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6 11, 2018

Red Plates on a Stegosaurus

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Red Plates on a Stegosaurus

This morning, we feature a superb illustration of the Late Jurassic armoured dinosaur Stegosaurus by the renowned palaeoartist from China, Zhao Chuang.  Enormous diamond-shaped plates were located on the neck, back and tail of Stegosaurus.   These plates were not just made of bone, they also had a horny, keratin covering.  This covering has not been preserved in the known fossil record so palaeontologists don’t know how big the plates were or indeed, what shape they were in life.

A Life Reconstruction of the Armoured Dinosaur Stegosaurus

A life reconstruction of the armoured dinosaur Stegosaurus.

Stegosaurus illustration by Zhao Chuang.

Picture Credit: Zhao Chuang

What Colour were the Plates on Stegosaurus?

When first described by the American palaeontologist Othniel Charles Marsh in 1877, the bizarre plates of Stegosaurus were thought to provide protection against attack.  They were regarded as armour, however, it was soon noted that although their exact position in life was difficult to determine (the plates are embedded in the skin and not attached to the bone), it was likely that these structures were too high on the back to be effective armour-plating for this plant-eating dinosaur.  As palaeontologists employed more sophisticated techniques to study these plates, it was revealed that they were quite thin with lots of blood vessels running through them.  The theory that these plates played a role in thermoregulation was postulated.  On cold mornings a Stegosaurus could face towards the sunrise and warm its plates.  The blood running through the vessels close to the surface of the plates would then be warmed up, helping the dinosaur to raise its body temperature.  Furthermore, in order to cool down, the Stegosaurus could face the sun in such a way that only a small surface area of the plates was exposed, thus permitting the body to cool down.  As the largest plates were high on the animal’s back, their position several metres in the air, would permit cooler air away from the ground surface to circulate around them, thus cooling the dinosaur still further.

It was the scientist Kenneth Carpenter who first proposed that the plates could be flushed with blood at will and this led to the idea that these adornments could be used to display or to intimidate predatory dinosaurs.  As a result, numerous Stegosaurus illustrations and indeed models, have tended to give Stegosaurus some reddish colour plates.

A Model of a Stegosaurus (Bullyland Stegosaurus) with Red Coloured Plates

Bullyland Stegosaurus dinosaur model.

The Bullyland Stegosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

As for the colour of Stegosaurus plates, when they were not being flushed with blood, nobody knows.

1 11, 2018

Everything Dinosaur October Newsletter

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Rebor “Vanilla Ice”, Papo Update and the CollectA Brontosaurus

The October newsletter from Everything Dinosaur features the Rebor “Vanilla Ice” Tyrannosaur figures, a Papo update and the CollectA Brontosaurus.  The latest Rebor figures, the “Vanilla Ice” – Jungle (green colour scheme) and the “Vanilla Ice” – Mountain (slate grey colour scheme), have arrived at the company warehouse and after having alerted all those customers who had requested a model to be reserved for them, a newsletter was emailed out announcing that these two excellent figures were in stock.

The Two Tyrannosaur Figures “Vanilla Ice” Mountain and Jungle Headline the Everything Dinosaur October Newsletter

The Everything Dinosaur newsletter features the Rebor "Vanilla Ice" Mountain and Jungle.

The Rebor “Vanilla Ice” Jungle and Mountain Tyrannosaur figures feature in the October newsletter.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Rebor Replicas

The Rebor 1/35th scale Tyrannosaur figures are stunning models.  Each figure measures 42 centimetres approximately and both Mountain and Jungle have articulated lower jaws and poseable tails.  In addition, to the arrival of these two tyrannosaurids, lots of other Rebor figures have come back into stock, including the very popular “Scout” series featuring juvenile dinosaurs such as “Hazelnut”, a young Triceratops and “Stan”, a baby Velociraptor.

To view the range of Rebor figures and replicas available from Everything Dinosaur, including the “Vanilla Ice” Tyrannosaurs and the “Scout” series models: Rebor Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models

Lots of Rebor Replicas and Figures Have Come Back into Stock at Everything Dinosaur

The Everything Dinosaur October newsletter features lots of Rebor models.

