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21 03, 2019

A Recipe for Dinosaur Shortbread Biscuits

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Dinosaur Shortbread Biscuits Recipe

Here is a quick and simple recipe to make dinosaur shortbread biscuits.  Making biscuits such as these is a fun activity that young children can participate in.  These dinosaur shortbread biscuits make great treats or can be used to help with the catering for a dinosaur themed birthday party.

A Recipe for Dinosaur Shortbread Biscuits

Dinosaur shortbread biscuits recipe.

A recipe for dinosaur shortbread biscuits.  A simple biscuit recipe that is a great idea for a dinosaur themed birthday party – perfect for prehistoric party fun!

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Ingredients (Makes about Twenty Biscuits)

  • Butter or margarine 110 grammes (4oz)
  • Caster sugar 50 grammes (2oz)
  • Plain flour, sifted 175 grammes (6oz)
  • Extra caster sugar for dusting

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C /300°F (Gas mark 2).  Lightly grease two baking sheets.
  2. Begin by first beating the butter (or margarine) with a wooden spoon to a soft consistency, and then beat in the sugar, followed by the sifted flour.
  3. Still using the wooden spoon, start to bring the mixture together, then finish off with your hands to form a paste.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a board lightly dusted with caster sugar, and then quickly and lightly roll it out to about 1/8 inch (3mm) thick (dusting the rolling pin with sugar if necessary).
  5. Cut the biscuits out using dinosaur biscuit cutters or, a dinosaur-shaped card that acts as a template and then arrange them on the baking sheet and bake on a highish shelf in the oven for 30 minutes.  Cool the biscuits on a wire rack, dust them with some caster sugar, and store in an airtight tin to keep them crisp.
  6. Once cooled, the biscuits can be iced and decorated to make a fun dinosaur themed snack or an ideal party food for a prehistoric animal themed party or other special occasion.

Dinosaur Biscuits – Just Out of the Oven

Dinosaur biscuits

Dinosaur biscuits cooling on a wire rack.  Once cooled, these biscuits can be decorated.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Everything Dinosaur weblog is crammed full of helpful articles aimed at the parents, grandparents and guardians of dinosaur enthusiasts and budding, young palaeontologists.  If you search our blog using terms such as “dinosaur party”, “cake” and “biscuit”, you will discover lots of helpful articles, ideas, recipes and suggestions to assist you with dinosaur themed party planning and other fun prehistoric animal orientated activities.  Have fun!

Everything Dinosaur is a UK-based supplier of dinosaur and prehistoric animal themed models, toys and merchandise, check-out our website: Visit Everything Dinosaur

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20 03, 2019

Updates to the Everything Dinosaur Website

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Updates to the Everything Dinosaur Website

As part of our on-going commitment to improve our customer service, there are going to be some changes made to the Everything Dinosaur website.  Technical changes are being made to help improve site speed and page loading times and in addition, some aspects of the front end of our site are being tweaked.  A section in the footer of our homepage is being changed, the dinosaur themed recipes that were listed on this part of our site are being transferred to our blog.

Dealing with Everything Dinosaur will continue to be a Piece of Cake

Dinosaur themed birthday cake.

Simple to make dinosaur birthday cake.  One of the recipe ideas to be found on the Everything Dinosaur web log.  These recipes have been transferred over to our blog to help make them more accessible.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“With so many different models and figures available from Everything Dinosaur, our website has thousands of images associated with it.  We have set about some improvements to help with the loading speed of the web pages and at the same time, taken the opportunity to move some content making it more accessible by placing it on our huge blog.”

With All the Changes Everything Dinosaur has Planned There Are Lots of Treats in Store

Dinosaur treats made by Year 2 children.

Dinosaur chocolate nests and biscuits.  With over 50 new prehistoric animal models scheduled to be in stock in the next few weeks, the Everything Dinosaur website is undergoing a bit of a spring clean.  There will be lots of treats in store for fans of dinosaurs and prehistoric animals.

Picture Credit: Spire Nursery and Infant School

Updating the Everything Dinosaur Website

Visitors to the Everything Dinosaur website will not notice many changes on the front end, but for example, a new wait list function has been added to the site, permitting visitors to be emailed directly and within a few seconds of an out of stock item becoming available again.  Furthermore, the Everything Dinosaur Instagram social media button has been added: Follow Everything Dinosaur on Instagram.

