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21 01, 2015

Quick Preview Video – Schleich Spinosaurus and Giganotosaurus

By | January 21st, 2015|Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos|0 Comments

World of History Spinosaurus and Giganotosaurus (new for 2015)

Here is a quick preview of the new World of History dinosaur models that are coming out from Schleich in July 2015.    Joining the World of History series will be a Giganotosaurus dinosaur and a Spinosaurus.  We are looking forward to stocking these new, meat-eating dinosaur models, both of which have articulated jaws.

Quick Video Preview of the Schleich World of History Spinosaurus and Giganotosaurus

Video Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view our current range of Schleich World of History prehistoric animal models: Schleich Prehistoric Animal Models

20 01, 2015

CollectA Guidraco Pterosaur Picture

By | January 20th, 2015|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Colourful Guidraco (Pterosaur)

The “Supreme Deluxe” Guidraco Pterosaur model (1:4 scale model of a flying reptile), has certainly caused a stir around Everything Dinosaur’s offices.  The Atlantic Puffin inspired colours are certainly very eye-catching on this new CollectA replica.  I see CollectA themselves are equally inspired by this feisty Pterosaur, as it features on the front cover of the company’s 2015 brochure.

A Pair of Guidraco Pterosaurs

A colourful pair of Guidraco Pterosaurs.

A colourful pair of Guidraco Pterosaurs.

Picture Credit: CollectA/Everything Dinosaur

 This feisty flying reptile was officially named and described in 2012.  The binomial name is Guidraco venator, the name is a combination of Chinese and Latin, it translates as “malicious ghost dragon hunter”.  With that rosette of pointy teeth this was very probably an agile predator that swooped down to snatch fish and other soft bodied creatures from the water.  A flock of these reptiles feeding would have been an awesome sight.

To view Everything Dinosaur’s range of CollectA scale models: Collecta Scale Prehistoric Animal Models

19 01, 2015

Schleich World of History Prehistoric Animals (2015)

By | January 19th, 2015|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Schleich World of History Models (2015)

This year sees a change in strategy for the German based model and figure manufacturer.  Across their range, the company is introducing a number of play sets and accessories helping to encourage imaginative, creative play.  Everything Dinosaur team members have been fortunate to have had the chance to see the new items to be included in the 2015 “World of History” prehistoric animal range.  A number of prehistoric animal species are included as part of a new cave “dino set”.  The Carnotaurus and Schleich Quetzalcoatlus figures that come with this dinosaur themed play set might be familiar to model collectors, but in addition, the set features a colourful Archaeopteryx, a baby Pterosaur (young Quetzalcoatlus) and an agile Microraptor.  The dinosaur set with cave measures 25cm x 16cm x 31cm and includes model plants, eggs and one or two handy hiding places should a hungry Theropod go by.

Schleich World of History Range Extended

A new strategy which involves the provision of play sets and accessories.

A new strategy which involves the provision of play sets and accessories.

Picture Credit: Schleich

To view Everything Dinosaur’s World of History model range: Schleich Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models

Things were still being finalised by Schleich when Everything Dinosaur was sent the images, if you look at the bottom left segment of the picture, plants that fit together are illustrated, there are no palisade walls to be seen.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We see Schleich extending its range of products to include accessories and play sets in 2015, although it is also pleasing to see a number of new prehistoric animal figures being introduced too.”

Looks like 2015 is going to be an exciting year for model collectors and dinosaur fans alike.

18 01, 2015

“Moles” at College Town Infant and Nursery School Write About Dinosaurs

By | January 18th, 2015|Educational Activities, Main Page, Teaching|0 Comments

Dinosaurs Helping Children Develop Their Writing Skills

Encouraging Year 1 children with their writing was one of the learning objectives that the dinosaur expert from Everything Dinosaur set out to achieve during a visit to College Town Infant and Nursery School last week.  The children were certainly very enthusiastic and keen to learn lots of facts about prehistoric animals.  There were some excellent describing words used when it came to handling the various fossils and a number of “pinkie palaeontologist challenges” were set for the classes.  The school has a three form entry for Year 1 children, the classes are called “Rabbit”, “Hedgehog” and “Mole”, Miss Tuck (teacher), asked her “Mole” class to write a thank you letter as part of the extension ideas that had been discussed.

One of the Thank You Letters from the “Moles” in Mole Class

Super thank you letter.

Super thank you letter.

Picture Credit: College Town Infant and Nursery School/Everything Dinosaur

Good use of capitals, very well spaced and formed letters, what a lovely thank you letter.  Well done Pavan.

Vinzen’s Fantastic Letter

Vinzen's fantastic dinosaur themed letter.

