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12 12, 2019

Everything Dinosaur Announces New Papo Dinosaurs for 2020

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New Papo Dinosaur Models for 2020

Today, Everything Dinosaur has announced the new for 2020 Papo dinosaur models.  Information about five new figures has been released by Everything Dinosaur on its various social media platforms and this blog provides a little more information for Papo model fans and collectors.

The five dinosaurs (Papo Les Dinosaures) are:

  • Chilesaurus
  • Giganotosaurus
  • Stygimoloch
  • Parasaurolophus new colour variant
  • Feathered Velociraptor new colour variant

All are not expected until late in quarter 3 2020 – that’s around September 2020.

New for 2020 Papo Chilesaurus Dinosaur Model

Papo Chilesaurus dinosaur model.

Papo Chilesaurus dinosaur model (available late quarter 3 in 2020).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Papo Chilesaurus

This little dinosaur from Upper Jurassic strata of southern Chile (hence the genus name), has caused stirs in the scientific community.  We expect Papo model collectors will be pleased to see one of the more unusual and lesser known members of the Dinosauria to be added to the Papo model range.  However, this three-metre long, probable herbivore, has had a significant impact in the way palaeontologists define the dinosaur family tree.  Since it was formally named and described in 2015, finding Chilesaurus a place within the Dinosauria as proved to be a bit of a challenge.  It has theropod, sauropod and ornithischian traits.  As such, when the Dinosauria was revised by Baron et al and the Ornithoscelida postulated once again, Chilesaurus was cited as providing evidence for this, it being a transitional form bridging the gap between the Theropoda and the Ornithischia.

Papo Giganotosaurus – New for Autumn 2020

Papo Giganotosaurus dinosaur model.

New Papo Giganotosaurus dinosaur model, new for 2020.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Papo Giganotosaurus

Rumours had been circulating for years that Papo might extend their range of carnivorous dinosaurs and include a Giganotosaurus.  In the autumn of 2020, model collectors will be able to add a Giganotosaurus to their dinosaur collection.  The pose is a quite old-fashioned and in reality Giganotosaurus had a very different posture, but team members at Everything Dinosaur suggest that given the colour scheme and the bias towards brown-coloured theropods within the current Papo range (think Gorgosaurus, T. rex and Cryolophosaurus), Papo had to find a way to make this new figure stand out.  It certainly is a very different pose to the other large, carnivorous dinosaurs in the current Papo range.  This posture also shows off those three-fingered claws nicely.  The Giganotosaurus will also have an articulated lower jaw.

Papo Stygimoloch

Papo Stygimoloch dinosaur model.

New for 2020 (quarter 3), a Papo Stygimoloch dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Papo Stygimoloch

In the film “Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom”, a Stygimoloch came to the rescue of Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard (AKA Owen Grady and Claire Dearing), when it battered down a prison wall to help them escape.  “Stiggy” the Stygimoloch became a star!  Papo will be bringing out a replica of this bone-headed dinosaur in quarter three of 2020.

New Colour Variant Papo Parasaurolophus

Papo Parasaurolophus colour variant new for autumn 2020.

New Papo Parasaurolophus colour variant for autumn 2020.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

This year, Papo introduced new colour variants of popular dinosaur models (Allosaurus and Stegosaurus), in 2020 this will be repeated with the addition of a new colour version of the Papo Parasaurolophus and a new feathered Velociraptor model.

The Feathered Velociraptor for 2020 (New Colour Variant)

New Papo feathered Velociraptor (autumn 2020).

New Papo feathered Velociraptor colour variant for autumn 2020.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

New Colour Variants Papo Parasaurolophus and Papo Feathered Velociraptor

The Papo Parasaurolophus seems to have been inspired by the colour scheme from the Acrocanthosaurus repaint that came out in 2018.  The new feathered Velociraptor model could represent a female, whilst the existing “Vélociraptor à plumes” in the range could portray a male.  We are sure fans of Papo models will draw their own conclusions about the first five Papo models that Everything Dinosaur has discussed today.

Remember, these models are not likely to be available until the autumn of 2020.

To view the existing range of Papo prehistoric animal figures: Papo Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals

11 12, 2019

A Seasonal Decoration with a Dinosaur Theme

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A Seasonal Decoration with a Dinosaur Theme

As Everything Dinosaur team members are out and about they like to keep an eye out for anything unusual that is dinosaur related.  A team member came across this seasonal, festive decoration with a distinctive dinosaur theme.  It is a set of window stickers, we are sure a young dinosaur fan would appreciate this decoration on their bedroom window.

