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16 09, 2018

Everything Dinosaur September Newsletter

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Kaiyodo Sofubi, New Rebor and a Soft Toy T. rex

Subscribers to Everything Dinosaur’s newsletter received their latest instalment a few days ago and what a jam-packed newsletter it was.  The headlines were dominated by the arrival of the amazing Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box Tyrannosaurus rex figures.  These three, articulated T. rex figures have been eagerly anticipated by collectors and they are very rare, so it was great to see all three models featuring (018A, 018B and the “classic” 018C).

Announcing the Arrival of the Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex Figures

Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex (classic colouration).

The Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex dinosaur figures are in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex Dinosaurs

The three Tyrannosaurs with a total of ten points of articulation each, make wonderful pieces for any serious dinosaur figure collector.  It is very difficult to obtain these figures from outside Japan and newsletter readers have been contacting us over the last few days to congratulate us and to express their delight over these detailed models.

To view the limited edition Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex dinosaurs including the “smoke green” and the “classic” colour variants: Kaiyodo Prehistoric Animal Models

Get Your Hands on a Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex

Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex dinosaur figure (018A).

The Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex dinosaur figures are in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

With prices from £32.99 plus postage, these models are already proving to be extremely popular with collectors.

Rebor Vanilla Ice “Jungle” and “Mountain”

The Kaiyodo “Smoke Green” T. rex and Rebor Vanilla Ice “Jungle”

Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex dinosaur figure (smoke green) and a Rebor "Vanilla Ice" - jungle variant.

The Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex dinosaur figure (smoke green) and a Rebor “Vanilla Ice” in the jungle colouration.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur will be stocking the amazing pair of 1/35th scale Rebor Tyrannosaurs which will be sold under the name Vanilla Ice.  There are two colour variants available, the one pictured above, is the Vanilla Ice “Jungle” Tyrannosaur, a beautiful, green-coloured Theropod.  This model will be available at the end of October or thereabouts and Everything Dinosaur has opened a priority reserve list for this dinosaur model.

The Rebor Vanilla Ice 1:35 Scale Tyrannosaur Figure “Mountain” and a Dinomites T. rex Soft Toy

The Rebor "Vanilla Ice" Mountain variant and a soft toy T. rex.

Rebor “Vanilla Ice” Mountain and a soft and cuddly T. rex.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture above shows the Rebor Vanilla Ice “Mountain” dinosaur model.  It, like its counterpart “Jungle”, is a superb replica.  Both Tyrannosaur models have an articulated lower jaw and “Mountain” along with “Jungle” should be arriving at our warehouse on or around the end of October.

To join our priority reserve list for the Rebor Vanilla Ice “Jungle” and “Mountain” Tyrannosaur figures, simply email Everything Dinosaur: Contact Everything Dinosaur

Dinomites Soft Toy T. rex

To complete our Tyrannosaur theme for our latest newsletter, a picture and information about our Dinomites T. rex soft toy were included, it is a wonderful example of prehistoric plush.  It is a super soft and cuddly Tyrannosaurus rex, aimed at young dinosaur fans.  For further information about the huge range of soft toy prehistoric animals stocked by Everything Dinosaur: Soft Toy Dinosaurs from Everything Dinosaur

The Dinomites Soft Toy Tyrannosaurus rex

Dinomites T. rex soft toy.

The Dinomites T. rex soft toy.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To subscribe to Everything Dinosaur’s regular customer newsletter, just drop our dedicated team members an email: Email Everything Dinosaur

26 08, 2018

What Might Dinosaur DNA Look Like?

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Birds and Turtles Provide a Clue to Dinosaur DNA

Team members at Everything Dinosaur have noted that a number of news channels are covering the story concerning a team of British scientists who have “unpicked” dinosaur DNA and established what it looked like.  Unsurprisingly, references are being made to “Jurassic Park/Jurassic World” and the possibility of having prehistoric animal safari parks sometime in the near future.  As with a lot of science stories, things are not quite what they seem.  Today, we shall endeavour to unravel the double helix behind these news releases and place everything into context.

Not a New Story

The scientific paper that the media is commenting upon was actually published several months ago, appearing in the academic journal “Nature Communications” as an open access article on the 21st May (2018).  Researchers from the University of Kent, in collaboration with scientists from the Natural History Museum (London), the Royal Veterinary College, Cambridge University and Iowa State University, examined the genomes of different species of birds and turtles and as a result, they were able to determine how the overall genome structure of a dinosaur might have looked like under a microscope. Lead author of the scientific paper, Professor Darren Griffin (School of Biosciences, University of Kent) has been studying this area of genetics, looking at the genomes of living species to infer information about extinct ancestors for several years now.