Vinzen’s fantastic dinosaur themed letter.

Picture Credit: College Town Infant and Nursery School/Everything Dinosaur

Miss Tuck was obviously very impressed by the thank you letters that the children composed.  Our team members have certainly enjoyed reading them.

Esther’s Thank You Letter

A great thank you letter from Esther.

A great thank you letter from Esther.

Picture Credit: College Town Infant and Nursery School/Everything Dinosaur

Well done, Esther and her classmates, lots of carefully written letters with good use of punctuation.  Good examples of use of adjectives to describe the activities that the children took part in.

Our dinosaur expert set a number of writing challenges for the children.  Fact sheets and scale drawings were emailed over to help inspire the children.  It looks like the visit has really helped and “Dinosaur Mike”, one of our team members commented:

“It was wonderful to see the letters written by the children, I have shown them to my colleagues and pinned up some of them onto our display wall in the warehouse.  These are wonderful examples and all the children in Moles class can be proud of what they have done”.

17 01, 2015

Everything Dinosaur Stocks Pegasus Hobbies Dinosaur Model Kits

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Everything Dinosaur Stocks Pegasus Hobbies Dinosaur Model Kits to Range

Everything Dinosaur is now stocking all three of the superb 1:24 scale dinosaur models made by Pegasus Hobbies.  These kits, are for the avid dinosaur fan or model collector and once assembled and painted can become real show stoppers in a model collectors collection.  The range currently consists of a Tyrannosaurus rex (complete with captured baby Triceratops), an adult Triceratops and a huge Spinosaurus replica kit.  When completed and mounted on its base, the Spinosaurus kit measures an impressive fifty-one centimetres long.

New Additions to the Everything Dinosaur Product Range

Pegasus Hobbies Dinosaur model kits are available from Everything Dinosaur.

Pegasus Hobbies Dinosaur model kits are available from Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The company specialises in military kits, including planes, ships, armoured vehicles and figures but the PVC vinyl range has recently expanded to include three iconic dinosaur figures.

1:24 Scale Triceratops Dinosaur Figure

Great quality model kit to build and paint.

Great quality model kit to build and paint.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

All three of the PVC vinyl kits were sculpted by the very talented palaeo-sculptor Galileo Hernandez Nunez, who has built up a strong reputation for his work on prehistoric animal models.  The paintwork seen on the boxes is the work of the equally talented Shane Foulkes.  The kits are recommended for people who are fourteen or over and each kit consists of several pieces that have to be assembled and glued together to complete the piece.  Please note, as with many of these types of replica kits, there is no paint or glue provided in the box.

How To Build a Triceratops

Easy to follow guides.

Easy to follow guides.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The kit comes with a display base and in the case of the Tyrannosaurus rex and the Triceratops models, a name plate is provided.

To see the range of Pegasus Hobbies model kits at Everything Dinosaur: Pegasus Hobbies Dinosaur Model Kits

The Superb, Museum Quality T. rex Dinosaur Model

A model kit featuring the "Tyrant Lizard King".

A model kit featuring the “Tyrant Lizard King”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur stated:

“We have long been admirers of the work of Galileo Hernandez Nunez and Shane Foulkes. in our view, is one of the most talented artists and model makers around.  We are delighted to be able to offer Everything Dinosaur customers the opportunity to acquire and build these marvellous kits.”

The detail on the models is fantastic and as with the T. rex figure, the Spinosaurus is depicted hunting.  However, the Spinosaurus, regarded as a specialist fish hunter, is shown having caught a Xiphactinus.  Spinosaurus may be regarded as the largest land carnivore known to science but it would have done well to have caught such a fish.  Firstly, although Xiphactinus (a voracious predator in its own right), fossil material is known from the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia, as far as we are aware, no fossils of this giant predatory fish have been found in Africa (the home of the Spinosaurus genus).  In addition, the likes of Spinosaurus aegyptiacus had been extinct for some twenty-five million years before Xiphactinus evolved.

The Pegasus Hobbies 1:24 Scale Spinosaurus Model Kit

Spinosaurus catching a Xiphactinus fish?

Spinosaurus catching a Xiphactinus fish?

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Spinosaurus replica is a terrific addition to the model series.  Yes, as our dinosaur experts point out, the Xiphactinus in a lacustrine or riverine environment is extremely unusual, as far as the known fossil record goes, these fish were entirely marine and highly nektonic with no likely need to venture close to shore or into fresh water. Putting this little quibble aside, all three models are terrific and Everything Dinosaur is delighted to able to add them to its range.