A Seasonal Decoration with a Distinctive Dinosaur Theme

A seasonal decoration with a dinosaur theme - a festive T. rex.

A seasonal decoration with a dinosaur theme.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We are not sure how the Santa hat will help this large theropod regulate its body temperature, but perhaps in combination with the bright yellow scarf it will have the desired effect.

10 12, 2019

Lice Feeding on Dinosaur Feathers Entombed in Amber

By | December 10th, 2019|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Palaeontological articles, Photos/Pictures of Fossils|0 Comments

Ancient Lice Fed on Dinosaur Feathers

With the evolution of modified scales into feathers, it was very likely that feather-feeding invertebrates would evolve to exploit this new food source.  However, the lack of fossils prevents palaeontologists from being able to plot how feather-feeding behaviours evolved.  However, damaged dinosaur down, complete with several lice-like insects preserved in 100-million-year-old amber confirms that by the Early Cretaceous, feathery dinosaurs had parasites that specialised on feeding upon their integumentary systems.

Writing in the on-line, academic journal “Nature Communications”, a team of scientists, including researchers from the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Smithsonian Institute and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, describe the discovery of ten nymph specimens, a new lineage of insect preserved alongside the dinosaur downy feathers they were feeding upon in amber from northern Myanmar.

The new insect species has been named Mesophthirus engeli.  The specific name “engeli” is dedicated to Dr Michael S. Engel, for his outstanding contribution to entomological research.

Parasitic Nymphs Feeding on Dinosaur Feathers

Feather-feeding insects preserved in amber.

Parasitic insects feeding on a dinosaur feather preserved in amber.

Picture Credit: Nature Communications

The photograph (above), shows an amber nodule with the specimens of the newly described parasitic insect Mesophthirus engeli preserved in situ.  Photograph (a), shows the whole feather and the locations of the insects.  White stars indicate parts of the feather with relatively complete barbules, whilst the black stars indicate areas that show probable feeding damage.  Scale bars (a) = 1 mm, 100 µm (b-j) and (k) 0.5 mm.

Ectoparasitic Morphological Characters

The nymphs demonstrate a series of ectoparasitic morphological traits such as a small, wingless body, a relatively large head with strong mouth parts and robust, short antennae.  These insects preserved in association with partially damaged dinosaur feathers, the damage probably caused by their feeding behaviour, suggests that feather-feeding insects originated in the Cretaceous, accompanying the radiation of the feathered dinosaurs, including the early birds.

Magnified Views of Mesophthirus engeli Along with Line Drawings and Life Reconstruction

Feather-feeding insects preserved in amber.

Views of Mesophthirus engeli specimens, line drawings and life reconstruction.

Picture Credit: Nature Communications

The picture (above), shows magnified views of the M. engeli specimens (a, c, d, e, g and h), with accompanying line drawings (b and f) and a life reconstruction (i).  Scale bars equal 50 μm.  The colour of the insects in the life reconstruction (i) are conjectural and reflect the general colouring of living feather-feeding lice.

To read a related article about the remains of blood-sucking mites being found preserved in burmite (amber from Myanmar): A Blood-sucking Story – Dinosaur Parasites Preserved in Amber.

The scientific paper: “New insects feeding on dinosaur feathers in mid-Cretaceous amber” by Taiping Gao, Xiangchu Yin, Chungkun Shih, Alexandr P. Rasnitsyn, Xing Xu, Sha Chen, Chen Wang and Dong Ren published in Nature Communications.

9 12, 2019

Post Early For Christmas – A Reminder

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Post Early for Christmas – A Reminder

Today, Monday 9th December, is the latest recommended posting date for international parcels destined for Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and the Far and Middle East.  This means that today, is the last recommended date for getting parcels out to customers in these parts of the world in time for Christmas.  The countdown to the big day is most certainly ticking away, there are only handful of shopping days until the 25th and from now on, almost every day, the latest recommended posting date for parcels from the UK to somewhere in the world will be passed.

Details of the Last Recommended Posting Dates from Royal Mail

Royal Mail latest recommended posting dates.

Latest recommended posting dates Christmas 2019.  Information sourced from Royal Mail.