The recipes listed on the website, will be replaced by a recent posts element that permits the most recently published blog posts to be linked directly to our main site.  This will help with indexing the site and provide our visitors with an up-to-date inventory of our latest blog posts.  With a new blog post being published every day, there is a lot of information to get your teeth into!

Visit Everything Dinosaur’s Blog for Lots of Dinosaur Themed Recipe Ideas

Dinosaur themed recipes on the Everything Dinsoaur blog.

Dinosaur recipe ideas – dinosaur themed cakes, biscuits and other snacks, visit the Everything Dinosaur blog.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur is a UK-based supplier of dinosaur and prehistoric animal themed models, toys and merchandise, check-out our website: Visit Everything Dinosaur

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19 03, 2019

Reflecting on Hyaenodon gigas

By | March 19th, 2019|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Reflecting on Hyaenodon gigas

The extinct clade Creodonta, a term first used by the famous American palaeontologist Edward Drinker Cope (1875), was composed of a great variety of carnivorous mammals, of all shapes and sizes.  One of the most imposing of these predatory mammals was Hyaenodon gigas.  With a shoulder height of around 1.4 metres H. gigas was one of the largest members of the Hyaenodontidae family.  For a comparison, male Bengal tigers (Panthera tigris tigris), stand around 1 metre high at the shoulder.

A fully grown H. gigas is estimated to have weighed around half a tonne.  This was a very formidable carnivore.

Those clever people at Safari Ltd have created a stunning image that highlights the beauty and detail of their Wild Safari Prehistoric World Hyaenodon model.

Reflecting on a Beautiful Prehistoric Animal Model – Hyaenodon gigas

A Hyaenodon gigas model.

The Hyaenodon gigas replica part of the Wild Safari Prehistoric World model series by Safari Ltd.

Picture Credit: Safari Ltd/Everything Dinosaur

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Hyaenodon gigas Model

Last year, Safari Ltd introduced several new synapsid models.  For instance, a Przewalski’s horse was added to their “Winner’s Enclosure” collection.  Numerous prehistoric mammals as well as a stunning Dimetrodon replica were also launched.  In 2018, Safari Ltd added the Hyaenodon gigas, Uintatherium, Megacerops, Macrauchenia, a Daeodon and a model of an American Mastodon (Mammut americanum).

Super Synapsids on Display

New prehistoric animal models from Safari Ltd (2018).

Some wonderful synapsid models were introduced in 2018.  From top left Przewalski’s horse (extant) with the extinct pelycosaur Dimetrodon (below).  From left to right – Uintatherium, Megacerops, the American Mastodon, H. gigas, Macrauchenia and a trotting Daeodon model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Naturally, each of these prehistoric animal figures is supplied with its very own fact sheet, so collectors and model fans can learn about the creature that the model represents.

Our congratulations to Safari Ltd for making such a diverse range of figures and for producing such stunning images to accompany their model range.  The use of light and the clever photoshop effect of movement of the water in the puddle adds a new level of authenticity to their figures.  The reflection of the Hyaenodon model has been skilfully created and we look forward to posting up more examples of this sort of creativity on our blog in the near future.

A Stunning Image to Promote a Prehistoric Animal Model

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Hyaenodon gigas model.

Reflecting on the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Hyaenodon gigas figure.

Picture Credit: Safari Ltd/Everything Dinosaur

To view the range of Wild Safari Prehistoric World models and figures available from Everything Dinosaur: Wild Safari Prehistoric World Models and Replicas

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18 03, 2019

New CollectA 2019 Prehistoric Animal Models in Stock

By | March 18th, 2019|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

New CollectA 2019 Prehistoric Animal Models in Stock

The first of the new for 2019 prehistoric animal models from CollectA have arrived at Everything Dinosaur.   The armoured dinosaur Borealopelta, the pterosaur Caiuajara, the deluxe Carnotaurus and the Edaphosaurus models are now all in stock.  In addition, the set of mini prehistoric animal models has also arrived at our warehouse.

