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28 01, 2018

Giant Megatherium Soft Toy

By | January 28th, 2018|Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

A Giant Megatherium Soft Toy is in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur has added a beautiful, very cuddly Megatherium soft toy to its range of prehistoric animal soft toys.  Megatherium, otherwise known as the giant ground sloth, was a member of the Order Xenarthra, which includes extant mammals such as armadillos, tree sloths and anteaters.  These giant browsers ranged across the Americas, from Argentina in the south to as far north as the mid United States.  Weighing as much as a White Rhinoceros and standing some four metres or more in height (when on their hind legs), these animals were most probably avoided by Stone Age hunters.

The Beautiful Megatherium Soft Toy

A Megatherium soft toy.

A soft toy Megatherium.  A giant ground sloth soft toy.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Evolved in South America

These large mammals originally evolved in South America, but spread into North America when the American land bridge was formed.  Numerous fossils have been discovered including preserved hair, fossilised footprints and fossil dung (coprolite).  Fossils of giant ground sloths were studied by Charles Darwin as part of his scientific research whilst voyaging on the Beagle in the 1830’s, although the first recorded study of Megatherium fossils took place much earlier (1789).

To view the new for 2018 Megatherium soft toy and Everything Dinosaur’s full range of prehistoric animal soft toys: Ice Age and Prehistoric Animal Soft Toys

Giant Megatherium Soft Toy

Standing a fraction under thirty centimetres tall and measuring around twenty-five centimetres in length, this really is a super-sized, giant ground sloth soft toy.  His fur is very soft and our Megatherium is sponge washable so he (or she), can accompany your young palaeontologist on their fossil finding adventures.  To clean this soft toy giant ground sloth, simply wipe his fur with a damp cloth or sponge, using some mild soap and when it is dry, simply brush gently to restore the pile of the fur.  Like the majority of the soft toys supplied by Everything Dinosaur, the Megatherium is suitable for very young children, from nought years and upwards.

The Megatherium Soft Toy has a Very Appealing Face

The Megatherium soft toy.

A close-up of the head of the Megatherium soft toy.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

An Endearing Megatherium Soft Toy

It is quite an endearing looking animal.  It has tiny brown ears, sticking up out of its thick, fudge coloured fur and it has a very cute face.  We think that lots of young prehistoric animal fans are going to adore this latest edition to our product range.  The word “Megatherium” means “great beast”, so we think that many children are going to have a great time with this particular prehistoric animal soft toy.  Even the claws are beautifully created, they are white felt and check out this soft toy’s beautifully soft foot pads.

Sales of this item help to support the Natural History Museum in London.  Megatherium might be extinct, but this prehistoric animal will find a whole new generation of admirers thanks to this new plush.

17 01, 2018

More PNSO Prehistoric Animals Coming into Stock

By | January 17th, 2018|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

PNSO Shipment Expected at Everything Dinosaur

Staff at Everything Dinosaur are expecting a shipment of PNSO prehistoric animal models to arrive very soon at the company’s warehouse.  These rare and difficult to obtain replicas and figures will soon be back in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  The shipment will include PNSO Age of Dinosaurs models such as Shantungosaurus, Megalodon and Huanghetitan.   In addition, the company is expecting to receive a number of large PNSO Family Zoo figures including the spectacular African Elephant replica and the White Rhinoceros figure.

Rare PNSO Models Coming Back into Stock at Everything Dinosaur

PNSO Triceratops box art.

PNSO box art- Triceratops.  Coming into stock at Everything Dinosaur

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To read a review of the PNSO Age of Dinosaurs Triceratops: A Review of the PNSO Age of Dinosaurs Triceratops Model

Collectable, Rare Models

Many of the models are huge, such as the enormous Basilosaurus prehistoric whale figure, look out also for dinosaurs such as Mandschurosaurus, Euhelopus and the massive Chungkingosaurus coming back into stock.  For the PNSO Family Zoo range, we are delighted to welcome back the PNSO Family Zoo White Rhinoceros model.