Rebor models feature extensively in the October newsletter.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The October newsletter features the set of hatching Velociraptors.  These hand-painted Rebor Velociraptor figures are supplied in a mystery blind box.  With nine different designs in the series, these little pocket money models are fun to collect.

Papo Prehistoric Animals and the CollectA Brontosaurus

Everything Dinosaur has also received a big shipment of Papo figures.  The majority of the Papo range is now in stock at Everything Dinosaur including the superb Spinosaurus juvenile, the Iguanodon and the new for 2018 Quetzalcoatlus figure.

Papo Models and the New for 2018 CollectA Brontosaurus

The CollectA Brontosaurus and the Papo model range.

Papo figures and the new for 2018 CollectA Brontosaurus.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The newsletter features the Papo Ceratosaurus figure, a famous dinosaur from the Morrison Formation of the western United States.  Another replica of a Morrison Formation dinosaur is included as well, the CollectA Brontosaurus model.  The CollectA Brontosaurus measures an impressive 30.5 centimetres long and the head height of this Sauropod model is a fraction under 11 centimetres.

Everything Dinosaur newsletter subscribers are amongst the first to learn about new models coming into stock.  Subscribers can also be the first to join a priority reserve list to ensure that they can acquire new figures.  Our newsletter is sent out periodically and it is free to join.

To reserve a Rebor replica figure such as the Velociraptor figure “Sweeney” for example, or to request a subscription to Everything Dinosaur’s regular company newsletter, simply drop us an email: Email Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“The newsletter is a great way for our customers to be kept informed and to stay in touch with developments at Everything Dinosaur.”

18 10, 2018

CollectA Prehistoric Animal Model Retirements 2019

By | October 18th, 2018|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

CollectA Prehistoric Animal Models Retired (2019)

At this time of year, speculation always mounts as to what new models are going to be introduced next spring.  Not too long for readers and customers to wait until Everything Dinosaur publishes this information, but for the moment we are going to focus on those replicas and figures being retired and therefore becoming more and more difficult to obtain.  CollectA for example, will be retiring numerous models from their prehistoric animal ranges in 2019.

CollectA Deluxe 1:20 Scale Paraceratherium Being Retired

Several scale models are going out of production, the CollectA Deluxe Paraceratherium is being dropped and will no longer be available.  This figure was introduced back in 2009 and it represents one of the largest, terrestrial mammals to have ever lived.   Paraceratherium is distantly related to today’s rhinos and it demonstrates the huge variety within the odd-toed ungulates (Perissodactyla).

CollectA Paraceratherium Deluxe 1:20 Scale Being Retired

CollectA Deluxe Paraceratherium.

The CollectA Deluxe 1:20 scale Paraceratherium model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Further announcements about scale model retirements from the CollectA range will be made by Everything Dinosaur shortly, in the meantime, we do have some stocks of Paraceratherium available and this model and the rest of the Deluxe range from CollectA can be viewed here: CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Life

CollectA “Prehistoric Life” Model Retirements

In addition, numerous replicas from the “Age of Dinosaurs Popular” range are being dropped.  The first of the models to be retired include:

  • Becklespinax – a model of an enigmatic English Theropod dinosaur introduced in 2009.
  • Muttaburrasaurus – an Australian Ornithopod, possibly responsible for part of the Lark Quarry trace fossil assemblage.  The model was introduced in 2010.
  • Tsintaosaurus – often referred to as the “unicorn dinosaur” due to the bizarre head ornamentation.  Tsintaosaurus is a hadrosaurid known from China.  The model came out in 2012.
  • Edmontonia – a model of a Canadian Nodosaur that was added to the CollectA prehistoric life range in 2010.
  • Koreaceratops Family – a sheep-sized Ceratopsian that might have been semi-aquatic.  Koreaceratops was named in 2010 and the CollectA model came out in 2012.
  • Swimming Spinosaurus – this model showing Spinosaurus as a quadruped at home in the water was introduced in 2015.

