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11 07, 2019

Terrestrial Bird-like Dinosaur Oldest Known from North America

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Hesperornithoides miessleri – Helping to Map Out the Bird Family Tree

A joint team of British and American palaeontologists have announced the discovery of a new species of dinosaur that roamed the Late Jurassic of Wyoming.  The specimen consisting of both cranial and postcranial material lived around 150 million years ago and it has been tentatively placed within the troodontid branch of the Paraves part of the Theropoda.  It could help scientists to better understand the evolutionary relationships between feathered dinosaurs and true birds and it raises intriguing questions as to when powered flight evolved within the Dinosauria.

The little dinosaur, estimated to have measured less than a metre in length (single known specimen is either an adult or a sub-adult), has been named Hesperornithoides miessleri.

A Life Reconstruction of the Newly Described Dinosaur H. miessleri

Hesperornithoides miessleri - life reconstruction.

A life reconstruction of Hesperornithoides miessleri.

Picture Credit: Gabriel Ugueto

An Inhabitant of Wetlands

Writing in the academic journal PeerJ, the authors which include scientists from the University of Manchester, report the taphonomy of the fossil material suggests that this dinosaur was an inhabitant of wetland environments for at least a portion of its life history.  The fossil material was actually discovered back in 2001, whilst excavation work was being carried out on the fossil material associated with Supersaurus.  The fossil comes from Converse County (Wyoming), from strata making up the middle portion of the famous Morrison Formation.  The fossil-bearing strata from the “Jimbo Quarry” has been variously dated to the Oxfordian and Tithonian ages of the Jurassic.

Full Skeleton of Hesperornithoides miessleri

Known fossil material associated with Hesperornithoides miessleri.

Hesperornithoides fossil material “left” (A) and “right” (B) sides of the blocks after final preparation (B).  Scale bar = one cm.

Picture Credit: Levi Shinkle

A Resident of the Famous Morrison Formation

The Morrison Formation is famous for its vertebrate fossils, including many examples of dinosaurs, such as Allosaurus, Ceratosaurus, Diplodocus, Brontosaurus and Camarasaurus.  The carnivorous Hesperornithoides is the smallest dinosaur described to date from Wyoming.

Palaeontologist Bill Wahl  (Wyoming Dinosaur Centre), a co-author of the scientific paper, recalled how excited the field team were when they uncovered the block containing the partially articulated bones.

He stated:

“We were removing a ledge of overburden rock and found, unfortunately with a shovel, some tiny, delicate bones poking out.  We immediately stopped, collected as much of the bones as possible and spent the next few days frantically searching for more.  Only after some of the bones were cleaned did we realise that we had found something spectacular.”

In 2005, the fossil specimen was donated to the Big Horn Basin Foundation, a research and education-based not-for-profit organisation that was merged with the Wyoming Dinosaur Centre back in 2016.  This is how Hesperornithoides miessleri came into the Wyoming Dinosaur Centre’s fossil collection.  The fossil, now known as WYDICE-DML-001, was nicknamed “Lori”  and was examined by Dean Lomax (University of Manchester) and co-author of the study back in 2008, a successful crowdfunding campaign permitted extensive research to be undertaken.

Dean commented:

“I remember the first time I laid my eyes on this little dinosaur.  Even back then, I knew it was a significant discovery.  But, it wasn’t until 2015 when our dino team formed and we began to study ‘Lori’ in much more detail than ever before.”

Reconstructed Quarry Map of “Lori” (Hesperornithoides miessleri)

A quarry map of the fossil material asociated with Hesperornithoides.

Association of skeletal elements assembled from 3-D scans of specimen blocks prior to final mechanical preparation.

Picture Credit: PeerJ

Found on Private Land

The specimen was found on private land owned by the Miessler family.  The trivial name honours their help, support and assistance in bringing this little theropod to the attention of the scientific community.  The genus name is a combination of “Hesper”, referring to its discovery in the American West and “ornis” a nod to its very bird-like anatomy.

A Reconstruction of the Skeleton of Hesperornithoides miessleri

Hesperornithoides miessleri skeleton reconstruction.

Skeletal Reconstruction Hesperornithoides miessleri (scale bar = 25 cm).