In Stock at Everything Dinosaur, the Box of Mini Prehistoric Animal Models

The CollectA Box of Mini Prehistoric Animals (2019)

The CollectA box of mini prehistoric animal models which is available in 2019. Twelve prehistoric animal models in the box set.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The CollectA Box of Mini Prehistoric Animal Models

Joining the CollectA mini sets of prehistoric animals series is this new box of mini prehistoric animals, twelve miniature replicas of larger figures within the CollectA range.  The models in the box include Megacerops, Daeodon, Paraceratherium, Smilodon, Arsinoitherium, Uintatherium, Andrewsarchus, Moropus, Deinotherium and a Woolly Mammoth.  All these are mammals from the Cenozoic, but interestingly the box set features a replica of the giant prehistoric bird Kelenken and the bizarre therapsid Estemmenosuchus – “crowned crocodile”.  Estemmenosuchus lived during the Permian, many millions of years before the other creatures featured in the box set evolved.

Borealopelta and the Pterosaur Caiuajara

One of the first of the new models to be announced, back in early November, was the Borealopelta, a model of an armoured dinosaur that was formally named and described in 2017 (Brown et al).

The CollectA Borealopelta Dinosaur Model

CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Borealopelta.

The CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Borealopelta dinosaur model.  CollectA have recently rebranded their prehistoric animal range and called it the “Age of Dinosaurs”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

One of the largest models introduced is that of the Brazilian pterosaur Caiuajara (C. dobruskii), it measures 23 centimetres long and that spectacular crest stands around 22 centimetres high.  It is a fantastic model of a flying reptile.  The Caiuajara model has an articulated lower jaw and it is great to see a replica of a pterosaur added to the CollectA model range.

The CollectA Deluxe Caiuajara Pterosaur Model with a Moveable Jaw

The CollectA Caiuajara with a moveable jaw.

The CollectA Deluxe Caiuajara pterosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The CollectA Edaphosaurus and Carnotaurus Figures

Dinosaur fans had been asking CollectA to produce a large, deluxe version of Carnotaurus to accompany their growing range of different types of Theropod dinosaur included in the deluxe model range.  The CollectA Carnotaurus is spectacular and it has already attracted a number of positive comments on Everything Dinosaur’s Facebook page.  The Edaphosaurus figure has also been eagerly anticipated.  CollectA made a commitment some time ago to include more animals from the Palaeozoic in their model range.  The CollectA Edaphosaurus is the latest example of this policy.

The CollectA Edaphosaurus and the CollectA Deluxe Carnotaurus

CollectA Edaphosaurus and the CollectA Carnotaurus models.

The CollectA Edaphosaurus and the CollectA Carnotaurus models.  The CollectA Deluxe Carnotaurus (top) and the CollectA Edaphosaurus (bottom).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“It is fantastic to see the first of the new for 2019 CollectA prehistoric animal models arrive, we are looking forward to despatching the models to our customers who have requested these figures, these are certainly exciting times for CollectA.”

To view the range of Deluxe CollectA models available from Everything Dinosaur: CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Animal Models

To view the range of smaller, not to scale CollectA models and figures: CollectA Prehistoric Life Models

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17 03, 2019

New Study “Cracks” Dinosaur Egg Mystery

By | March 17th, 2019|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Palaeontological articles, Photos/Pictures of Fossils|0 Comments

Dinosaurs Innovated When it Came to Egg Production

Many museums include the fossilised remains of dinosaur eggs amongst their natural history collections and palaeontologists are aware that reptiles were laying eggs on land long before the dinosaurs evolved, but what we know about the evolution of reptile eggs (amniotic eggs in general), is largely based on inference and conjecture.  The problem is, for the first 100 million years or so of amniote evolution, there is very little fossil data related to reptile reproduction to study.  What we do know, is based on Middle Jurassic to Late Cretaceous fossils.  Although, dinosaur eggs are rare, the examples we do have, such as those associated with Asian oviraptorids demonstrate that dinosaur eggs had thick, hardened shells.  However, a new study suggests that it was not always like this and that the three main Sub-orders of the Dinosauria probably evolved thick, tough eggs independently.

Examples of Eggs from Different Archosaurs (Avian and Non-avian Dinosaurs)

Examples of fossil Archosaur eggs.

Examples of whole or partial fossilised eggs.