The First of the CollectA Prehistoric Life Models to be Dropped in 2019

CollectA models retired (2019).

Retired CollectA models 2019.  Becklespinax (top left), Muttaburrasaurus (top right), the Koreaceratops family group (middle left) and Tsintaosaurus (middle right) with the armoured dinosaur Edmontonia below Tsintaosaurus.  The figure at the bottom is the swimming Spinosaurus, all these dinosaur models are being dropped by CollectA from the Prehistoric Life model range.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Still Time to Obtain These Replicas from Everything Dinosaur

Fortunately, Everything Dinosaur has been aware of these model retirements and has been able to secure some stocks.  Collectors and model fans still have the opportunity to pick up these models from Everything Dinosaur.

To view the CollectA “Prehistoric Life” range: CollectA Prehistoric Life Models

Although CollectA will be introducing several new models for 2019 (Everything Dinosaur will announce the first of these soon), this is the first time for some years that the number of model retirements exceeds the number of new replicas being introduced by CollectA.

We will keep our readers informed about other model retirements and indeed, shortly we will be posting up information about what’s new for 2019.

16 10, 2018

Spitsbergen Ichthyosaurs – Newly Described Fossils Open Up the Ophthalmosaurids

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Learning More About Palvennia hoybergeti

The Svalbard archipelago located off the coast of northern Norway, has attracted the attention of palaeontologists for several decades.  Some of the marine strata exposed on these islands date from the Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous, the remote location and inaccessibility has not prevented hardy scientists from exploring these deposits and over the years, a huge number of invertebrate and vertebrate fossils have been collected.  Writing in the on-line, open access journal “PeerJ”, researchers from the University of Oslo, the London Natural History Museum, the University of Alaska and the University of Alaska Natural History Museum, have described a number of new Ichthyosaur specimens that have been excavated from Spitsbergen, the largest island in the group.

To date, four different types of ophthalmosaurid Ichthyosaur are known from these rocks (the Slottsmøya Member of the Agardhfjellet Formation).  Several specimens are described in the newly published paper, including a disarticulated but relatively complete fossil of Palvennia hoybergeti.  P. hoybergeti is a Late Jurassic ophthalmosaurid marine reptile, that had been described back in 2012, from a single and very incomplete skull.  This new specimen (museum number PMO 222.669), has a mostly complete skull and reveals important new information about this short-snouted Ichthyosaur species.

A Skeletal Drawing of the New P. hoybergeti Specimen PMO 222.669

Skeletal drawing of the newly described Palvennia hoybergeti Ichthyosaur specimen.

A line drawing of the fossilised skeleton of the newly described specimen of Palvennia hoybergeti. Viewed from underneath (ventral view), note scale bar = 50 cm.

Picture Credit: PeerJ

A Short-Snouted Ichthyosaur

The fossil specimen (PMO 222.669) has provided the researchers with new information on the skull morphology of Palvennia hoybergeti.  It has a much reduced snout, superficially similar to the Early Jurassic Ichthyosaur Ichthyosaurus breviceps, although the two genera are not closely related and they lived tens of millions of years apart.

The Rostrum and Teeth of Specimen Number PMO 222.669

Rostrum and isolated teeth with line drawing P. hoybergeti.

Rostrum and teeth of PMO 222.669, referred specimen of P. hoybergeti.
(A), photograph and (B), interpretation of the rostrum from the surface stratigraphically down.  Disarticulated teeth in (C), and (D), different views of the same tooth and (E), and (F), different views of a second tooth.  The scale bar (A-B) is 10 cm, whilst the scale bar (C-F) is 1 cm.

Picture Credit: PeerJ

The relatively robust, short snout (rostrum) and the broad teeth may represent adaptations to feeding on other types of prey compared to other members of the Thunnosauria clade.  It could be speculated that Palvennia hoybergeti may have been less of a specialist cephalopod or fish hunter, perhaps preying on larger animals such as other Ichthyosaurs.

A View of the Top of the Skull of the Newly Described Palvennia hoybergeti Specimen

Skull roof of Palvennia hoybergeti with line drawing.

