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20 04, 2017

Year 4 Study the Stone Age

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Year 4 and Stone Age Art

Year 4 children at Great Wood Primary have been studying the topic “Stone Age to the Bronze Age”.  As part of a rich and varied scheme of work, the children have been looking at cave art and paintings such as those from the famous Lascaux caves situated in a hill overlooking the village of Montignac, in the Dordogne area of south-west France.

Cave Art Recreated by the Year 4 Classes

Year 4 Stone Age art.

Year 4 Stone Age art.

Picture Credit: Great Wood Primary

The picture above shows a prehistoric Woolly Rhino (Coelodonta antiquitatis) on the left of the photograph.  The children’s Woolly Rhinoceros drawing is reminiscent of the famous Coelodonta antiquitatis depiction to be found in the caves located at Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc in southern France.  Whilst the red coloured, horned animal is very similar to a drawing of a Steppe Bison (Bison priscus) from Altamira, Spain.

Year 2 Handle Woolly Rhino Fossil Bones

Everything Dinosaur visited the school to conduct a dinosaur and fossil themed workshop with the children and ironically, in one of the many packing crates that they had brought with them, they had some Woolly Rhino fossil bones.  The children in Year 2 who had brothers and sisters in Year 4, were invited to handle the fossil bones of an animal that their siblings had so diligently drawn.  The teachers took plenty of photographs and these could then be shared with their colleagues teaching the lower Key Stage 2 classes.  In this way, Everything Dinosaur was able to help Year 2 learn about fossils as well as helping to reinforce learning for Year 4, adding another dimension to their project work.

20 04, 2017

SpinoDude Reviews Polacanthus

By | April 20th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Papo Polacanthus Video Review

SpinoDude has produced a very informative review of the new for 2017 Papo Polacanthus dinosaur model.  Papo’s promotional images of this plant-eating dinosaur did not do it justice and SpinoDude addresses this by showcasing some of the exquisite details that can be found on this replica, one of six dinosaur figures (including two repaints), to be added to Papo’s “Les Dinosaures” range this year.

The Video Review of Polacanthus

Video Credit: SpinoDude Reviews

In this short, seven-minute video review, SpinoDude shows the model in close-up and highlights some of the features of this replica, such as the carefully painted eye and the subtle detailing around and inside the mouth.  One of the great things about SpinoDude dinosaur model reviews is that the narrator starts by providing some scientific information about the dinosaur in question.  For example, the sacral shield is commented upon and the video contains images of the sacral shield and pelvis elements collected from the Lower Cretaceous of Barnes High, (Isle of Wight), what are in fact, the pelvis fossils of the Polacanthus holotype (NHMUK R175).

The SpinoDude YouTube channel has nearly 1,000 subscribers and the channel contains dozens of skilfully made prehistoric animal model reviews.

To see the channel and to subscribe to SpinoDude: SpinoDude Reviews YouTube Channel

 An Eagerly Anticipated Dinosaur Model

The narrator describes the Papo Polacanthus as one of the most eagerly anticipated figures to be introduced by Papo this year.  The spectacular Acrocanthosaurus and Papo Ceratosaurus may have stolen a lot of the limelight, but discerning collectors will appreciate the quality of this armoured dinosaur.  On our travels, we have had the pleasure of studying North American Cretaceous polacanthids as well as writing about the discovery of “the Horsham specimen” from Rudgwick, Surrey.  The disarticulated fossil material recovered from a brickworks quarry, representing strata deposited in the Early Cretaceous (Barremian faunal stage), has led to the establishment of a new member of the armoured dinosaurs, within the Polacanthinae clade but not that closely related to Polacanthus foxii.  This new dinosaur has been named Horshamosaurus. (H. rudgwickensis).

Everything Dinosaur’s Picture of the Papo Polacanthus

Papo Polacanthus replica.

Papo Polacanthus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the range of Papo prehistoric animal figures available from Everything Dinosaur: Papo Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models

The Papo Polacanthus Dinosaur Model

Papo Polacanthus model.

Papo Polacanthus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Dr William Blows (the scientist responsible for describing and naming Horshamosaurus), recently published an excellent book which comprehensively reviewed the research undertaken into British polacanthids and their North American cousins.

“British Polacanthid Dinosaurs” by William T. Blows

"British polacanthid Dinosaurs".

Written by William T. Blows.

Picture Credit: Siri Scientific Press

For further details: Visit the Website of Siri Scientific Press

Our thanks to SpinoDude for his super Papo Polacanthus video review.

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