Source: Royal Mail

Listing the Countries

To give readers and idea of the number of countries, for which today is the last recommended posting date to get parcels out in time for Christmas, we have published a list (by no means comprehensive), below.  Everything Dinosaur sends parcels to customers all over the world, for many of our customers today is the last day to get parcels sent out in time for the big day.

A list of the countries affected by today’s date:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Ascension Island, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bonaire, Borneo, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Colombia, Comoros, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Esawatini, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Gaza and Khan Yunis, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Macau, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Republic of Congo, Reunion, Rwanda, Saba, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, St Maarten, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, St Barts, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Sri Lanka, St Eustatius, St Lucia, St Pierre and Miquelon, Sudan Suriname, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tristan Da Cunha, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Uganda, UAE, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna, Western Sahara, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

That’s a considerable portion of the world.  To all our customers we advise placing orders with Everything Dinosaur as early as you can.  In this way, you are helping us and those hard-working mail networks that will be increasingly put under stress at this time of year.

8 12, 2019

Papo Limited Edition Spinosaurus Model in Stock

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Papo Limited Edition Spinosaurus Model in Stock

The Papo limited edition Spinosaurus model is in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  This eagerly anticipated Spinosaurus figure has arrived at the Everything Dinosaur warehouse and our team members have been busy emailing all those customers who have reserved a figure.  Such has been the popularity of this limited edition Papo model, that a second reservation list had to be set up and list members have been sent a special newsletter letting them know that this figure has arrived.

The Papo Spinosaurus Limited Edition Dinosaur Model

Papo Spinosaurus limited edition dinosaur model.

The Papo Spinosaurus limited edition dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Two Options to Purchase From Everything Dinosaur

The new Papo Spinosaurus (2019) figure is huge and it comes in a sizeable presentation box.  The model measures an impressive 40.3 cm long and that magnificent sail is around 16.5 cm tall.  The presentation box measures nearly half a metre long.  This could give our international customers some problems, as the presentation box is too large to be sent out by standard international mail options.  However, customers outside of the UK have nothing to worry about.  Everything Dinosaur will be offering two purchase options:

  1. Purchase the Papo Limited Edition Spinosaurus with its Presentation Box.
  2. Purchase the Papo Limited Edition Spinosaurus dinosaur model without the Presentation Box.  This greatly reduces international postage costs.

With Everything Dinosaur Two Purchase Options for the New Papo Spinosaurus Dinosaur Model

Papo Spinosaurus limited edition purchase options. Option 1 model with presentation box or option 2 model without a presentation box.

Papo Spinosaurus limited edition purchase options. Option 1 model with presentation box or option 2 model without presentation box.  If the model is purchased without a presentation box this greatly reduces the international shipping costs.  This saves money for our customers outside the UK.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the new Papo Spinosaurus model and to select your favoured purchase option: Papo Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models.

The Papo Limited Edition Spinosaurus Model with its Presentation Box

The 2019 Papo Spinosaurus limited edition model with its presentation box.

The new for 2019 Papo Spinosaurus limited edition model with its presentation box.  Everything Dinosaur customers are being offered the choice of purchasing this limited edition figure with or without its presentation box.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We do appreciate the dilemma this super-sized presentation box gives our customers.  The presentation box measures 47 cm long and stands nearly 23 cm high.  This severely limits the shipping options available for our customers overseas.  To overcome this problem, we can supply the figure without its presentation box, this will reduce the shipping costs and enable our customers to save a lot of money.”

In Stock!  The Papo Spinosaurus (Limited Edition)

Papo Spinosaurus (limited edition) in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

Everything Dinosaur stocks the limited edition Papo Spinosaurus dinosaur model.  The model can be purchased in its presentation box, or if customers prefer, the Papo Spinosaurus can be purchased out of its box, sent untagged without the gift box to help save money on postage.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

7 12, 2019

Last Recommended Posting Dates (2019)

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Last Recommended Posting Dates for Christmas (2019)

It’s that time of year when the holiday season is very nearly open us.  Lots of presents to purchase and to wrap for friends and relatives.  Everything Dinosaur team members have been working very hard to stay on top of orders and to ensure parcels are despatched quickly.  Our staff will do all they can to assist customers, here is a list of helpful hints and tips about posting parcels during the Christmas festive period.  We have also published the last posting date guidelines (produced by Royal Mail).

Please note, these last posting dates are for guidance only, we recommend posting as early as possible to avoid any potential problems at Christmas.