Photograph of the skull of P. hoybergeti (dorsal view) with an accompanying line drawing. Scale bar = 10 cm.

Picture Credit: PeerJ

Confusing Pectoral Girdles

The researchers conclude that the more complete specimen that they have described greatly adds to our knowledge of this taxon.  Furthermore, two additional, newly discovered ophthalmosaurid specimens with pectoral girdles were also described in the paper.  The shape of the bones in the pectoral girdle, (the shoulders and associated bones for attaching the forelimbs), had thought to be quite useful diagnostic tools when assessing these types of Ichthyosaur. However, although the shape of the coracoids may provide some guidance as to taxonomy, the scientists noted that the fossils from the Slottsmøya Member show a degree of individual variation which might compound the issue of identifying unique anatomical characteristics to help define a genus.

An Illustration of the Ophthalmosaurid Palvennia hoybergeti

Palvennia hoybergeti illustrated

An illustration of the ophthalmosaurid Ichthyosaur Palvennia hoybergeti. Scale bar = 1 metre.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Ichthyosaur specimens from Spitsbergen span quite a substantial temporal range.  Fossils of these marine reptiles have been found in strata dating from the Early Tithonian of the Late Jurassic, whilst some specimens have been located in Early Berriasian deposits (Early Cretaceous).  It is proposed that future studies should aim to include a large number of specimens and use quantitative approaches to reveal phylogenetic and evolutionary patterns.  As the temporal range of these fossils covers some six million years (around 150 million years ago to 144 million years ago), the fossils from this part of the Svalbard archipelago may prove valuable in helping to determine the evolution of the Ichthyosauria at a time when a number of ecosystems were suffering from extinction events.

The scientific paper: “A New Specimen of Palvennia hoybergeti: Implications for Cranial and Pectoral Girdle Anatomy in Ophthalmosaurid Ichthyosaurs” by Lene Liebe Delsett​, Patrick Scott Druckenmiller, Aubrey Jane Roberts, Jørn Harald Hurum and published in PeerJ.

14 10, 2018

Countdown to Rebor “Vanilla Ice” Tyrannosaurs

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Countdown to Rebor “Vanilla Ice” Tyrannosaurs

Dinosaur fans and model collectors do not have too long to wait until the arrival of the two new Rebor replicas, the “Vanilla Ice” tyrannosaurids – mountain and jungle.  These beautifully crafted figures are due to be sent out from the factory on or around Saturday, the 20th October and within a few days after this date, the shipment should be arriving at the Everything Dinosaur warehouse.  We have already opened a special reserve list for these figures and we should be publishing pricing details soon.

Delivering Two New Rebor Replicas Very Soon

Rebor Vanilla Ice "Mountain" and "Jungle".

The Rebor “Vanilla Ice” tyrannosaurid models – jungle (left) and mountain (right) colour variants.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Rebor “Vanilla Ice” – Jungle

The Rebor “Vanilla Ice” – Jungle is painted in a camouflaged green palette and it has been very skilfully modelled and is the fourth tyrannosaurid to be created by Rebor.  The colouration of Late Cretaceous, large-bodied Tyrannosaurs remains contentious, the level of integumentary covering is not known and there has been considerable scientific debate about this aspect of tyrannosaurid anatomy.  Rebor has chosen to retain the “classic” scaly reptile look for these figures and most impressive the models are too.

The Rebor “Vanilla Ice” – Jungle Colour Variant

Vanilla Ice T. rex by Rebor "jungle colour scheme".

“Vanilla Ice” T. rex by Rebor “jungle”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Rebor “Vanilla Ice” – Mountain

The mountain version is painted with a slate grey hue.  It is not known what sort of habitats Late Cretaceous, large-bodied Tyrannosaurs lived in, but these hyper-carnivores were very probably the apex predators in these environments and they were quite geographically and temporarily widespread in the last fifteen million years of the Mesozoic.  For example, only a few days ago, a new genus of Early Campanian, large-bodied tyrannosaurid from New Mexico was named and described.  The dinosaur has been named – Dynamoterror dynastes which translates as “powerful terror ruler”.