PNSO Family Zoo Chungkingosaurus is Coming Back into Stock at Everything Dinosaur

PNSO Chungkingosaurus dinosaur replica.

PNSO Chungkingosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture above shows the PNSO Chungkingosaurus replica, which measures fifty-two centimetres long and the head stands nearly twenty centimetres off the ground.

The PNSO Family Zoo White Rhinoceros Figure

PNSO Family Zoo White Rhinoceros.

The PNSO White Rhinoceros model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the current range of PNSO dinosaur and prehistoric animal figures: PNSO Age of Dinosaurs Figures

The PNSO Family Zoo range of models consists of twenty animal models, representing living animals, including creatures as diverse as lions, crocodiles, pigs, goats, horses and cheetahs.  Each model is beautifully, hand-painted and supplied in its own blister pack.

To view the range of PNSO family zoo figures currently in stock at Everything Dinosaur: PNSO Family Zoo Models

The PNSO Age of Dinosaurs Basilosaurus Figure


PNSO Age of Dinosaurs Basilosaurus replica.

The PNSO Age of Dinosaurs Basilosaurus model.

Not Just Dinosaurs – Prehistoric Mammals and Sharks Too

Although the range is entitled “PNSO Age of Dinosaurs”, there are also two extinct animals featured which are not dinosaurs, in fact both these animals evolved long after the non-avian dinosaurs became extinct.  Firstly, there is the amazing Basilosaurus replica, a model of a prehistoric whale that is coming into stock.  Joining the PNSO Basilosaurus will be the ultra-rare and very difficult to obtain PNSO Megalodon model, which is now out of production.  The future of the entire PNSO model and replica range is in doubt, whether or not Everything Dinosaur will be able to get any more figures is debatable, so we urge all collectors and model fans to grab these when they arrive.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“The PNSO models  have been very difficult to obtain and we know that the whole future of the product line is in doubt.  The Megalodon model is already out of production but we are bringing the very last of these figures with our next shipment.  Everything Dinosaur remains committed to helping dinosaur fans and collectors with their prehistoric animal and figure collections.”

10 01, 2018

Fossils of Folkestone, Kent by Philip Hadland

By | January 10th, 2018|Book Reviews, Dinosaur Fans, Educational Activities, Geology, Main Page, Photos/Pictures of Fossils, Press Releases|0 Comments

A Review of the Fossils of Folkestone, Kent

Fossil collecting is a popular hobby and there are a number of excellent general guide books available.  However, the newly published “Fossils of Folkestone, Kent” by geologist and museum curator Philip Hadland, takes a slightly different perspective.  Instead of focusing on lots of fossil collecting locations, Philip provides a comprehensive overview of just one area of the Kent coast, the beaches and cliffs surrounding the port of Folkestone.  Here is a book that delivers what its title implies, if you want to explore the Gault Clay, Lower Greensand and Chalks around Folkestone then this is the book for you.

The Fossils of Folkestone, Kent by Philip Hadland – A Comprehensive Guide

Fossil collecting guide to the Folkestone area.

Fossils of Folkestone, Kent by Philip Hadland and published by Siri Scientific Press and priced at £12.99 plus postage.

Picture Credit: Siri Scientific Press

A Comprehensive Overview of the Geology and the Palaeoenvironment of the Folkestone Area

The author clearly has a tremendous affection for this part of the Kent coast.  His enthusiasm is infectious and the reader is soon dipping into the various chapters, dedicated to the rock formations exposed along the cliffs and the fossil delights to be found within them.  Folkestone is probably most famous for its beautiful Gault Clay ammonites, the clay being deposited around 100 million years ago and a wide variety of these cephalopods can be found preserved in the rocks.  The book contains more than 100 full colour plates, so even the beginner fossil hunter can have a go at identifying their fossil discoveries.

Clear Colour Photographs Help with Fossil Identification

Ammonite fossils from Folkestone (Anahoplites praecox).

Anahoplites praecox fossil from Folkestone.

