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16 10, 2019

Eofauna Scientific Research Deinotherium is in Stock

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Eofauna Scientific Research Deinotherium Model is in Stock

The new for 2019 Eofauna Scientific Research Deinotherium model is in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  The Deinotherium becomes the fourth figure to be added to Eofauna’s range, it joins a Steppe Mammoth (Mammuthus trogontherii) and a Straight-tusked elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus), as extinct members of the Order Proboscidea to be represented in this exciting portfolio of prehistoric animal replicas.

In Stock at Everything Dinosaur the New for 2019 Eofauna Scientific Research Deinotherium Model

Eofauna Deinotherium model.

A view of the new for 2019 Eofauna Scientific Research Deinotherium model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Complete with Deinotherium Data Card

The Deinotherium prehistoric elephant model comes complete with a data card.  Everything Dinosaur team members have been assisting Eofauna Scientific Research with the text associated with their models.  Purchases of this figure from Everything Dinosaur will also be accompanied by a fact sheet on Deinotherium giganteum complied by our staff.  Our fact sheet also includes a scale drawing so that readers can assess the true size of this extinct member of the elephant family.

A Close-up View of the Eofauna Scientific Research Deinotherium Model

Eofauna Scientific Research Deinotherium model.

A close-up view of the new for 2019 Eofauna Scientific Research Deinotherium model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Model Measurements

The Deinotherium replica measures around 20 centimetres in length and it stands around 13 centimetres high.  This beautifully detailed model has been developed based on analysis of actual fossil material and the Eofauna range of replicas is rapidly becoming a firm favourite amongst model and figure collectors.

A View of the Carefully Sculpted Trunk on the Eofauna Scientific Research Deinotherium Replica

Eofauna Deinotherium model.

The Eofauna Scientific Research Deinotherium replica.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The texture on the skin has been carefully crafted and the paint job is excellent, particularly the work on those downward pointing tusks which have a roughened  and weathered look to them.  The downward pointing tusks were used by these prehistoric elephants in a variety of ways.  The tusks probably served a variety of functions to assist with feeding.  For example, some palaeontologists suggest that the tusks were used to excavate tubers and roots.  Other scientists have proposed that the tusks were used to help to scrape bark from trees.  The curved tusks would have made very effective hooks to help Deinotherium pull at tree branches, from which they could strip the leaves.

The Posterior of the Eofauna Scientific Research Deinotherium Figure

Eofauna Scientific Research Deinotherium Model

That’s all folks, no more pics of the Deinotherium for the time being.  Pick up your Deinotherium model from Everything Dinosaur before they have gone.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To purchase the Eofauna Deinotherium model and to see the rest of the figures in the Eofauna Scientific Research range: Eofauna Scientific Research Prehistoric Animal Models.

15 10, 2019

Torosaurus latus

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Torosaurus latus

Whilst trawling our extensive database of dinosaur images on a hunt for pictures of Triassic invertebrates, we came across a rather magnificent illustration of the Late Cretaceous, North American ceratopsid Torosaurus (T. latus), by the celebrated palaeoartist Sergey Krasovskiy.  The illustration had been used previously in a story about a horned dinosaur discovery from Colorado that had been thought to represent a Triceratops, but when more of the fossil material emerged, the specimen was identified as a much rarer Torosaurus latus.

The Illustration of the Ceratopsid Torosaurus (T. latus)

Torosaurus illustrated.

An illustration of Torosaurus latus (Sergey Krasovskiy).

Picture Credit: Sergey Krasovskiy

Known from fossil material found in western North America (as far south as Texas and as far north as Saskatchewan in Canada), Torosaurus was one of the larger horned dinosaur inhabitants of the Maastrichtian faunal stage of the Late Cretaceous.  The absence of juveniles in the fossil record and its close relationship to Triceratops led to the hypothesis that Torosaurus was not a valid genus at all, the fossils represented very old individuals of the Triceratops genus.

To read an article from 2010 that discusses this theory: The Extinction of Torosaurus – Second Time Around.