In essence, the researchers set out to extrapolate the possible genome structure of a shared common ancestor between birds and turtles that lived in the Late Permian (260 million years ago), many millions of years before the first dinosaurs evolved.

Extrapolating Dinosaur Genetic Information Based on the Genomes of Extant Descendants

Extrapolating the Structure of the Dinosaur Genome

Working out the structure of dinosaur DNA based on the genomes of extant relatives.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

It Started with a Chicken

The University of Kent team have been involved in an extensive and long-term programme of research as part of a group called the International Avian Phylogenomics Consortium, whose aim is to better understand the genetics of important domesticated birds such as the turkey, chicken and duck.  Mapping the genome structure of several different types of bird has revealed that the chromosomes of chickens and turkeys have undergone the fewest number of changes compared to their ancient non-avian ancestor – a Maniraptoran dinosaur.

Birds as living descendants of Theropod dinosaurs were thought to have undergone a rapid burst of evolution after the extinction of the non-avian dinosaurs some 66 million years ago.  However, the taxonomic relationship between modern groups of birds is confusing and the molecular details of how birds evolved into more than 10,000 different species today is poorly understood.

Professor Griffin and his team have established that bird genomes are distinctive in that they have more tiny microchromosomes than any other vertebrate group.  These small packages of gene-rich material are thought to have been present in their dinosaur ancestors.  The scientific paper describing this earlier research was published back in 2014 in the journal BMC Genomics.  The team found that the chicken has the most similar overall chromosome pattern to its avian dinosaurian ancestor.  So if you were going to build a real-life “Jurassic Park” start with some domesticated fowls and attempt to de-engineer the genetics, reversing 60 million years plus of evolution, gene mutation and natural selection and you might, just might, end up with a dinosaur.  Sadly, no!  Michael Crichton might have used this idea of genetic manipulation to create dinosaurs, but this technology does not permit you to build a dinosaur.  However, by manipulating the DNA of a chicken embryo it is possible to reveal in that embryo some dormant characteristics and traits that reveal the bird’s dinosaurian ancestry.  For example, researchers have been able to produce an extended pygostyle, turning on those genes once responsible for the formation of the dinosaur tail.  In addition, manipulating the genetic information with the cells of a chicken embryo has led to the development of teeth in the jaws, a trait possessed by dinosaurs but lost by their avian descendants.

Skulls Showing How Genetic Information Can Be Manipulated Between Archosaurs

Tracking the ancestry of the beak in birds.

Normal chick (left), modified chicken embryo (centre), alligator embryo (right), numerous research projects have been undertaken to map the avian genome and to examine the close relationship between living Archosaurs and their extinct relatives.

To read an article from 2009, that looks at attempts to reverse engineer the DNA of chicken embryos to create dinosaur characteristics: The “Dinochicken” Project

Tracing How Chromosomes Have Changed Over Deep Time

The research team’s paper which is currently being commented upon by numerous media outlets (published in Nature Communications, May 2018), used sophisticated mathematical models to map how chromosomes changed over millions of years from a common reptile ancestor to the present day.

Commenting on the significance of this study, Dr Becky O’Connor, (University of Kent) stated:

“The technique used in this study allowed us to determine the genome structure of the turtle-bird ancestor.  Turtles are one of the very few species that have similar looking chromosomes to birds.  Until now, the tools required to compare their chromosomes were not available.  In our study, we added fluorescent labels, called “DNA probes”, to the chromosomes of birds and turtles so that we could locate the stretches of DNA that match in the two species.”

Fluorescent DNA Probes

One of the key pieces of biotechnology that made this study possible was the development of a set of fluorescent DNA probes derived from birds that worked well on the chromosomes of turtles.  Using these probes to identify similarities and differences in the genetic make-up of different, albeit related species, the scientists were able to trace the changes that took place in the DNA of the bird/turtle ancestor and plot the evolutionary path through the Theropod lineage to the modern descendants of long extinct dinosaurs.

Dr O’Connor added:

“The process then involved tracing the changes that occurred from the bird-turtle ancestor.  The evolutionary path examined the point when dinosaurs first emerged, through the Theropod dinosaur line, and beyond several mass extinction events, including the most recent one 66 million years ago.”

The team found that, although the individual chromosomes rearranged their genes internally, this did not occur much at all between the chromosomes, what the scientists describe as “a significant discovery”.

