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31 12, 2020

ITOY Studio Paraceratherium Product Testing

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ITOY Studio Paraceratherium Product Testing

Everything Dinosaur promised the company’s Facebook, Twitter and other social media fans/followers an update on the amazing ITOY Studio Paraceratherium figure before the end of the year (2020).  True to our word, we have posted up a short video on the Everything Dinosaur YouTube channel.  In the video, the narrator explains about product testing for these prehistoric animal replicas and if all goes to plan, the Paraceratherium models will be in stock at Everything Dinosaur early in 2021.

ITOY Studio Paraceratherium Product Testing

Video Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Quick YouTube Paraceratherium Preview

Before Everything Dinosaur can bring the ITOY Studio Paraceratherium models into stock, the figures have to pass product safety tests, but this doesn’t stop us giving you a quick preview of the Paraceratherium.  In the video we showcase both variants:

  • ITOY Studio Paraceratherium – Deluxe (model supplied with polystone display base)
  • ITOY Studio Paraceratherium – Elite (model supplied without polystone display base)

The Paraceratherium Model with Display Base (Deluxe)

The Deluxe ITOY Studio Paraceratherium replica (with display base).

The ITOY Paraceratherium model (Deluxe) is supplied with a polystone display base.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

What a fantastic model it is!  The detail on the figure is simply amazing!  It is incredibly life-life with beautiful skin folds and creases.  It is big too, the model measures over 40 cm long and the display base is a generous 32 cm in length and over 14 cm wide.

Works with 1:20 Scale Replicas

Although no scale is declared for this figure, based on an adult Paraceratherium being around 8 metres in length with a height at the withers (just behind the shoulders), of 4.5 metres, Everything Dinosaur team members estimate that this replica is in approximately 1:20 scale.  So, it will work well with lots of other prehistoric mammal models, which are in the same or similar scale such as Mastodons, Mammoths, Sabre-toothed cats and Hyaenodonts.

Once Product Testing Has Been Completed Everything Dinosaur Intends to Bring this Figure into Stock

The ITOY Studio Paraceratherium.

A view of the eagerly anticipated ITOY Studio Paraceratherium model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Product Testing

As the authorised European importers of the ITOY Studio range, Everything Dinosaur has commissioned product safety tests with the highly respected Eurofins (independent testing company).  Once these tests have been completed and the ITOY Studio figures certified, Everything Dinosaur intends to bring these spectacular models into stock.

A spokesperson for Everything Dinosaur stated that they hoped that the test results would be available in a few days, once certified, the Paraceratherium figures would be available early in 2021.

To view the current range of ITOY Studio figures available from Everything Dinosaur: ITOY Studio Prehistoric Animals.

To visit the YouTube channel of Everything Dinosaur: Subscribe to Everything Dinosaur on YouTube.

30 12, 2020

Serrated Teeth – Mammal Lineage Got There First!

By | December 30th, 2020|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Photos/Pictures of Fossils|0 Comments

Study Suggests Ziphodont Dentition Appeared First in Synapsids

If we ever get back into cinemas (the ravages of COVID-19 notwithstanding), if the latest instalment of the “Jurassic Park/Jurassic World” franchise ever gets released, then movie goers will be treated to lots of scenes of scary-looking meat-eating dinosaurs flashing their huge teeth in their cavernous mouths at their luckless human victims.  Huge theropod dinosaurs such as Acrocanthosaurus, Giganotosaurus and T. rex might be famous for their big teeth, with serrations running along the edges, after all, we have all heard and probably used the term “steak knives”  to describe the shape of tyrannosaur teeth, but new research published in Biology Letters suggest that it was those tetrapods that were eventually to lead to the mammalian lineage that evolved such specialised tearing and cutting teeth first.

Theropod Dinosaurs Are Famous for Their Teeth Adapted to Cutting and Tearing Flesh

PNSO A-shu the Qianzhousaurus dinosaur model has an articulated jaw.

The PNSO A-shu the Qianzhousaurus dinosaur model has an articulated jaw.  The tyrannosaurid Qianzhousaurus has the typical serrated and blade-like teeth of a carnivorous dinosaur (ziphodont dentition).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Ziphodont Dentition

Teeth that are laterally compressed, pointed and have serrated edges are known as ziphodont teeth (ziphodont dentition).  The teeth of Theropoda, the only clade of predominantly predatory dinosaurs, are characterised by ziphodonty, the presence of serrations (denticles) on their cutting edges (carinae).  Today, such dentition is only found in monitor lizards (varanids) but the fossil record reveals that this condition was much more pervasive in the past.