Picture Credit: Royal Society Open Science

Studying Some of the World’s Oldest Dinosaur Eggs Reveals New Information

Writing in the on-line, open access journal “Scientific Reports”, a team of scientists, including Robert Reisz (University of Toronto Mississauga) and Koen Stein (Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels), have examined some of the oldest examples of dinosaur eggs known and revealed new information about the evolution of dinosaur reproduction.  The researchers examined the eggs and eggshells of three coeval, but geographically widely distributed Early Jurassic basal Sauropodomorph dinosaurs (Sinemurian faunal stage).  These fossils came from Argentina, China and South Africa and include the eggs of Massospondylus and Lufengosaurus.  Their analysis showed that the basal Sauropodomorph eggs all had the basic structure, they had a thin calcareous layer less than 100 microns thick.  This thin shell layer contrasts strongly with the much thicker calcareous shells associated with Late Jurassic and later dinosaur eggs.

At approximately 195 million years old, they are the earliest known eggs in the fossil record, and they were all laid by similar, herbivorous dinosaurs that ranged in size from four to eight metres in length and were the most common and widely spread dinosaurs of their time.  These types of plant-eating dinosaur were the forerunners of the giant Sauropods of the Jurassic, dinosaurs such as Brontosaurus, Diplodocus and Brachiosaurus.

A Massospondylus Nesting Site (Life Reconstruction)

Massospondylus nesting site - life reconstruction.

Massospondylus (basal Sauropodomorpha) nesting site. Massospondylus fossil eggs from South Africa were used in the study.

Picture Credit: Julius Csotonyi

Putting the research into context Professor Reisz explained:

“Reptile and mammal precursors appear as skeletons in the fossil record starting 316 million years ago, yet we know nothing of their eggs and eggshells until 120 million years later.  It’s a great mystery that eggs suddenly show up at this point, but not earlier.”

The researchers concluded that these Early Jurassic eggs represented a step in the evolution of dinosaur reproduction, their shells were paper-thin and brittle, proportionately much thinner than the eggs of extant birds.  However, thicker, tougher eggshells in the Dinosauria were to evolve across all three Sub-orders later.  The much thicker eggshells associated with Sauropods, Ornithischian dinosaurs and the Theropoda must have evolved independently.

Professor Reisz added:

“We know that these early eggs had hard shells because during fossilisation they cracked and broke, but the shell pieces retained their original curvature.”

Other authors of the scientific paper include Edina Prondvai and Jean-Marc Baele.  Shell thickness was analysed along with membrane thickness, mineral content and distribution of pores, looking for clues about why these early eggs might have developed hard shells.  The scientists concluded that hard-shelled eggs evolved early in dinosaur evolution, with thickening of the calcareous layer (greater than 150 microns), occurring independently in several groups, but a few million years later other reptiles also developed hard-shelled eggs.  One possibility is that hard and eventually thicker shells may have evolved to shield dinosaur embryos and other reptiles from predators.

Professor Reisz commented:

“The hard shells would protect the embryos from invertebrates that could burrow into the buried egg nests and destroy them.”

Linked to Increased Oxygen in the Atmosphere

Advanced mineralisation of amniote eggshell including those of dinosaurs (≥150 microns in thickness), in general occurred not earlier than the Middle Jurassic and may correspond with a global trend of an increase in atmospheric oxygen.  If there were higher levels of atmospheric oxygen, then this would facilitate more efficient gaseous exchange through the porous eggshell and across the egg membranes.  More efficient diffusion would permit the evolution of thicker eggshells, which in turn would offer greater resistance to damage and more protection from predators.

A Lufengosaurus Embryo

The embryo of a Lufengosaurus

New research into 195 million-year-old baby dinosaurs and their eggs.

Picture Credit: D. Mazierski

Raising Further Questions About Mesozoic Reproduction Strategies

The study raises some intriguing questions that may well lead to further research projects.  For example, palaeontologists are aware that many types of marine reptile evolved viviparity (live birth), whilst the fossil evidence for the terrestrial Dinosauria seems to indicate that they continued to rely on egg laying.  Why didn’t the highly diverse dinosaurs evolve different reproductive strategies over their 160 million years of existence?