16 01, 2015

Spinosaurus Swimming into View

By | January 16th, 2015|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Pictures of the Swimming Spinosaurus from CollectA

In addition, to the Deluxe Spinosaurus replica due to be introduced by those clever people at CollectA, two other models of this iconic dinosaur are to be added this year.  2015 marks the centenary of the naming of Spinosaurus (S. aegyptiacus), and this event is being commemorated with a couple of new, not-to-scale figures showing Spinosaurus as a quadruped.  The first of these new additions to the CollectA “Prehistoric Life” range depicts Spinosaurus in, what many scientists believe to be its natural habitat – water.  Isotope analysis of fossilised remains conducted by a team of scientists, including Romain Amiot (University of Lyon), back in 2010, revealed that Spinosaurs may have spent a large portion of their lives in water.  The concept of aquatic dinosaurs had once again come into the limelight.

To read an article about a theory that proposes that all dinosaurs were aquatic: Aquatic Dinosaurs

The Swimming Spinosaurus Dinosaur Model

An aquatic dinosaur?

An aquatic dinosaur?

Picture Credit: CollectA/Everything Dinosaur

There is other evidence to suggest that Spinosaurus may have spent a great deal of time wadding and swimming in the lakes and rivers of its North African habitat.  For example, the Kem Kem region, where many Spinosaurus fossils have been found (Kem Kem Formation of Morocco), was a low-lying area close to the remnants of the mighty Tethys Ocean.  It was a wetland habitat, that some scientists have compared to Florida’s Everglades.  There were many large lakes and rivers and it is interesting to contemplate, that if one removes the possibility of substantial post mortem transportation of bodily remains, spinosaurid fossils are usually found in sediments that represent ancient lacustrine or riverine environments.

Another View of the CollectA Swimming Spinosaurus

Splashing about - Spinosaurus.

Splashing about – Spinosaurus.

Picture Credit: CollectA/Everything Dinosaur

The model, which measures around 26cm in length, does not stand up on its own.  A clear, plastic stand will be provided so that the replica can be displayed.  The model is based on the 2014 re-interpretation and review of Spinosaurus fossil remains.  Everything Dinosaur team members wrote an article about this new interpretation, on what is regarded as the largest carnivorous dinosaur known to science, back in September.

To read this article: Spinosaurus – Are Four Legs Better Than Two?

How Did Spinosaurus Swim?

The inference from one of the conclusions following the re-interpretation of Spinosaurus as a dinosaur very much at home in the water, is that Spinosaurus was a good swimmer.  When our dinosaur experts visit schools to conduct dinosaur themed workshops we often come across pictures of Plesiosaurs and Ichthyosaurs downloaded in all innocence by the teaching team from on line retailers of teaching resources, these are described as “swimming dinosaurs”.    Plesiosaurs and Ichthyosaurs are not members of the Dinosauria, and, as far as the fossil record shows, no member of the Dinosauria adapted to a marine environment.  However, like most vertebrates, it is suspected that dinosaurs, if forced to, could swim quite well.  There is even some evidence that those ungainly looking Pterosaurs could swim, bizarre though it may sound.

A herd of Sauropods could cross rivers and estuaries in search of food.  Once they had waded out of their depth, these giants could have quite happily paddled their way across.  There have even been trace fossils found that have been interpreted as being the scratches and marks made by a dinosaur as it swam across a body of water.  The marks being made on the river or lake bed as the reptile occasionally “touched down” only to push itself off again.

To read an article about one of these remarkable trace fossils: Evidence of Swimming Dinosaurs

Which swimming stroke the Spinosaurus preferred is very much open to debate.  The CollectA replica shows an animal swimming in an undulating, sideways motion, with propulsion provided by the long, strong tail.  This is reminiscent of the swimming motion of extant crocodilians.  In crocodiles, the limbs don’t really play a role in the swimming action.  In the absence, of much of the skeleton, what we do have, as investigated by the team of international scientists last year, may have come from very different sized individuals so limb proportions are conjectural to some extent.  Could Spinosaurus have adopted a sort of “doggy paddle” approach, swimming with all four limbs?  Perhaps, this super-sized dinosaur propelled itself along in the same way as one of the largest land carnivores around today does.  Polar bears (Ursus maritimus), technically a marine mammal considering the amount of time they spend on the sea ice, swim with a different motion.  They paddle themselves along just using their massive front paws, the back legs provide the steering, a sort of “rear wheel steer”.

We at Everything Dinosaur are not aware of any papers having been published with regards to the proposed swimming action of the Spinosauridae, perhaps one will be published soon.