A Dinosaur Production Line As Imagined in the Famous Movies

No dinosaur production line for a very long time.

Scientists will not be scientifically engineering dinosaurs anytime soon.

Picture Credit: Masrani

Lots of Chromosomes Probably Equals Lots of Diversity

Living avian dinosaurs (birds) have a lot of chromosomes, most birds have around 80 chromosomes (40 pairs), compare this to our own species Homo sapiens which as 46 chromosomes (23 pairs).  Having a lot of chromosomes may help to explain why the 10,000 species of birds around today are so diverse.  The pattern of chromosomes (karyotype), in birds may therefore provide clues as to the huge variety of different dinosaurs (non-avian dinosaurs) that once existed.  If early dinosaurs and later Theropods had similar numbers of chromosomes, then this genetic “richness” might explain why non-avian dinosaurs evolved into a myriad of different forms.

This research suggests that, if scientists could take DNA from a Theropod dinosaur such as Velociraptor or even a Tyrannosaurus rex, the chromosomes might look very similar to that of a modern-day bird, remarkably similar in fact to that of a chicken or a turkey.

Buy Why Turtles?

Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins), are not that closely related to dinosaurs.  In fact whether turtles are diapsids and therefore distantly related to dinosaurs and birds, or whether they are anapsids and only very remotely related to dinosaurs and birds is an area of debate.  Most scientists agree that crocodiles are the closet living relatives to dinosaurs (crocodiles are diapsids and also Archosaurs, just like dinosaurs).  However, crocodilian DNA was not used in this research as the team found too many inconsistencies and a lack of success in using the fluorescent DNA probes with crocodilian genetic material.  Furthermore, the crocodilian species studied seemed to show an atypical Archelosaur karyotype with no microchromosome clusters mostly brought about by fusion.

To read an article from Everything Dinosaur about a new fossil discovery that demonstrates just how complicated turtle evolution is: Mosaic Evolution in Testudines – Turtle Evolution is Complicated

In a press release from the Natural History Museum, Dr Paul Barrett explained:

“Turtles aren’t closely related to dinosaurs, but they are one of the living groups of reptiles that can be used to study the relationships of dinosaurs and some of the features that they would have possessed.  Birds are living dinosaurs and crocodiles are their next nearest relatives, followed by turtles, lizards and snakes.”

One thing the researchers are all agreed upon, this study reinforces the idea that birds are essentially living Theropod dinosaurs and despite significant breakthroughs in our understanding of how genetic material might change over deep geological time, no-one is going to be genetically engineering dinosaurs any time soon.

There is Not Going to be a Real Life “Jurassic World” Anytime Soon

Jurassic World premier.

Global success for dinosaur themed block-buster but the science is a very long way behind the cinema.

Picture Credit: Getty Images

The scientific paper:

“Reconstruction of the Diapsid Ancestral Genome Permits Chromosome Evolution Tracing in Avian and Non-avian Dinosaurs” by Rebecca E. O’Connor, Michael N. Romanov, Lucas G. Kiazim, Paul M. Barrett, Marta Farré, Joana Damas, Malcolm Ferguson-Smith, Nicole Valenzuela, Denis M. Larkin and Darren K. Griffin published in Nature Communications.

19 08, 2018

A Special Newsletter Dedicated to Rebor

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Lots of Rebor Models Back in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

So many Rebor replicas have come back into stock at Everything Dinosaur, that we dedicated an entire customer newsletter to this popular brand of prehistoric animal figures.  Recently arrived at our warehouse is a “pack” of “raptors”, the Rebor 1/18th scale figures “Winston”, “Pete” and “Alex Delarge” have arrived.  There are enough Velociraptor figures in stock to keep even the most ardent Jurassic Park fan happy.  Also, just in, the new Rebor “Sweeney” Velociraptor figure.

The Rebor Velociraptor Figure “Winston” is Back in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

The Rebor Velociraptor "Winston"

Celebrating the return of “Winston” the original 1:18 scale “Raptor” figure from Rebor.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Rebor 1:18 Scale Velociraptor Figures

The Velociraptor figure called “Winston” was the first 1:18 scale Velociraptor model to be produced by Rebor, it is great to see this favourite back in stock.  In addition, our latest Rebor shipment contained two other, previously stocked Rebor “raptor” figures, namely, “Pete” and “Alex Delarge”.  The original Velociraptor figure “Winston” was named in honour of Stan Winston, the American film and television special effects creator who worked on the first three films in the Jurassic Park film franchise.