A Table Showing the Last Recommend Posting Dates for Parcels from the UK (Royal Mail)

Royal Mail latest recommended posting dates.

Latest recommended posting dates Christmas 2019.

Source: Royal Mail

Everything Dinosaur is doing all it can to ensure our customers have a happy Christmas.

For example, the last recommended posting date for airmail to the USA, is Saturday 14th December, whilst our customers in the Netherlands have a last recommended posting date of Monday 16th December.  The time will whizz by, our advice is always to post as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Further Helpful Hints and Tips from Everything Dinosaur

1).  Remember to include the house number or house name with the delivery address information.

2).  Check postcode/zip code details carefully.

3).  Before pressing the “submit” button to send an order to Everything Dinosaur, check the delivery address one last time, please check the delivery address information.

4). Remember, with PayPal and our own website’s ordering process, customers can write a message to us in the order message box.  You can write in confirmation of delivery address or any specific, relevant information required to help ensure a rapid delivery.

5).  If you want to specify a different delivery address to your billing address, our website allows you to do this easily and without any bother.

6).  If you want to send an item to your work address, please ensure that you include the company name in the delivery address details.

7).  If you think it will help, you can always specify a neighbour’s address where the parcel can be sent to if you will be out at work when the delivery is likely to occur.

If you have a query about Christmas parcel post, or indeed any aspect of Everything Dinosaur’s delivery service please feel free to contact us: Send an Email to Everything Dinosaur.

To visit the Everything Dinosaur website: Everything Dinosaur.

Happy Christmas shopping and remember, Everything Dinosaur’s team members will be available to help and assist you.

6 12, 2019

Creative Prehistoric Animal Play

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Creative Prehistoric Animal Play

Whilst going through all the images of the new for 2020 prehistoric animal and dinosaur models from Schleich, a team member found this rather fun publicity photograph that had been produced by the German manufacturer.  Dinosaur and prehistoric animal models are certainly great for imaginative, creative play.

Children and Schleich Prehistoric Animal Models

Children playing with Schleich dinosaur and prehistoric animal models.

Children playing with dinosaur and prehistoric animal models.  The image (above), shows eight figures from the Schleich “Dinosaurs” model range.  To be accurate one of the models is not a dinosaur, can you name them all?

Picture Credit: Schleich

Naming Schleich Prehistoric Animal Models

The photograph (above) shows two children and eight figures from the Schleich “Dinosaurs” model range, although, to be entirely accurate only seven of the models represent members of the Dinosauria.

Here is the list of models featured (reading from left to right):

  • Psittacosaurus – A member of the Cerapoda Sub-order known from the Early Cretaceous of Asia.
  • Carnotaurus – An abelisaur from Argentina with a very blunt, short skull and very short arms.
  • Dinogorgon  – Not a dinosaur but a therapsid from the Late Permian of southern Africa.
  • Oviraptor – A Late Cretaceous member of the Theropoda named in 1924.
  • Therizinosaurus (being held by the girl) – Named and described in 1954 by the famous Russian palaeontologist Evgeny Aleksandrovich Maleev.
  • Triceratops – A resident of the famous Hell Creek Formation, from which no complete skeleton of this dinosaur has been found, although more than fifty skulls are known to science.
  • Tyrannosaurus rex (being held by the boy) – The “tyrant lizard king” and regarded as the most famous member of the Dinosauria.
  • Tawa – A slender, fast-running hunter known from the Late Triassic of New Mexico (USA).

To view the range of Schleich prehistoric animal models including the new for 2020 figures available from Everything Dinosaur: Schleich Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models.

5 12, 2019

New Mojo Fun Prehistoric Life Dinosaur Models (Part 2)

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New Mojo Fun Prehistoric Life Dinosaur Models (Part 2)

Yesterday, Everything Dinosaur introduced six of the twelve new for 2020 dinosaur models from Mojo Fun.  In the second and final part of this series, we discuss the remaining prehistoric animal figures due out next year in the “Prehistoric Life” model range.

New for 2020 Mojo Fun Allosaurus Dinosaur Model

Mojo Fun Allosaurus dinosaur model (2020).

New for 2020 the Mojo Fun Allosaurus dinosaur model.