Picture Credit: Siri Scientific Press

Surprises on the Shoreline

The book begins by explaining some of the pleasures of fossil hunting, before briefly outlining a history of fossil collecting in the Folkestone area and introducing some of the colourful characters who were prominent fossil collectors in their day.  The geology of the area is explored using terminology that the general reader can understand and follow, but academics too, will no doubt gain a lot from this publication.  Intriguingly, the Cretaceous-aged sediments were thought to have been deposited in a marine environment, however, the Lower Greensand beds have produced evidence of dinosaur footprints.  The palaeoenvironment seems to have been somewhat more complex than previously thought, the Lower Greensand preserving evidence of inter-tidal mudflats, that were once crossed by dinosaurs.  Isolated dinosaur bones have also been found in the area and the book contains some fantastic photographs of these exceptionally rare fossil discoveries.

Helping to Identify Fossil Finds

Folkestone fossils - ammonites.

Folkestone fossils – ammonites.

Picture Credit: Siri Scientific Press

Prehistoric Mammals

To help with identification, the colour plates and accompanying text are organised by main animal groups.  There are detailed sections on bivalves, brachiopods, corals, crustaceans, gastropods, belemnites and ammonites.  There are plenty of photographs of vertebrate fossils too and not just fish and reptiles associated with the Mesozoic.  Pleistocene-aged deposits are found in this area and these preserve the remains of numerous exotic prehistoric animals that once called this part of Kent home.

Fossil Teeth from a Hippopotamus Which Lived in the Folkestone Area During a Warmer Inter-glacial Period

Folkestone fossils - Teeth from a Hippopotamus.

Pleistocene mammal fossils from Folkestone (Hippopotamus upper canine and molar).

Picture Credit: Siri Scientific Press

The author comments that the presence of hippos, along with other large mammals such as elephants as proved by fossil finds, demonstrates how very different Folkestone was just 120,000 years ago.  It is likely that humans were present in the area, evidence of hominins have been found elsewhere in England and in nearby France, but as yet, no indications of human activity or a human presence in this area have been found.  Perhaps, an enthusiastic fossil hunter armed with this guide, will one day discover the fossils or archaeology that demonstrates that people were living in the area and exploiting the abundant food resources that existed.

A Partial Femur from a Large Hippopotamus Provides Testament to the Exotic Pleistocene Fauna

Folkestone fossils - partial femur from a Hippopotamus.

A partial femur (thigh bone) from a Hippopotamus.

Picture Credit: Siri Scientific Press

With a foreword by renowned palaeontologist Dean Lomax, “Fossils of Folkestone, Kent” is an essential read for anyone with aspirations regarding collecting fossils on this part of the English coast.  The book, with its weather-proof cover, fits snugly into a backpack and the excellent photographs and text make fossil identification in the field really easy.

If your New Year’s resolution is to get out more to enjoy the wonders of the British countryside, to start fossil hunting, or to visit more fossil collecting locations, then the “Fossils of Folkestone, Kent” by Philip Hadland would be a worthy addition to your book collection.

For further information on this book and to order a copy: Siri Scientific Press On-line

8 01, 2018

New Schleich Models in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

By | January 8th, 2018|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases, Product Reviews|0 Comments

New Schleich Prehistoric Animal Models in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

The first of the 2018 Schleich prehistoric animal figures are in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  Five new models are now available, the new for 2018 Schleich Triceratops, the new colour variant Therizinosaurus plus the Psittacosaurus, Oviraptor and the amazing Dinogorgon replica.

New for 2018 Schleich Prehistoric Animal Models in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

New Schleich prehistoric animals (2018).

New Schleich prehistoric animal models (2018).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Schleich Prehistoric Animal Models for 2018

Four of the five models to have arrived to date, are dinosaurs, the exception is the confusingly named Dinogorgon.  Dinogorgon is a member of the Therapsida and, as such, is more closely related to us humans than it is to any dinosaur.  One group of the therapsids, evolved into large, sabre-toothed predators – the gorgonopsids (named after the Gorgons from Greek myth), Dinogorgon is a gorgonopsid, a member of an African subfamily (the Rubidgeinae), which were the apex predators in southern Africa at the end of the Permian.