A team of researchers from Harvard University (USA), in collaboration with colleagues based at the universities of Manitoba, Alberta and Ontario (Canada), examined and compared the teeth from four types of extinct prehistoric hypercarnivore (an animal that gets at least 70% of its nutrition from the consumption of the flesh of other animals).

The teeth studied were:

  • Tyrannosaurid tooth from the Dinosaur Provincial Park (Alberta, Canada) – a Late Cretaceous tyrannosaur tooth which is approximately 75 million years old.
  • Dimetrodon grandis tooth (synapsid, pelycosaur) from the Arroyo Formation Texas, USA) which is approximately 275 million years old.
  • A tooth from the Permian gorgonopsid Lycaenops ornatus from the Upper Permian Madumabisa Mudstone Formation of Zambia.  A synapsid (Therapsida) that lived approximately 265 million years ago.
  • An upper canine tooth from Smilodon fatalis a member of the Felidae (cat family).  The tooth comes from the Talara “tar pits” of Peru.  The youngest tooth in the research circa 13,000 years old.

The scientists identified the same denticles and interdental folds forming the cutting edges in the teeth of the Permian gorgonopsid (L. ornatus), as those seen in members of the Theropoda.  The researchers conclude that these tooth features, specifically adaptations to assist with the processing of meat, first appeared in the non-mammalian synapsids.  Comparisons of tooth serrations in gorgonopsians with those of earlier synapsids and hyper carnivorous mammals reveal that some gorgonopsians acquired a complex tissue arrangement that differed from other synapsids,

Plotting the Serrations in Non-mammalian Synapsids

Plotting the serrations in gorgonopsids.

The skull of the gorgonopsid Lycaenops ornatus (a), serrations on the canine (b) and (c) serrations on the incisors in the premaxilla.

Picture Credit: Whitney et al (Biology Letters)

In 2015, Everything Dinosaur published an article on research into the Theropoda that looked specifically at the interdental folds associated with their teeth.

To read this article: Research to Get Your Teeth Into.

For an article from 2014 that looked at the ziphodont teeth of members of the Dimetrodon genus: Dimetrodon with “Steak Knife” Teeth.

Convergent Evolution

This new study demonstrates that similar types of teeth evolved in different types of hypercarnivores that were not closely related.  This is an example of convergent evolution and the ziphodont teeth of the non-mammalian synapsids represent the earliest record of this adaptation and indicate that the first iteration of this morphological feature appeared long before the Dinosauria evolved.

High Magnification Images Showing the Morphology of the Carinae (Cutting Edges)

Looking at the inter-dental folds in non-mammalian synapsids.

Thin section through distal serrations of NHCC LB334 displaying both interdental folds and denticles (d).  Dashed box indicates location of high magnification images in both plain (e) and cross polarized light (f).  Both (e) and (f) highlight features of the denticles and interdental folds including the enamel spindles that cross the enamel.

Picture Credit: Whitney et al (Biology Letters)

The scientific paper: “Convergent dental adaptations in the serrations of hypercarnivorous synapsids and dinosaurs” by M. R. Whitney, A. R. H. LeBlanc, A. R. Reynolds and K. S. Brink published in Biology Letters.

29 12, 2020

Everything Dinosaur Offers New Tracked Postal Service for EU Customers

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Everything Dinosaur Offers New Tracked Postal Service for EU Customers

For the UK, the Brexit transition period comes to an end at 11pm GMT (midnight Central European Standard Time) on the 31st December (2020).  The UK has already formally left the European Union, this took place at 11pm (GMT) on the 31st January 2020 (midnight  Central European Standard Time), however, a period of eleven months was granted in order to help all parties prepare for the change.

At the end of the transition period, the rules which apply to non-EU imports will be extended to EU items.  Similarly, the European Union will treat UK imports as it does non-EU imports today.

The UK Leaves the European Union Transition Period at 11pm on 31st December

Updating customers about leaving the EU.

Everything Dinosaur updates its customers about preparations for the UK leaving the European Union.