To read more about Dynamoterror dynastes: Powerful Terror Ruler – Dynamoterror dynastes

The Rebor “Vanilla Ice” – Mountain Colour Variant

Rebor Vanilla Ice T. rex dinosaur model "mountain".

“Vanilla Ice” T. rex dinosaur model by Rebor – mountain colour scheme.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the extensive range of Rebor models available from Everything Dinosaur: Rebor Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models

Tale of the Tape – Rebor “Vanilla Ice” Replicas

Both models will be supplied with a tail attachment to insert into the back of the figure.  The tail is articulated to help create a range of poses for each Tyrannosaur.  In addition, both models will have an articulated jaw.  As for the size of these figures, they are both the same size, measuring approximately 42 centimetres long (with tail added) and standing around 12.5 centimetres tall.  Based on these measurements, we suggest that the actual model is slightly bigger than the 1:35 scaling suggests.

As to why they are called “Vanilla Ice”, we are not quite sure.  We are not aware of any obvious connection between the American rapper and television personality, Robert Matthew Van Winkle aka “Vanilla Ice”.  However, we have been reliable informed that “Vanilla Ice” has a birthday on October 31st, hopefully, Everything Dinosaur will have these two replicas in stock by then.

10 10, 2018

CollectA Collector’s Booklet 2018

By | October 10th, 2018|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|2 Comments

CollectA Collector’s Booklet 2018

The CollectA 2018 booklet has arrived and is available from Everything Dinosaur.  At Everything Dinosaur, we appreciate that model collectors like to collect catalogues and booklets too, so we always do our best to ensure that we have stocks of the latest booklets and catalogues available.  The CollectA collector’s 2018 booklet runs to an impressive 230 pages and contains details of all the models and figures available within the various CollectA ranges.

The 2018 CollectA Booklet

CollectA catalogue 2018.

The CollectA collector’s booklet for 2018.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Dunkleosteus on the Front Cover

The 1:20 scale CollectA Dunkleosteus model is featured on the front cover.  This figure measures around twenty-eight centimetres in length and that pronounced hump at the back of the head is approximately six centimetres high.  This model of the giant Devonian predator was introduced earlier this year and it has received a lot of praise from academics, researchers and museum curators.

To read our article that discusses the care and attention to detail that has gone into the CollectA Dunkleosteus model: In Praise of the CollectA Deluxe Dunkleosteus

The CollectA Deluxe 1:20 scale Dunkleosteus Model

A close-up view of the anterior portion of the CollectA 1:20 scale Dunkleosteus model.

A close view of the anterior portion of the CollectA 1:20 scale Dunkleosteus model.  Note the fine details on the figure and the use of a gloss coating to give this marine fish an authentic “wet” look as if this animal has just been pulled from the water.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The CollectA Booklet is Free from Everything Dinosaur

All the catalogues, that Everything Dinosaur stocks, including the CollectA 2018 booklet, are available for free from the UK-based company, there is just a subsidised postage cost to pay.

A spokesperson for the company commented:

“We recognise that dinosaur model fans like to collect various catalogues too so we do our best to bring in stocks of the various catalogues and send them out to discerning collectors and model fans.”

Everything Dinosaur will soon be making the first of a series of announcements providing details of new for 2019 CollectA models.

To view the range of CollectA Deluxe prehistoric animal figures and to pick up the CollectA 2018 booklet: CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Life

6 10, 2018

The Bolder the Male Bird the Faster They Find a Partner

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The Bolder the Male Bird – the Harder and Faster they Fall for a Mate

Those avian dinosaurs (birds), in parks and gardens are living out complex lives under our noses and some of their behaviours are just beginning to become better understood.  New research into the humble Great Tit (Parus major), for example, a very common visitor to gardens all over the British Isles, has revealed that bold male birds focus on forming strong relationships with their future breeding partners while shy male birds play the field.

Scientists Study the Complex Breeding Strategies of Parus major

Parus major - a common garden visitor.

The complex breeding and mating selection in male Great Tits has been revealed.