The taxonomic relationship between Triceratops and Torosaurus is still debated.  Research is on-going and the picture has been somewhat complicated when Nedoceratops (N. hatcheri) is added to the mix.  Nedoceratops is known from a single skull specimen found in Wyoming.  Some palaeontologists think that it is a valid genus, whilst others consider it nomen dubium, as the fossil might represent a growth stage of Triceratops.  If this is proved to be the case (more fossil finds of Late Cretaceous members of the tribe Triceratopsini are required), then Nedoceratops will probably become a synonym of “three-horned face”.  This in itself could be controversial as Nedoceratops was formally named and described in 1868, whilst the first Triceratops species (T. horridus) was actually named twenty-one years later (1889).

The CollectA Torosaurus Dinosaur Model

CollectA Torosaurus Prehistoric Life dinosaur model.

The CollectA Prehistoric Life Torosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

14 10, 2019

TetZooCon 2019

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TetZooCon 2019

Just a few more sleeps until the start of the annual TetZooCon event in London.  This is the meeting of fans of the tetrapods (living and extinct), amphibians and the amniotes (reptiles, birds and mammals).  Once again Everything Dinosaur is delighted to announce that we will be sponsoring this prestigious meeting themed around the world-renowned blog Tetrapod Zoology.

TetZooCon is bigger and better than ever and it takes place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October at the spacious “The Venue” in Malet Street, London.  Speakers from the TetZooCon universe will be presenting on topics as diverse as whale strandings, the diseases of theropod dinosaurs, natural history film making and hunting with eagles.  Amongst the activities there will be a quiz and Everything Dinosaur has donated the prizes.

Eofauna Scientific Figures – Part of Everything Dinosaur’s TetZooCon Slide Show

Eofauna figures showcased at TetZooCon 2019.

Five beautiful prehistoric animal figures from Eofauna will feature in the TetZooCon slide show presentation by Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Conservation and Cryptozoology

The two-day conference covers a variety of special interests, from conservation projects looking into the demise of UK amphibian populations to using citizen science to investigate the impact of roadkill.  There is a lot for cryptozoologists too.  Cryptozoology looks at the evidence to prove the existence of animals from myths, legends and folklore, such as the Mokele-mbembe from the Congo Basin of Africa, which some believe to be a type of sauropod dinosaur.  Conference organiser Darren Naish, an authority on the subject, will be taking time out from his duties at the event to sell and sign copies of his latest book – “The Cryptozoologicon (Volume 1)” – the biology, evolution and mythology of hidden animals.  TetZooCon will include plenty of time to meet authors, peruse their publications and to get some favourite copies signed.

Everything Dinosaur has Prepared Slide Shows for the Event

Some of the models and figures in the Everything Dinosaur range.

Prehistoric animals, models and figures at TetZooCon 2019.  The first 1:6 scale Komodo dragon figures in the UK will be given away as prizes and look out for Rebor and PNSO prizes too – all donated by Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Haven for Palaeoart and Palaeoartists

Talented artist and fellow organiser John Conway will be leading some of the exciting palaeoart activities and workshops.  Noted luminaries in the world of prehistoric illustration will be attending such as Bob Nicholls and Beth Windle will be leading a discussion on “women in palaeoart”.  This annual event is turning into a haven for palaeoart and palaeoartists, the extensive social media coverage will give plenty of opportunity to all those unable to attend to view and appreciate the artwork and scientific illustrations on display.

The quiz might even feature a Beasts of the Mesozoic model or two.  We could not possibly comment, other than to say that as the exclusive distributors for this exciting range of articulated collectible figures, they epitomise the link between beautiful scientific illustration and imaginative scale models.  On the subject of scale models, look for a presentation by Agata Stachowiak on how to produce accurate models of prehistoric animals – fascinating stuff.

