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2 11, 2021

Australian Meat-eater turns Vegetarian

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Fossilised dinosaur footprints dating from the Late Triassic that were once thought to represent a large, predatory dinosaur have been re-examined and are now thought to have been made by a mainly vegetarian sauropodomorph. A series of fossilised footprints preserved on the ceiling of a gallery in a coal mine close to the suburb of Dinmore (Queensland, Australia), had been assigned to the ichnogenus Eubrontes. The three-toed tracks, discovered in 1964, were thought to represent a track made by a large theropod dinosaur. They were regarded as the earliest known evidence for the presence of big meat-eating dinosaurs, however, the tracks have been reassessed and are now thought to represent a basal sauropodomorph.

Late Triassic sauropodomorph life reconstruction
A life reconstruction of a basal sauropodomorph. Picture credit: Anthony Romilio and Kamil Porembinski, CC by-SA2.0.

Walking on the Ceiling?

University of Queensland palaeontologist, Dr Anthony Romilio, lead author of the scientific paper published in the journal “Historical Biology”, commented:

“It must have been quite a sight for the first miners in the 1960s to see big bird-like footprints jutting down from the ceiling”.

Around 220 million years ago, dinosaurs walked across water-sodden layers of plant debris and these tracks were later filled in by fine silt and sand. Over millions of years the plant material turned into coal and this was removed by the miners, leaving a ceiling of siltstone and sandstone in the excavated galleries complete with the preserved natural casts of the dinosaur tracks.

Historical photographs of the coalmine ceiling dinosaur tracks.
Historical photographs of dinosaur footprints from the Striped Bacon coal seam mine ceiling, Rhondda colliery, Dinmore, Upper Triassic (Norian) Blackstone Formation. Taking plaster casts of the fossils in situ (A). Close-up view of track Rhon1.2 (B) and close-up view of track Rhon1.3 (C). Schematic drawing of the coalmine ceiling trackway (D). Picture credit: Queensland Museum.

The First and Only Evidence of an Australian Basal Sauropodomorph

The coalmine has been closed down, but the original photographs, drawings and plaster casts made in the 1960’s were available for study and under close scrutiny, the research team recognised that the tracks shared characteristics with the sauropodomorph ichnogenus Evazoum.

The Sauropodomorpha is a sister clade to the Theropoda within the lizard-hipped dinosaurs (Saurischia), the first sauropodomorphs evolved around 230 million years ago and these, large-bodied, long-necked herbivores were the ancestors of the huge sauropods that were to dominate many terrestrial ecosystems in the Jurassic. If the research team’s interpretation of the ceiling tracks is correct, these prints provide the first and only evidence of basal sauropodomorph dinosaurs from Australia.

2018 - The Rise of the Sauropodomorpha.
Over recent years, a number of Late Triassic/Early Jurassic sauropodomorph dinosaurs from around the world have been scientifically described.

The coalmine ceiling tracks suggest that the sauropodomorph that made them was around six metres long.

To read an article about other Australian tracks preserved on the ceiling of a cave: Mystery of Dinosaur Prints on Cave Ceiling Solved.

Views of a print from the Coalmine ceiling (Dinmore, Queensland).
Analysis of a track from the coalmine ceiling (Rhon1.2) and scale drawing of the hypothetical trackmaker. Plaster cast of Rhon1.2 (specimen number QMF5474), with (A) orthographic image, (B) ambient occlusion view, (C) elevation map and (D) contour map. Life reconstruction compared with a person for scale (E). Picture credit: Romilio et al.

Everything Dinosaur acknowledges the assistance of a media release from the University of Queensland in the compilation of this article.

The scientific paper: “Saurischian dinosaur tracks from the Upper Triassic of southern Queensland: possible evidence for Australia’s earliest sauropodomorph trackmaker” by Anthony Romilio, Hendrik Klein, Andréas Jannel and Steven W. Salisbury published in Historical Biology.

31 10, 2021

ITOY Studio Dilophosaurus Test Report

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Everything Dinosaur has received the product safety report on the ITOY Studio Dilophosaurus model that was conducted by independent testing company Eurofins. The next video to be posted up on Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube channel will explain what the report says and the consequences for transporting this excellent collectable dinosaur model out of China.

This video will be published in the next few days (November 2021).

ITOY Studio Dilophosaurus product testing video
The next Everything Dinosaur YouTube video will feature the ITOY Studio Dilophosaurus sinensis figure and explain the independent product test results.

General Product Safety Assessment

As a limited number of the ITOY Studio Dilophosaurus sinensis figure have been produced, it will carry a 14+ age restriction and as this model will only be available through a specialist retailer such as Everything Dinosaur, it falls outside the scope of both the UK and European Union Toy Safety Directives. However, it is important to us that product testing should still take place, which is why we sent a sample to the independent, globally respected, testing company Eurofins for analysis under the General Product Safety Assessment (GPSA).

ITOY Studio Dilophosaurus collectable dinosaur figure
One of the photographs of the ITOY Studio Dilophosaurus sinensis model taken by Eurofins as part of their product testing. Picture credit: Eurofins.

ITOY Studio Prehistoric Animal Models

ITOY Studio has developed a formidable reputation for the production of high-quality, beautiful prehistoric animal collectables. The range contains several exciting figures including Tyrannosaurus rex, Ceratosaurus, Velociraptor and a much admired, enormous model of the prehistoric mammal Paraceratherium, which has already been featured on Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube channel.