Picture Credit: Getty Images

This insight into the mate selection and breeding behaviour of this garden visitor has come about following an Oxford University Department of Biology study.  The scientists found that the individual personalities of male Great Tits influence how they bond with their future breeding partner.

Bold Birds and Shy Birds Adopt Different Strategies

Writing in the academic journal “Nature Ecology and Evolution”, the study suggests that more dominant, bolder, more proactive males select their future breeding partners faster and in addition, put more effort into their relationship with their potential mate before the breeding season commences.  In contrast, less dominant, shy males are not as devoted to forming a strong pair bond, they choose to spend more time flocking with other females.

Commenting on how this research can highlight individual differences in behaviour which shapes the formation of crucial social relationships in the wild, lead author of the research Dr Josh Firth, stated:

“Finding a mating partner is of upmost importance to these birds, just as it is for many species across the animal kingdom.  We wanted to ask why individuals of the same species differ so much in how much effort they put into forming these relationships.”

Radio Frequency Identification Tags Used to Track the Bird’s Movements

The study was conducted in the Oxford University’s Wytham Woods.  The personalities of hundreds of individual Parus major was assessed and then radio-frequency identification tags were used to plot the bird’s movements and how they interacted with the local population over several breeding seasons.

Dr Firth added:

“We show that personality plays an important role explaining the differences in pair-bonding tactics; proactive males dedicate more time to their chosen future partner, even long before mating begins, while the less proactive males take the alternative option of sampling lots of different females right up until the breeding season actually starts.”

There is More to Common Garden Birds Than Meets the Eye

Parus major - Great Tit

A beautiful garden visitor.

Picture Credit: BBC

Which Breeding Strategy is Best?

The scientists conclude that there probably is no “best personality” or most effective strategy to adopt, when it comes to partner selection.  This may explain why natural selection has resulted in different breeding strategies within this species.  It could well be the case that being bold and proactive is better for finding a good partner in some social situations, while more reserved strategies prove to be the winning formula in other circumstances.

It might be difficult to infer such courtship and breeding behaviours on those extinct relatives of today’s modern birds – the Dinosauria.  However, the more scientists learn about individual behavioural differences in a species and how they can shape social relationships, then the case for suggesting complex breeding and socialising strategies amongst the Dinosauria becomes more compelling.

Inferring Complex Social Behaviours in Extinct Theropods

Beibeilong nesting scene.

A breeding pair of Beibeilong dinosaurs and their nest of giant dinosaur eggs.  Can studies of extant Aves provide clues to the social and breeding behaviours of the closely related Theropod dinosaurs?

Picture Credit: Zhao Chuang

The scientific paper: “Personality Shapes Pair Bonding in a Wild Bird Social System” by Josh A. Firth, Ella F. Cole, Christos C. Ioannou, John L. Quinn, Lucy M. Aplin, Antica Culina, Keith McMahon and Ben C. Sheldon and published in Nature Ecology and Evolution.

Everything Dinosaur acknowledges the assistance of a press release from Oxford University in the compilation of this article.

2 10, 2018

Eofauna Scientific Research – Model Mystery?

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Eofauna Scientific Research – Mystery Model?

So, the news is out, those super-talented people at Eofauna Scientific Research are going to be introducing another prehistoric animal model.  After two perfect proboscideans (Straight-tusked Elephant and their first model, a Steppe Mammoth), there is to be a third model added to this range, probably before Christmas.  However, this is no elephant!

Eofauna Scientific Research Teasing Model Fans and Collectors

Teasing about a new model.

A model-themed teaser from Eofauna Scientific Research.

Picture Credit: Eofauna Scientific Research/Everything Dinosaur

A Third Model Teaser

A little while back, representatives from Everything Dinosaur met up with those talented chaps from Eofauna Scientific Research and over the course of a very fruitful meeting, how best to introduce new prehistoric animal models was discussed.  Over a cup of coffee, we explained that one way of raising awareness about a new figure would be to post up some pictures such as a partial image or a silhouette.  Dinosaur fans and model collectors could then learn about a new model, without necessarily knowing exactly what the forthcoming introduction was going to be.  It’s a tease we know, but as we put forward the suggestion in the first place, please don’t blame Eofauna.  However, at least collectors can have a go at guessing what sort of prehistoric animal might be the next to be released.