“Alex Delarge” and “Pete” are members of a violent gang (the droogs), in Anthony Burgess’s novel of 1962 “A Clockwork Orange”, which was later made into a film directed by Stanley Kubrick.

The Leaping Velociraptor Figure – Alex Delarge is in Stock

Rebor Alex Delarge is back in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

Rebor Alex Delarge returns to stock.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Bigger Theropods/Smaller Theropods

Joining the “Raptors” in Everything Dinosaur’s website is the “Cerberus Clan”, three scale models of the larger dromaeosaurid Deinonychus (D. antirrhopus).  In addition and sharing the billing with the Rebor “Cerberus Clan” is another Velociraptor figure that is back in stock, the popular Velociraptor “Pete”.

The Rebor Deinonychus Figures “Cerberus Clan” and the Rebor 1:18 scale Velociraptor “Pete” Back in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

"Pete" and "Cerberus Clan" from Rebor.

Rebor “Pete” and the “Cerberus Clan” in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the range of Rebor prehistoric animal figures in stock at Everything Dinosaur, including all the 1:18 scale “raptors”: Rebor Prehistoric Animal Models

Rebor Carnotaurus “Crimson King” and the Newly Arrived “Sweeney”

As well as the various dromaeosaurids that have arrived, more stocks of the popular 1:35 scale Carnotaurus figure (C. sastrei) have become available too.  Saving the last to the last, Everything Dinosaur has received stocks of the Rebor “Sweeney” Velociraptor model, the last “raptor “for the time being to be introduced by Rebor.

The Rebor “Crimson King” Carnotaurus Replica

Rebor Carnotaurus dinosaur model.

Rebor “Crimson King” Carnotaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Rebor “Sweeney” the Latest 1:18 Scale Velociraptor Figure

Rebor Velociraptor "Sweeney".

“Sweeney” a 1/18th scale Velociraptor figure by Rebor.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur, who had helped unpack all the Rebor replicas at the company’s warehouse stated:

“It is great to see more stocks of Rebor models coming into our warehouse. Collectors are spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting Rebor Velociraptors, there are just so many high quality figures to choose from.  Furthermore, joining the Velociraptors is the Cerberus Clan and the Rebor Carnotaurus figure known as the Crimson King.”

Look out for more updates and information from Everything Dinosaur.  Rebor are planning to introduce some new models before Christmas and as always, Everything Dinosaur team members will be doing their very best to make sure that dinosaur model fans and prehistoric animal figure collectors are kept informed and up to date.

Subscribing to Everything Dinosaur’s Newsletter

Subscribing to the Everything Dinosaur newsletter is very simple and it’s free!  The Everything Dinosaur newsletter provides lots of updates and information on new model releases, company production updates and figure retirements.  We post out these emails from time to time, helping to keep our dedicated and enthusiastic customers informed.

To request a subscription to Everything Dinosaur’s regular newsletter, simply email: Email Everything Dinosaur

18 07, 2018

The Dinosaur Park and Hell Creek Formations

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The Dinosaur Park Formation (DPF) and the Hell Creek Formation (HCF)

We have been asked to give a brief explanation of the different dinosaurs associated with two famous North America rock formations.  A comment on the different dinosaur faunas associated with the Dinosaur Park Formation (DPF) of southern Alberta and the Hell Creek Formation (HCF), which is mostly associated with the state of Montana but also outcrops in North and South Dakota as well as Wyoming.

The Badlands of the Dinosaur Park Formation (DPF) – Hunting for Dinosaur Fossils

Looking for Late Cretaceous dinosaur fossils.

A typical view of the “Badlands” of the Dinosaur Park Formation.  The red arrow in the picture highlights the layer in which the fossils of a new type of horned dinosaur were discovered.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Badlands

Both the Hell Creek Formation and the Dinosaur Park Formation are referred to as “Badlands”, this term is derived from the French phrase “les mauvaises terres” and dates back to the early years of exploration of these vast tracts of land.  The term describes an area largely devoid of vegetation that is subjected to rapid erosion caused by wind, rain and running water.  The DPF is older, the strata were laid down between 76.5 and 75 million years ago in the Late Cretaceous (Campanian faunal stage).  In contrast, the Hell Creek Formation is younger.  The rocks were formed at the very end of the Cretaceous (Maastrichtian faunal stage) and the strata records the transition from the end of the Cretaceous into the Palaeocene, the first Epoch of the Cenozoic.  The HCF spans approximately 66.8 to 66 million years ago and documents evidence of an extra-terrestrial impact event preserved as a thin clay layer that contains large quantities of the rare Earth element iridium, marking the Cretaceous-Palaeogene boundary, representing an extinction event denoting the end of the age of the dinosaurs and the start of the Cenozoic.