Picture Credit: Reuters News Agency

What Does This Mean for Everything Dinosaur Customers in Europe?

Items sent in the post to customers in the European Union will be affected.  However, Everything Dinosaur has been working with the highly respected OCS Worldwide, the global courier and logistics network to minimise any potential customer inconvenience.

Now that the UK has left the European Union/customs union, firms supplying European customers can offer two types of mail order parcel delivery:

  1. The buyer pays VAT and any duties and this may include a carding fee (administration fee).  This is termed Delivery at Place (DAP), sometimes referred to as DDU.
  2. The seller ensures that the customer pays the appropriate VAT rate for their country at the point of purchase but the seller picks up any additional costs, tariffs and duties.  This is termed Delivery Duty Paid (DDP).

Everything Dinosaur Will Offer Delivery Duty Paid (DDP)

Everything Dinosaur offers DDP (Delivery Duty Paid).

Everything Dinosaur will be offering customers a hassle-free, delivery duty paid mail order service.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Offering a Variety of Postage Services

For the vast majority of EU member states, Everything Dinosaur is able to make use of a special airmail service for small items, but customers will also be able select a fully tracked, rapid delivery service which places the emphasis on Everything Dinosaur (the seller), to take care of customs duties and any customs clearance fees.

Depending on the country of destination, Everything Dinosaur customers will have a range of postage options available to them:

  • Special Airmail below £20 incl. shipping (3-5 Working Days) Duty Exempt
  • Special Airmail below £20 incl. shipping (4-7 Working Days) Duty Exempt
  • Tracked (3-5 Working Days) Delivered Duty Paid (DDP)
  • Tracked (4-7 Working Days) Delivered Duty Paid (DDP)

Other companies, whether based in Europe or in the UK may not offer such a high quality service.  They may be relying on import VAT, customs duties and any customs clearance fees to be collected by the receiving designated operator using the Delivery Duties Unpaid (DDU) process prior to delivery.  Ultimately, before a customer can receive their parcel they may be asked to pay extra duties plus a hefty administration fee.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“It is our intention to make it easy for buyers, with Everything Dinosaur taking responsibility for the import costs and duties.  By offering a Delivery Duty Paid service, our customers can be confident that their orders will be received without any nasty surprises.  We have done all we can to help our customers and to make shopping with Everything Dinosaur easier than ever.”

The new Delivery Duty Paid (DDP) postage option offers terrific value for customers as well as peace of mind.  This new delivery option is typical of the high standards expected of Everything Dinosaur customer service.

28 12, 2020

Favourite Blog Posts of 2020 (Part 2)

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Favourite Blog Posts of 2020 (Part 2)

Everything Dinosaur team members conclude their review of their favourite blog articles of 2020 by looking at articles and news stories that were posted up between July and December.  With the best part of 180 posts to choose from selecting our favourite six for this period was quite tricky.  The ones we have selected demonstrate the broad range of topics we cover on the Everything Dinosaur weblog.

To view our earlier article about our favourite posts in the first half of the year: Favourite Blog Posts of 2020 (Part 1).

July – “Lizard Born of Fire”

We might have been in the middle of a global pandemic but Everything Dinosaur team members kept up their blogging reporting upon tiny theropod eggs from Japan, a revision of Dilophosaurus and a number of new dinosaurs.  Our favourite post of the month concerned the scientific description of Aratasaurus museunacionali, a basal member of the Coelurosauria from Brazil.  The genus name translates as “lizard born of fire”, a reference to the terrible fire that ripped through the National Museum of Brazil where the fossil specimen was kept.

A Life Reconstruction of the Basal Member of the Coelurosauria Aratasaurus museunacionali

Aratasaurus museonacionali illustration.

Aratasaurus museonacionali life reconstruction.

Picture Credit: Museu Nacional

To read more about A. museunacionaliAratasaurus museunacionali A Lizard Born of Fire.

August – Oculudentavis khaungraae Not a Stem Bird

The controversy over the naming of the smallest dinosaur based on a skull preserved in amber from northern Myanmar rumbled on.  In August, a paper was published that refuted claims that the tiny skull of the animal named Oculudentavis khaungraae was that of an archosaur.  A month earlier (July 2020), the original scientific paper describing this remarkable fossil was retracted.