Everything Dinosaur acknowledges the assistance of a press release from the University of Toronto in the compilation of this article.

The scientific paper: “Structure and Evolutionary Implications of the Earliest (Sinemurian, Early Jurassic) Dinosaur Eggs and Eggshells” by Koen Stein, Edina Prondvai, Timothy Huang, Jean-Marc Baele, P. Martin Sander and Robert Reisz published in Scientific Reports.

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16 03, 2019

JurassicCollectables Unboxing A Trio of T. rex Figures

By | March 16th, 2019|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

JurassicCollectables Unboxing A Trio of T. rex Figures

The talented team at JurassicCollectables got a surprise this week.  A large box was delivered to them, it came from us at Everything Dinosaur, but what did it contain?  The narrator could hardly contain his excitement as he carefully cut through the securing tape and examined the contents.  Inside, were all three of the rare, limited edition Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex dinosaur figures.  A trio of Tyrannosaurus rex models from Japan for JurassicCollectables to review.

An Unboxing Video (Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex Figures) from JurassicCollectables

Video Credit: JurassicCollectables

What’s in the Box?

In this short video (it lasts just under three minutes), the narrator discovers all three of the Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex figures.  First out of the box is the yellow and black colour variant of this articulated dinosaur model series (SOFUBITOYBOX018A TYRANNOSAURUS REX).  The next dinosaur to feature is the “smoke green” colour variant from Kaiyodo (SOFUBITOYBOX018B TYRANNOSAURUS REX) and last but not least, the narrator reveals that the parcel also contained the beautiful “classic” colour variant which comes in its own presentation pack.

The narrator comments that he had to find a new place to shoot the video, as the box was so large, the three models are surprisingly big, they each measure around twenty-seven centimetres long.

All Three of the Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex Dinosaur Figures

Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex figures.

The Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex figures.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Clever Articulation

All three models were made to highlight the capabilities of the design team at Kaiyodo, when it comes to constructing articulated prehistoric animal figures.  Each model has a total of ten points of articulation, as far as we at Everything Dinosaur know, this is the largest amount of articulation in any T. rex collectable figure which stands under thirty centimetres high.  The neck, the upper jaw, forelimbs and both ankles are articulated.  In addition, there are two points of articulation associated with the tail.

The Dinosaur Models can be placed in Different Poses

Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex figures.

Two of the Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex dinosaur models together.  Each model has ten points of articulation so that they can be put in different poses.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the range of Kaiyodo dinosaur models available from Everything Dinosaur: Kaiyodo Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Figures

A History of Tyrannosaurus rex Poses in One Dinosaur Figure

The concept behind the design of these limited edition figures, is quite simple.  Kaiyodo wanted to produce a single dinosaur model that permitted the collector to place the T. rex in all its poses that have been proposed for how this dinosaur stood since it was formally named and scientifically described back in 1905.  This was quite a challenge, however, each model can be put into the traditional “kangaroo stance”, with the tail resting on the ground.  It can also be posed in numerous other configurations, representing more modern approaches to the stance of this hypercarnivore from the Late Cretaceous of North America.

The “Smoke Green” Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex Standing Tall

Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex dinosaur model (smoke green).

The Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box “smoke green” T. rex dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Rare Dinosaur Models

When first produced, these three figures were part of a limited production run and all colour versions are now all out of production (we think).  These Japanese models are certainly very rare and not widely available.  The Kaiyodo Sofubi articulated Tyrannosaurus rex figures are for collectors, they are classified as “collectable prehistoric animal figures”, as such they have a 15 years and above age classification.  These are articulated dinosaur models that have an age rating!

The “Classic” Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box Tyrannosaurus rex

The "Classic" Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex.

The “classic” Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box Tyrannosaurus rex figure.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We look forward to watching the model reviews from JurassicCollectables.

To see the huge range of prehistoric animal model reviews made by JurassicCollectables, check out their amazing YouTube channel, don’t forget to subscribe!  Catch: JurassicCollectables on YouTube.

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15 03, 2019

Win a Dinosaur Book with Everything Dinosaur

By | March 15th, 2019|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

Win a Copy of the Superb “The Dinosaurs Rediscovered” by Professor Michael Benton

WIN! WIN! WIN! with Everything Dinosaur!  Win a copy of the brilliant new book by Professor Mike Benton

Everything Dinosaur has another super, dinosaur themed giveaway.  We have a copy of the brand new book by Professor Michael Benton “The Dinosaurs Rediscovered” and we are giving you the chance to win it.

