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4 10, 2017

Baby Ichthyosaurus Ate Squid

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Fossil of New-born Ichthyosaurus Reveals Last Meal

The fossilised remains of a baby Ichthyosaurus have revealed the last meal of this early Jurassic marine reptile.  A group of UK-based researchers, including palaeontologists from the University of Manchester have identified the youngest fossil specimen of a species of Ichthyosaurus named Ichthyosaurus communis.  The new-born, had dined on squid before meeting its demise.  The scientists can’t be sure why the seventy-centimetre-long Ichthyosaur died, but it’s short life (and death), have been preserved in the fossil record and its skeleton is helping palaeontologists to learn a little more about the habits of these beautifully adapted sea creatures.

Palaeontologist Dean Lomax Holds the Ichthyosaurus communis Marine Reptile Fossil

Palaeontologist Dean Lomax and the neonate Ichthyosaurus specimen.

Palaeontologist Dean Lomax holds the fossilised skeleton of the baby Ichthyosaurus.

Picture Credit: Manchester University/The University of Birmingham

The Last Meal of an Animal that Lived 200 Million Years Ago

Preserved in that part of the fossil where the animal’s stomach would have been, the scientists found lots of tiny “hook-like” structures.  These hard, bony hooks come from the arms of squid and this suggests that this baby Ichthyosaurus had caught a squid and eaten it, shortly before it died.  Palaeontologists know that some young marine reptiles liked to catch and eat fish, but this baby “Fish Lizard” dined on squid before meeting its own untimely demise.

An Illustration of the Baby Ichthyosaurus Attacking a Squid

Young Ichthyosaurus feeds on squid.

An illustration of the new-born Ichthyosaurus attacking a squid.

Picture Credit: Julian Kiely

A spokesperson for Everything Dinosaur commented:

“Finding out about what extinct animals ate by studying things found where their stomachs would have been is very exciting for scientists.  They can use this information to help build up a picture about food webs that existed millions of years ago.”

The baby Ichthyosaurus fossil is part of the University of Birmingham fossil collection and it is on display at the Lapworth Geology Museum.

4 10, 2017

Rebor Wind Hunter in Newsletter Spotlight

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The Rebor Utahraptor Replica Features in the Everything Dinosaur Newsletter

A lot of Rebor replicas have come back into stock at Everything Dinosaur, so it was fitting that a number of these fabulous scale models were featured in the latest Everything Dinosaur newsletter that came out earlier this week.  The headline highlighted the 1:35 scale Rebor Wind Hunter replica (Utahraptor ostrommaysorum), a reserve list had been opened for this eagerly awaited model and collectors were soon emailed with the good news that this model was now in Everything Dinosaur’s warehouse once again, along with the Cerberus Clan set and the 1:6 scale Compsognathus replica (Sentry).

The Everything Dinosaur Newsletter Featured the Rebor Replica Wind Hunter Model

Rebor Utahraptor model features in the Everything Dinosaur newsletter.

Rebor Wind Hunter replica features in the Everything Dinosaur newsletter.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Rebor 1:35 Scale Utahraptor Replica

The Rebor 1:35 scale Utahraptor replica was the first “raptor” model that Rebor ever produced and it remains one of the most popular figures in this range.  Since “Wind Hunter” was launched, a number of dromaeosaurid models have been added, the focus has been on Velociraptor (V. mongoliensis), but this model of Utahraptor, a dinosaur that lived long before Velociraptor evolved, has been out of production for some time and it is great to see it back.

The Rebor Utahraptor 1:35 Scale Model (Wind Hunter)

Rebor Wind Hunter (Utahraptor model).

Beautiful detail on this model – the Rebor Wind Hunter (Utahraptor).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To enquire about the Rebor Wind Hunter model and for information on the rest of the Rebor replicas range: Email: Everything Dinosaur

To view all the Rebor figures available: Rebor Replicas

Eofauna Steppe Mammoth (Mammuthus trogontherii)

The Eofauna Steppe Mammoth model, a 1:40 scale model of a prehistoric elephant (M. trogontherii) has got a lot of collectors very excited and this fantastic, museum quality figure also featured in our newsletter.  This is the first of new series of wonderful prehistoric animal models and Everything Dinosaur team members look forward to breaking the news about what’s coming next.  Model fans and collectors won’t be disappointed.

The Eofauna Steppe Mammoth is in Stock

Steppe Mammoth model.

The amazing detail on this Steppe Mammoth model can be easily seen.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To visit the Eofauna Scientific Research section on the Everything Dinosaur website: Eofauna Scientific Research at Everything Dinosaur

Compsognathus and Deinonychus in the Spotlight

Everything Dinosaur newsletter September 2017.

Lots of prehistoric animal models featured in the Everything Dinosaur newsletter.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Our brief newsletter included details of the Rebor Deinonychus trio coming back into stock, “Tooth”, “Thrill” and “Shoot” are available and ready to do battle with the Rebor Acrocanthosaurus model (Hercules) over its kill, the Tenontosaurus corpse (Ceryneian Hind).

The Special Edition Papo Box Set

Papo juvenile Spinosaurus and the Papo Ceratosaurus special edition gift box.

The Papo juvenile Spinosaurus and the Papo Ceratosaurus gift box.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Opposite the news about the Rebor Sentry figure, we also included an update on stocks of the limited edition Papo box set which features a juvenile Spinosaurus.  This two-figure special edition has been selling very quickly and Papo dinosaur model fans were being urged to reserve their set or make a purchase as stocks may not last until Christmas.

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