Beasts of the Mesozoic – Combining Articulated Models with Beautiful Palaeoart

Beasts of the Mesozoic at TetZooCon

The Beasts of the Mesozoic range of “Raptors” is featured in the Everything Dinosaur TetZooCon slide show.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We look forward to viewing all the tweets, Instagram pics and Facebook posts from the event that kicks-off in just five days’ time.

13 10, 2019

Rebor Komodo Dragon Preparations

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Rebor GrabNGo Komodo Dragon Preparations

Team members at Everything Dinosaur are busy preparing for the arrival of the next new Rebor model, the GrabNGo Komodo dragon figure in 1/6th scale.  This model has created quite a lot of interest from herpetologists – those scientists and academics that specialise in the study of amphibians and reptiles.  We have it on good authority that this new Rebor figure has even been discussed at the prestigious Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP), annual meeting in Brisbane, a sizeable reservation list for this lizard replica has been built up over the last few weeks and Everything Dinosaur staff will be very busy contacting all these customers when the models arrive next month.

Rebor GrabNGo Komodo Dragon Models

Rebor GrabNGO Komodo dragon replicas.

A collection of Rebor GrabNGo Komodo dragon models.  We are not sure about the collective noun for a group of Komodo dragons, we have been informed that the collective noun is a “bank”, but there must be a better term for six of these fantastic figures together.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The 1:6 Scale Komodo Dragon Model

The picture (above), shows production samples ready to be sent out to zookeepers and specialists.  We are not sure what the collective noun for a group of Komodo dragons is called (we have been told it is a “bank of Komodos”), but who knows.  Rebor commented that when all the models were put together it reminded them of Billingsgate fish market, all we know is that the figures look splendid and we are looking forward to receiving our stock in just a few weeks’ time.

One of the models is being used to help us design a new cardboard box for use as packaging.  The model is so long (around 50 cm in length), that we are having to commission a special, double-walled cardboard box to accommodate this model and to provide protection when it is sent out to customers.

The CE Mark is Clearly Shown on the Underside of the Figure

The CE mark on the underside of the Rebor GrabNGo Komodo dragon replica.

Highlighting the CE mark on the underside of the Rebor GrabNGo Komodo dragon model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The production samples will be sent out to various specialists and researchers next week, in the meantime, team members will be working hard to ensure that all is ready in our warehouse for the arrival of the Komodo dragon figures.

To see the current range of Rebor models and figures in stock at Everything Dinosaur: Rebor Models, Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Replicas

12 10, 2019

The King of Siam – Siamraptor suwati

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New Basal Carcharodontosaurian from Thailand – Siamraptor suwati

A team of scientists from Thailand and Japan have announced the discovery of a new species of meat-eating dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of north-eastern Thailand.  The dinosaur has been named Siamraptor suwati and around 115 million years ago, this eight-metre-long theropod would have been the “King of Siam”.

An Illustration of the Skull of the Newly Described Carcharodontosaurian Theropod Siamraptor suwati

Line drawing of skull and skeletal material of Siamraptor.

An illustration of the skull of Siamraptor showing the placement of the known cranial material.

Picture Credit: Chokchaloemwong et al (PLOS One)

Providing an Insight into the Early Evolutionary History of the Carcharodontosauria

The Carcharodontosauria “shark-toothed lizards”, represent a group of theropod dinosaurs that were both temporally and geographically widespread during the Mesozoic.  Some of these dinosaurs were giants, comparable to the largest tyrannosaurids.  For example, the genus Carcharodontosaurus is known from the Cenomanian faunal stage of the Late Cretaceous of North Africa, some of the larger fossil specimens indicate a length in excess of thirteen metres.  Then there are the giants from South America, dinosaurs such as Tyrannotitan, Mapusaurus and Giganotosaurus, however, little is known about the evolutionary history of the Carcharodontosauria clade.  Writing in the on-line academic journal PLOS One, the researchers state that the discovery of Siamraptor will provide an important insight into the early evolutionary history of the Carcharodontosauria.

A Silhouette of Siamraptor Showing Position of Known Fossil Material

Known fossil material of Siamraptor (scale bar = 1 metre).