The Schleich Dinogorgon Model

Schleich Dinogorgon.

The Schleich Dinogorgon model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

This beautifully detailed figure measures around thirteen centimetres long and it is great to see Schleich making models of prehistoric animals that predate the Dinosauria.

Schleich Oviraptor Model

Schleich have also introduced a model of an Oviraptor into their dinosaur range.  The Oviraptor continues the trend to introduce feathered dinosaur representations into the company’s portfolio.  The figure is resplendent with its shaggy coat and prominent wing feathers.  The model stands some ten centimetres high, so it works in scale with larger replicas representing larger species.  The detail of the individual feathers on the Schleich Oviraptor has already attracted a number of favourable comments.

The Schleich Oviraptor Dinosaur Model

Schleich Oviraptor Dinosaur Model.

The new for 2018 Schleich Oviraptor dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view all the new Schleich prehistoric animal figures currently in stock at Everything Dinosaur: Schleich Prehistoric Animal Models

Schleich Therizinosaurus

Another Theropod, but like Oviraptor, very probably not a hypercarnivore.  Schleich have introduced a new colour version of their popular Therizinosaurus figure.  Just like its predecessor, this model has an articulated jaw and moveable arms.

The New for 2018 Schleich Therizinosaurus (Colour Variant)

Schleich Therizinosaurus dinosaur model.

Schleich new Therizinosaurus (2018).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Schleich New for 2018 Triceratops Dinosaur Model

An old favourite has been remodelled for 2018 by Schleich.  The German-based company has introduced a large model of Triceratops.  The figure measures a whopping 21 centimetres long and it works well in scale with the Tyrannosaurus rex models introduced by Schleich.  The Schleich Triceratops has been given a vivid red colouration, in stark contrast to the battleship grey that covers the majority of the figure.

The New for 2018 Schleich Triceratops Dinosaur Model is in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

Schleich Triceratops dinosaur model (2018).

The new for 2018 Schleich Triceratops dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Schleich Psittacosaurus

The last of the new for 2018 figures to be featured is the splendid Schleich Psittacosaurus.  We know that Schleich will introduce more models in the near future but for the time being, we will conclude this brief overview of new prehistoric animal models by commenting on the Schleich Psittacosaurus.

The Schleich Psittacosaurus (2018)

Schleich Psittacosaurus (2018).

New for 2018, the Schleich Psittacosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

This model shows lots of detail and the skull with its prominent jugals (bony projections) deserves praise.  The painting around the open mouth is particularly well done and it is good to see that Psittacosaurus has been given a set of bristles at the end of its tail, as the fossil record suggests.  The bright green colouration contrasts nicely with the muted, pale undertones of the belly, thus emphasising the idea (as supported by a recent scientific paper), that these types of dinosaurs were countershaded.

To read an article about countershading in Psittacosaurus:Calculating the Colour of Psittacosaurus

All in all, it is a big Iguanodon’s thumb up from Everything Dinosaur for these new Schleich replicas.  We also look forward to commenting on the new for 2018 Tawa (T. hallae) figure when it arrives at our warehouse.

3 01, 2018

Preparing New Outlook Signatures

By | January 3rd, 2018|Adobe CS5, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

Preparing New Signatures for Emails

This week sees the installation of new computers at Everything Dinosaur.  This has given team members the opportunity to prepare new email signatures and other items as the new systems are installed in our offices.  With so many new items due to come into stock, it is a question of what products we should promote in our e-signatures along with what other information should we include in emails to customers.

Everything Dinosaur is expecting around fifty new models coming into our warehouse over the next twelve weeks or so.  We are expecting new products from Schleich, Papo, Mojo Fun, CollectA, Beasts of the Mesozoic, plus more stock of PNSO models and figures.  For our first signature of 2018, we have chosen to promote the Beasts of the Mesozoic range, an exciting range of 1:6 scale figures that represent (mostly) dromaeosaurids, although ironically, our Beasts of the Mesozoic signature features Balaur bondoc, which is now classified as a large, flightless bird and not a member of the Dromaeosauridae.