Get to Grips with the Very Latest Dinosaur Discoveries and Research

Win a dinosaur book from Everything Dinosaur.

Win a copy of “The Dinosaurs Rediscovered” by Professor Michael Benton.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Aimed at serious dinosaur fanatics as well as general readers with an interest in science, this latest publication by the highly respected Professor Benton provides an authoritative account on how our knowledge about the Dinosauria has changed in recent years.  This really is a must have!  Make room on your book shelf for this excellent publication.  Even better, you can win a copy courtesy of Everything Dinosaur!

Win a Copy of “The Dinosaurs Rediscovered” in our Competition

All you have to do is “Like” Everything Dinosaur’s FACEBOOK page, then comment on our dinosaur book competition post giving a name for the superb Sinosauropteryx dinosaur model depicted on the front cover.  The Sinosauropteryx illustrated by Julius Csotonyi is stunning, but he/she needs a name!

Don’t Forget to Suggest a Name and to “Like” our Facebook Page

Like Everything Dinosaur on /Facebook

Like our Page (please).

We will draw the lucky winner at random and the Sinosauropteryx naming competition closes at midnight on Sunday 31st March.  Good luck!

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page to enter (please give our Facebook page a “like”): Everything Dinosaur on Facebook

To view Everything Dinosaur’s range of superb prehistoric animal and dinosaur themed gifts visit: Everything Dinosaur

Terms and Conditions of the Name the Front Cover Sinosauropteryx Competition

Automated entries are not permitted and will be excluded from the draw.

Only one entry per person.

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

The Everything Dinosaur name a Sinosauropteryx competition runs until midnight Sunday 31st March 2019.

Winner will be notified by private message on Facebook.

Prize includes postage and packing.

For full terms and conditions contact: Contact Everything Dinosaur

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14 03, 2019

New CollectA Models On Their Way

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New for 2019 CollectA Models Due to Arrive Next Week

Exciting news for dinosaur fans and model collectors, the first batch of the new for 2019 prehistoric animal models from CollectA are due to arrive at Everything Dinosaur next week.  Stocks of the Borealopelta, the Deluxe 1:40 scale Carnotaurus, the super-sized pterosaur figure – Caiuajara and the 1:20 scale Deluxe Edaphosaurus are all on their way.  In addition, the new for 2019 set of mini prehistoric animal models are also due to arrive at the same time.

Coming into Stock at Everything Dinosaur

New for 2019 CollectA prehistoric animal models.

The first batch of new for 2019 CollectA prehistoric animal models are on their way to Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture above shows the first four models coming into stock along with the mini prehistoric animal model set which will feature an additional twelve figures.  Back in November, when we were given the official go ahead to discuss the 2019 CollectA offering, Everything Dinosaur team members posted up the first pictures of these hand-painted models.  They were very well received.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

” We are delighted to announce that the first new prehistoric animals from CollectA are going to be in stock very soon.  These quality models capture the essence of CollectA, they don’t just focus on dinosaurs, only two of the sixteen figures represent members of the Dinosauria [Carnotaurus and Borealopelta], we know how keen model collectors are to acquire animals from the Palaeozoic and Cenozoic Eras as well.”

Heading Your Way!  The CollectA Deluxe Carnotaurus Dinosaur Model

CollectA Deluxe 1:20 scale Carnotaurus dinosaur model.

CollectA Carnotaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Detailed Prehistoric Animal Models

Many manufacturers focus on just a handful of figures, but the CollectA range is huge with a wide variety of prehistoric animals (and plants) represented.  Over recent years the company has introduced several sets of mini-prehistoric animal figures.   Later on this month, Everything Dinosaur will be receiving stocks of the prehistoric animal model set, or as we at Everything Dinosaur like to call it “the synapsids plus one”.  All the figures are synapsids, with the exception of the mini Kelenken model, which as a bird comes from the Archosaur lineage of diapsids.