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Mojo Fun Allosaurus Dinosaur Model

The 2020 Allosaurus model is a new sculpt, team members at Everything Dinosaur are not sure whether this new figure will replace the existing Allosaurus model in the Mojo Fun portfolio.  The 2020 version has an articulated lower jaw and it is slightly longer than its predecessor.  The scarlet hornlets over the eyes and the raised markings along the snout contrast nicely with the muted dark grey overtones of the head and the body.  The Allosaurus is well-balanced and stable, thanks to the slightly oversized hind feet.

Mojo Fun New for 2020 Stegosaurus

The Mojo Fun new for 2020 Stegosaurus dinosaur model.

Mojo Fun new for 2020 Stegosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Mojo Fun Stegosaurus

In yesterday’s post when we discussed the Ankylosaurus figure, a second armoured dinosaur for 2020 was mentioned.  We can now reveal that this is a new Stegosaurus sculpt.  Those famous plates running along the back are nicely shaped and carefully painted, these plates are stiff and not likely to be bent out of shape very easily.  The skin texture is well done with plenty of creases and wrinkles and there is even texture on the underside of the feet!  The posture also reflects a more modern interpretation than previous Stegosaurus figures.

Mojo Fun Models Reconstruct Life in the Late Jurassic of Western North America

New for 2020 the Mojo Fun Stegosaurus and Allosaurus.

Mojo Fun Stegosaurus and Allosaurus.  Two dinosaurs associated with the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation of western North America.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The New for 2020 Mandschurosaurus Dinosaur Model

 Mojo Fun new for 2020 Mandschurosaurus dinosaur model.

The Mojo Fun new for 2020 Mandschurosaurus dinosaur model.  The geology ruler helps to provide a sense of scale.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Mandschurosaurus Dinosaur Model

Ninety years after this plant-eating hadrosaurid was first described, Mojo Fun are introducing a Mandschurosaurus dinosaur model to their “Prehistoric Life” model range.  This Late Cretaceous, Chinese dinosaur might be regarded as “nomen dubium” by some scientists but there is nothing dubious about this figure, it has been skilfully crafted and beautifully painted.  The model is robust and sturdy and has a reassuring “solid” feel to it, the paint scheme is very striking with the brown combining well with the warm, apricot tones.  There is certainly plenty of detail to admire, the definitive black beak and the deep base to the tail, along with our favourite little touch, the fold of skin under the neck.  All in all, top marks for Mojo Fun for introducing a Mandschurosaurus into their product range.

Mojo Fun Tyrannosaurus rex Model (2020)

Mojo Fun T. rex (new for 2020).

The Mojo Fun Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur model (new for 2020).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Mojo Fun Tyrannosaurus rex

From one of the more obscure residents of the northern hemisphere in the Late Cretaceous to the most famous dinosaur of all.  Mojo Fun will add a new model of T. rex to their range.  This figure too is a new sculpt and it is very stable and well built.  The jaw on our production figure does not open as wide as other models, but it opens wide enough to view the fleshy, muscular tongue, which has almost got a purple tinge to it.  This is the largest T. rex figure made by Mojo Fun, it is some six centimetres longer than the 1/40th scale replica in this range.  It stands well and we particularly like the black wash effect applied to the hind feet.

The Mojo Fun Triceratops Dinosaur Model (2020)

Mojo Fun new for 2020 Triceratops dinosaur model.

The Mojo Fun new for 2020 Triceratops dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Mojo Fun 2020 Triceratops Dinosaur Model

Bring out a new T. rex and a new version of Triceratops is sure to follow.  Mojo Fun don’t disappoint with a Triceratops scheduled to be released next year.  The figure is a colour variant on the existing Mojo Fun “large” Triceratops model, but the paint scheme has changed.  The model has a muted look overall, but the weathered look on those impressive brow horns has been retained.

Triceratops Better Watch Out!  There’s a New Mojo Fun T. rex Approaching

Mojo Fun Triceratops and the T. rex dinosaur model (2020).

The Mojo Fun Triceratops and the T. rex dinosaur model (2020).  The Triceratops has fantastic skin texture, this can be clearly seen on the shoulders and forelimbs of the model in closer view.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Mojo Fun Troodon (Troodontid) Model

Mojo Fun Troodon dinosaur model (2020)

New for 2020 the Mojo Fun troodontid dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Mojo Fun Troodon (Troodontid)

The final model that we will feature today, is a feathered dinosaur, it is a model of Troodon, a famous North American, Late Cretaceous member of the Theropoda that was originally named on the basis of a single fossil tooth associated with the Judith River Formation of Montana.  The figure has been carefully sculpted to give the impression of a shaggy, feathery coat and in common with the rest of the new Mojo Fun releases the colour scheme is muted.  The second toe of each foot is raised off the ground and the stiff, inflexible tail extends out behind the model and ends in a brown and cream coloured fan.  The figure is well balanced and the feathers on the wings are beautifully marked.  The Troodon figure has an articulated lower jaw.