The Tiny Fossil Skull Preserved in Amber from Myanmar – But is it a Dinosaur?

Oculudentavis khaungraae skull in amber.

Tiny fossil skull preserved in amber (Oculudentavis khaungraae).

 

Picture Credit: Lida Xing et al (Nature)

To read more about O. khaungraaeSmallest Dinosaur Preserved in Amber a Lizard.

September: Doctor Who Meets a Trilobite

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History celebrated its 160th birthday, the Monsters of the Deep exhibition opened in the midst of the chaos caused by COVID-19 and Euparkeria got a makeover. Our favourite post of September concerned a new species of trilobite (Gravicalymene bakeri) from Tasmanian that was named after Doctor Who actor Tom Baker.

A Photograph of a Gravicalymene bakeri Trilobite Fossil with Line Drawing

Gravicalymene bakeri trilobite fossil.

Gravicalymene bakeri trilobite fossil with line drawing.

Picture Credit: Australian Museum

To read more about “Doctor Who and the Trilobites”: Newly Described Species of Trilobite Named after Doctor Who Actor.

October – It’s a Dog’s Life

In October we reported on the mapping of the genome of the Scimitar-toothed cat Homotherium latidens, discussed a new species of mosasaur from Morocco and the diet of pterosaurs, but our favourite article concerned the research into ancient dog DNA.  The study suggested that the diversity observed between dogs in different parts of the world today originated when all of mankind were hunters and gatherers.

Mapping Ancient Doggy DNA

Mapping ancient dog DNA.

Mesolithic dog skull (left) compared to wolf skull (right).

Picture Credit: E. E. Antipina (Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences)

To read the article: DNA Study Highlights Ancient Relationship Between Humans and Dogs.

November – Dinosaurs from the Emerald Isle

In November, Everything Dinosaur celebrated publishing its 5,000 blog post, discussed Kholumolumo a dinosaur from an African rubbish dump, looked at seal evolution and got to grips with the earliest Paranthropus robustus skull described to date.

Our favourite post concerned the first dinosaur remains reported from Ireland, not just one dinosaur but two!

First Evidence of Dinosaurs from Ireland

Dr Mike Simms holds the two precious fossils.

Dr Mike Simms (National Museums Northern Ireland) holds the theropod tibia on the left and the thyreophoran femur on the right.

Picture Credit: The University of Portsmouth

To learn more about the Irish dinosaurs: The First Dinosaur Remains from Ireland.

December – Thalassodraco etchesi Swims into View

As the year closed, in the final month of 2020 we looked at how interactive “I-books” were helping to explain archaeology, examined a very flashy new dinosaur (U. jubatus), the first sauropod dinosaur from Switzerland (Amanzia greppini) and studied Parasaurolophus pathology.

Our favourite post concerned the establishment of a new species of Late Jurassic ichthyosaur after the discovery of fossil bones by the wonderful Dr Steve Etches MBE, the founder of the amazing Etches Collection museum in Dorset.

A Life Reconstruction of the Newly Described Thalassodraco etchesi

Thalassodraco etchesi life reconstruction.

A life reconstruction of the newly described Late Jurassic ichthyosaur Thalassodraco etchesi.

Picture Credit: Megan Jacobs/University of Portsmouth

To read more about Thalassodraco etchesi: A New Taxon of Late Jurassic Ichthyosaur is Described.

This concludes our review of the blog posts that we have researched and written up over the last twelve months.  Which one is your favourite?

27 12, 2020

Favourite Blog Posts of 2020 (Part 1)

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Favourite Blog Posts of 2020 (Part 1)

At Everything Dinosaur, we try and post up an article on this blog site every single day.  This can be quite a challenge considering all our other activities and projects.  However, as a result of our work on this weblog we have managed to compile a huge amount of information, articles and features chronicling (for the most part), advances in the Earth sciences and new fossil discoveries along with research into the Dinosauria.

This year, Everything Dinosaur’s blog has passed the 5,000 articles benchmark.  Here is a selection of our own favourite news stories that we have covered in the first six months of 2020 (January to June).

January – A New Allosaurus Taxon

In January, a new species of North American Allosaurus was added to the pantheon of dinosaurs known from the famous Morrison Formation of the western United States.  Allosaurus jimmadseni honours the sadly departed James H. Madsen Jr. Utah’s inaugural state palaeontologist.  The famous Allosaurus specimen MOR 693 “Big Al” was reassigned to this new species.

