deinocheirus replica.

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

Big Blue Dinosaur in School Mural

Spot the Big, Blue Dinosaur

Whilst working in a school hall delivering a dinosaur themed workshop to Reception-aged children we spotted this super illustration of a dinosaur.  The big, blue Sauropod was part of a mural created for the school by talented artist and children’s book author Steve Smallman back in 2013.  How do we know?  The artist had signed the dinosaur’s tail.

A Big Blue Dinosaur Spotted in a School Hall

School hall has a dinosaur in a mural.

A mural that features a big, blue dinosaur in a school hall.

Picture Credit: Three Peaks Academy and Everything Dinosaur

Whilst we can’t vouch for its anatomical accuracy, it certainly is a very colourful dinosaur.  The mural reached up from the floor to the ceiling and we estimate that the blue dinosaur was around four metres tall.  Surprisingly, the teacher who had booked Everything Dinosaur to undertake the morning of dinosaur themed workshops with the classes, was not aware that a dinosaur was lurking in the school hall.  This must be an example of hiding in plain sight.  We wonder what other dinosaurs and prehistoric animals might be found in school artwork displays?  We shall have to keep a lookout for any more striking dinosaur illustrations to be found in the schools that we are scheduled to visit.

Countdown to TetZooCon 2016

Countdown to TetZooCon 2016

The countdown has started, Tetrapods from all walks of life will be getting ready for the third annual TetZooCon gathering this Saturday (1st October).  The great and the good in the TetZoo-verse will be making their way to the London Wetland Centre (Barnes, London, SW13) to enjoy a series of presentations from illustrious speakers covering topics as wide ranging as British reptiles and amphibians, palaeoart, pterosaurs and sea monsters.  Highlights this year include John Hutchinson providing an insight into locomotion and biomechanics, specifically kneecaps, expect some jumbo sized explanations as pachyderms get placed up front and centre!  Look out also for Hannah O’Regan’s (University of Nottingham), talk on the Ursidae in the archaeological record could TetZooCon be turning into a teddy’s bear picnic?  Certainly, organisers Darren Naish, John Conway and friends have ensured that tea and coffee is included in the admission price of £50 and attendees can pick up lunch and other snacks at the London Wetland Centre in between the cornucopia of events, activities and speakers that have been assembled.

Countdown to TetZooCon 2016

TetZooCon 1st October 2016.

TetZooCon banner 2016.

Picture Credit: Darren Naish

For further information on this event and for last minute ticket information check out this link: TetZooCon 2016

Palaeoart, Plushies and Publications

TetZooCon gives fans of biology, zoology, palaeontology, cryptozoology, conservation and how animals (living and extinct) are portrayed in art, literature and fiction the opportunity to meet up once a year and to indulge their interest in all things related to the Tetrapoda and the contents of the world-famous blog Tetrapod Zoology (currently hosted by Scientific American and followed by Everything Dinosaur team members).  On the subject of blog writers followed by Everything Dinosaur, renowned flying reptile expert Mark Witton (he of Mark Witton’s blog), will be attending and conference delegates will be able to purchase signed prints of his artwork as well as copies of his new book “Recreating an Age of Reptiles”.  Over the course of the day visitors will be able to peruse and purchase a range of merchandise including spectacular illustrations and to get their hands on some of the very latest publications.  Rumour has it that the recently refurbished lecture theatre at the London Wetland Centre will see the unveiling of the new dinosaur book “Dinosaurs: How They Lived and Evolved” by Darren Naish, only a limited number of copies of this highly anticipated new volume will be available, doors open promptly at 9am with the first presentation scheduled to start at 9.20am, best to get there early to avoid disappointment.

The TetZooCon Quiz

Just prior to the traditional end of event trip to the local hostelry and bringing down the curtain on the day-long activities there is the quiz and look out for some fantastic prehistoric animal scale replica prizes provided by Everything Dinosaur who are once again proud to be involved in such a worthwhile event.

Up for Grabs a “Winston” Rebor Replica and Other Prizes

Rebor Velociraptor "Winston"

Rebor 1:18 scale Velociraptor model

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We wish all the delegates and speakers a wonderful day!  Perhaps next year it will be a two day event, now that’s a thought!

Look Out for Everything Dinosaur at TetZooCon 2016

Everything Dinosaur at TetZooCon

All ready for the TetZooCon 2016

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Paleo-Creatures Range at Everything Dinosaur

Paleo-Creatures Models Available from Everything Dinosaur

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

The Beautifully Crafted Paleo-Creatures Range of Prehistoric Animal Models

Paleo_Creatures prehistoric animal models.

The wide range of Paleo-Creatures replicas.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Paleo-Creatures

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

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

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

A Wide Range of Prehistoric Animal Models

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

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

The Paleo-Creatures "Tully Monster" model.

The Paleo-Creatures Tullimonstrum replica.

Picture Credit: Paleo-Creatures

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

 Eotyrannus, Concavenator, Kosmoceratops and Other Dinosaur Models

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

The Superb Torvosaurus Dinosaur Model Available From Everything Dinosaur

The Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus dinosaur model.

The Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Paleo-Creatures

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

New Rebor “Raptors” in Stock

Rebor Winston and “Father and Son” Replicas in Stock

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

The Delightful Rebor Velociraptor Replica “Winston”

The Rebor Winston replica.

The Rebor Winston Velociraptor dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

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

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

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

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

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Can You Spot The Difference?

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

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

 Pins to Secure and Support the Model

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

Little Pins in the Base of the Model

Rebor replica "Winston" a Velociraptor model

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

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

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

“Winston and Stan” Limited Edition Model Set

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

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

The bronze effect Velociraptor replicas from Rebor.

The bronze effect Velociraptor dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

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

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

It Has Been An Olympic Effort

Congratulations to Rio et al

Today’s blog post is dedicated to all those hard-working, dedicated people who made the 2016 Olympic games in Rio such an amazing success.  We pay tribute to the organisers, the administrators, the game-makers, team members, technicians, broadcasters and fans, it has been a fantastic two weeks of sport and we hope that the Olympic ideals will continue to inspire people around the world – “Citius, Altius, Fortius”!

A special mention to team GB who enjoyed their most successful Games in terms of medals since 1908.

Back in 1996, when the summer Olympics was held in Atlanta, Georgia (USA), Great Britain achieved at total of fifteen medals, with only one gold*.  Twenty years later and it is a very different story.  From finishing thirty-sixth in the medal table two decades ago, Great Britain in Rio won a total of sixty-seven medals, twenty-seven of them gold.  Team GB certainly did a nation proud, finishing second in the medal table for the first time in 108 years.  Team GB were the first team to increase its medal count in five successive Games and we are the only host nation to go on to win more medals at the following Olympics.

So how do we at Everything Dinosaur mark this achievement?  With dinosaurs of course.

Celebrating Success at the Olympic Games (Rio 2016)

Celebrating Olympic success with dinosaurs.

Tyrannosaurids celebrate success at the Olympic Games (Rio 2016).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Link Between the Olympics and the Dinosauria

Whilst it might look a little strange to place dinosaurs onto a podium and to link a nation’s sporting success to the Dinosauria, some parallels between the medal table at the end of the Rio Olympics and the study of dinosaurs can be drawn.  For example, in the early days of this particular branch of vertebrate palaeontology, Great Britain led the way with a number of eminent scientists making important dinosaur discoveries.  After all, the first three types of dinosaur to be scientifically described were described from fossils found in England.  Great Britain had a lot of early success in the first of the modern Olympic Games to be held.  However, countries like China and the United States gradually became more and more dominant – just as with the Dinosauria with many more different types of dinosaurs now known from America and the Peoples Republic of China.

To have Team GB finish above China in second place in 2016 is quite remarkable.  Perhaps the Chinese can take solace in the fact that now, great institutions such as those encompassed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, have amassed far more fossilised bones of dinosaurs than any other country.  When it comes to new dinosaur discoveries and their frequency, it could be argued that China leads the way.

Global Tyrannosaurids

One other point to note.  Standing on the podium in their respective positions are three types of tyrannosaurid.  China is represented by Yutyrannus huali, whose fossils come from Liaoning Province.  In the silver medal position is Eotyrannus lengi a member of the Tyrannosaur family whose fossils are associated with the Isle of Wight (Great Britain), sitting on top, is perhaps the most famous dinosaur of all Tyrannosaurus rex.  Yes, we know that Tyrannosaurus rex is also associated with Canada and Mexico, but as it is mostly known from fossil material excavated from the Hell Creek Formation of Montana, we thought that using T. rex to represent the United States would be appropriate.  The term “Olympic Family” is often used to represent nations coming together.  The Rio Olympics has been a truly global event and when it comes to dinosaurs such as the tyrannosaurids, these animals too seem to have had an almost global distribution.  We also note from our sales, that dinosaur models, toys and games have a world-wide appeal.

Thus ends our tribute to everyone involved in the Games, we look forward to Tokyo in 2020.  We have four years to learn all about Japanese dinosaurs.

gold* – Matthew Pinsent and Steve Redgrave — Rowing, Men’s Coxless Pair (both of which were later knighted).

Getting Excited About Paleo-Creatures

A Short Video of the Paleo-Creatures Replicas

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

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

Video Credit: Jesús Toledo (Jetoar’s Collectables)

A Row of Torvosaurus Models from Paleo-Creatures

Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus

A row of Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus.

Picture Credit: Jesús Toledo (Jetoar’s Collectables)

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

Aegirocassis and Koolasuchus Replicas (Paleo-Creatures)

Paleo-Creatures models.

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

Picture Credit: Jesús Toledo (Jetoar’s Collectables)

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

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

A Close Up of the Paleo-Creatures Concavenator

The Paleo-Creatures Concavenator.

A close up view of the Paleo-Creatures Concavenator.

Picture Credit: Jesús Toledo (Jetoar’s Collectables)

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

Eotyrannus (E. lengi) Model from Paleo-Creatures

Paleo-Creatures Eotyrannus model.

The Paleo-Creatures Eotyrannus ready for shipping.

Picture Credit: Jesús Toledo (Jetoar’s Collectables)

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