Picture Credit: Scott Hartmann

A Key Conclusion of the Study

A key conclusion of the scientific paper relates to the origin of powered flight within the Dinosauria.  Hesperornithoides was very probably entirely terrestrial.  It could not fly, but it has a very bird-like body, suggesting that many features associated with an avian anatomy evolved in dinosaurs that lived out their lives on the ground.  It is the oldest dinosaur of this type, known from more than just teeth fossils from North America.  The terrestrial and flightless lifestyle is consistent with the base of Paraves, and with the base of paravian subclades, suggesting that avian flight evolved within the Avialae, most likely in the Late Jurassic or Early Cretaceous.

Lead author of the paper and PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Scott Hartman stated:

“We wanted to expand the dataset used to test dinosaur-bird relationships, so we added hundreds of new species and tens of thousands of new characters.  We found that Lori is a primitive member of a group of dinosaurs that includes Troodon, but perhaps more importantly we discovered that the smaller details of the family tree of bird-like dinosaurs isn’t quite as resolved as some researchers would claim.”

Scott Hartman continued:

“For example, it only takes a few changes in the dataset for Hesperornithoides to be found as a closer relative of Velociraptor than of Troodon.  One robust finding we did come up with is that even as the interrelationships changed, the primitive members of all these groups were non-flying ground dwelling dinosaurs.  That means that some small relatives of Velociraptor such as Microraptor that looks like it could have glided evolved this separately from the modern bird family.”

Hesperornithoides Cranial Material

Fossil material and accompanying line drawings Hesperornithoides.

Hesperornithoides cranial material and interpretative line drawings.

Picture Credit: Levi Shinkle

The scientific paper: “A new paravian dinosaur from the Late Jurassic of North America supports a late acquisition of avian flight” by Hartman, S., Mortimer, M., Wahl, W. R., Lomax, D. R., Lippincott, J. and Lovelace, D. M and published in PeerJ.

Everything Dinosaur acknowledges the help of a media release from the University of Manchester in the compilation of this article.

9 07, 2019

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Parasaurolophus

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Wild Safari Prehistoric World Parasaurolophus

Safari Ltd have published a series of images depicting some of the latest introductions in the Wild Safari Prehistoric World model range.  Today, we feature the Parasaurolophus, a dinosaur that has been depicted several times over the history of Safari Ltd models.  The latest incarnation of Parasaurolophus, was introduced in 2017, one of thirteen prehistoric animal models launched by the U.S.-based company that year.

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Parasaurolophus Dinosaur Model

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Parasaurolophus dinosaur model.

A pair of Parasaurolophus cooling off in the Late Cretaceous of North America.

Picture Credit: Safari Ltd/Everything Dinosaur

Parasaurolophus walkeri

Known from numerous very nearly complete and partial skeletons, Parasaurolophus was geographically widely distributed (Alberta to New Mexico – possibly), it is known from the Late Cretaceous (Campanian faunal stage), although there are some unverified reports that this dinosaur may have persisted into the Maastrichtian faunal stage of the Cretaceous.  It is easily recognisable for its long, backward pointing head crest.   Despite the amount of fossil material scientists have to study, the exact size of this herbivorous dinosaur remains open to speculation, with some estimates putting this dinosaur’s maximum length at more than ten metres.  Measurements of the femur (thigh bone), indicate that this duck-billed dinosaur may have weighed more than three tonnes.  Several species have been assigned to the Parasaurolophus genus, perhaps the best known of which is P. walkeri, mainly because this Parasaurolophus species had the more spectacular crest compared to other species in this genus.

Parasaurolophus walkeri – Scale Drawing

Scale drawing Parasaurolophus walkeri.

A crested, duck-billed dinosaur.  A scale drawing of the Late Cretaceous lamebeosaurine dinosaur Parasaurolophus walkeri.  Note the thick-set upper legs and the wide tail.  Recent studies indicate that this facultative biped was very robust.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

8 07, 2019

Preparing for PNSO Models

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Preparing for PNSO Models

Team members at Everything Dinosaur have been kept very busy preparing for the arrival of the latest delivery of PNSO dinosaur and prehistoric animals at the company’s warehouse.  The shipment will contain a number of new PNSO models including Lucas the Giganotosaurus, Lucio the Amargasaurus and the battling pair of Dayong the Yangchuanosaurus and Xiaobei the Chungkingosaurus.  In preparation for the arrival of a Yangchuanosaurus replica, we have commissioned a scale drawing as well as researching and writing a fact sheet about this theropod from the Middle Jurassic of south-western China.