The CollectA Mini Prehistoric Animal Model Set

The CollectA Box of Mini Prehistoric Animals (2019)

The CollectA box of mini prehistoric animal models which is going to be available in 2019. Twelve prehistoric animal models.  Coming into Everything Dinosaur very soon.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

How many of the twelve models in the set can you name?  As a clue and to give you a start, we have given you the name of one already.

Sailing Towards Us the Sail-backed Reptile Figure Edaphosaurus

The CollectA Edaphosaurus model.

The CollectA Edaphosaurus model.  If you look at the top right-hand corner of the photograph you can see the CollectA Carnotaurus coming into attack!

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We are looking forward to getting all these new models into stock next week.  Rest assured all those dinosaur fans on our reserve lists, as soon as the models come in we will be emailing you to let you know that the figures are available and that we have set one aside.

To view the range of CollectA prehistoric animal models available from Everything Dinosaur: CollectA Prehistoric Animals

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13 03, 2019

New Giant Pliosaur From the Early Cretaceous of Colombia

By | March 13th, 2019|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Photos/Pictures of Fossils|2 Comments

Sachicasaurus vitae – Brings a Whole Town to Life

A team of scientists from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Colombia), have announced the discovery of a new species of giant brachauchenine pliosaurid from Lower Cretaceous-aged beds in central Colombia.  The monster marine reptile, estimated to have measured around ten metres in length has been named Sachicasaurus vitae and is the largest of the three pliosaurid genera discovered to date from Colombian sediments.  Ironically, the species epithet for this formidable predator is Latin for “life”, a reference to the huge impact this discovery has had on the village of  Sáchica where the fossil was found.  It seems that the normally quiet village has had a considerable upsurge in visitors and commercial trade as the excavations of the huge specimen progressed.

A Photograph of the Holotype Specimen and Accompanying Line Drawing

New pliosaurid Sachicasaurus from Columbia.

Sachicasaurus vitae photograph of fossils and skeletal line drawing.

Picture Credit: Universidad Nacional de Colombia

The photograph (above), shows a dorsal view of the holotype (MP111209-1).  The dotted lines represent parts of the skeleton found separate from the main body fossil deposit.  The scale bar located below the photograph of the fossil indicates fifty centimetres.  The skull is more than two metres long.  The fossils come from Lower Cretaceous deposits located at Sáchica (the genus name honours the village).

Partially Articulated Specimen and Still Growing

The specimen was discovered in an articulated state and is estimated to have been around 9.9 metres long, but the researchers have concluded that the fossil remains represent a sub-adult animal so the maximum size for this marine reptile is unknown.  Pliosaurs are an extinct clade of short-necked plesiosaurs that were both temporally and geographically widespread.  Many pliosaurs were apex predators within Jurassic and Early Cretaceous marine environments.

Sachicasaurus Jaw Bones and Associated Teeth

Sachicasaurus jaws and teeth.

Sachicasaurus vitae photographs and interpretative drawings of the jaws and teeth.

Picture Credit: Universidad Nacional de Colombia

The Most Complete Pliosaur Discovered in Colombia

Sachicasaurus vitae represents the most complete pliosaurid fossil specimen found to date in Colombia, it is also the largest Pliosaur known from this part of the world.   It lived approximately 125 million years ago (Barremian faunal stage of the Early Cretaceous).  For such a large animal the front flippers seem particularly small, this suggests that it might have had a different form of propulsion, perhaps being more reliant on the rear flippers and powerful strokes of its tail (assuming the presence of tail fluke).  Although the phylogeny of this marine reptile is uncertain, as it possessed a mix of primitive and more advanced anatomical traits, it has been placed within the Brachaucheninae and it may have been closely related to Kronosaurus.

An Illustration of a Typical Pliosaur Marine Reptile

Pliosaur illustration.

An illustration of a typical pliosaurid marine reptile.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Powerful Skull of Sachicasaurus vitae

Sachicasaurus vitae skull and line drawings.

Photographs and interpretive drawings of the skull in (A) dorsal view and (B) ventral views.