A Pack of Allosaurus (A. jimmadseni) Attack a Luckless Juvenile Sauropod

Allosaurus jimmadseni a new Allosaurus taxon is described.

A pack of allosaurs (A. jimmadseni) attacking a juvenile sauropod.

Picture Credit: Todd Marshall

The January Allosaurus article: A New Species of Allosaurus.

February – The “Father of Argentinian Palaeontology” – José Bonaparte

On the 18th February José Bonaparte, regarded by many as the most influential vertebrate palaeontologist of the 20th Century passed away.  Respected and admired, José helped to develop and train a whole new generation of Earth scientists.  He was also responsible for naming and describing a large number of new dinosaurs including Abelisaurus, hence our illustration of that South American theropod (below).

José Bonaparte and a Drawing of One of the Many Dinosaurs He Named and Described (Abelisaurus comahuensis)

Lamenting the death of José Bonaparte (February 2020).

José Bonaparte (inset) and a drawing of one of the dinosaurs he named in his long and distinguished career Abelisaurus (A. comahuensis).

Picture Credit: Télam/Everything Dinosaur

To read more about José Bonaparte: José Bonaparte – The Founding Father of Palaeontology in Argentina.

March – Telling the Time Back in the Cretaceous

As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, team members at Everything Dinosaur were distracted by some remarkable research undertaken by scientists from the University of Ghent and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

A study of the growth rings preserved on the fossilised shells of Cretaceous bivalves permitted the researchers to calculate that 70 million years ago, the day length was approximately thirty minutes shorter and a year on Earth was around a week longer than it is today.

To read this article: Telling the Time Back in the Cretaceous.

April – Homo erectus at Home in Africa

The remarkable Drimolen fossil hominin site in South Africa, provided palaeoanthropologists with likely confirmation that the hominin H. erectus did indeed evolve in Africa and not Asia.  A carefully and painstakingly reconstructed fossil skull (DNH 134), found in this area – regarded as the “Cradle of Humankind”, suggests that Homo erectus existed some 100,000 to 200,000 years earlier than previously realised.

We still have a lot to learn about our own evolution.

Homo erectus Evolved in Africa

Partial H. erectus cranium from the Drimolen Fossil Hominin site.

The partial H. erectus cranium from the Drimolen Fossil Hominin site.

Picture Credit: La Trobe University (Australia)

To learn more about the origins of Homo erectusH. erectus Originated in Africa.

May – Lots of Pterosaurs

A jawbone found on the Isle of Wight was identified as a new species of tapejarid pterosaur.  The flying reptile, named Wightia declivirostris which translates as “slanting beak from the Isle of Wight” was one of several new pterosaur species described in 2020.

A Life Reconstruction of the Early Cretaceous Pterosaur Wightia declivirostris

Wightia declivirostris from the Isle of Wight

A life reconstruction of the newly described tapejarid from the Lower Cretaceous of the Isle of Wight (Wightia declivirostris).

Picture Credit: Megan Jacobs (University of Portsmouth)

To read more about Wightia declivirostrisA New Terrific Tapejarid.

We have a lot more to learn about the Pterosauria too.

June – Fossilised Stick – Provides a Surprise

A fossil discovered more than fifty years ago and regarded as little more than a “fossilised stick” has proved to be a new species of Late Devonian plant and it will help scientists to better understand the flora of the ancient landmass of Gondwana.

The specimen was found by amateur geologist John Irving whilst exploring the banks of the Manilla River in Barraba (New South Wales, Australia).  A study in the open-access journal PeerJ identifies the newly named Keraphyton mawsoniae and proposes that it has a similar structure to primitive horsetails and ferns.  The fossil which looks so unremarkable on the outside, once studied in cross-section, has provided a unique window into the plant life on Earth around 360 million years ago.

Not Much to Look at on the Outside but Inside a Treasure Trove of Information for Palaeobotanists

Keraphyton mawsoniae fossil.

The newly described Keraphyton mawsoniae a fern-like land plant from the Late Devonian of Australia.

Picture Credit: Champreux et al (PeerJ)

To read more about K. mawsoniaeFossil Stick Proves to be New Species of Ancient Plant.