Tale of the Tape

  • Mojo Fun Allosaurus – length 22 cm, height of the head 9 cm.
  • Mojo Fun Stegosaurus – length 19 cm.
  • Mojo Fun Mandschurosaurus – length 24.5 cm.
  • Mojo Fun Tyrannosaurus rex – length 30 cm, height of the head 11.5 cm.
  • Mojo Fun Triceratops – length 20 cm.
  • Mojo Fun Troodon (troodontid) – length 22 cm, height of head 9.5 cm.

To read the first part in this series: New Mojo Fun Dinosaur Models (Part 1).

To view the existing range of Mojo Fun models available from Everything Dinosaur: Mojo Fun Prehistoric and Extinct Models.

4 12, 2019

New Mojo Fun Prehistoric Life Dinosaur Models (Part 1)

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New Mojo Fun “Prehistoric Life” Dinosaur Models (Part 1)

Mojo Fun is bringing out lots of new dinosaur models in 2020.  There will be a total of twelve new dinosaurs added to the very successful Mojo Fun “Prehistoric Life” range next year.  In the first of a two-part feature, Everything Dinosaur team members will be discussing these new models and showing photographs of the actual production figures.

The Mojo Fun Baryonyx Dinosaur Model (New for 2020)

New for 2020 Mojo Fun Prehistoric Life Baryonyx.

The new for 2020 Mojo Fun Prehistoric Life Baryonyx dinosaur model.  The geology ruler helps to provide scale.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Mojo Fun Baryonyx Dinosaur Model

Mojo Fun will be replacing their 2018 “blue” Baryonyx figure with this new sculpt.  The model reflects the more toned down approach to colouration that the company is employing with its new replicas and in our production figure the green paint on the topside of the model contrasts beautifully with the paler underside.  It’s a classic case of countershading highlighted by the mottled black markings that run from the top of the neck down to the base of the tail and cover the flanks.  The figure rests on its front claws, so stability is not an issue and Mojo Fun have added an articulated jaw.

“Bully for Brontosaurus” – New Mojo Fun Brontosaurus Model

New for 2020 the Mojo Fun Brontosaurus.

The new for 2020 Mojo Fun Brontosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Mojo Fun Brontosaurus Dinosaur Model

With the re-establishment of the Brontosaurus genus in 2015 following an extensive revision of diplodocid fossil material, manufacturers have been keen to add a Brontosaurus to their range.  The Mojo Fun Brontosaurus opts for a more elephantine influenced colour scheme which contrasts nicely with their 2018 Diplodocus figure.  The model shows lots of wrinkles and skin texture and the neck is quite robust which is typical of this genus compared to the more gracile Diplodocus.  The Mojo Fun replica is sturdy and there is no noticeable flexibility in the neck or tail.  The tail itself has been skilfully modelled and the end is turning back on itself, this gives the impression of movement and will save a few cubic centimetres when it comes to boxing this model in readiness for sending out to customers.  The teeth in our model, might be a shade too white, but the red eye markings are classy and the head shape reflects typical diplodocid morphology.

Mojo Fun Brachiosaurus – New for 2020

Mojo Fun Brachiosaurus dinosaur model (new for 2020).

The new for 2020 Mojo Fun Brachiosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Joining the Brontosaurus in 2020 is a new Brachiosaurus sculpt.  The figure is a little larger than other brachiosaurid models in the Mojo Fun “Prehistoric Life” range and like the Brontosaurus it reflects a more muted colour scheme with effective countershading.  It is pleasing to see plenty of texture and skin definition on the neck and the carefully painted eyes have a wet-look that provides realism.  The skull is typical for models representing this genus and the body proportions, the relationship between the length of the neck and the length of the tail for example, reflect our views on the brachiosaurid material ascribed from the Morrison Formation of the United States.

New for 2020 Mojo Fun Mamenchisaurus

Mojo Fun Mamenchisaurus dinosaur model (new for 2020).