The Current Range from Eofauna Scientific Research – A Perfect Pair of Proboscideans

Eofauna models (Steppe Mammoth and Straight-tusked elephant).

The Eofauna Straight-tusked Elephant and the Eofauna Steppe Mammoth models.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the models currently in the Eofauna range and available from Everything Dinosaur: Eofauna Scientific Research Models

Eofauna Scientific Research Models

Eofauna Scientific Research models are available to purchase from Everything Dinosaur.  With a third model being introduced shortly, I suppose we can formally call this series a range and what a range of realistic, hand-painted, museum quality replicas of prehistoric animals Eofauna has produced.  All named prehistoric animal replicas and models in the Eofauna Scientific Research models collection are supplied with their very own fact sheet so you can read all about dinosaurs, marine reptiles and other creatures from the past.  Everything Dinosaur fact sheet collectors, please don’t worry, there will be a fact sheet available for this third figure, just for the time being, we are not allowed to reveal what the model is.

Perhaps, if we provided a close-up view of those mystery feet, it might help.

Whose Feet are These?  A Close-up View of the Mystery Model’s Feet

Teasing about a new model

A model-themed teaser from Eofauna Scientific Research.  Can you guess the prehistoric animal?

Picture Credit: Eofauna Scientific Research/Everything Dinosaur

These prehistoric animal models and Eofauna dinosaurs are great to collect and ideal for helping to develop creative, imaginative play.  A wonderful collection of replicas including the Eofauna Scientific Research Steppe Mammoth and the Eofauna Scientific Research Straight-tusked Elephant, with another new model to come before Christmas.

But what is it?  We promise to reveal the answer and publish more information very soon…

30 09, 2018

Everything Dinosaur Supports TetZooCon 2018

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Everything Dinosaur Supports TetZooCon 2018

The countdown to the annual TetZooCon has well and truly started, there is just under a week to go until the prestigious London conference dedicated to living and extinct Tetrapods.  TetZooCon opens on Saturday 6th October and for the first time, the amazing number of speakers, presenters and activities means that the fifth incarnation of this event has been extended over two days.  A whole weekend dedicated to the “TetZooniverse”!

Everything Dinosaur is honoured to be involved in this annual gathering and we have dispatched some rather special prehistoric animal models and figures that can be used as prizes for the super-tricky (but still fun), quiz that is a staple of this wonderful event.

Just Under One Week Until TetZooCon 2018

The Tetrapod Zoology Conference 2018.

The promotional banner for TetZooCon 2018.

Picture Credit: Darren Naish/John Conway

Talks, Presentations, Palaeoart Workshops, Book Signings and So Much More

Our congratulations to conference organisers Darren Naish and John Conway who have put together a varied and fascinating group of speakers and other Tetrapod themed events for what will, no doubt, be an extremely enjoyable and informative weekend.  Visitors to The Venue, Malet Street, London next weekend will be able to spot Everything Dinosaur’s slides that have been prepared for use in between the talks and various presentations.

Everything Dinosaur Supports TetZooCon 2018

One of Everything Dinosaur's slides prepared for TetZooCon 2018.

Everything Dinosaur has prepared slides for TetZooCon 2018.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The slides will showcase the breadth and the range of prehistoric animal figures and models that Everything Dinosaur now stocks.  Our prehistoric animal inventory is nearly as eclectic and diverse as the incredible range of presenters that have been invited to speak at this year’s TetZooCon.  Highlights of the event include a talk from herpetologist Mark O’Shea, Jennifer Jackson on the origins of baleen whales, Katrina van Grouw on the influence of Homo sapiens on the fate of Earth’s biota and Fiona Taylor providing a composer’s perspective on music used in wildlife documentaries.

We hope that Bristol University’s Steve Zhang, another speaker at this illustrious gathering, will spot the Eofauna Straight-tusked elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus) figure that we have donated as a quiz prize.  After all, Steven will be one of the first speakers TetZooCon 2018, with a short presentation highlighting the rise and fall of the Straight-tusked elephant.