Picture Credit: Universidad Nacional de Colombia

The Diversity of Colombian Pliosaurids in the Early Cretaceous

The discovery of S. vitae highlights the diversity of pliosaurs known from the Early Cretaceous of Colombia.  Two other pliosaurs have been recorded from this part of South America, both of which are smaller than Sachicasaurus.  The occurrence of different genera of pliosaurids in the Barremian beds of Colombian suggests that the environmental conditions of the Colombian sea during the Early Cretaceous facilitated the development of sufficient marine life to sustain a diverse group of predators.

The other pliosaurs known from the Early Cretaceous of Colombia:

  • Stenorhynchosaurus (S. munozi) named in 2016.  It had a more elongated snout and may have been a specialised piscivore.
  • Acostasaurus (A. pavachoquensis) named in 2017.  It had a robust snout but was approximately half the size of Sachicasaurus.
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12 03, 2019

Year 5 (Jurassic World)

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Year 5 Classes Explore Dinosaurs and Extinction

Children in Year 5 at Oasis Academy Short Heath (West Midlands), have been learning all about dinosaurs, prehistoric animals and extinction in their spring term topic.  With the help of the enthusiastic teaching team, the two classes have been studying prehistoric animals and linking this topic area to key parts of the national curriculum, such as English, mathematics, geography and science.  Recently, the children had been looking at electricity and learning about conductors.  When holding a cold fossil, heat (thermal energy), is conducted from your warm hand to the cold fossil.  The heat flows from the person to the colder object, this little exercise essentially helps to support learning about how heat is transferred and what makes a good conductor.  It links to the second law of thermodynamics helping to explain the properties of materials.

During our workshops with the class we explored the properties of fossils and what they can tell us about life in the past.

Year 5 Children Learning About Prehistoric Animals

Dinosaur poster (Year 5)

Lots of facts and information about prehistoric animals.

Picture Credit: Year 5 Oasis Academy Short Heath

English Curriculum – A Balanced Argument

Under the expert tutelage of the Year 5 teaching team there was plenty of evidence in support of cross-curricular activities on display in the spacious and tidy classrooms.  The Everything Dinosaur team member who visited the school to deliver the dinosaur and fossil workshops, spotted some super science posters that the children had prepared and during the workshop, the idea of bringing back the extinct Woolly Mammoth (M. primigenius) was proposed.  Would it be a good idea to make an animal  de-extinct?  This links with an aspect of the English curriculum, introducing the idea of a balanced argument.  Could the class debate the advantages and disadvantages of introducing a genetically modified elephant breeding programme to create shaggy coated elephants?

How to Clone a Mammoth – Linking to a Balanced Argument Exploring Pros and Cons

The science behind de-extinction.

The science of de-extinction by Beth Shapiro.  A recipe book for bringing back extinct animals.

Picture Credit: Princeton Press

Art and Design Dinosaurs

Many of the children had been inspired to create their very own dinosaur themed pieces of art.  There were some wonderful examples of prehistoric animal models on display in the classrooms.  Toni had created her very own blue and pink dinosaur egg, which when carefully opened revealed a baby Triceratops inside.  The children studied Triceratops (T. horridus) and had a go at scientific working to see if they could come up with a theory as to why palaeontologists have skull bones of this horned dinosaur but few examples of limb bones to study.

Lots of Beautiful Dinosaur Themed Artworks on Display

Year 5 and a beatuiful dinosaur egg.

A beautiful blue and pink dinosaur egg on display.

Picture Credit: Toni (Year 5 Oasis Academy Short Heath)

The class were intrigued to hear that recent research by scientists had led to the idea that dinosaur eggs may have been coloured and not just plain white or cream.  German scientists had studied the eggs of a little dinosaur from China and found evidence of the remains of pigments within the fossil eggshell, one of the pigments identified would have given the dinosaur eggs a bluish colour.  The colour scheme chosen by Toni for her Triceratops egg is therefore highly appropriate.

Some Very Large Dinosaur Models on Display

Oasis Academy (Short Heath) Year 5 and their dinosaur themed crafts.

Year 5 children at Oasis Academy Short Heath get creative during their term topic about dinosaurs.

 

Picture Credit: Year 5 Oasis Academy Short Heath

We hope the extension ideas and suggestions we provided help with the teaching scheme of work as the budding young palaeontologists explore themes such as evolution and extinction over the rest of the term.  The children certainly enjoyed the workshops and challenged their visitor with some amazing questions that they had prepared.

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