Looking for Fossils – Hell Creek Formation

Looking for fossils - Hell Creek Formation.

Prospecting for fossils – Hell Creek Formation (Montana).

Picture Credit: University of California Museum of Palaeontology

The Ancient Environments

The strata that forms the DPF represents a coastal plan environment, crossed by numerous large rivers.  The majority of the rocks are sandstones and mudstones, although there are layers of volcanic ash (bentonite), which resulted from the sporadic eruptions of volcanoes in the region. In the upper part of the DPF, coal deposits can be found (Lethbridge coal zone), representing deposition in a swampy environment.  The sea gradually encroached onto this coastal plain and the area was eventually flooded, resulting in the deposition of the marine shales that represent the Bearpaw Formation that overlies the DPF.

The Hell Creek Formation was created under similar circumstances.  It too represents clays, mudstones and sandstones deposited on a delta, a low-lying flood plain crossed by many rivers.  The HCF also has peaty, coal-like deposits (lignite), representing deposition in coastal swampy environments.

The Palaeoenvironment of the Dinosaur Park Formation

The fauna and flora of Alberta 75 million years ago

Alberta around 75 million years ago (Dinosaur Park Formation).

Picture Credit: Julius Csotonyi

A Chasmosaurus and a Lambeosaurus feeding during the late evening, a typical scene representing the biota associated with the DPF.

The Palaeoenvironment of the Hell Creek Formation

Triceratops dinosaur illustration.

Triceratops was one of the last dinosaurs to evolve.  A resident of the Hell Creek Formation.

Picture Credit: Julius Csotonyi

A Triceratops grazes next to a palm tree on the coastal plain that is represented by deposits that help to make up the Hell Creek Formation of Montana.

Different Time Periods – Different Dinosaurs

Both the HCF and the DPF are famous for extensive dinosaur fossils.  It is worth remembering that numerous other kinds of animal (and plants) are represented in the fossil record of these two formations.  Although, the dinosaur fauna is similar between the DPF and the HCF, for example the terrestrial large herbivores are dominated by duck-billed dinosaurs and Ceratopsians, the genera represented are very different.

In simple terms, the stage scenery might be similar and the cast of characters reminiscent but the actors on the stage are different.

Typical Dinosaurs from the Dinosaur Park Formation (Campanian Faunal Stage of the Cretaceous)

Dinosaur Park Formation dinosaurs.

Typical dinosaur fauna of the Dinosaur Park Formation (Alberta, Canada).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Typical Dinosaurs from the Hell Creek Formation (Maastrichtian Faunal Stage of the Cretaceous)

Dinosaurs of the Hell Creek Formation.

Typical dinosaurs of the Hell Creek Formation.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We are looking forward to our visit to the Beacon Museum at Whitehaven (Cumbria).  Everything Dinosaur will be taking visitors on a fossil hunt and we hope to be able to give away real dinosaur bones.

4 07, 2018

Everything Dinosaur Newsletter Early July 2018

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Everything Dinosaur Newsletter (Early July 2018)

The latest prehistoric animal scale models from CollectA along with information about the new Rebor Velociraptor “Sweeney” and the Eofauna Straight-tusked elephant figure are all included in Everything Dinosaur’s latest customer newsletter (early July 2018).  Four new CollectA scale models are in stock, plus the Rebor Velociraptor “Sweeney” reserve list is now open and the Eofauna Straight-tusked elephant model (Palaeoloxodon antiquus) is due to arrive very shortly.

Everything Dinosaur’s Newsletter (Early July 2018) Features the New for 2018 CollectA Scale Models

CollectA Dimetrodon and the CollectA Estemmenosuchus 1:20 scale figures.

Two new Permian prehistoric animal figure models have arrived in stock at Everything Dinosaur – CollectA Dimetrodon and the CollectA Estemmenosuchus.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Four New CollectA Scale Prehistoric Animal Models

The latest CollectA scale models have arrived at Everything Dinosaur and feature in the company’s latest newsletter.  Fans of CollectA  have requested that more Palaeozoic figures be added to the range.  Earlier this year, a 1:20 scale Dunkleosteus was added and now joining this Devonian Placoderm are two Permian figures, representing Dimetrodon and the Dinocephalian Estemmenosuchus.  Both these figures are also in 1:20 scale.

