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21 11, 2011

Megacerops – On the Charge

By | November 21st, 2011|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|1 Comment

New Collecta Prehistoric Mammal Model – Megacerops

During the Palaeogene the mammals diversified rapidly, quickly filling most of the ecological niches left vacant by the Cretaceous extinction event.  Some of the largest herbivores to evolve during this period were the Brontotheres, fossils of which can be found across the northern hemisphere.  Related to rhinos, horses and tapirs, these large grazers readily adapted to the drier environmental conditions in the latter stages of the Palaeogene which promoted the establishment of extensive grasslands.

Collecta will be introducing a model of a Brontothere (Megacerops) in 2012.

The New Collecta Megacerops Model (Collecta Prehistoric Animal Models)

Collecta Megacerops on the Charge

Picture Credit: Collecta/Everything Dinosaur

Another View of the Megacerops Model

Cool Megacerops

Picture Credit:Collecta /Everything Dinosaur

Typical of the group, this large herbivore lived in North America, we love the pose and the detail around the mouth and nostrils is excellent.  It is always a pleasure to see a new model of a prehistoric mammal come into a replica range.  The model is of a male Megacerops.

20 11, 2011

Planet Dinosaur Pronunciation Guide (Final Part)

By | November 20th, 2011|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates|0 Comments

Planet Dinosaur Pronunciation Guide (M-Z)

Here is the third and final part of our “Planet Dinosaur” pronunciation list.  We have compiled this in response to all those questions we have had with regards to how to pronounce the names of the prehistoric animals that are featured in the series.

Everything Dinosaur Pronunciation Guide (Part 3)

Prehistoric Animal pronunciation guide.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Hope this helps, Everything Dinosaur team members create a dinosaur pronunciation guide to help mums and dads.

19 11, 2011

New Collecta Tyrannosaurus rex Model

By | November 19th, 2011|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products|2 Comments

T. rex with its Dinner (Ornithomimid)

The latest pics of the 2012 Collecta model range have just been sent through and we are delighted to reveal the new Tyrannosaurus rex figure complete with a Struthiomimus (Ornithomimid) in its mouth and what a super figure this is.  The model is to be called the Collecta T. rex with prey, or if you prefer the Collecta Tyrannosaurus rex with prey.

The New Collecta T. rex Model (available 2012)

Super T. rex model

Picture Credit: CollectA/Everything Dinosaur

Designer Anthony Beeson commented to Everything Dinosaur:

“Here is my idea of Tyrannosaurus to replace our standard model.  It is mostly based on the “Sue” skeleton at Chicago’s Field Museum.  It is an innovative concept for a toy and I hope that you’ll like it.  What I did not want to do was to just produce yet another straightforward Tyrannosaurus figure and so have added the prey that he has just snatched up and is making off with.  I think Tyrannosaurus must have been beefier than is often portrayed and so I have made it a heavy creature with a massive tail to counterbalance the front part of the animal and to contain the muscles that powered it.  I particularly wanted to get away from the legacy of Jurassic Park that haunts our earlier Tyrannosaurs.”

This is a terrific Tyrannosaur model and we at Everything Dinosaur are most impressed.

T. rex with its dinner

To view Everything Dinosaur’s range of prehistoric animal models: Dinosaur Models for Girls and Boys

19 11, 2011

Important Jurassic Fossil Site is Ransacked

By | November 19th, 2011|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories|2 Comments

Isle of Skye Fossils Stolen

The Isle of Skye has experienced a new crime, the illegal removal of fossils and the ransacking of a site of special scientific interest (SSSI).  The fossils removed from the cliff face date from the Mid Jurassic and according to some reports the specimens hacked from the cliff using crowbars have ended up on E-bay.

This act of wanton vandalism, one of he worst ever recorded on a SSSI has been described by scientists as “reckless”.  A spokesperson for the Scottish Natural Heritage stated that the rock bearing fossils was actually hacked away from the cliffs near Bearreraig Bay in an apparent organised search for valuable vertebrate specimens.  The agency has appealed for witnesses to contact the police.

The Smashed and Broken Rocks at the Site

Smashed Jurassic Fossils (pen provides scale)

Picture Credit: Scottish Natural Heritage

The picture shows the broken rocks, many of which contain Ammonite fossils.  This area of Scotland contains the exposed strata of a Mid Jurassic marine environment, team members at Everything Dinosaur suspect that the vandals may have been searching for the fossilised bones of a marine reptile such as an Ichthyosaur or Plesiosaur.  With the very high prices fetched for such fossils on auction sites, it was only a matter of time before such an attack on a SSSI took place.

Skye is the only place in Scotland where fossils of dinosaurs have been found and a number of dinosaur footprints may also have been removed from Valtos on the island, the agency claim (Scottish Natural Heritage).

Evidence gathered at Valtos has been used by palaeontologists to explain what may have occurred at the Cretaceous aged strata at Lark Quarry in Australia, this site records the movements of at least three different types of dinosaur.  The preserved footprints at Lark Quarry (Queensland) have been intensively studied, and ironically Everything Dinosaur published an update on the research just a few days ago.