A Scale Drawing of the Middle Jurassic Chinese Theropod – Yangchuanosaurus (Y. shangyouensis)

Scale drawing of Yangchuanosaurus shangyouensis

A scale drawing of Yangchuanosaurus shangyouensis.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

PNSO Prehistoric Animal Models and Replicas

PNSO have created a range of different prehistoric animal models and figures.  They have a small prehistoric animal model range, (toys that accompany your growth), which currently has forty-eight figures within it and then there are the larger PNSO models (some of them are huge).  These models are promoted as the “Age of Dinosaurs” model range but not all of them are dinosaurs.  For instance, PNSO recently introduced a large model of the ichthyosaur Ophthalmosaurus, joining substantial models of Basilosaurus and the ferocious Megalodon (Carcharocles megalodon).

Naturally, Everything Dinosaur has produced fact sheets for all these replicas and all these fact sheets include a scale drawing.

An Illustration of the Early Jurassic Sauropod Mamenchisaurus

An illustration of the long-necked dinosaur (sauropod) Mamenchisaurus

Mamenchisaurus drawing.  An illustration commissioned as Everything Dinosaur prepares a fact sheet on this dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

PNSO Dayong the Yangchuanosaurus and Xiaobei the Chungkingosaurus

The latest shipment of PNSO models will include the Dayong the Yangchuanosaurus and Xiaobei the Chungkingosaurus diorama.  Construction projects in Sichuan Province have unearthed a variety of different types of dinosaur.  These fossil finds rival the amazing Morrison Formation of the western United States, although the Chinese rocks are older.  Numerous sauropods and stegosaurs have been described and two distinct biotas identified.

The Dayong the Yangchuanosaurus and Xiaobei the Chungkingosaurus

PNSO Yangchuanosaurus and Chungkingosaurus dinosaur diorama.

PNSO dinosaur diorama “Dayong” the Yangchuanosaurus battles “Xiaobei” the Chungkingosaurus.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We are expecting a large shipment of PNSO models.  It is going to be a very busy couple of weeks for our warehouse team, what with all these new PNSO figures coming into stock along with deliveries from Papo, Mojo Fun, CollectA and Safari Ltd.  We planned to provide at least fifty new models this year, we are well on target to achieve this and in fact, with all these new additions, this target is going to be exceeded.  These are exciting times for dinosaur fans and model collectors.”

To view the PNSO Age of Dinosaurs range available from Everything Dinosaur: PNSO Age of Dinosaurs

7 07, 2019

Everything Dinosaur and 3-D Secure Ecommerce Transactions

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Preparing for New Ecommerce Legislation – PSD2

PSD2 might sound like the name of a droid from the forthcoming “Star Wars” movie, but for anyone who shops on-line, PSD2 is going to become very significant.  New legislation is coming into force across the whole of the European Union, part of a global roll out of new rules to help protect consumers who make electronic payments either through a website such as Everything Dinosaur’s or via contactless payments or chip and pin card machines.  New, additional security authentications for ecommence transactions are being introduced.  These will help to protect consumers against fraud and these new rules come into force on Saturday, 14th September 2019.

Everything Dinosaur Working Towards PSD2 Compliance

Working towards compliance with PSD2 directive.

Everything Dinosaur team members working towards compliance with new consumer protection legislation (EU Payment Services Directive – PSD2).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Providing Extra Security and Protection

If you sell on-line, then you need to prepare for this new legislation.  Everything Dinosaur’s plans are well advanced, at the heart of our business is the belief in doing what is right for our customers.  We already have very strong protections in place including 3-D security, but these new rules require strong customer authentication to help prevent the possibility of fraudulent transactions taking place.

Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2), was introduced as a follow up to earlier legislation, its aim is to further increase consumer protection when it comes to making on-line transactions such as buying dinosaur models from Everything Dinosaur.  In essence, it introduces the need for stronger consumer authentication, that is, the person using a credit/debit card to make a purchase is actually the person they say they are.