To view the new CollectA Deluxe scale models and the rest of the CollectA scale model range: CollectA Deluxe Models

The 1:40 Scale CollectA Deluxe Ceratosaurus and the CollectA 1:20 Scale Gomphotherium Figure

CollectA Gomphotherium 1;20 scale model and the 1:40 scale CollectA Ceratosaurus.

The CollectA Ceratosaurus and the CollectA Gomphotherium models.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

In addition to the CollectA Dimetrodon and the CollectA Estemmenosuchus, also just in are the 1:40 scale Ceratosaurus dinosaur model and the prehistoric elephant Gomphotherium.  Like the CollectA Dimetrodon figure, the 1:40 scale Ceratosaurus dinosaur model has an articulated lower jaw.

The Reserve List for the New Rebor Velociraptor “Sweeney” Has Opened

Newsletter subscribers are among the first to learn that another Rebor 1:18 scale Velociraptor replica is on the way.  A reserve list has been opened for Rebor “Sweeney”, subscribers can ensure that they are able to purchase this new Theropod figure when it arrives at Everything Dinosaur’s warehouse later this month.

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

The New Rebor Velociraptor “Sweeney” and the Eofauna Straight-tusked Elephant

The new Rebor "Sweeney" Velociraptor figure and the Eofauna Straight-tusked elephant.

The new Velociraptor figure from Rebor “Sweeney” and the Eofauna Palaeoloxodon antiquus.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Everything Dinosaur newsletter is a great way for subscribers to keep up with new model introductions, information about figure retirements and other news about collecting dinosaurs and prehistoric animal figures.

The New Eofauna Straight-tusked Elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus)

Readers of our latest newsletter were also provided with an update on the progress being made with the eagerly awaited Eofauna Straight-tusked elephant figure (Palaeoloxodon antiquus).   This new prehistoric animal replica, the second in the exciting Eofauna range, is due to arrive at Everything Dinosaur’s warehouse in just a few days.  A reserve list has been opened for this popular 1:35 scale model, collectors don’t need to tie a knot in their trunks to remember, let Everything Dinosaur take care of reserving a model for you.  When the stock arrives, we will set a figure aside for you and even drop you an email to let you know that this model is available to purchase.

Newsletter subscribers can look out for more updates about other new for 2018 figures shortly.  At Everything Dinosaur, we do all we can to keep our readers and subscribers informed.

30 06, 2018

Everything Dinosaur Newsletter (End June 2018)

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Everything Dinosaur Newsletter (End June 2018)

The Rebor War Pig Ankylosaurus, new Schleich models, Mojo dinosaurs, the Beasts of the Mesozoic range and Kaiyodo Tyrannosaurus rex figures all feature in Everything Dinosaur’s latest customer newsletter (end June 2018).  Every once in a while, we send our subscribers an email newsletter that helps to keep them informed about developments at Everything Dinosaur and new model ranges.

Everything Dinosaur’s Newsletter (June 2018) Features the Rebor War Pig Ankylosaurus

Everything Dinosaur Newsletter (June 2018).

Rebor War Pig Ankylosaurus models are in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Rebor War Pig Ankylosaurus Makes Headlines

The new Rebor War Pig figures (Ankylosaurus), make the headlines in our latest newsletter.  There are three colour variants of the War Pig Ankylosaurus, each variant represents a habitat in which this Late Cretaceous armoured dinosaur could have lived – “Plain”, “Woodland” and “Mountain”.  All three of the models have been beautifully crafted and there is quite a debate amongst model collectors and dinosaur fans as to which colour scheme is favourite.

To view the Rebor War Pig figures and the rest to the Rebor model range: Rebor Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals

Beasts of the Mesozoic Saurornitholestes sullivani and New Mojo Models

Beasts of the Mesozoic figures and Mojo models.

Beasts of the Mesozoic Saurornitholestes and new Mojo models for 2018.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Beasts of the Mesozoic and Four New Mojo Models

Newsletter subscribers were the first to learn that another shipment of the very popular Beasts of the Mesozoic 1:6 scale “raptor” figures is on the way.  This shipment will also include two new additions to the range that Everything Dinosaur stocks.  In addition, the latest information on the new for 2018 Mojo dinosaur models was also provided.  Four new models are being introduced by Mojo and a number of existing replicas have been given new paint schemes.  To find out more, we recommend subscribing to our newsletter.