15 01, 2015

“Wind Hunter” Rebor Announces New Replica

By | January 15th, 2015|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products|1 Comment

Utahraptor ostrommaysorum – “Wind Hunter” from Rebor

No sooner have we completed writing about the work to remove an enormous sandstone/mudstone block that may contain the remains of six Utahraptors, then it is time to release the first pictures of the new Utahraptor replica from those clever people at Rebor.  The next edition to the 1:35 scale replica series is going to be model of Utahraptor ostrommaysorum and what a beautiful sculpt it is.  Our team members have followed the “Utahraptor story”, since this enigmatic dinosaur was formally named and described back in 1993.  It is regarded as the largest of the “raptors” and we have speculated that a similar sized “raptor” may one day be discovered in Europe.

Coming Soon to Everything Dinosaur 1:35 scale Replica of Utahraptor

The largest known member of the Dromaeosauridae.

The largest known member of the Dromaeosauridae.

Picture Credit: Rebor/Everything Dinosaur

With its integumental covering of coarse “proto feathers” and quills on the forearms, this is indeed an intriguing interpretation of a carnivorous dinosaur.  We love the fact that the base has been painted a dark, red, sandstone colour, we suspect that this is in recognition of the work done on the Arches National Park Utahraptor concretion, that has been featured in the media very recently, but was actually first discovered back in 2004 (first bone from the site in 2001).  The Arches National Park, found to the north of the town of Moab (Utah), is famous for its sandstone arches and structures.  Parts of the Park, managed by the U.S. National Parks Service, are referred to as the “Red Rock Wonderland” due to the abundance sandstone geological features.

The Rebor 1:35 Scale Utahraptor Replica

Beautiful detail on this model.

Beautiful detail on this model.

Picture Credit: Rebor/Everything Dinosaur

Like the earlier releases Yutyrannus and T. rex, this replica has an articulated lower jaw.  The forelimbs also move, in recognition that these types of dinosaurs were “graspers and grabbers” as one of our colleagues frequently mentions whenever we get onto the subject of Early Cretaceous Theropods.

A Striking, Dynamic Pose for the Replica

Depicting an agile, active dinosaur.

Depicting an agile, active dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Rebor/Everything Dinosaur

The dinosaur can be removed from its base (can you spot the skull bones on the mount in the picture) and it is certainly a very dynamic and dramatic pose.  Made from a composite of PVC and polystone (like the Rebor Yutyrannus), this looks like to be another “must have” prehistoric animal replica for 2015.

Everything Dinosaur team members will post up more information soon, it will be added to our Rebor range later in the spring.

For further information and to see the current Rebor models: Rebor Prehistoric Animal Models

To contact Everything Dinosaur with a view to reserving one of these superb Rebor Utahraptor replicas: Email Everything Dinosaur

14 01, 2015

Guidraco 1:4 Scale Model (CollectA)

By | January 14th, 2015|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|2 Comments

Guidraco Pterosaur Model is on Its Way

Team members at Everything Dinosaur are very excited as we await the arrival of the first of the 2015 model releases from CollectA.  One of the first replicas that will be available in the early Spring is a super model of the Pterosaur known as Guidraco, the name means “malicious ghost dragon” and this model is in the company’s “Supreme Deluxe” range.  One look at the model and you can see why it needed the “supreme” designation, it is very well designed and a wonderful depiction, of what we think is a member of the Ornithocheiridae.

The 1:4 Scale Guidraco Pterosaur Replica

Model has an articulated jaw.

Model has an articulated jaw.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Described as standing around 25 centimetres tall, if you include the crest, this is not much smaller than the reconstructions of Guidraco venator seen in several Chinese museums.  The skull size is around 13cm and the largest of those vicious rostral teeth are around 14 millimetres in length.  The wing finger is a whopping 26cm long.  The overall length of the model that we have measured is 23 centimetres, this really is a very impressive replica indeed.

Can I Keep These Please?

A pair of Guidracos, note the articulated jaws.

A pair of Guidracos, note the articulated jaws.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The above picture gives you some idea of just how big these flying reptile replicas are.  It also gives you quite a good idea about how excited we are about these new additions to the CollectA “Prehistoric Life” model range.

