Everything Dinosaur, the UK-based specialist mail order company has just received its 140th Google review. Every single review has been five stars – top marks for Everything Dinosaur. The award-winning supplier of dinosaur and prehistoric animal models has chalked up a total of 140 five star Google reviews in a row.
Feefo Platinum Trusted Service
The company has already been awarded Feefo Platinum Trusted Service accreditation. This is the highest award given out by the independent customer service company Feefo. The Feefo Platinum Trusted Service award was only brought out two years ago (2020) and Everything Dinosaur has been awarded top marks by Feefo and provided with Platinum Trusted Service accreditation in the two years that this award has been in existence (2020 and 2021).
Even in a global pandemic Everything Dinosaur is setting the standard for customer service.
Prior to the introduction of this new award, Everything Dinosaur received Feefo’s Gold Trusted Service award. At the time, the highest award Feefo could give a company prior to the introduction of the platinum standards.
A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:
“We appreciate that the global pandemic has been very challenging for many of our customers. We understand that on-line shopping has grown but customers want to be able to trust their supplier. We have continued to maintain our customer service and support channels and we have done all we can to help and assist our customers. Our work is reflected in our consistently high customer service rating such as the 140 Google 5* ratings in a row and our Platinum Trusted Service awards that have been awarded to us by the independent ratings company Feefo. We are truly proud and humbled to have received such praise and positive feedback from our customers over many years.”
A few days ago, team members at Everything Dinosaur teased their Facebook and Instagram followers with a stunning illustration of the huge theropod dinosaur Spinosaurus. The artwork is supplied with the W-Dragon Spinosaurus (S. aegyptiacus) replica, but team members challenged followers and fans on social media to see if they could correctly identify the illustration.
Our well-informed customers, dinosaur model fans and clever collectors were able to identify the Spinosaurus artwork. We are going to have to set some sterner challenges if we are to stump our fans and followers on social media.
A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:
“We have a very knowledgeable and discerning customer base and we like to set the occasional challenge to test how much they know about the models that we sell. We have been very impressed with the level of knowledge that has been demonstrated. We might have to set some harder challenges in the future.”
W-Dragon Spinosaurus Model
The W-Dragon Spinosaurus arrived in stock at Everything Dinosaur at the beginning of 2021. A special production run had been commissioned by Everything Dinosaur in response to requests from customers.
Analysis of a beautifully preserved lower jawbone found in the southern Pyrenees of Spain has led to a new species of Late Cretaceous hadrosauroid dinosaur being erected. Named Fylax (F. thyrakolasus), it is the youngest non-hadrosaurid hadrosauroid described to date. This dinosaur was one of the very last of all the non-avian dinosaurs to have existed and a phylogenetic assessment places Fylax as the sister taxon of Tethyshadros which is known from north-eastern Italy and was formally named and described in 2009.
Described from a Dentary
Described from a left dentary (lower jawbone), found in Lleida Province in Spain, the researchers from The Autonomous University of Barcelona (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), identified several unique characteristics that enabled them to erect a new taxon. The genus name is derived from the Greek thýra which means door or gate and kólasi which means hell. This translates as the “keeper of the gates of hell” a reference to the proximity of the fossil dentary to the layers of rock that mark the end Cretaceous mass extinction event that saw the demise of the non-avian dinosaurs.
Based on analysis of more complete hadrosaurid fossil remains, Fylax is estimated to have been between 3.5 to 4 metres in length and it is the stratigraphically youngest non-hadrosaurid hadrosauroid known to date.
An Asian Origin for Hadrosauroids
Although not the focus of their study, subsequent analysis and mapping of the geographical distribution of ornithopod fossil remains led the researchers to support the hypothesis of an Asian origin for hadrosauroids, which then subsequently dispersed to the eastern North American landmass of Appalachia. They suggest that the European archipelago that existed during the Late Cretaceous could have facilitated the westward dispersal of hadrosaurid outgroups from Asia to Appalachia.
The scientific paper: “A new late-surviving early diverging Ibero-Armorican duck-billed dinosaur and the role of the Late Cretaceous European Archipelago in hadrosauroid biogeography” by Prieto-Márquez, A. and Carrera Farias published in Acta Palaeontologica Polonica.