Strong Consumer Authentication Provides Extra Protection and Security for On-line Shoppers

PSD2 legislation - helping to protect our customers.

PSD2 legislation may require shoppers to give additional authentication at checkout.  This is all about extra security and protection.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Strong Customer Authentication (SCA)

Your payment journey through websites, might look a little different after September 14th.  By this date all ecommerce transactions must be processed via secure industry protocols such as 3-D secure, for Everything Dinosaur we already operate this system, however,  in addition, someone making a purchase from us may need to provide proof of their identity.  Shoppers may need to give additional authentication at the checkout.

Everything Dinosaur team members are already working through the requirements to ensure compliance with the new regulations.  A key component of these new rules is that ecommerce transactions will require (in most cases), additional authentication.  Strong customer authentication requires at least two independent factors in the authentication process.

Here are the three types of factors for authentication:

  • Something you know [knowledge] such as a PIN number or password.
  • Something you have [possession] such as a card, smartphone etc.
  • Something that you are (inherence) such as a fingerprint or your biometric identity.

Each electronic payment (there will be some exemptions), must be authenticated by at least two of these factors.  This helps to protect you from fraud and it is known as two-factor authentication (2FA) or multi-factor authentication (MFA).

What Will Be Different?

At the moment, when making a purchase at Everything Dinosaur an authentication is performed as part of the card transaction process.  You might get re-directed to your card provider’s website to validate the transaction under 3-D security protocols.  If your card provider (bank), deems the transaction risk to be ‘high’, the cardholder will be required to prove their identity.  From September 14th 2019, authentication will become the new default and cannot be bypassed (unless an exemption applies).  Although authentication will be performed,  it is expected that only 5% to 10%  of authentications will result in the cardholder having to be re-directed to their banks 3-D Secure page to enter two factor authentication (2FA and challenge authentication).

The majority of the authentication requests will result in a frictionless authentication, where the cardholder is not re-directed to their banks 3-D Secure page to enter 2FA.  At Everything Dinosaur, are plans to accommodate this new legislation are already well-advanced and our existing consumer protection measures ensure that we only need to make a few minor adjustments to our security systems.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We take the protection of our customers extremely seriously.  We are currently working on responsive payment pages that will enable our customers to make a payment even more safely and securely.  In addition, we are working with our commercial partners such as SagePay to make improvements and to ensure that strong customer authentication is delivered and maintained throughout the transaction process.”

Testing of these new systems and measures will take place over the next few weeks on Everything Dinosaur’s beta sites.  This will ensure that all is ready when the new legislation comes into force on September 14th.  Furthermore, the current 3-D Secure Implementation (3DSv1) will operate until the end of 2020, but new protections entitled 3DSv2 will come into force making 3-D security systems mandatory worldwide.  Everything Dinosaur is well placed to incorporate these changes into its already very secure systems.

To read an article about https security protocols: All Everything Dinosaur Websites Upgraded to “https”

4 07, 2019

Celebrating New Schleich and CollectA Models

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Newsletter Features New Schleich and CollectA Prehistoric Animals

New prehistoric animal models and figures are coming into stock at Everything Dinosaur at an express pace.  Our latest newsletter features another seven new figures, four from Schleich and three from CollectA in what will be a stunning summer of new model additions to our ranges.  It is going to be a very busy time for our team members but we have made contingency plans to ensure that orders get despatched super quick!

The Early July CollectA Newsletter Features New CollectA and Schleich Prehistoric Animal Figures

A Schleich Elasmotherium and a Schleich juvenile Giganotosaurus

The early July Everything Dinosaur newsletter features new Schleich and CollectA prehistoric animal models.  The new for 2019 CollectA Deluxe Elasmotherium and the Schleich juvenile Giganotosaurus are in stock.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

At the end of last year, Everything Dinosaur team members predicted that 2019 would see a further fifty prehistoric animal models added to the company’s already impressive range.  The new CollectA models are the “Prehistoric Life” Fukuiraptor, the CollectA Deluxe Elasmotherium and the 1:40 scale Deluxe Baryonyx.  The four new Schleich figures comprise, a Plesiosaurus and three dinosaurs, namely Dracorex, Diabloceratops and a juvenile Giganotosaurus.