To view Everything Dinosaur’s range of CollectA scale models: The Range of Scale Prehistoric Animal Models from CollectA

We have already prepared a fact sheet on this fascinating and enigmatic creature, this fact sheet will be sent out with models.  These new for 2015 models will be with us shortly, if you would like more information or if you would like to reserve one (with no obligation to purchase) just drop us an email: Email Everything Dinosaur to Reserve a Guidraco

13 01, 2015

Scotland’s Very Own Ichthyosaur

By | January 13th, 2015|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Geology, Main Page|0 Comments

Dearcmhara shawcrossi – An Ichthyosaur from the Isle of Skye

No it’s not a dinosaur, contrary to some media reports.  It certainly is not “Nessie”, but it does mark the culmination of a tremendous effort by Scottish palaeontologists to collate and study marine reptile fossils that have been found in Scotland.  A new species of Ichthyosaur (marine reptile), has been described from fossils found on the Isle of Skye.  The “wee beastie” has been named Dearcmhara shawcrossi, the name comes from the Scottish Gaelic for marine lizard and the trivial name honours amateur fossil hunter Brian Shawcross who found the creature’s fossils at Bearreraig Bay in 1959.  Bearreraig Bay is part of a highly fossiliferous coastline which can be found on the eastern side of the island.  As far as we at Everything Dinosaur know, this is the first marine reptile to be given a Gaelic name, Dearcmhara is pronounced “jark vara”.

 A Model of an Ichthyosaur (Fish Lizard)

An Ichthyosaurus Model

An Ichthyosaurus Model

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

 Around 170 million years ago, much of the Isle of Skye was underwater.  A shallow sea separated the landmasses of Europe and North America, this sea formed when rifts in the Earth’s crust led to the break-up of the super- continent Laurentia.  Marine reptiles like Dearcmhara shawcrossi were part of a diverse ecosystem, Dearcmhara grew to around 4.5 metres in length, motor boat size as described by Dr. Steve Brusatte (University of Edinburgh School of GeoSciences), who led the study.

Fossil Vertebra of the Newly Described Species

Most likely a dorsal vertebra from Dearcmhara.

Most likely a dorsal vertebra from Dearcmhara.

Picture Credit: BBC News

 Dr. Steve Brusatte (holding the fossil in the photograph) went onto comment:

“During the time of the dinosaurs, the waters of Scotland were prowled by big reptiles the size of motor boats.  Their fossils are very rare, and only now, for the first time we’ve found a new species that was uniquely Scottish.”

The Isle of Skye is a very important part of the world to palaeontologists.  Exposures along the shoreline and inland are strata that was laid down during the Middle Jurassic.  There are very few places in the world where such rocks are exposed and this makes any fossil discovery from the island very significant indeed.

Recently, Everything Dinosaur wrote about a new initiative to try and protect the island’s geological heritage in the wake of fears that unscrupulous fossil dealers might want to remove rare and valuable fossil bones of Plesiosaurs and Ichthyosaurs.

To read the article: Action Taken to Safeguard Scotland’s Fossils

The discovery of a new species of Scottish Ichthyosaur is just part of a collaborative effort being undertaken by researchers from the University of Edinburgh, the Hunterian Museum, the National Museums of Scotland, Staffin Museum (Isle of Skye) and Scottish National Heritage to try and catalogue significant vertebrate fossil finds.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“Without the donation made by local fossil enthusiast Brian Shawcross, this new species of Ichthyosaur would not have been recognised.  This goes to show how important amateur fossil collectors can be when it comes to learning about life in the past.”

To read an article that explains the importance of the Isle of Skye from a palaeontological perspective: Scotland’s Mid Jurassic Heritage

12 01, 2015

Thank You Cards from Customers

By | January 12th, 2015|Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

Everything Dinosaur Receives Thank You Cards from Customers

At Everything Dinosaur we try to help everyone who contacts us.  We get all sorts of correspondence, emails from teachers asking for advice and support with lesson plans, young dinosaur fans asking questions, museum enquiries and exhibitions wanting our help over the telephone and so on.  Part of our extensive customer base is made up of those parents and grandparents who may not be as internet savvy as the rest of the population.  We get letters sent into us asking for help in finding a specific dinosaur toy and phone calls from those customers who are reluctant to buy on line and prefer to talk to a person over the phone.

We are happy to help where we can and as a result of our customer service, we then get thank you cards and letters sent into the Everything Dinosaur offices by grateful customers.

Thank You Card Sent into Everything Dinosaur

Customer's send in thank you cards to Everything Dinosaur.

Customers send in thank you cards to Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We all work long hours and it is nice to know that our help is appreciated.  A typical response to some questions that we have answered for a budding, young palaeontologist is:

“I am so grateful, that you took the time and trouble to answer Ben’s questions.  The information you provided was certainly comprehensive and he was so excited when I showed him the email.  Thank you to for the lovely drawing materials that you sent.”

It’s all in a day’s work for us, although with the volume of correspondence we have these days, please be patient, we do try our best to respond to all those customers who have contacted us that require a reply.

Saying Thanks with Angiosperms – Customer Thank You Card

Thank you card received by Everything Dinosaur.

Thank you card received by Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

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