New PNSO prehistoric animal announcements continue to come thick and fast as the Chinese manufacturer announces the introduction of a new Mamenchisaurus dinosaur model in their Scientific Art range. This new version of Er-ma the Mamenchisaurus is in 1:45 scale, although it is roughly the same size as the existing PNSO Scientific Art Mamenchisaurus which has a stated scale of 1:35.
A Sauropod with a Club Tail
This new PNSO Mamenchisaurus figure has been given a small defensive club on the end of its tail, reminiscent of Shunosaurus. There may be some debate as to whether this dinosaur possessed such a club, fused caudal vertebrae in at least one specimen does suggest that a tail club was present.
Several species of this Asian sauropod have been described, since the first taxon Mamenchisaurus constructus was named in 1954. In 2001, a well-preserved and nearly complete specimen assigned to the species M. hochuanensis was shown to have four fused vertebrae at the tip of its tail. These fused caudal vertebrae were not thought to have been caused by taphonomy and a pathological cause was discounted. It was proposed that these bones represented a defensive tail club or perhaps a tactile, sensory organ.
The new for 2021 PNSO Mamenchisaurus has been furnished with a tail club and in the release notes accompanying this figure’s announcement the model is described as representing M. hochuanensis.
Mamenchisaurus Model Measurements
This is the second, large Mamenchisaurus to be introduced by PNSO, after the original Er-ma figure in 1:35 scale that came into stock at Everything Dinosaur back in March 2019. Although, these two dinosaur models have different declared scales, they are approximately the same size. This can be explained by the fact that the figures have different postures and they represent different Mamenchisaurus species.
The 2019 Er-ma the Mamenchisaurus (1:35 scale) measures 47.5 cm in length and has a head height of 15 cm. Everything Dinosaur team members have suggested that this figure represents M. constructus.
The new for 2021 Er-ma the Mamenchisaurus (1:45 scale) measures 48 cm long and is 14 cm tall, it represents the species M. hochuanensis.
A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:
“We welcome the new for 2021 PNSO Mamenchisaurus figure. We cannot confirm or deny at this stage whether the original Er-ma Mamenchisaurus model that has proved to be so popular with collectors, will be retired and withdrawn from production. The new for 2021 figure has a different declared scale, but since the models represent different species and the actual fully-grown size for these sauropods is not known, the declared scale for a figure of this type of dinosaur is somewhat irrelevant in our view.”
Due in Stock Later in the Year
The new PNSO Er-ma the Mamenchisaurus is due in stock at Everything Dinosaur later in the year (2021). Sending out such a huge model will prove challenging for the team. The box that this figure is supplied in measures 54 cm in length. This might require the UK-based company to commission a special cardboard box to permit these items to be sent out to customers safely.
To view the current range of PNSO prehistoric animal models available from Everything Dinosaur: PNSO Age of Dinosaurs.
Rebor’s celebration of dinosaurs depicted in the popular media has kicked-off with the introduction of the T. rex figure entitled Rebor 1:35 80s T-REX Toy HD Remastered “Californiacation” VHS and what a splendid “old school” representation of Tyrannosaurus rex it is.
T. rex from the Movies
The Rebor range of “retrosaurs” pays homage to how dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex were depicted in films in the 20th Century. For example, the Californiacation figure resembles the meat-eating dinosaur that attacked Kong in the iconic 1933 movie “King Kong”. We think Willis O’Brien, the pioneering American stop motion animator who worked on the famous monster movie would be most impressed with this new Rebor replica.
Attaching the Tail on the Rebor “Retrosaur” T. rex
Just like many of the recent Rebor model introductions the T. rex known as “Californiacation” requires some assembly. The tail is supplied as a separate piece that has to be attached to the body. This is done to save on packaging and to insert the tail is a very simple job. Some considerable force needs to be applied to insert the tail piece, but if the tail proves difficult to insert, try dipping the connecting plug on the tail in a cup of boiling water for 2-3 seconds. This should make the plastic plug more malleable and aid assembly.
T. rex Figure with an Articulated Jaw
In common with many other theropod models, the Rebor 1:35 80s T-REX Toy HD Remastered “Californiacation” VHS replica has an articulated lower jaw. The forelimbs are also poseable.