The Mojo Fun Mamenchisaurus dinosaur model (new for 2020).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Mamenchisaurus Model

Mojo Fun sauropod models are a bit like buses, you wait for ages for one to come along and then three come along together!  The third in our new for 2020 Mojo Fun replicas is this beautifully painted model of Mamenchisaurus.  It is a little larger than both the Brontosaurus and the Brachiosaurus figures, although none of these figures are regarded as being in scale, it is intriguing to consider that this figure represents one of the larger species assigned to the Mamenchisaurus genus.    The subtle paint scheme is very effective and this model has a row of black scutes running from the base of the skull to around halfway along the tail.

This trio of figures from Mojo Fun demonstrates the diversity of the Sauropodomorpha during the Late Jurassic and it is always a pleasure to see a different type of long-necked dinosaur added to a manufacturer’s portfolio.

A Terrific Trio of Sauropods Coming in 2020

Mojo Fun Sauropods for 2020.

Three new sauropods from Mojo Fun for 2020.  Left Mamenchisaurus, centre, the new Brontosaurus and at the back the Mojo Fun Brachiosaurus model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Armoured Ankylosaurus

Two armoured dinosaurs are being added to the range next year (the second member of the Thyreophora will be featured in part 2), but first we focus on the new Ankylosaurus figure.

The New for 2020 Mojo Fun Ankylosaurus Dinosaur Model

Mojo Fun Ankylosaurus dinosaur model (new for 2020).

The Mojo Fun Ankylosaurus dinosaur model (new for 2020).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

In contrast to the majority of the new models, the colour palette chosen for this new Ankylosaurus is more striking than the existing Ankylosaurus figure in the company’s model range.  That formidable club tail is held out straight behind the body, which is anatomically correct and the bright, almost gold coloured osteoderms, spikes and scutes that run from the back of the skull to the tail reminded us of the depiction of Ankylosaurus is the ground-breaking BBC television series “Walking with Dinosaurs”.  We compliment Mojo for the way in which they have maintained the level of detail even on the underside of the figure.

Mojo Fun New for 2020 Spinosaurus

Mojo Fun Spinosaurus dinosaur model (new for 2020).

The Mojo Fun Spinosaurus dinosaur model (new for 2020).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Mojo Fun Spinosaurus Dinosaur Model

The final new for 2020 model that we will feature in the first part of our review is the Spinosaurus.   This figure is much larger than the previous Spinosaurus in the Mojo Fun “Prehistoric Life” range and unlike its predecessor, this aquatic dinosaur is depicted in a quadrupedal pose.  The head shows lots of detail and there is that distinctive kink in the front portion of the upper jaw, little horns over the eyes and a small crest in front of the orbits.  The design team have taken care to examine the known cranial material associated with Spinosaurus aegyptiacus.  The figure also has an articulated lower jaw.  There is a lot of detail in the skin texture and effective muscular definition on the hind legs.  The colour scheme is intriguing, the figure is painted a metallic green with overtones of carmine red.  Depending on the lighting conditions, the model takes on a completely different look, as shown in the picture below which compares it with the Mojo Fun Baryonyx figure.

A Pair of Spinosaurids – Baryonyx and Spinosaurus

Mojo Fun new for 2020 Spinosaurus and Baryonyx.

The new for 2020 Mojo Fun Spinosaurus (back) and the Mojo Fun Baryonyx (front).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Tale of the Tape

  • Mojo Fun Baryonyx – length 25 cm.
  • Mojo Fun Brontosaurus – length 22 cm, height of the head 11 cm.
  • Mojo Fun Brachiosaurus – length 23 cm, height of the head 19 cm.
  • Mojo Fun Mamenchisaurus – length 26.5 cm, height of the head 19.5 cm.
  • Mojo Fun Ankylosaurus – length 18.5 cm.
  • Mojo Fun Spinosaurus – length 28.5 cm, height of the sail 12.5 cm.

To view the range of Mojo Fun prehistoric animal figures available from Everything Dinosaur: Mojo Fun Prehistoric and Extinct Animals.

Part two, in which we show photographs of the final six new dinosaurs from Mojo Fun will be published tomorrow.