Exciting New Prehistoric Animal Models from CollectA and Schleich

Schleich and CollectA models feature in the newsletter.

The early July Everything Dinosaur newsletter features new CollectA and Schleich prehistoric animal models.  The models are the Schleich Diabloceratops (top left), the CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale Baryonyx (top right), the Schleich Plesiosaurus (bottom left) and the CollectA Fukuiraptor (bottom right).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the range of Schleich prehistoric animal models available from Everything Dinosaur: Schleich Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models

All Figures Supplied with a Fact Sheet

Everything Dinosaur has prepared fact sheets for all seven of these new models.  Customers purchasing these figures from Everything Dinosaur will be sent a fact sheet with their purchase.  The fact sheet includes a scale drawing of the prehistoric animal along with fascinating facts and snippets of information.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“For virtually every prehistoric animal figure we sell, we supply a fact sheet about that animal.  We take care to research these long extinct creatures and then we produce an A4-sized fact sheet which is then sent out with model purchases.  We are currently working on a further three new fact sheets so that we can provide these sheets when other new models come into stock.”

The Schleich Dracorex Dinosaur Model and Please “Like” our Facebook Page

Schleich Dracorex and please "like" us on Facebook.

The Schleich Dracorex (left) and a request for newsletter subscribers to please “like” us on Facebook.

 

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Schleich Dracorex

The North American Dracorex (D. hogwartsia) is the last of the new models to be featured.  Measuring over nineteen centimetres in length this is a beautifully detailed model of a pachycephalosaur.  Our newsletter subscribers have also been asked to “like” Everything Dinosaur’s Facebook page.  Our Facebook page is followed by a large number of dinosaur fans and our posts reach thousands of enthusiasts every week.  We currently have a total of over 6,400 genuine page likes which makes us extremely proud.  We hope to get to 6,500 Facebook page likes by the end of this month.

To view the CollectA Baryonyx and the Deluxe Elasmotherium model: CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Life Models

For the CollectA Fukuiraptor figure, a stunning model of a dinosaur from the Lower Cretaceous of Japan: CollectA Prehistoric Life

3 07, 2019

CollectA Deluxe Baryonyx – Articulated Jaw

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The CollectA Deluxe Baryonyx – Articulated Jaw

We have been asked by dinosaur fans and model collectors to post up more pictures and information about some of the new for 2019 prehistoric animal models that have come into stock at Everything Dinosaur.  Our team members are happy to acquiesce and we have recently posted up onto our Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest pages pictures of some of the new Schleich and CollectA figures.  One of the questions we have been asked is whether or not the new CollectA Deluxe Baryonyx dinosaur model (1:40 scale), has an articulated jaw.  Yes, it does, we even shot a short video to demonstrate this.

Demonstrating the Articulated Lower Jaw (CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale Baryonyx Dinosaur Model

Video Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Short Baryonyx Video

In this short, YouTube video (it lasts around 20 seconds), we show the CollectA Baryonyx and we demonstrate the lower jaw.  This is a carefully crafted dinosaur figure and the jaw reflects the dentition associated with baryonychid dinosaurs and the upper jaw has that distinctive “notch” that is associated with the holotype fossil material retrieved from a Surrey clay pit (Weald Clay Formation), after the initial fossil discovery in 1983.

A Close View of the Head and Jaw of the CollectA Baryonyx Dinosaur Model

The CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale Baryonyx dinosaur model.

CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale Baryonyx dinosaur model.  A close-up view of that carefully sculpted skull and the articulated lower jaw.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the CollectA Deluxe Baryonyx dinosaur model and the rest of the figures in the CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Life range: The CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Life Range.

Details on the Base

In order to best represent the anatomical proportions of this dinosaur, the design team at CollectA opted to place this 2019 version of Baryonyx on a base.  However, the base is far from just a support for the model, it has been beautifully sculpted and shows lots of detail.  For example, there are some plant fronds to be found on the base and the effect is to indicate that the Baryonyx is walking along a muddy, slippery riverbank, an environment in which this semi-aquatic dinosaur would have been very much at home.

A Close-up View of the Base of the CollectA Baryonyx Dinosaur Model

A close-up view of the base of the new for 2019 CollectA Baryonyx model.