A silhouette showing the position of known fossil material for Siamraptor. Scale bar = 1 metre.  The fossils found represent at least four individuals.  Skull material has been scaled up to fit the diagram.

Picture Credit: Chokchaloemwong et al (PLOS One)

The Significance of Siamraptor

The fossil material comes from the Khok Kruat geological formation (part of the Khorat Group),  in Khorat, north-eastern Thailand an area that has been explored extensively by the Japan-Thailand Dinosaur Project (JTDP) team.  The age of the strata from which the Siamraptor fossil material comes is not known, however, pollen fossil analysis and biostratigraphical indicators support an Early Cretaceous age (Aptian faunal stage).

The Location of the Fossil Discovery and a Stratigraphical Column for the Khorat Group

Stratigraphic column (Khorat Group) and the location of the Siamraptor fossils.

The location of the theropod fossil discovery and a stratigraphic column of the Khorat Group.

Picture Credit: Chokchaloemwong et al (PLOS One)

The picture (above), shows (A) a map of the Nakhon Ratchasima Province of north-eastern Thailand and (B) a distribution map of the Khok Kruat Formation in the area.  Picture (C) shows an enlargement of the area where the Siamraptor fossil material was found.  The red star in (C) indicates the fossil quarry.  A stratigraphical column of the Khorat Group is provided (D) and (E) shows a photograph of the dig site.

Two phylogenetic analyses indicate that Siamraptor was a basal member of the Carcharodontosauria.  This taxon is the first definitive evidence of carcharodontosaurian theropods in south-eastern Asia.  The fossil material, although very fragmentary and representative of four individual dinosaurs is also amongst the best preserved theropod fossil material known from this part of Thailand.

The presence of Siamraptor in north-eastern Thailand indicates an extension of the record in the Laurasian landmasses during the earliest stage of the evolutionary history of the Carcharodontosauria.

Three Premaxillae Elements Representing Siamraptor suwati

Fossils (right premaxillae) with accompanying line drawings - Siamraptor.

Three right premaxillae fossils with accompanying line drawings (Siamraptor).

Picture Credit: Chokchaloemwong et al (PLOS One)

The fossil material includes elements from the jaws, parts of the skull, vertebrae, elements from the hips and hind limbs and a single claw from the hand.  With the formal naming of this dinosaur it reveals that the carcharodontosaurids had spread to Asia as well as Europe and Africa by the Early Cretaceous.

The Fossil Manual Ungual (NRRU-F01020018) – Siamraptor suwati

Views of the manual ungual of Siamraptor.

The manual ungual of Siamraptor suwati.  Note scale bar = 5 cm.  H = lateral view whilst (I) is a palmar view.  Key – pr = plaster reconstruction, vg = vascular groove and ft = flexor tubercle.

Picture Credit: Chokchaloemwong et al (PLOS One)

The genus name translates as “robber from Siam”, whilst the species name honours Mr. Suwat Liptapanlop for his financial support of the fieldwork undertaken in Thailand.

The scientific paper: “A new carcharodontosaurian theropod (Dinosauria: Saurischia) from the Lower Cretaceous of Thailand” by Duangsuda Chokchaloemwong, Soki Hattori , Elena Cuesta, Pratueng Jintasakul, Masateru Shibata and Yoichi Azuma published in the on-line, open access journal PLOS One.

11 10, 2019

Limited Edition Papo Spinosaurus Model Delayed until December (2019)

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Limited Edition Papo Spinosaurus Model Delayed until December (2019)

The eagerly anticipated limited edition Papo Spinosaurus dinosaur model has been delayed until December (2019), according to information from Papo received by team members at Everything Dinosaur.  Readers of this blog will probably recall that Everything Dinosaur published the first pictures of this spinosaurid figure back in February, however, model collectors and dinosaur fans will have to wait until December before they can get their hands on this Papo replica.

The Papo Limited Edition Spinosaurus Replica has been Delayed until December (2019)

Papo Spinosaurus model has been delayed until December 2019.