To request a subscription to Everything Dinosaur’s regular newsletter, simply drop us an email: Email Everything Dinosaur

The Four New for 2018 Dinosaur Models from Mojo

Four new Mojo Fun models (2018).

Four new Mojo models.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

All four of the new for 2018 Mojo models are lizard-hipped dinosaurs – Saurischia.  The models represent Baryonyx, Deinonychus, Diplodocus and the giant carnivore Giganotosaurus.

New Schleich and Kaiyodo Market Research

Our latest newsletter includes information on three, recently introduced Schleich figures, the last replicas to be added to their “Conquering the Earth” range for this year.   The models are a very colourful Pteranodon, plus a juvenile T. rex and a juvenile Therizinosaurus.  The Schleich juvenile T. rex has an articulated lower jaw, whereas, the Schleich juvenile Therizinosaurus has moveable forelimbs.

Three New Schleich Figures Plus Kaiyodo Market Research

 

New Schleich figures and new for 2018 Kaiyodo collectables.

New Schleich replicas and looking at the prospect of adding Kaiyodo figures into the Everything Dinosaur product portfolio.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur and Kaiyodo

In the newsletter, we explain that Everything Dinosaur has the opportunity to bring in some limited edition and quite rare Kaiyodo Tyrannosaurus rex collectables.  Aimed at model collectors aged 15 and above (15+), Everything Dinosaur is considering bringing in three, articulated T. rex models.  Each model measures around 29 cm long and it can be put into multiple poses (ten points of articulation on each figure).

Everything Dinosaur newsletter subscribers are asked for their comments and feedback about this exciting new range from the talented model makers at Kaiyodo.

20 06, 2018

More Schleich Prehistoric Animals in Stock

By | June 20th, 2018|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Three New Schleich Conquering the Earth Prehistoric Animal Models

Three new for 2018, prehistoric animal models have arrived at Everything Dinosaur.  The Schleich Therizinosaurus (juvenile), Schleich Pteranodon and the juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex figures are now in stock.  Everything Dinosaur team members were given a “sneaky peek” of these three “Conquering the Earth” models several months ago and we did post up a number of photographs that we had taken onto our social media pages.  We are very excited to be able to add these three Archosaurs to our Schleich portfolio.

Just Arrived at Everything Dinosaur – New for 2018 Prehistoric Animal Models

New for 2018 Schleich prehistoric animal models.

Three new additions to Everything Dinosaur’s Schleich model range.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Schleich Tyrannosaurus rex Juvenile

Over the years, Schleich have produced several T. rex dinosaur models.  This latest edition to the “Conquering the Earth” range measures a little over twenty-three centimetres in length from the tip of that articulated lower jaw to the end of the tail.  The model is well balanced and shows lots of detail, the painting on the inside of the mouth is particularly well done.  It makes a striking companion piece to the Tyrannosaurus rex model introduced by Schleich in the summer of 2017.

The Schleich Adult and Juvenile T. rex Models

Schleich Tyrannosaurs (2017-2018).

The Schleich juvenile T. rex and the 2017 Schleich T. rex model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the Schleich prehistoric animals in stock at Everything Dinosaur, including the three new figures: Schleich Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models

The Schleich Therizinosaurus Juvenile

Schleich have also introduced a juvenile Therizinosaurus dinosaur replica to go along with their repainted Therizinosaurus figure that came out earlier this year.  This model measures a fraction under sixteen centimetres high and is around twenty centimetres in length.

Schleich Therizinosaurs (Adult and Juvenile)

Schleich Therizinosaurs.

Schleich Therizinosaur dinosaur models.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Schleich juvenile Therizinosaurus dinosaur model has a pair of articulated front arms, just like the adult version of this Late Cretaceous Theropod.

Schleich Pteranodon

The last model to be added to Everything Dinosaur’s range is not a dinosaur, but a member of the Pterosauria, arguably one of the most famous of all the flying reptiles – Pteranodon.  Schleich have made Pteranodon models in the past, there was a Pteranodon included in the now retired “Saurus” range of prehistoric animal figures, but this new figure is much more brightly painted.

The New for 2018 Schleich Pteranodon Flying Reptile Model

A Schleich Pteranodon model.

New for 2018, a Schleich Pteranodon model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Pteranodon model is a representation of Pteranodon longiceps, the type species, first named and described in 1876 by the famous American palaeontologist Othniel Charles Marsh.  The wingspan of the model measures approximately twenty-two centimetres.  It is a very colourful flying reptile and we note the texture of the model’s skin, giving the impression of a covering of pycnofibres (hair-like filaments) on the body.  It is likely that these pterosaurs were endothermic (warm-blooded), these fibres would have helped to retain body heat and to insulate the animal.