Researchers have described a new species of crocodilian from the Late Jurassic of Chile. Named Burkesuchus (B. mallingrandensis), it heralds from the Toqui Formation of southern Chile. As such, this 70-centimetre-long reptile shared its home with sauropods and the bizarre Chilesaurus (C. diegosuarezi). Analysis of the fragmentary fossil bones, including all important skull material suggests that Burkesuchus was a basal member of the Mesoeucrocodylia, the crocodilian lineage that led to modern crocodiles.
Shedding Light on the Fauna Associated with the Toqui Formation
Fossils of Burkesuchus were collected from outcrops of the Toqui Formation (Tithonian stage of the Late Jurassic). Analysis of zircon samples subjected to radiometric dating suggest that this small crocodilian lived around 147 million years ago. The fossils found consist of skull material, dorsal vertebrae, elements from the limbs including a right scapula and coracoid (shoulder bones) a nearly complete right femur (thigh bone) and several osteoderms (body armour).
A “Missing Link” in Crocodile Evolution
The genus name honours the American Coleman Burke for his financial support of the field work and “suchus” from Latin, meaning crocodile. The species name is a reference to Mallín Grande, the name given to this scenic, very beautiful but remote part of Chile, south of General Carrera Lake.
Semi-aquatic crocodilian fossils dating from the Jurassic of South America are rare. To date, the only other non-marine crocodilian known from this continent is Batrachomimus from the Upper Jurassic of Brazil, which is thought to be a paralligatorid. However, analysis of the limb bones associated with Burkesuchus reveals that it possibly represents an intermediate form between crocodilians with a more semi-erect gait and sprawling forms reflecting the gait and locomotion of modern crocodilians. Burkesuchus could represent a transitional form, helping palaeontologists to understand the evolutionary history of this important group of archosaurs.
The discovery of Burkesuchus expands the meagre record of non-marine crocodile representatives from the Late Jurassic of South America and the researchers conclude that Batrachomimus and Burkesuchus indicate that the evolution of more derived crocodyliforms could have occurred in South America.
The scientific paper: “New transitional fossil from late Jurassic of Chile sheds light on the origin of modern crocodiles” by Fernando E. Novas, Federico L. Agnolin, Gabriel L. Lio, Sebastián Rozadilla, Manuel Suárez, Rita de la Cruz, Ismar de Souza Carvalho, David Rubilar-Rogers and Marcelo P. Isasi published in Scientific Reports.
Those very kind and generous people at Eofauna shared their image which highlights all their beautiful prehistoric animal models in the company’s Eofauna Scientific Research range. Everything Dinosaur team members have been most impressed with this model series and we look forward to further additions to this exciting range in the near future.
Seven Stunning Eofauna Scientific Research Figures
The image (above) shows all seven of the current range of Eofauna Scientific Research figures in lateral view. Can you name them all?
The first of these amazing figures was introduced just four years ago (2017), since then the range has grown to include three dinosaur genera and three genera of prehistoric elephant. The team behind the Eofauna range have a particular expertise in prehistoric Proboscidea (elephants and their close relatives), hence all three of the prehistoric mammals in this series released to date are replicas of extinct members of the elephant family (Elephantiformes).
Used to Illustrate Museum Displays
Some of these impressive figures have found themselves being used in museum displays to illustrate the variety of elephants that once roamed our planet.
The Magnificent Seven
For the record, here is the list of the seven models currently in the Eofauna Scientific Research range. We have produced the list in the order in which the figures were released.
Eofauna Scientific Research Models (July 2021):
Steppe Mammoth (Mammuthus trogontherii) – introduced October 2017.
Straight-tusked Elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus) – introduced late spring 2018.
Giganotosaurus (Giganotosaurus carolinii) – introduced January 2019.
Deinotherium (Deinotherium giganteum) – introduced October 2019.
Atlasaurus (Atlasaurus imelakei) – introduced November 2019.
The latest edition of “Prehistoric Times” magazine has arrived and once again it is jam-packed with fascinating features, informative articles and lots of amazing reader submitted artwork. The highly respected palaeoartist Mark Hallett has provided the front cover, a piece entitled “Venus of the Steppes” as it features a female Neanderthal and inside the magazine Mark provides an update on Neanderthal research and examines how our perception of our “close cousins” has changed.