This selection represents some of our favourite blog posts from the first six months of 2020, which one is your favourite post?

We will conclude this review of the news stories we have covered on this blog in part 2.

26 12, 2020

PNSO A-Shu the Qianzhousaurus Dinosaur Model

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PNSO A-Shu the Qianzhousaurus Dinosaur Model

Everything Dinosaur announced on the company’s social media pages earlier this month that in 2021 PNSO was going to be adding a model of the Chinese theropod Qianzhousaurus (Q. sinensis) to their model range.  Today, we can post up some more images of this exciting tyrannosaurid replica, a figure that will be available from Everything Dinosaur early next year.

The New for 2021 PNSO Qianzhousaurus Replica

PNSO Qianzhousaurus dinosaur model.

A-Shu the PNSO Qianzhousaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

“Pinocchio rex”

Named and described in 2014 (Junchang Lü et al), this Late Cretaceous member of the Tyrannosauridae family from Jiangxi Province, was nicknamed “Pinocchio rex” as its snout was disproportionately longer than other, similar sized tyrannosaurids.  Its discovery confirmed that there was a branch of the tyrannosaur family tree that consisted of large, hypercarnivores with different shaped skulls compared to their deep-skulled, bone-crunching cousins.

A Closer View of the Long-snouted Tyrannosaur Qianzhousaurus sinensis

PNSO Qianzhousaurus dinosaur model.

The PNSO Qianzhousaurus dinosaur model.  Along with Alioramus this dinosaur forms a new clade of tyrannosaurids named the Alioramini (pronounced Al-ee-oh-ram-eye).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Ever since the first fossils of Alioramus came to light in the early 1970’s, palaeontologists had suspected that there was sub-branch of the Tyrannosauridae family.  Qianzhousaurus shed light on the “other evolutionary branch” of tyrannosaurids.

The new for 2021 PNSO Qianzhousaurus model will have an articulated lower jaw.

PNSO Qianzhousaurus sinensis with an Articulated Jaw

PNSO A-shu the Qianzhousaurus dinosaur model has an articulated jaw.

The PNSO A-Shu the Qianzhousaurus dinosaur model has an articulated jaw.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Model Measurements

The Qianzhousaurus figure measures a fraction under 24 cm in length and the raised tail is a just under 10 cm high.  Although this dinosaur has been named from incomplete remains (see skeletal drawing showing the known fossil material below), palaeontologists estimate that this predator was around 8-9 metres in length, based on this, Everything Dinosaur estimates that the PNSO model is approximately 1:35 scale.

A-Shu the Qianzhousaurus Model Measurements

The PNSO Qianzhousaurus dinosaur model measurements.

PNSO Qianzhousaurus dinosaur model measurements.  The model measures 23.8 cm in length and it stands approximately 10 cm high.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Clear Rod to Help Support the Dinosaur

Qianzhousaurus is supplied with a plastic stand, that when placed under the chest area helps to support the model.  The clear plastic stand is designed to be unobtrusive and it permits the body proportions of this meat-eating dinosaur to be kept accurate as per the scientific record.  There is no need for oversized feet on this tyrannosaurid replica.

The Packaging and a Diagram Showing How to use the Plastic Support

PNSO Qianzhousaurus model with support stand.

A transparent stand is provided to help to stabilise the PNSO Qianzhousaurus model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The PNSO Qianzhousaurus is due to be in stock at Everything Dinosaur in 2021.

To view the range of PNSO dinosaur and prehistoric animal figures in stock at Everything Dinosaur: PNSO Age of Dinosaurs Models and Figures.

25 12, 2020

Merry Christmas from Everything Dinosaur

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Merry Christmas from Everything Dinosaur

From all of us to all of you, we would just like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas.  This special day seems to come round even quicker each year.  Team members have been so busy wrapping parcels for customers that we have hardly had time to wrap our own presents and gifts.

Santaroarus Wishes Everyone a Very Merry Christmas

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

A seasonal decoration with a dinosaur theme.  This is one of our favourite festive decorations.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Lots of Exciting Plans

Here’s hoping that all our blog readers and social media followers have a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Prosperous New Year.  We have lots of exciting plans for 2021, but before we get there we have perhaps the worst job of the year ahead of us – stock take.  Between now and New Year, we will all be in the warehouse counting the stock, with something like 1,000 product lines it is going to be a “mammoth” task!