Preparing New Email Signatures for Everything Dinosaur

Beasts of the Mesozoic Balaur bondoc model.

Beasts of the Mesozoic “Raptors” Coming to Everything Dinosaur in 2018.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Preparing for All the New Products

Reserve lists have been operating for some months and several fact sheets have already been prepared along with scientifically accurate scale drawings.  Room has been allocated within our warehouse to receive the new products and we are looking forward to highlighting all the new arrivals on our blog and social media pages.  Look out for updates and featured articles being posted up on this weblog.

1 01, 2018

Happy New Year

By | January 1st, 2018|Adobe CS5, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

Happy New Year

Just time to wish all our blog readers and Everything Dinosaur customers a happy new year.  We are going to be very busy in 2018 and we have a lot to look forward too, but first we say a big thank you to all our customers who supported us in 2017 and a special thank you to all those people who gave our Facebook page a “like” over the last twelve months or so.

Happy New Year from Everything Dinosaur

Happy New Year 2018.

Happy New Year from Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

More than 1,ooo Facebook Likes

The picture above will be posted up onto Everything Dinosaur’s Facebook page.  On January 1st 2017, our Facebook site had 3,303 “likes” and we set ourselves the challenge of getting up to 4,000 “likes” by the end of the year.  We are proud to announce that over the last twelve months, we have earned over 1,000 Facebook “likes” and we currently have a total of 4,345.  Our thanks to everyone who gave us a “like” on our Facebook page, we are truly humbled.

We believe customer service is the key to getting "likes".

Over 4,300 Facebook “likes”.

Feel free to click on the Facebook logo to visit Everything Dinosaur’s Facebook page, or simply click this link: Visit Everything Dinosaur’s Facebook Page

New for 2018

Everything Dinosaur has big plans for 2018, look out for more stock of the exceptionally rare PNSO models, plus the launch of the Beasts of the Mesozoic replica range along with new figures from Eofauna Scientific Research, CollectA, Schleich, Mojo Fun and Papo.

In the meantime,

Happy New Year!  We wish everyone a peaceful and prosperous 2018.

30 12, 2017

Favourite Blog Articles of 2017

By | December 30th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

Favourite Blog Articles of 2017

As the year draws to a close, it is time to reflect on some of the blog articles that we have produced over the last twelve months or so.  It has certainly been an amazing year for palaeontology with lots of new fossil discoveries and some fascinating new insights into previously described species.  With over 300 articles to choose from on this blog, here is the list of our favourites produced in 2017.

Dinosaur Collagen Confirmed

Back in January, we reported on the remarkable duplication of a famous dinosaur study first undertaken in 2009, when dinosaur collagen was found within fossil bone.  A team of researchers from North Carolina State University, North-western University and the University of Texas – Austin, were able to repeat the experiment and retrieve collagen peptides from an 80-million-year-old dinosaur femur.

To read the full article: Researchers Confirm Dinosaur Collagen

In 2018, we can expect the next instalment of the “Jurassic Park/Jurassic World” to arrive in cinemas, even with this research, we are a long way from resurrecting dinosaurs.

Monster Worms

Everything Dinosaur’s report on the discovery of a giant worm in Devonian sediments in late February caused one or two shivers amongst our readers.  It seems that the vertebrates had a rival for dominant, apex predator in marine environments.  Step forward Websteroprion armstrongi, with its vicious jaws.

Giant Predatory Worm of the Devonian

A monster worm from the Devonian.

Websteroprion attacking a Devonian fish.

Picture Credit: James Ormiston

Biggest Dinosaur Footprint?