To read the Lark Quarry article: Lark Quarry Dinosaur Footprints – Scientists Re-examine the Evidence

Scottish Natural Heritage said the Bearreraig Bay dig had been done without the landowner’s permission or the consent of SNH, which manages the SSSI.

Dr Colin MacFadyen, SNH’s geologist, also said the actions went against guidelines in the Scottish Fossil Collecting Code.

The codes does allow for the use of mechanical diggers, rock saws and even explosives for extracting fossils, but only when it was to the benefit of palaeontological research.

Dr. MacFadyen commented:

 “Fossil collecting is important for scientific and educational purposes, and is a popular hobby.  It is better for fossils that fall from cliffs to be found, collected and enjoyed rather than be eroded and washed away by the tide.  However, speeding up the process by large scale rock removal as in this alarming case is irresponsible and illegal, and also potentially dangerous to people as the cliff faces are undermined and destabilised.”

We at Everything Dinosaur roundly condemn such activities, we urge anyone who may know something or may have seen something connected with this incident to contact their local police station.

The Isle of Skye remains a very important location for the study of Jurassic creatures, a few years ago we reported on the attempts of scientists to compare and contrast the fossil record on the Scottish island with a site in the central part of the United States.  Two locations separated by thousands of miles today, but back in the Jurassic these regions were very close to each other.

Skye dinosaur study: The Isle of Skye Dinosaur Track Mystery

18 11, 2011

New Scale Model of Amargasaurus

By | November 18th, 2011|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates|1 Comment

Scale Model of Amargasaurus available in Spring 2012

One of the more bizarre of the late Diplodocids is the Amargasaurus from the Lower Cretaceous strata of Argentina.  This dinosaur had a relatively short neck for a Sauropod.  The spines sticking up from the backbone between the shoulders and the hips probably carried a sail-like structure with the cervical spines perhaps providing a deterrent from attack.

This Cretaceous giant will be available as a 1:40 scale model from Collecta.  The dinosaur replica will be available in the spring.

The New Collecta Amargasaurus Model (Collecta dinosaurs)

1:40 Scale Model

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Collecta

We are delighted with this new interpretation of this Diplodocid.

17 11, 2011

Guinness World Records Day – Our Favourite Entry 2012

By | November 17th, 2011|Book Reviews, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates|0 Comments

Whales in the Sahara

Today, is the Guinness World Records Day – not too sure why it should be November 17th, other than the fact that it enables Guinness to promote their book in the run up to Christmas.  However, we were asked to review the 2012 edition and it is absolutely bursting with amazing facts and feats.

During our coffee break we again discussed what the most interesting fact/record is in the latest edition of the World Records book.  This is quite a difficult task as there are so many to chose from.  There were several votes for the plant section (pages 64 and 65), especially for the fact that in the average life time 158,000 new plant species will be discovered that is about thirty-five per week.  The were a few votes for the human endeavours and the universe sections but in the end we chose the fact about whales in the Sahara desert (page 40).  The Sahara is not the world’s largest desert, read the book to find out the record holder for this, it is in there we promise, but it is an unusual place to find the fossilised bones of ancient whales.

The highest density of Eocene whale fossils are to be found in the Wadi Al-Hitan in Egypt’s Western Desert – a fact that is of particular importance to us at the moment as we have been researching dinosaur discoveries in Egypt.  Since 1905, some 379 fossil whales from the Eocene era have been discovered.

Read our review of the Guinness Book of Records 2012 edition: Book Review

16 11, 2011

Lark Quarry Dinosaur Footprints – Scientists Re-examine the Evidence

By | November 16th, 2011|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans|2 Comments

Could Australoventator have caused the Stampede at Lark Quarry?

Lark Quarry, near to the town of Winton (Queensland, Australia) is one of the most remarkable dinosaur fossil locations in the world.  It contains the track ways of at least three different types of  dinosaurs and the fine-grained sandstone seems to show a large dinosaur disturbing smaller animals and forcing them to stampede.

The footprints indicate that a small herd of herbivorous dinosaurs and a larger number of small, predatory Coelurosaurs were disturbed by a larger, presumably carnivorous dinosaur causing the animals to scatter and run.  The Lark Quarry site contains more than 3,300 individual footprints and it has been extensively studied, the whole incident took place in less than ten seconds but the tracks have remained in pristine condition since they were laid down by the side of a watercourse something like ninety-five to one hundred million years ago.

 Part of the Lark Quarry Dinosaur Tracks

Dinosaur footprints that tell a story

The larger prints, of which there are eleven in total indicate an animal more than ten metres long.  These prints have been ascribed to a dinosaur called Tyrannosauropus, however, scientists continue to debate exactly what sort of dinosaurs did actually make the trackways.

A Tyrannosauropus Footprint

One of the eleven large prints found at the site

Team members at Everything Dinosaur have outlined the three-toed print in red so that it can be more clearly laid out.  The box of matches “IV” indicate scale.