We will also be rolling out some changes to our website, we will be able to offer our customers in Europe a fast, fully tracked postal service with all deliveries duty paid (DDP).  No hidden charges, no carding fees, no administration costs for our customers, just the usual 5-star customer service you have come to expect from Everything Dinosaur.  We might even be nominated for another customer service award as well…

Our stock take might be arduous but we will take it in our stride.  Still, I’m sure someone will bring in some mince pies and Christmas cake and this will keep us going.

On behalf of all the team members at Everything Dinosaur have a Happy Christmas.

24 12, 2020

Rebor Gorilla Z Models in Stock

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Rebor Gorilla Z Models in Stock

The Rebor Alpha Male Gorilla Z models are in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  This trio of gorilla replicas have just been delivered to the Everything Dinosaur warehouse and team members have been busy contacting Rebor fans and model collectors who asked to be alerted when the models arrived.  The three figures Patriarch, Albino and Primal are beautifully detailed scale models based on the rare and endangered Mountain Gorilla, a sub-species (Gorilla beringei beringei).

The Three Rebor Gorilla Z Replicas – Alpha Male Gorilla Models

Rebor Alpha Male Gorilla models.

The three Rebor Alpha Male Gorilla Z replicas Primal (left), Patriarch (centre) and Albino (right).  A trio of stunning Rebor figures that are a spectacular display either as a set or individually.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Alpha Male Gorilla Models

Measuring around 14 centimetres in length and with a head height of approximately 15 centimetres, the figures have a declared scale of 1:11.  Each model has been skilfully crafted and the detail is stunning.

The Rebor Alpha Male Gorilla Model – Albino

The albino gorilla model from Rebor.

A fearsome animal!  The Rebor Alpha Male Mountain Gorilla replica in 1/11 the scale (Albino).  The blue eyes of the albino gorilla replica are simply stunning.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Official Studio Shot of the Rebor Alpha Male Mountain Gorilla Replica (Albino)

Rebor Alpha Male Mountain Gorilla model (Albino).

The Rebor Alpha Male Mountain Gorilla model (Albino).  The superb detail of the sculpt is revealed.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Battle with Tyrannosaurus rex

These new Rebor figures work really well in dioramas and prehistoric scenes with the various tyrannosaurid models in this range.  For example, Everything Dinosaur team members took a Rebor “Vanilla Ice” tyrannosaur model (mountain colour variant) and took some shots in the studio to see how the figures looked together.

A Pair of Rebor Figures (Tyrannosaur and Gorilla)

Tyrannosaurus rex versus a giant gorilla.

The Rebor Alpha Male Mountain Gorilla (Primal) with the Rebor “Vanilla Ice” tyrannosaurid in the mountain colour scheme.  The tyrannosaur figure works well with the Rebor gorilla model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Black Gorilla Model (Patriarch) Faces the Rebor “Vanilla Ice” Tyrannosaur Replica

Two Rebor models face each other

The Rebor Alpha Male Gorilla Z model Patriarch with the Rebor “Vanilla Ice” tyrannosaurid model in 1:35 scale.  Collectors of Rebor figures can now create scenes from a famous “monster movie” using these two replicas.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Amazing Rebor Alpha Male Gorilla Z Figure (Primal)

Rebor Alpha Male Mountain Gorilla - Gorilla Z (Primal).

The Rebor Alpha Male Mountain Gorilla – Gorilla Z (Primal).  A male gorilla model available by mail order!

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the range of Rebor scale models and replicas available from Everything Dinosaur including Albino, Primal and Patriarch (Gorilla Z models): The Rebor Range of Models and Figures.

23 12, 2020

The Next Everything Dinosaur YouTube Video?

By | December 23rd, 2020|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

The Next Everything Dinosaur YouTube Video?

This might be the festive season for a substantial part of the world, but team members at Everything Dinosaur continue to work hard, ensuring that parcels are sent out promptly on behalf of customers.  However, in between all the packing and despatching there has still been time to shoot some footage in preparation for the next YouTube video that the UK-based company will post up.

We won’t reveal the title, or indeed, the subject matter – can you guess?

What is This?  Everything Dinosaur Provides a Hint About the Subject Matter for their Next YouTube Video

Everything Dinosaur drops a hint about the subject matter for their next YouTube video.