Close-up view of the base of the new for 2019 CollectA Baryonyx model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Webbed Feet – Baryonyx

Although it is difficult to spot on the actual model, the design team at CollectA were keen to give the impression of webbed feet on this dinosaur.  Palaeontologists have speculated that this theropod may have had webbing between its toes, an adaptation to help it to move around in its aquatic environment.

2 07, 2019

Prehistoric Times Magazine

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Prehistoric Times Magazine On the Way!

The next edition of the quarterly magazine “Prehistoric Times” is on the way.  This magazine will be arriving at our offices shortly.   Editor and chum, Mike Fredericks sent us an image of the front cover of the next issue.

Prehistoric Times Issue (130)

The front cover of "Prehistoric Times" magazine - summer 2019.

“Prehistoric Times” magazine issue 130.

Picture Credit: Mike Fredericks

An Eclectic Collection of Prehistoric Animals

The eye-catching front cover features an eclectic mix of prehistoric animals, all life-sized models made by the hugely talented sculptors and artists at Blue Rhino Studios (Minnesota, USA).  The staff at Blue Rhino Studios have worked with museums and attractions all over the world.  Established in the 1990’s the company has become a leader in state-of-the-art prehistoric mammal, pterosaur and dinosaur figures.  Issue 130 (summer 2019), will feature an interview with Blue Rhino team members.

Readers can expect articles on Allosaurus and the enigmatic prehistoric rhinoceros Elasmotherium, as well as a continuation of the long-running series by John Lavas highlighting the contribution of the Czech illustrator Zdeněk Burian.  From the front cover details, we can see that this edition will also include an interview with the American artist Mark Hallett, a leading light in dinosaur and prehistoric animal illustrations.

Our thanks to the editorial team at “Prehistoric Times” magazine for giving us this preview.

1 07, 2019

New CollectA 2019 Models in Stock

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CollectA Elasmotherium, Baryonyx and Fukuiraptor

The last of the scheduled 2019 model releases from CollectA are now in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  The trio of prehistoric animal figures are the 1:20 scale Deluxe Elasmotherium model, the 1:40 scale Baryonyx and the prehistoric life Fukuiraptor model.  What an impressive set of prehistoric animal figures they make!

Just Arrived!  The CollectA Deluxe 1:20 Scale Elasmotherium Model

The CollectA Deluxe 1:20 scale Elasmotherium model.

CollectA Deluxe 1:20 scale Elasmotherium model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The CollectA Deluxe Elasmotherium Model

This is an excellent replica of this enigmatic member of the Rhinocerotidae family, a creature that has been nicknamed the “Siberian Unicorn”.  The design team at CollectA have emphasised the animal’s long legs and depicted it in an almost trotting pose.   A coat of rough shaggy hair generously covers the figure, although the presence of a shaggy coat, or indeed any hair whatsoever can only be inferred as the fossil record does not actually provide any substantive proof of the Elasmotherium having a dense coat.  The nature of the horn (if indeed it possessed one), is also largely speculative but CollectA have been careful to depict their Elasmotherium using the scientific literature as a guide.  Measuring around 26 centimetres in length and that horn standing some 15 cm tall, this is a most impressive model.

To purchase the CollectA Elasmotherium and the rest of the new for 2019 CollectA Deluxe prehistoric animal models: CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Life Models.

The CollectA Fukuiraptor

From a prehistoric animal known from relatively recent and abundant fossil material from a wide area, to a dinosaur that is mostly known from a single quarry site representing strata laid down in the Early Cretaceous of Japan (Kitadani Formation).  Little is known about Fukuiraptor kitadaniensis.  It has been assigned to the Megaraptora clade but prior to this it was thought to be a derived Allosauroid when first named and described nineteen years ago (Azuma, Yoichi; Philip J., Currie (2000). “A new carnosaur (Dinosauria: Theropoda) from the Lower Cretaceous of Japan”.  In an initial scientific study published in 1995,  it was thought that Fukuiraptor had affinities towards the Dromaeosauridae.

The New for 2019 CollectA Prehistoric Life Fukuiraptor

The CollectA Fukuiraptor dinosaur model (CollectA Prehistoric Life 2019).