The fossilised tracks, which date from the Cenomanian faunal stage, are being studied intensely and Queensland Museum curator Dr Scott Hocknull says technology is allowing scientists to make new discoveries about this “dinosaur stampede”.

Dr Hocknull says new research suggests the footprints were made by a different “meat-eating” dinosaur than what has been suspected up until now.  Tyrannosauropus may have to be replaced by Australovenator, a Theropod dinosaur whose fossils have been found in the locality.

Dr Hocknull says more scientific research is due to be published within a year to support the idea that the stampede was caused by a smaller dinosaur called Australovenator (A. wintonensis), a dinosaur named and described in 2009 by Dr Hocknull and his colleagues.

Team members at Everything Dinosaur reported on the discovery of three new dinosaur genera in Queensland back in 2009, one of these was Australovenator, the specimen was nick-named “Banjo” at the time.

To read more about this discovery: A Trio of Dinosaurs from Down Under

Now it looks like the large footprints, the ones of the dinosaur suspected of causing the stampede could be ascribed to Australovenator wintonensis.

Dr Hocknull commented:

“We have an opportunity to reconstruct an animal not only that lived 100 million years ago and also made footprints, but also the bones of an animal that was found in the very same area, was of the same age, and very likely fits the footprints.”

Scott and his team hope to publish further work on the track ways within a few months, perhaps being able to identify the species involved by matching up body fossils with the trace fossil footprints.

Explaining the difficulties in achieving this he added:

“These footprints are exceptionally rare to find.  The story isn’t completely written – we have to re-look at these things.”

In an earlier paper, published last year, it was suggested that the large tracks were not of a meat-eating dinosaur at all, but of a large, herbivorous Ornithopod.  This may explain the relatively slow speeds of the escaping dinosaurs, they were not running for their lives but simply trying to get out of the way of a slow, lumbering Iguanodontid-like dinosaur that was coming their way.

To read the article associated with this research: Lark Quarry Re-visited, Not Tyrannosauropus after all?

15 11, 2011

Planet Dinosaur Pronunciation Guide Part 2

By | November 15th, 2011|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories|0 Comments

Planet Dinosaur Pronunciation Guide (D to M)

In response to enquiries we have compiled a pronunciation guide to accompany the prehistoric animals featured in the recent BBC television series “Planet Dinosaur”.  One of our tasks was to review the book that goes with this six-part television series, the book is called “Planet Dinosaur – The Next Generation of Giant Killers”, it is jam packed full of fascinating facts and the storyboard layout makes it an excellent read.

There are so many animals featured in the series, that we have divided the pronunciation guide into three parts, below is the second part of our list – animals from the series (D-M).

Everything Dinosaur’s Pronunciation Guide to Planet Dinosaur

Pronunciation Guide (D to M)

Table Credit: Everything Dinosaur

For the mums and dads struggling to keep up with their young, enthusiastic dinosaur fans this should prove helpful.  Everything Dinosaur team members have created a handy pronunciation guide to dinosaurs and prehistoric animals.

14 11, 2011

A Pronunciation Guide to Planet Dinosaur Prehistoric Animals (Part 1)

By | November 14th, 2011|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates|2 Comments

Getting to Grips will all those Long Animal Names

Over the last few weeks or so, team members at Everything Dinosaur have had a number of requests for information regarding prehistoric animals recently seen in the BBC television series “Planet Dinosaur”.  We have provided assistance and advice but we have had many requests for help with pronunciation, not only for the dinosaurs featured in the six-part series but also for the prehistoric animals that appear in the book that accompanies these programmes.

We have gone through all our notes and documents related to these programmes compiling a list of the extinct animals featured, their names, how to pronounce them and an explanation of the name’s meaning.  We intend to publish this pronunciation list in three parts, as there are so many different creatures to consider.

The first part of the list is published below.  This list covers animal names from A-D, the rest of the list will be published in the next few days or so.

Pronunciation Guide to “Planet Dinosaur”

Prehistoric Animals from A to D

Table Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Hope this helps, a dinosaur pronunciation guide from Everything Dinosaur team members.

13 11, 2011

Thank you from a Primary School

By | November 13th, 2011|Educational Activities, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates|0 Comments

We Appreciate the Letter from a School

After one of our team members visited a primary school the other day to help the young pupils with their dinosaur topic which they have been studying for the term, we received a lovely thank you letter from the children and their teacher.  The children signed the letter and explained which parts of our teaching session they enjoyed the most.  Clementine thought that learning about new dinosaur facts was the best bit, whilst Freya was surprised at the size of the ammonites we brought with us.  Niamh, Lukas and Oliver were really excited when the fossil teeth they helped to make came out of the mould OK.

The Letter from the Children

School Thank you letter signed by the Children

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Holne Chase Primary School

Always a pleasure to hear from schools that we visit, glad we were able to help the young dinosaur fans with their studies with a visit from Everything Dinosaur to teach about dinosaurs in schools.

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