Everything Dinosaur hints at the contents of their next YouTube video.  What’s this?  Everything Dinosaur provides a hint about the subject matter for their next YouTube video.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We have posted up a bit of a teaser image on our YouTube channel and on our other social medial platforms including Facebook.   We will be providing news and information about an exciting new figure, but we shall leave it up to our viewers, fans and follows to see if they can work out which one it might be.”

Not Too Long to Wait

Whilst confirming that the priority for team members is to ensure the rapid despatch of orders to customers, the spokesperson confirmed that this new YouTube video should be up on Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube channel before the end of the year.

Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube channel is packed full of videos related to dinosaur figures and prehistoric animal model collecting.  The channel has over 180 videos on it and it aims to provide model collectors and dinosaur fans with the very latest information about new products as well as hints and tips on how to make the most of your collection.

Having posted up a teaser image about the subject matter for the next YouTube prehistoric animal model review, we shall leave it to our well-informed audience to guess what we will be talking about.

We recommend that you take a look at Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube channel and subscribe.

Here is a link to the Everything Dinosaur YouTube channel: Everything Dinosaur – YouTube.

22 12, 2020

Prehistoric Times Issue 136 Sneak Peek

By | December 22nd, 2020|Dinosaur Fans, Magazine Reviews, Main Page|1 Comment

Prehistoric Times Issue 136 Sneak Peek

The next cover of “Prehistoric Times”, the quarterly magazine for dinosaur fans and prehistoric animal model collectors, will feature a stunning illustration of the fearsome Deinonychus (D. antirrhopus).  This magnificent illustration of a deadly dromaeosaurid was created by the very talented Dutch artist Esther van Hulsen.

The Front Cover of the Forthcoming “Prehistoric Times” – Issue 136

"Prehistoric Times" magazine issue 136.

The front cover of “Prehistoric Times” magazine issue 136.  The beautiful illustration of a battle scarred Deinonychus (D. antirrhopus) was created by Esther van Hulsen.

Picture Credit: Mike Fredericks

Esther does not focus solely on illustrating dinosaurs, although she has collaborated on a number of palaeontology projects.  She also illustrates living animals capturing their beauty in a variety of traditional media such as acrylics and water colours.

Inside issue 136, Esther discusses her work on a primitive primate.  The article will feature many more examples of her art.

John Lavas’s long-running biography of Zdenek Burian provides a segue linking one of the founding fathers of palaeoart to Esther, one of a new generation of exciting illustrators.  John Lavas focuses on Burian’s sauropods.

Phil Hore provides the low down on the low slung thyreophoran Sauropelta and tells the tale of the bizarre Longisquama (L. insignis) that was named and scientifically described fifty years ago.

Scottish scientist and science writer Dougal Dixon explains all about the dinosaur models he has created during lockdown and Canada is represented by palaeontologists Darren Tanke and Jordan Mallon who discuss the early illustrations of the eminent and highly influential Robert Bakker.

Randy Knol highlights spinosaurs and the various models that have been produced to represent this unusual family of theropods, whilst fellow American Tracy Ford digs into the dermal armour of Ankylosaurus, with lots of beautiful, armoured dinosaur illustrations too.

Relax with the Next Edition of “Prehistoric Times”

The first edition of "Prehistoric Times".

An early subscriber to “Prehistoric Times”.  The latest issue (136), will be sent out to subscribers in the near future.

Picture Credit: © 2018 Studiocanal S.A.S. and The British Film Institute

The next edition of “Prehistoric Times” examines the influence of the 1960 science-fiction film “Dinosaurus”, delves into dinosaur collectibles from Spain and Dave Bengel, a good friend of the editor Mike Fredericks, takes you through the building of a “Thunderbird” replica sculpted by Joe Laudati.

As always, the magazine will be jam-packed with news about fossil finds, new model introductions and lots and lots of reader submitted artwork.  Don’t forget to peruse the interview with Gary Gerani, who provides the inside story of the “Dinosaurs Attack!” trading card set.

Issue 136 of “Prehistoric Times” will be on its way to subscribers very soon, what a great way to kick-off the new year!

To subscribe to “Prehistoric Times”: Prehistoric Times for the Dinosaur Fan and Collector.

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