The Papo Spinosaurus dinosaur model (limited edition quadruped Spinosaurus), has been delayed until December 2019.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We had been told back in the summer that this figure would be available in October, however, we have just been informed by Papo that this dinosaur will not be available until December.  No reasons have been given for the delay and we don’t want to speculate about the reasons for this delay at this stage.  However, all our plans are in place to contact all those people who reserved a model, everything is ready at Everything Dinosaur for the arrival of this figure.  As soon as it comes in, we will be in touch with all those customers on our reserve lists, even if it means bringing in extra staff to ensure swift communications, at what will be, our busiest time of the year.”

If Everything Dinosaur receives any further information or updates about the Papo Spinosaurus dinosaur model, we will post this up onto this blog and other social media platforms.

10 10, 2019

Rebor and New Wild Safari Prehistoric World Models Feature in Newsletter

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New Stock of Rebor Replicas and New Wild Safari Prehistoric World Models in Newsletter

Subscribers to Everything Dinosaur’s newsletter service have received information about the arrival of fresh supplies of Rebor figures and replicas.  In addition, our subscribers have been given the opportunity to join Everything Dinosaur’s priority reservation list for the nine, new for 2020, Wild Safari Prehistoric World models.  It is news about the arrival of more of the eagerly anticipated Rebor foetus replicas that have taken top spot in our latest missive.  Both the Rebor Foetus T. rex and the Rebor Foetus Velociraptor have proved extremely popular with model collectors and Everything Dinosaur is offering the pair at a special price whilst stocks last.

Rebor Oddities – Buy the Pair – Making the Headlines

Rebor Oddities foetus replicas.

The pair of Rebor Oddities Foetus replicas – Velociraptor and T. rex.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Rebor Killer Queen T. rex “Plain” Colour Variant

The Everything Dinosaur newsletter also reported that more stock of the Rebor Killer Queen “Plain” Tyrannosaurus rex model had arrived.  Team members have been busy emailing all those customers who wanted one of these theropod figures reserving for them.  Waitlist members on the Everything Dinosaur website will have received notifications about this model’s availability too.

The Rebor Killer Queen Colour Variant “Plain” in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

Rebor Killer Queen - plain colour variant T. rex replica is in stock at Everything Dinosaur

The Rebor Killer Queen T. rex model “Plain” is in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view all the Rebor models and prehistoric animal replicas supplied by Everything Dinosaur: Rebor Models and Replicas.

Rebor Oddities – T. rex and Velociraptor Foetuses

For collectors who have been lucky enough to pick up one of the new for 2019 Rebor Oddities foetuses, then do not despair, as our team members have made sure that the Rebor Oddities T. rex foetus along with its counterpart the Rebor Oddities Velociraptor are available separately as well as in a pair.

The Rebor Oddities Tyrannosaurus Foetus (left) and the Rebor Oddities Velociraptor Foetus (right)

The pair of Rebor Oddities, the Velociraptor and the T. rex foetuses.

A pair of Rebor Oddities, the Velociraptor and the T. rex foetuses.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

” We are collectors ourselves so, we try and provide our customers with as much choice as possible.”

The Rebor Scout Series – Melon and Hazelnut

For fans of slightly smaller figures, some good news.  Fresh stocks of the baby Stegosaurus (Melon) and the baby Triceratops dinosaur (Hazelnut) have also arrived at Everything Dinosaur.  These models, in the very successful Rebor “Scout” series have been joined by more models of “Stan”, the Scout series baby Velociraptor model.

The Rebor Hazelnut (Triceratops) and Melon (Stegosaurus) – Baby Dinosaur Models

Rebor Scout Models Hazelnut and Melon.

Rebor Scout Models Melon and Hazelnut.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Priority Reserve List for 2020 Models is Open

Newsletter subscribers have also been given special access to Everything Dinosaur’s priority reserve list for the nine new for 2020 Wild Safari Prehistoric World models from Safari Ltd.  Subscribers have been asked to email the company to join their special, priority reservation list for these new prehistoric animal figures.