The Dampier peninsula of Western Australia hit the headlines this year, with a scientific paper published that attempted to map the extensive dinosaur tracks and footprints, representing a rare insight into the fauna of Early Cretaceous Australia.  Amongst the tracks studied, were a series of giant footprints, some of which measure more than 1.7 metres long.  These tracks were dubbed the “Biggest dinosaur footprints in the world”

One of the Huge Sauropod Prints

Broome sandstone giant Sauropod print.

Richard Hunter provides the scale next to the giant Sauropod print. Scale depiction of dinosaur provided below.

Picture Credit: Queensland University

Elk Hunter Stumbles Across Elasmosaur

Hunter David Bradt won’t forget on Elk hunting trip that he undertook.  Whilst hunting in Montana’s Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge,  he stumbled across some large fossil bones in a stream bed.  He thought that he had found a dinosaur but no, had uncovered the fossilised remains of a new species of short-necked Elasmosaur from the Western Interior Seaway.  The marine reptile was named Nakonanectes bradti in April 2017.

David Bradt Poses with his Unusual Find

David Bradt with his fossil find.

Hunter David Bradt photographed in the stream bed with the fossils.

Picture Credit: David Bradt

Shingopana songwensis

There were several newly described dinosaurs in 2017 too.  Lots of different types.  For example, in August Everything Dinosaur reported on the naming of a new Cretaceous Sauropod from Tanzania.  This fossil discovery helps to open up a new area of research into Titanosaur diversity in the southern hemisphere during the Cretaceous.

Shingopana songwensis Illustrated

Shingopana illustration.

An illustration of Shingopana songwensis.

Picture Credit: Mark Witton

Purbeck Fossil Discoveries

Nearer to home, the Dorset coast also sprang a few fossil surprises student Grant Smith found two fossil teeth in Early Cretaceous sediments on the “Jurassic Coast” that proved the presence of placental mammals in this location.  It was amazing to think that the Dorset coast, one of the most explored and research palaeoenvironments in the world, could still hold some surprises and well-done to the relatively inexperienced undergraduate student for making such an incredible discovery.  The new placentals were named Durlstodon and Durlstotherium.

It of course, gives us another opportunity to post up some of Mark Witton’s beautiful artwork.

A Purbeck Lagoon (Early Cretaceous)

Purbeck (Dorset) 145 million years ago.

Purbeck Lagoon 145 mya as darkness falls Durlstodon (top left) looks on whilst two Durlstotherium scurry through the undergrowth. In the centre a Durlstotherium has been caught by Nuthetes destructor.

Picture Credit: Mark Witton

These are just some of our favourite blog articles of 2017, we look forward to all the exciting discoveries and fossil finds we will report on in 2018.


23 12, 2017

Safari Ltd Prehistoric Animals 2018

By | December 23rd, 2017|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

2018 Safari Ltd Prehistoric Animal Models are in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

The new for 2018 prehistoric animal models from Safari Ltd are now in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  What a lovely surprise for Christmas, all the new Safari Ltd Wild Safari Prehistoric World prehistoric animals are available from Everything Dinosaur and we even have the prehistoric horse (Przewalski’s horse), in stock for good measure.

New for 2018 Prehistoric Animal Models (Safari Ltd)

Safari Ltd models 2018.

New prehistoric animal models in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The list of new prehistoric animal models is most impressive, there is an Amargasaurus, an American Mastodon, Uintatherium, Daeodon, Ankylosaurus, Dimetrodon, Macrauchenia, the North American caenagnathid Anzu wyliei and a Malawisaurus.  In addition, Safari Ltd have introduced Hyaenodon gigas, two horned dinosaurs Regaliceratops and Triceratops.  There is also a Megacerops and we have added the Safari Ltd Winners Circle Przewalski’s horse.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Models

Since the retirement of the Carnegie Collectibles range in 2015, Safari Ltd have set about replacing the dinosaurs that featured in that scale model series.  Hence the introduction of Amargasaurus and Ankylosaurus.  It is great to see a new representation of the Pelycosaur Dimetrodon introduced as well.  The 2018 dinosaurs also feature some new dinosaurs, modelled by Safari Ltd for the first time.  Malawisaurus, Regaliceratops and the feathered Anzu wyliei also join the range.