The in-depth article looks at how Neanderthals hunted, examines evidence of a “Neanderthal culture” in the form of art, ornaments and a belief in an afterlife. Mark also considers the cause of their extinction and reviews their legacy in terms of the genes that parts of the modern human (H. sapiens) population have inherited.
Tenontosaurus and Plesiosaurus
The featured prehistoric animals in issue 132 are Tenontosaurus and Plesiosaurus. Phil Hore provides plenty of information and the articles include lots of reader submitted artwork. Stand outs for us when it comes to Tenontosaurus include Kurt Miller’s striking Tenontosaurus pair and Diane Ramic’s colourful geometric pastiche. When reading the Plesiosaurus feature, we admired the big-eyed plesiosaur illustration reminiscent of “Nessie” by Anders Bang and the silhouetted plesiosaurs and other Mesozoic marine life depicted by Jacob Micallef.
The talented Tracy Lee Ford focuses on Hypsilophodon (H. foxii) in his regular “How to Draw Dinosaurs” piece. As well as providing detailed views of skeletal anatomy including evidence of an “opposable toe”, he also demonstrates how Hypsilophodon has been depicted over the last 110 years or so, concluding his well-written article with a modern H. foxii life reconstruction.
John Lavas continues his long-running series on the remarkable career of the influential Czech artist Zdeněk Burian. The focus is on the Ornithopoda and some stunning images are reproduced including an illustration of Iguanodon (I. bernissartensis) that may have been the inspiration for how the movie monster “Godzilla” was depicted. In turn, Burian’s iguanodontid artwork may have been influenced by tales from African explorers of “elephant graveyards”.
The book “Locked in Time: Animal Behavior Unearthed in 50 Extraordinary Fossils” by chums of Everything Dinosaur Dean Lomax and Bob Nicholls is reviewed by editor Mike Fredericks in the “Mesozoic Media” section and look out for Randy Knol’s update on new prehistoric animal figures. Our thanks to Dr Andreas Forrer for the article recreating the Pleistocene of Germany in his article discussing the remarkable fossil finds associated with the Wipper Valley of Thuringia. The summer edition of “Prehistoric Times” is crammed with lots of interesting articles, features and illustrations.
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With all the problems occurring in global logistics due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Everything Dinosaur team members were delighted to receive a large shipment of Papo prehistoric animal models. Dozens of different types of Papo prehistoric animal model including the Giganotosaurus, Pentaceratops and the Chilesaurus model were carefully unpacked and put into the various product bays at Everything Dinosaur’s warehouse.
A Craving for Cryolophosaurus
Team members have been busy updating waitlists and emailing customer who had requested Papo models to be reserved for them. Dinosaur model collectors have been craving for the return of the Papo Cryolophosaurus, waiting patiently for Parasaurolophus and queuing for Quetzalcoatlus. Staff have spent much of the afternoon contacting customers to let them know about the stock updates.
Papo Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models
The Papo “Les Dinosaures” model range is very popular with collectors, but like many companies, Papo have encountered problems moving stock from the factory into markets. The Everything Dinosaur shipment contains all the 2019 and 2020 additions to this range plus some of the more difficult to obtain figures such as the Papo Cryolophosaurus and the popular Brachiosaurus figure.
Make Room for Megaloceros
A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur confirmed that this shipment contained prehistoric mammal models as well as dinosaur figures. They were able to reassure collectors that the magnificent Papo Megaloceros, an introduction to the Papo range in 2020, was back in stock.
When asked to name an armoured dinosaur, we suspect that most readers would quickly reply with “Stegosaurus” or possibly “Ankylosaurus”. True, some armoured dinosaurs are very famous, having seeped into the public consciousness thanks to countless appearances in the media, dinosaur documentaries and films. However, very little is known about the origins of this diverse and highly successful ornithischian clade. Newly, published research on the labrador-sized early thyreophoran Scutellosaurus (S. lawleri) is helping scientists to better understand the evolutionary origin of these dinosaurs.