The new for 2019 CollectA Prehistoric Life Fukuiraptor dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Fukuiraptor had large hands and powerful grasping fingers armed with strongly curved claws.   These features are well represented in this new dinosaur model.  CollectA have been keen to add more dinosaurs from Asia to their model range and Fukuiraptor has been one of the most eagerly anticipated models of 2019.

The CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale Baryonyx Dinosaur Model

The third member of this impressive trio is the CollectA Deluxe Baryonyx dinosaur model (1:40 scale replica).  This model has an articulated jaw that has been designed to replicate the distinctive baryonchid dentition.  Since Baryonyx is associated with aquatic environments the design team at CollectA have given their model subtle webbing between the toes.

The New for 2019 CollectA Deluxe Baryonyx Dinosaur Model

CollectA Deluxe Baryonyx dinosaur model (2019).

CollectA Deluxe Baryonyx model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the CollectA Baryonyx and the rest of the CollectA prehistoric animal and dinosaur models: CollectA Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Figures.

30 06, 2019

Dinosaur “Ruffs”

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DIY Dinosaur “Ruffs”

Our chums at Rebor have provided a little challenge to dinosaur fans and model collectors.  As this is the last day of “Jurassic June”, we thought it would be fun to see what those clever and creative people at Rebor have got up to.  It seems that they have produced some artwork for collectors to help them customise the next set of Rebor prehistoric animal figures that are due to come into stock.

Here is an image of the artwork that Rebor has provided:

Colourful Dinosaur Frills to Customise Dinosaur Models

Two frills from Rebor.

A pair of frills to thrill Rebor model collectors.

Picture Credit: Rebor

Fans of Rebor collectables will know that the next models to be introduced are a pair of Dilophosaurus dinosaurs (Dilophosaurus wetherilli).  These magnificent models, nick-named “Oasis” and “Green Day” are coming into stock at Everything Dinosaur in the next few days.  Team members will be emailing all those customers on our priority reserve list when these dinosaurs arrive.

Rebor Replicas – Dilophosaurus Dinosaurs (“Green Day” and “Oasis”

Rebor Dilophosaurus models "Green Day" and "Oasis"

The Rebor Dilophosaurus replicas “Green Day” and “Oasis”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

An Early Jurassic Predator

Dilophosaurus was an Early Jurassic, carnivorous dinosaur, so it is appropriate to feature this dinosaur as “Jurassic June” draws to a close.  We suspect that the frills could be used to adorn the necks of these beautiful figures, but we couldn’t possibly comment further.  After all, Dilophosaurus may be one of the most extensively studied of all the theropods known from the Lower Jurassic, but there is no fossil evidence to indicate that these predators had neck frills that could be “flashed” as part of a visual display.

Rebor Have Produced a Male and Female Dilophosaurus Figure

Rebor Dilophosaurus replicas compared.

Comparing the Rebor Dilophosaurus replicas “Green Day” and “Oasis”.

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A Male and Female Dilophosaurus

The Rebor models depict a male and female Dilophosaurus.  There are subtle variations in the paint scheme used for each model to highlight the differences.  For example, the male “Green Day” has crimson markings on the bony crest over the eye (orbit).  Most palaeontologists are comfortable with the idea that these archosaurs, like living archosaurs today (birds and crocodilians), had excellent colour vision.  Visual signals may have been very important to the Dinosauria.  As to whether Dilophosaurus had an expandable neck ruff, is very much speculation, there is no fossil evidence to support such an idea.  However, popular culture such as books, films and television programmes have helped set up notable preconceptions in the minds of the public and who are we to challenge such views.

There is a reptile alive today that has a neck ruff, it is the neck-frilled lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii), native to northern Australian and Papua New Guinea.  This relatively large lizard, can when frightened, extend a large ruff of skin out from its neck to produce a startling display, designed to intimidate attackers.  The neck frill usually lies folded against the animal’s neck, but by flexing its jaws and gaping, this lizard can engage cartilage supports that extend the skin folds out to produce a mock threat display that makes it look much more fearsome than the lizard actually is.

Chlamydosaurus kingii – Visual Display

Australian Frilled Lizard

The Australian frilled lizard – a facultative biped.  The impressive neck frill is shown providing a visual display.