The New for 2018 Dinosaur Models from Safari Ltd

Safari Ltd dinosaurs 2018.

The new for 2018 dinosaurs from Safari Ltd.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Fact Sheets

As with all the named dinosaur and prehistoric animal models that we sell, each model is supplied with its own fact sheet.  Our team members have had to research and write three new fact sheets to accommodate these models, namely fact sheets for Anzu wyliei, the American Mastodon and the African Sauropod Malawisaurus.

The Scale Drawing of Anzu wyliei Prepared for the Dinosaur Fact Sheet

Anzu wyliei scale drawing.

A scale drawing of Anzu wyliei.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Only One Theropod

The models are very well made and superbly painted.  Everything Dinosaur congratulates Safari Ltd on the quality of these new introductions.  They also deserve praise for creating such a diverse range of dinosaurs and mammals, plus of course the Dimetrodon, that is more closely related to mammals than it is to the Dinosauria.  It is interesting to note that there is only one Theropod in the fourteen replicas that Everything Dinosaur has brought into the warehouse.  The one Theropod is Anzu wyliei and it is not typical of the Theropoda.  For a start it is edentulous (toothless) and it possessed a beak.   The most striking feature of this dinosaur nicknamed “the chicken from Hell”, as all the A. wyliei fossil material has come from exposures that represent the famous Hell Creek Formation, is the bizarre rounded crest on the top of the head.  The crest superficially resembles the crest on an extant Cassowary (Casuarius genus).

To view the fourteen new for 2018 Safari Ltd prehistoric animals, including the Przewalski’s horse click here: Safari Ltd Wild Safari Prehistoric World

20 12, 2017

Rebor Gunn and Rose Velociraptors Arrive

By | December 20th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

Rebor Gunn and Rose are in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

The latest Velociraptor models from Rebor, Gunn and Rose are now in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  These magnificent 1:18 scale figures represent a pair of “raptors”, the lighter coloured one “Rose” being the female, the darker coloured one “Gunn”, representing a male.

The Rebor 1:18 Scale Velociraptor Models Gunn and Rose are in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

Rebor Gunn and Rose.

Rebor Gunn and Rose Velociraptor models.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Rebor “Raptors”

Rebor has produced a number of Velociraptor figures in recent times, these new editions, join the likes of “Winston”, “Alex Delarge” and the Velociraptor figure “Pete” that came out earlier in the autumn.  Each model is in 1:18 scale and collectors have the opportunity to create their own pack of dromaeosaurids.

“Rose” the Female Velociraptor

"Rose" a 1:18 scale Velociraptor model.

The female Rebor raptor “Rose”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Rebor Gunn and Rose

Palaeontologists are not sure what breeding strategies dinosaurs had.  It is likely that what are thought to be quite social creatures, pack hunters, like most of the dromaeosaurids, had similar strategies to those found in social, pack hunters today.  For example, in wolves only the dominant pair breed in most packs, the alpha male and the alpha female.  These animals pair for a long time, perhaps Velociraptors behaved in a similar way, after all, they would have faced the same pressures as wolves do today, in terms of competing for resources and ensuring the survival of the next generation.

“Gunn” Representing a Male Velociraptor

"Gunn" the Rebor Velociraptor.

The male Rebor Velociraptor “Gunn”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Monogamous Birds

Those living members of the Maniraptora (the clade that contains both dromaeosaurids like Velociraptor and extant birds), adopt a variety of strategies when it comes to bringing up the next generation. Many swans, cranes and geese mate for life.  Whilst the majority of the song birds (passerines), are also monogamous but the length of this monogamy varies.  For example, some song birds stay as a pair of life, for several mating seasons or for just one breeding season.  Many living birds adopt a strategy of social monogamy, when both the male and female play a role in parenting.  Perhaps male Velociraptors also had a maternal side?