The Rebor Scout Series Baby Velociraptor “Stan” and the Chance to Reserve New for 2020 Prehistoric Animal Models

Reserving Wild Safari Prehistoric World figures and the Rebor Scout series Velociraptor "Stan".

The Rebor Scout series baby Velociraptor “Stan” and an opportunity to reserve new for 2020 Wild Safari Prehistoric World prehistoric animal models.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

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9 10, 2019

Zhenyuanlong suni – A Large Liaoning Dromaeosaurid

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Zhenyuanlong suni

Zhenyuanlong suni, named by Lü and Brusatte in a paper published in the academic journal “Scientific Reports” back in 2015, is one of the larger of the dromaeosaurids described to date from the Yixian Formation of Liaoning Province.  It is known from a single specimen (see below), which is almost complete, just a few elements including the distal portion of the tail are missing.  The exact size of this theropod dinosaur is not known, as the single specimen could represent a sub-adult.

Not much is known about the fossil’s provenance as the mudstone specimen may have been unlawfully removed from a bedding plane in Jianchang County (Yixian Formation).  Palaeontologists estimate that when fully grown this dromaeosaurid measured around 1.6 metres in length.  The nomenclature honours Mr Zhenyuan Sun who helped secure the fossil specimen for scientific analysis.

The Holotype Fossil of Zhenyuanlong suni

Zhenyuanlong fossil.

Large-bodied, short-armed dromaeosaurid from the Liaoning Province of north-eastern China.

Picture Credit: Chinese Academy of Geological Science

Everything Dinosaur’s Scale Drawing of Zhenyuanlong suni

Zhenyuanlong suni scale drawing.

A scale drawing of Zhenyuanlong suni.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To read an article about estimating the size of Yixian Formation dromaeosaurids: Updating the Winged Dragon Zhenyuanlong.

8 10, 2019

Rebor Scout Models in Stock

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The Scouts Return – “Melon”, “Hazelnut” and “Stan”

Everything Dinosaur has three of the very popular and very collectable Rebor Scout models back in stock.  Our warehouse has received deliveries of “Melon” the baby Stegosaurus, “Hazelnut” the baby Triceratops and “Stan” the baby Velociraptor.  Fans of the Rebor range will know that the Velociraptor figure is named after the Academy Award-winning special effects creator Stanley “Stan” Winston, who worked on the first three films of the “Jurassic Park” movie franchise.

The Rebor Scout Series Baby Velociraptor “Stan”

1:18 Rebor baby Velociraptor replica.

“Stan” the baby Velociraptor model from Rebor.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

“Melon” and “Hazelnut”

Team members at Everything Dinosaur are not sure why the baby Stegosaurus and the baby Triceratops were named “Melon” and ” Hazelnut” respectively, however, why not give these two, highly detailed figures these names?  It seems that unlike scientific nomenclature, anything goes when it comes to creating prehistoric animal replicas.  Both the Rebor baby Triceratops and its Stegosaurus counterpart are in approximately 1:35 scale, whilst the Rebor Velociraptor figure is in 1:18 scale.

The Stunning Rebor Scout Series “Hazelnut” and “Melon” – Baby Triceratops and Baby Stegosaurus

The Rebor Scout Series "Melon" and "Hazelnut" (Triceratops and Stegosaurus).

From the Rebor Scout series “Hazelnut” the baby Triceratops and “Melon” the baby Stegosaurus.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Baby Stegosaurus Dinosaur Model

Fans of the Rebor model range will be aware of the potential for a new Stegosaurus replica from this company in the near future.  For the time being, the sole representative of the Stegosauridae is this beautifully crafted figure that comes with its own display base.

“Melon” the Baby Stegosaurus Dinosaur Model – Rebor Scout Series

The baby Stegosaurus model - "Melon" from the Scout model series.