The Slideshow Will Highlight the Huge Range of Prehistoric Animal Figures Stocked By Everything Dinosaur

Slides for TetZooCon 2018

The Eofauna Straight-tusked elephant features on the Everything Dinosaur TetZooCon slideshow.

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The 2018 TetZooCon has a Very Special Banner

Since the very first TetZooCon in 2014, a promotional banner has been created by Darren featuring some of the enormous number of illustrations that the vertebrate palaeontologist and science writer has compiled for his textbook detailing the evolutionary history of the vertebrates.  This year’s banner is a little different, it includes artwork produced by delegates at last year’s conference, helping to encapsulate the inclusive and participative elements of this unique event.  If you attended TetZooCon and contributed to the pair of giant panels produced during the palaeoart workshop, then your own illustration may have been used to help create the 2018 TetZooCon promotional banner.

Beasts of the Mesozoic Will Feature at TetZooCon 2018

Beasts of the Mesozoic slide prepared for prestigious scientific conference.

Beasts of the Mesozoic features on the 2018 TetZooCon slideshow.

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A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“TetZooCon is now in its fifth year and it is going from strength to strength.  Our congratulations to Darren and John for putting on this not-for-profit event, it is a wonderful example of scientific outreach, bringing together a cornucopia of talented artists, illustrators and scientists all helping to inform and educate.  Special wishes to Beth Windle, who once again will be bringing a Tetrapod inspired cake along to this prestigious event.”

Eagle-eyed attendees will spot something rather special on the slide presentation that we have prepared especially for TetZooCon 2018.  Everything Dinosaur will soon be sending out an important news release about yet another exciting development at the company.  A new range of prehistoric animal figures is being added to Everything Dinosaur’s already impressive portfolio and delegates at TetZooCon 2018 will be amongst the first to find out about this.

More news about TetZooCon and the developments at Everything Dinosaur coming soon….

28 09, 2018

Everything Dinosaur on Instagram

By | September 28th, 2018|Adobe CS5, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

Everything Dinosaur on Instagram

Everything Dinosaur has created an Instagram account so that team members can post up photographs and images related to the company and share some of the amazing pictures and illustrations sent into our offices by our customers.  Instagram is a social media platform created to help share photos and videos and Instagram is now owned by Facebook.

Everything Dinosaur is Now on Instagram

Everything Dinosaur on Instagram.

Everything Dinosaur has opened an Instagram account.

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@everythingdinosaur1

Everything Dinosaur’s Instagram username for our site is entitled @everythingdinosaur1 and we will be posting up various images and videos and looking up all our thousands of Facebook chums.  In addition, team members are looking forward to liking and commenting on all the amazing dinosaur and prehistoric animal images that have already been posted up onto the platform.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We had been planning to get ourselves on the Instagram platform for quite a while, however, our work commitments, teaching and other projects kept getting in the way.  Just before we run into our Christmas sales period and the teaching programme becomes very congested, we thought that this month was a good time to launch our presence on this social media networking site.”

Blogs, Google Plus, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram

The UK-based dinosaur and prehistoric animal company has already built up a substantial presence on social media, with Twitter, Google Plus, YouTube and Facebook accounts.  Everything Dinosaur’s Facebook page has built up over 5,000 “likes” and thousands of followers since it was initiated.  The company’s blog site remains one of the most comprehensive web logs dedicated to palaeontology, fossils, dinosaurs as well as prehistoric animals and figures.  The blog was set up over eleven years ago and now boasts in excess of 4,000 separate articles (a total of 4,231 articles including this one).

Team Members at Everything Dinosaur Are Looking Forward to Posting on Instagram (@everythingdinosaur1)

Looking forward to posting up some T-rific dinosaur images on Instagram.

Everything Dinosaur on Instagram @everythingdinosaur1.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Shortly, Everything Dinosaur staff will be inviting friends and Facebook followers to link with the company’s Instagram page.  It will be exciting to post up information about all our adventures on this interactive, social networking and sharing platform.

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