Rebor “Gunn” Velociraptors Might Have Been Ferocious But They May Have Had a Softer Side

Rebor Velociraptor "Gunn".

The Rebor 1:18 scale Velociraptor model “Gunn”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

For an article on doting dinosaur dads: Did Dinosaurs Make Good Fathers?

Both Gunn and Rose have articulated lower jaws and articulated forelimbs and the models measure approximately 21.5 centimetres long.  They are a welcome new addition to the Rebor range of prehistoric animal replicas.

At Rest – the Rebor Female Velociraptor “Rose”

Rebor "Rose" Velociraptor Model.

Rebor Velociraptor “Rose”.

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Two Velociraptor Species

Two Velociraptor species have been named, Velociraptor mongoliensis, fossils of which come Outer Mongolia named in 1924 by Henry Fairfield Osborn and Velociraptor osmolskae from Inner Mongolia, China, which was named in 2008 by Godefroit et al.

To view the Rebor raptors “Gunn and Rose” and the rest of the Rebor model range: Rebor Models and Replicas

18 12, 2017

Dinosaur Workshops All Sorted for January

By | December 18th, 2017|Educational Activities, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

Lesson Plans for Dinosaur and Fossil Workshops Despatched

All the lesson plans and teaching notes relating to Everything Dinosaur’s dinosaur and fossil workshops in schools have been sent out.  At this time of year, we appreciate how busy teachers and teaching assistants are, so we always make sure that the arrangements are in place for the dinosaur and fossil themed workshops scheduled for the first few weeks of January.  With the teaching assignments concluded for the autumn term, our attention turns to preparing the lesson plans, teaching resources and extension activities in readiness for the first of our dinosaur themed workshops scheduled for the first four weeks of next month.

Lesson Plans Sent Out and Arrangements Finalised

Key Stage 2 example lesson plan.

Example lesson plan (Key Stage 2).

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Helping Teachers and Teaching Assistants

Planning the scheme of work for the school year takes up a significant proportion of the teaching team’s time.  The last thing we want them to worry about is any school visits.  Our prompt supply of information helps the teaching team to maximise the learning objectives and ensures what we intend to cover in our dinosaur and fossil workshop meets the needs of the children and dove-tails into the topic and the scheme of work.

Everything Dinosaur’s timely emails gives hard-pressed teachers and teaching assistants one less thing to worry about as they prepare for the start of the spring term.

In our communication with the school we provide advice and suggestions in order to help maximise the teaching objectives and to accommodate individual learning needs.  Furthermore, we suggest that a member of staff has a smart phone, camera, or Ipad on hand to take lots of photographs.  These photographs are very helpful when it comes to recall and recounting activities.  We are also happy to discuss extension ideas and normally assist with the term topic planning by providing useful additional teaching resources for the class to use.

Although much of the spring term is booked up, Everything Dinosaur does still have a few dates available.  To enquire about the possibility of a school visit from one of our dinosaur experts, simply, email the company: Contact Everything Dinosaur

Our Timely Correspondence Allows Plenty of Scope for the School to Prepare

The hall is closed for dinosaurs and fossils.

Dinosaurs and fossils in the school hall – all sorted thanks to meticulous planning.

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Extension Activities

In addition to delivering the dinosaur and fossil themed workshop, our team members usually bring some additional teaching resources with them.  These resources have been developed by our own teaching team and are designed to fit in with the curriculum.   For example, for a reception class, the extension resources might include an activity that explores the properties of materials, for older Key Stage 1 children, the extension plans might involve the conducting of simple experiments.  For those children in Key Stage 2 the extension ideas could include an investigation leading to the writing of a non-chronological report.  Naturally, for Key Stage 3 and older students, the extension activities meet their learning needs and often involve independent problem solving and investigation, along with exploring some of the ethical dimensions associated with gene manipulation and the advance of genetics, as related to evolution and adaptation.

Listing Extension Ideas After a Dinosaur Workshop

Extension ideas - dinosaur workshop.

A teacher lists the extension ideas during a dinosaur workshop.

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