3 12, 2019

Telling Apart Teenage Tyrannosaurs

By | December 3rd, 2019|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Palaeontological articles, Photos/Pictures of Fossils|0 Comments

Fossils From Alberta Help to Tell Teenage Tyrannosaurs Apart

It is often the case that a newly described fossil specimen only leads to confusion and controversy as its details are published.  However, a reassessment of a partial skull of a juvenile dinosaur that had been attributed to the tyrannosaurine Daspletosaurus (Daspletosaurus torosus) has now been referred to Gorgosaurus libratus.  The finding of a scrap of bone, a part of the skull (postorbital), discovered in the Dinosaur Park Formation of Alberta, was the key to unlocking a mystery when it came to deciphering the fossilised bones of young tyrannosaurids.

Thanks to this new research, identifying which fossils represent different tyrannosaurid species might just have become a little easier.

A Digital Reconstruction of the Skull Elements (TMP 1994.143.1.)

Skull restoration TMP 1994.143.1.

Skull reconstruction of TMP 1994.143.1. Digital rendering of skull based on CT data in right lateral view (a), left lateral view (b), dorsal view (c) and anterior view (d).  Note that not all preserved elements were CT scanned.  Skull reconstruction in right lateral view based on combination of preserved right and left elements.  Scale bar = 10 cm.

Picture Credit: Voris et al/Scientific Reports

TMP 1994.143.1.

The partial skull and jaws (specimen number TMP 1994.143.1.), comes from the Dinosaur Provincial Park Formation of southern Alberta.  Although the fossil material was well preserved, the fossils were found in a jumbled and disarticulated state.  The bones had also been distorted during burial and the fossilisation process (the red shaded elements in the picture above depict the bones affected).  This distortion led to the bones becoming slightly wider, thus altering the dimensions of the fossil skull when it was reconstructed by scientists.  The skull length is around sixty-two centimetres whilst other skulls associated with Daspletosaurus torosus measure more than eighty-five centimetres in length, hence TMP 1994.143.1. was thought to represent a juvenile Daspletosaurus.

A Scale Drawing of an Adult Daspletosaurus

Drawing of Daspletosaurus.

Daspletosaurus (D. torosus) is estimated to have been around 8-9 metres in length when fully grown.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Defining a Juvenile Dinosaur

As scientists have been able to work out the likely growth rates of different dinosaurs, so a definition of what makes a juvenile specimen has emerged.  Lead author of the newly published paper, Jared Voris (University of Calgary), explained that juvenile dinosaurs were about half the body length of the largest adult animal known from that species.  A juvenile Daspletosaurus would have been around 4 metres in length, the equivalent in age of a human teenager, but still a formidable predator, one best avoided by all but the largest herbivorous dinosaurs.

A Small Piece of Skull Bone – Changes Views

The discovery of a small, isolated tyrannosaurid postorbital bone found in the Dinosaur Park Formation led to a reassessment of TMP 1994.143.1.  What was thought to represent the only known juvenile Daspletosaurus skull material has been assigned to the Gorgosaurus genus.  The study reveals that previously unrecognised morphological differences exist between juvenile albertosaurines and tyrannosaurines and demonstrates that juvenile tyrannosaurids are more morphologically distinct than originally thought.  Previous issues associated with differentiating juveniles of these two clades were likely caused by the misidentification of TMP 1994.143.1 as a juvenile Daspletosaurus.

Views of the Postorbital Bone Assigned to a Juvenile Daspletosaurus

Juvenile Daspletosaurus postorbital bone.

Views of the juvenile Daspletosaurus postorbital (TMP 2013.18.11) with line drawings.  Lateral view (a) with line drawing (c) and medial view (b) and accompanying line drawing (d).  Note scale bars equal 5 cm.

Picture Credit: Voris et al/Scientific Reports

Commenting on the significance of this new research, co-author Darla Zelenitsky (University of Calgary), explained that young Daspletosaurus specimens:

“Are now only represented by a few isolated bones instead of a nearly complete skull.  Regardless, we still have been able to figure out the earlier growth stages in the life cycle of both tyrannosaurs, Gorgosaurus and Daspletosaurus.”

It seems that skull diagnostic features develop quite early in these types of theropod dinosaur, if this is the case, then distinguishing different Late Cretaceous tyrannosaurid species from even fragmentary fossil remains might just become a little easier in future.

The scientific paper: “Reassessment of a juvenile Daspletosaurus from the Late Cretaceous of Alberta, Canada with implications for the identification of immature tyrannosaurids” by Jared T. Voris, Darla K. Zelenitsky, François Therrien and Philip J. Currie published in Scientific Reports.

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