A spokesperson for Everything Dinosaur commented:

“These three new figures are welcome additions to the Schleich Conquering the Earth model range.  Two of the new models represent juvenile Theropods.  The long crest of the colourful Pteranodon probably played a role in display.”

27 05, 2018

Maisy and her Dinosaur

By | May 27th, 2018|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Educational Activities, Main Page, Teaching|0 Comments

Maisy Designs a Dinosaur – Maisyosaurus

Our thanks to young Maisy and her classmates for sending lots of beautiful dinosaur drawings to our offices.  We had challenged the children (Year 2), to have a go at designing their very own prehistoric animals during a dinosaur workshop at their school.  We received an amazing array of very colourful drawings, with lots of lovely labelling and some fascinating explanations from the children as to why their dinosaur was so special.

Maisy Has Designed a Maisyosaurus

A Maisyosaurus drawn by Maisy.

A very colourful dinosaur design created by Maisy in Year 2.

Picture Credit: Maisy/Everything Dinosaur

Maisy labelled the various body parts of her dinosaur, explaining that it was an omnivore and that it had five toes to help it cut through things.  Certainly, having four fingers and a thumb makes using scissors very straight forward, I’m sure the dinosaur would have appreciated the comment.  Maisyosaurus also had spikes on its back, as Maisy explained, the spikes helped this dinosaur shake off a bug should one alight on it.  Perhaps it could it have shaken its big, bushy yellow tail in order to scare off flies and other insects.

Our thanks again to Maisy and the other Key Stage 1 pupils at her school for sending in the super dinosaur designs.

26 05, 2018

A Scale Drawing of Pyroraptor

By | May 26th, 2018|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page|0 Comments

A Scale Drawing of Pyroraptor olympius

As team members at Everything Dinosaur make plans for the imminent arrival of the Beasts of the Mesozoic range of 1:6 scale dinosaur figures, we have been busy finalising the scale drawings of these extinct animals for use in our fact sheets.  For virtually every named prehistoric animal that we supply from Achelousaurus and Acheroraptor to Zhenyuanlong, we research and write a fact sheet.  In this way, our customers can learn a little about the prehistoric creature the model or soft toy represents.

A Scale Drawing of the Beasts of the Mesozoic Pyroraptor

A scale drawing of the dromaeosaurid dinosaur Pyroraptor olympius.

A scale drawing of the dromaeosaurid Pyroraptor olympius.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Estimating the Size of Dinosaurs

Estimating the size of dinosaurs is quite a tricky business.  When it comes to a dromaeosaur like Pyroraptor, we are hampered by the lack of fossil evidence.  This dinosaur is known from a handful of teeth and some fragmentary bones.  However, we estimate that this fast-running dinosaur was around 1.5 metres in size and weighed between eight and ten kilograms.  The poor fossil record of most dinosaurs hampers mass and length estimations, many of the fossils relate to sub-adults or juveniles so the exact size of an adult animal is very difficult to calculate.  A case in point is the recently described Sciurumimus (Sciurumimus albersdoerferi), from Germany.  This dinosaur is known from a single fossil specimen.  It is a spectacular fossil and very nearly complete.  However, the skeleton is that of a baby, a very young animal measuring around seventy centimetres in length.  This baby dinosaur could have grown up to become one of the largest Theropod dinosaurs known from the Jurassic of Europe.  Until more fossils of this species are found, the adult size of this carnivorous dinosaur remains entirely speculative.

The CollectA  Sciurumimus (Sciurumimus albersdoerferi) Dinosaur Model

CollectA Sciurumimus.

CollectA Sciurumimus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To read about the discovery of Sciurumimus (2012): Megalosaurs Join the Tufty Club

23 05, 2018

Dinosaurs in Ermine

By | May 23rd, 2018|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Main Page|0 Comments

Dinosaurs in Ermine

An interesting headline featured on the front of a national newspaper here in the UK.  It was spotted as an Everything Dinosaur team member went past a newspaper vendor this morning.

Intriguing Headline – Dinosaurs in Ermine

A dinosaur themed headline.

A headline from an English newspaper.  Don’t worry it is not a report on a new dinosaur fossil discovery!

The headline certainly caught our attention.  However, it was not a report on an amazing pseudo-mammal dinosaur fossil find, after all, palaeontologists have only now got some members of the public to accept the idea of dinosaurs with feathers.

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