Prehistoric Animals were Show Offs

Just like many animals today, it is quite likely that visual display was very important to the extinct non-avian dinosaurs.  Back in 2010, Everything Dinosaur reported on the publication of a study by an international team of researchers which examined the fossil record to find evidence of visual display structures that probably had a primary function in sexual selection and attracting mates.

To read more about this research: Prehistoric Animals May Have Been Show Offs

Rebor model fans might be able to work out what influenced Rebor’s decision to produce these accessories to help customise their models.  These colourful additions will be available from Everything Dinosaur free of charge, just drop us an email requesting the dinosaur frills and we will be happy to email them out.

To request these dinosaur frills: Email Everything Dinosaur

Helpful Instructions

  1. Once you have the download, print it out using a colour printer.
  2. Carefully cut out each of the four sections.
  3. Glue part A and part B back-to-back so that there is colour showing on the front and on the rear of the ruff.
  4. Trim them until you are happy with their look, then use them to customise your Rebor models, for example, you could carefully manoeuvre the ruffs onto the tail, onto a limb or anywhere else on the model for that matter.
29 06, 2019

Everything Dinosaur June Newsletter (June 2019)

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Everything Dinosaur Newsletter (June 2019)

Team members at Everything Dinosaur have recently published the first of a string of summer newsletters.  In this email, subscribers are updated on Rebor stocks, informed about new PNSO figures and given the opportunity to purchase the new for 2019 new colour variant Papo Stegosaurus.

Top Billing in the Newsletter for the Recent Arrival the Papo Stegosaurus (New Colour Variant)

The Papo Stegosaurus model features in the latest Everything Dinosaur newsletter.

The new for 2019 Papo Stegosaurus headlines the latest Everything Dinosaur newsletter.  Just arrived, the amazing and beautifully painted Papo Stegosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

An Update on Rebor Stocks

Fans of the Rebor range are aware just how quickly this model portfolio has grown.  Not all the figures in stock are being produced again in the near future.  For example, the Rebor “War Pig” Ankylosaurus model (mountain), is getting low on stock and no future production run for this armoured dinosaur model has been announced.  Stocks of the very popular Rebor “Spring-heeled Jack” Velociraptor figure are similarly under pressure.

Some Stocks of Rebor Figures are Getting Low

Rebor model stocks - an update.

An update on Rebor model stocks.  The Rebor “War Pig” Ankylosaurus model in the mountain colour scheme and the Rebor “Spring-heeled Jack” Velociraptor model have low stock status at Everything Dinosaur and the company is not certain whether more models can be acquired.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

PNSO Prehistoric Animals are Imminent

Some exciting news for subscribers, the latest batch of PNSO prehistoric animal figures including the eagerly anticipated Yangchuanosaurus and Chungkingosaurus diorama are coming into stock very soon.  These collectables are expected at the Everything Dinosaur website around the middle of next month (July 2019).  A reserve list for the Yangchuanosaurus/Chungkingosaurus pair has already been opened.

Expected in July (2019) New PNSO Prehistoric Animal Models

PNSO prehistoric animal models at Everything Dinosaur.

PNSO models and figures coming into stock at Everything Dinosaur.

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PNSO Special Edition Gift Box

Subscribers have also been informed about a special collectors’ edition box set of PNSO models coming into stock.  The gift box contains all forty-eight of the PNSO “Toys that Accompany your Growth” model range.  Each model is within its own packaging, but the entire series is presented in a special edition gift box complete with a handy carry handle.  Only a few of these gift boxes are coming into stock at Everything Dinosaur and newsletter subscribers were the first to hear of this and the first to be given the opportunity to register their interest in this very special item.

First News of Everything Dinosaur Stocking the Special Edition PNSO Gift Box

Forty-eight models in the PNSO gift box.

PNSO special edition gift box.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

These periodic newsletters are a fantastic and very convenient way for customers to keep in touch with new products and other developments at Everything Dinosaur.

A spokesperson for the UK-based company stated:

“We have so many new models coming into stock at Everything Dinosaur, new PNSO, Papo, Rebor figures, CollectA and Beasts of the Mesozoic.  Subscribing to our newsletter is a great way to keep up to date and get the latest news and special offers.”

To request to join the Everything Dinosaur newsletter subscribers list: Simply Email Everything Dinosaur

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