“Melon” the baby Stegosaurus dinosaur figure from the Rebor Scout model series.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Baby Triceratops Dinosaur Model

The Triceratops figure “Hazelnut” is around the same size as the Stegosaurus (approximately 11 cm in length).  It too, comes with a display base and it makes a great addition to any prehistoric animal model collection.

The Baby Triceratops Dinosaur Model – “Hazelnut”

Rebor Scout series "Hazelnut" - baby Triceratops.

“Hazelnut” the baby Triceratops from the Rebor Scout model series.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

It is the attention to detail that makes these Rebor models stand out.  Take for example, the display base that accompanies the 1:18 scale baby Velociraptor figure “Stan”.  The base has footprint depressions that act as a guide to help dinosaur fans position their figure correctly.  The footprints on the base have been carefully sculpted to represent what are thought to be dromaeosaurid prints found in the fossil record.  We are sure ichnologists will approve!

The Model Display Base – Rebor Velociraptor 1:18 Scale Figure

The base of "Stan" the baby Velociraptor dinosaur model.

The beautifully crafted display base for the Rebor Scout series baby Velociraptor model “Stan”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the Rebor Scout models and the rest of the replicas in the Rebor range: Rebor Models and Figures

7 10, 2019

New Pterosaur Species Described from Liaoning Province

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Nurhachius luei – A New Species of Early Cretaceous Pterosaur from China

A team of international researchers including scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the University of Copenhagen and the Fur Museum (both Denmark), along with colleagues based in Brazil, have named a new species of istiodactylid pterosaur from the Liaoning Province of north-eastern China.  This new flying reptile has been named Nurhachius luei, it is the second species in the Nurhachius genus to be announced after the type species Nurhachius ignaciobritoi, which also hails from the Jiufotang Formation, was named and described in 2005.

The Holotype Specimen of Nurhachius luei

Holotype specimen of Nurhachius luei with an accompanying line drawing.

The holotype specimen of Nurhachius luei with an accompanying line drawing.  Note scale bar = 5 cm.

Picture Credit: PeerJ

Described from Cranial Material and Neck Bones

More than twenty different pterosaur species have been described to date from fossils associated with the Jiufotang Formation of China.  Although, the date of these extensive deposits is controversial, it is thought that Nurhachius luei lived during the Aptian faunal stage of the Cretaceous (125 – 113 million years ago).  The Istiodactylidae family are thought by many palaeontologists to represent the first lineage of the Pterodactyloidea.  They evolved sometime in the Late Jurassic and their thin bone walls, reduced tails, absence of a fifth toe and elongated hand bones (metacarpals), provided the anatomical “blueprint” for all subsequent types of pterosaur.  In essence, these “new” types of flying reptile replaced the long-tailed rhamphorhynchids and their relatives.

Four pterosaur genera and five species (all represented by a single specimen), have been referred to the Istiodactylidae.  Three of the genera are associated with Liaoning deposits, whilst the remaining genus Istiodactylus (I. latidens), the first to be studied at the very beginning of the 20th Century, hails from the Early Cretaceous Vectis Formation of the Isle of Wight.

A few years ago (2011), a jaw tip found in Canada was interpreted as being from an istiodactylid pterosaur.  This pterosaur was named Gwawinapterus beardi.  It seemed both geographically and temporally removed from all the other known members of the Istiodactylidae and a revised description was published in 2012.  Gwawinapterus was actually a fish, it just happened to have closely spaced teeth that superficially resembled the dentition of istiodactylid pterosaurs.

To read more about Gwawinapterus beardiA New, Unique Species of Canadian Pterosaur is Described.

The scientific paper: “Nurhachius luei, a new istiodactylid pterosaur (Pterosauria, Pterodactyloidea) from the Early Cretaceous Jiufotang Formation of Chaoyang City, Liaoning Province (China) and comments on the Istiodactylidae” by Xuanyu Zhou​, Rodrigo V. Pêgas​, Maria E.C. Leal and Niels Bonde published in the academic journal PeerJ.

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