A Palaeontological Project Lasting Sixteen Years
The scientific paper, the first detailed anatomical assessment of Scutellosaurus covering its entire skeleton, has been published in the on-line, open access journal Royal Society Publishing. The dedicated research team consisted of PhD student Benjamin Breeden (University of Utah), Professor Richard Butler (University of Birmingham), Professor Timothy Rowe (University of Texas at Austin) along with PhD student Tom Raven and Dr Susannah Maidment (Natural History Museum, London).
This research project was first proposed back in 2005. Sixteen years after the project’s inception, the paper has been published providing a new perspective on the evolution of the armoured dinosaurs.
Named and described in 1981, from material discovered ten years earlier. Scutellosaurus lawleri fossils come from the Kayenta Formation of Arizona, more specifically mudstones associated with the “middle third” of this Formation (Lower Jurassic). It has been estimated that the Scutellosaurus fossils are around 181 to 186 million years old (Pliensbachian and Toarcian stages).
More than seventy Scutellosaurus specimens are known, representing all parts of the skeleton. As such, Scutellosaurus fossil material is much more abundant than that of other early armoured dinosaurs such as Scelidosaurus (S. harrisoni), which was named and described by the famous Victorian anatomist Richard Owen. This relative abundance of fossil material in comparison with other early armoured dinosaurs makes Scutellosaurus an ideal candidate to help palaeontologists to better understand the evolution of this important group of plant-eating dinosaurs.
Scutellosaurus was a Biped
One of the key findings of this research is that based on limb proportions and postcranial skeletal assessments, Scutellosaurus was bipedal. As such, it is the only bipedal thyreophoran known to science. It had been suggested that as thyreophorans evolved into larger and more heavily armoured forms they lost this ability to adopt a bipedal posture.
Although the exact layout of the dermal armour of Scutellosaurus is not known, the researchers tested the hypothesis that heavier armour led these dinosaurs to adopt a quadrupedal stance. The research team calculated the centre of mass of Scutellosaurus with its armour, without armour, with the armour of Stegosaurus and with the armour of the Late Cretaceous ankylosaurid Euoplocephalus. They found that the addition of armour did cause the centre of mass to move slightly further back in the body in all the tests. However, the team concluded that the evolution of armour probably was not the reason to cause early armoured dinosaurs to adopt quadrupedal locomotion. More derived taxa of armoured dinosaurs required forelimb support for their body weight for other, as yet not understood reasons.
Armoured Dinosaurs Grew Slowly
Detailed analysis of Scutellosaurus bones indicate that this dinosaur grew very slowly throughout its life. This supports other studies that suggest that thyreophorans had lower metabolic rates when compared to other dinosaurs, even closely related ornithischians.
Lots of Variety in Early Jurassic Dinosaur Faunas
The supercontinent Pangaea did begin to break-up during the Jurassic, but at the time Scutellosaurus roamed what was to become the western United States, this landmass was largely intact, which in theory would have helped homologous populations of dinosaurs to evolve. That is to say, that given the absence of any geographical barriers preventing movement, similar dinosaur faunas would have existed across Pangaea. When this study of Scutellosaurus is looked at from the wider perspective of dinosaur evolution and radiation, a different picture emerges.
The ornithischian dinosaurs from the Kayenta Formation are represented by Scutellosaurus lawleri, a larger unnamed thyreophoran known from isolated bones and an undescribed hetrodontosaurid. Scutellosaurus fossils are the most abundant dinosaur fossils associated with the Kayenta Formation, they are much more common than theropod or sauropodomorph fossils. In contrast, the roughly contemporaneous upper Elliot Formation of South Africa has many more sauropodomorphs than ornithischians and the dinosaur biota of the Lufeng Formation of China is dominated by sauropodomorphs with ornithischian material exceptionally rare.
This suggests that there was considerable variation in the composition of dinosaur biotas during the Early Jurassic.
The scientific paper: The anatomy and palaeobiology of the early armoured dinosaur Scutellosaurus lawleri (Ornithischia: Thyreophora) from the Kayenta Formation (Lower Jurassic) of Arizona by Benjamin T. Breeden, Thomas J. Raven, Richard J. Butler, Timothy B. Rowe and Susannah C. R. Maidment published by Royal Society Publishing.