The Deluxe ITOY Studio Paraceratherium replica (with display base).
The ITOY Paraceratherium model (Deluxe) is supplied with a polystone display base. This exciting model was also the subject of a recent Everything Dinosaur YouTube video.

To view the range of ITOY Studio figures currently in stock at Everything Dinosaur: ITOY Studio Prehistoric Animal Models.

Everything Dinosaur YouTube Video

The next Everything Dinosaur YouTube video will explain what the General Product Safety Assessment says and we will outline the steps required in order to permit us to bring this collectable figure into stock.

ITOY Studio Dilophosaurus sinensis product packaging.
The packaging for the model was also reviewed by Eurofins as part of the General Product Safety Assessment. Picture credit: Eurofins.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented that they hoped to have their video posted up on the company’s YouTube channel in the next few days (November 2021).

The Everything Dinosaur YouTube channel contains hundreds of videos dedicated to prehistoric animal model collected. In line with the company’s aims to educate and inform, as well as providing product updates, model reviews and information about new figures, many of the videos also contain some information about the prehistoric animals the models represent. For example, in Everything Dinosaur’s previous video about the ITOY Studio Dilophosaurus sinensis information was included about the debate between palaeontologists as to whether D. sinensis is a valid species.

To visit Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube channel: Everything Dinosaur on YouTube.

To read our earlier blog post that includes the first YouTube video we produced featuring the ITOY Studio Dilophosaurus sinensis figure: ITOY Studio Dilophosaurus Video.

29 10, 2021

Prehistoric Times Issue 139 Reviewed

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The autumn edition of “Prehistoric Times” magazine has arrived (issue 139). It features a close-up view of the head of a Suchomimus, artwork created by the talented American palaeoartist Chuck Egnaczak on the front cover and inside Phil Hore profiles this enigmatic African spinosaurid.

Prehistoric Times magazine (issue 139)
The front cover of the next issue of “Prehistoric Times” magazine (issue 139) features a close-up view of the head of the spinosaurid Suchomimus. The artwork is by talented palaeoartist Chuck Egnaczak.

Drawing Feathers

Tracy Lee Ford has dedicated the next few installments of his “how to draw dinosaurs” feature on how to draw feathers and other fancy integumentary coverings associated with the Dinosauria. In part 1, he covers different feather types and explains the differences between them. This is a handy technical guide which will aid illustrators as well as providing assistance when it comes to deciphering scientific papers which focus on feathered theropods.

The Berlin feather - preserved as a carbonised film.
The slab from the Berlin museum showing the iconic feather, so long associated with Archaeopteryx but now thought to have belonged to a different creature. Tracy Lee Ford provides an explanation of different feather types in his article.

Mike Howgate weighs in with not one, but two articles in this issue. He examines the fossil fish models created by 20th century model maker Vernon Edwards and in a separate piece, discusses the contribution of sculptor Alfred Lyndhurst Pocock who took up the reins for Gregory, Bottley and Co. after the sudden death of Edwards.

Jon Lavas continues his long-running series highlighting the work of the influential Czech artist Zdeněk Burian. In this issue the focus is on one of the most famous dinosaurs of all – Stegosaurus.

Stegosaurus stenops threatened by a pair of Antrodemus valens.
The classic depiction of a Late Jurassic scene by Burian (1950). In issue 139 (autumn/fall 2021), Jon Lavas looks at how Burian depicted Stegosaurus.

Remembering the Contribution to Palaeontology by José Bonaparte

José Bonaparte regarded as the “Father of Argentinian Palaeontology” passed away last year. His long and distinguished career is remembered in a special article written by CONICET staff members Agustin G. Martinelli and Analia M. Forasiepi. These two scientists along with colleague Guillermo W. Rougier (University of Louisville, Kentucky), contribute a second article looking at some of the early mammals of the Mesozoic.

José Bonaparte "El Maestro del Mesozoico".
José Bonaparte (1928-2020) the “father of Argentinian palaeontology”. A tribute is paid to his decades of work in the Earth Sciences in the latest edition of the magazine Picture credit: Télam.

Placodonts, Palaeontology News and Book Reviews

Issue 139 is crammed full of news, book reviews and features. There is more on the Marx collector models, editor Mike Fredericks provides an article and Randy Knol looks at new prehistoric animal model releases. Placodonts, specifically the bizarre Henodus are coverred by Phil Hore and look out for the article on the film “Quest for Fire”, which examines some of the perils of making films with prehistoric themes.

There is a lot to be admired in the latest issue of “Prehistoric Times”.

For more information and to subscribe to this magazine: “Prehistoric Times”.

28 10, 2021

PNSO Cretoxyrhina Model

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Everything Dinosaur will be stocking the PNSO Aidan the Cretoxyrhina model. This fantastic model of a Late Cretaceous prehistoric shark is already on a shipment of PNSO models and figures heading into Everything Dinosaur and the UK-based company hope to have this model in stock in early December (2021).

PNSO Aidan the Cretoxyrhina.
The PNSO Aidan the Cretoxyrhina prehistoric shark model.

Cretoxyrhina mantelli

The type species, Cretoxyrhina mantelli honours the English dentist and palaeontologist Gideon Mantell who first coined the genus name when describing eight fossil shark teeth found in East Sussex. The genus name translates from the Latin as “Cretaceous sharp-nose”. Mantell thought that the teeth from East Sussex were analogous with living species of shark such as the Common Smooth-hound shark (Mustelus mustelus), which is found around British coasts. The Common Smooth-hound has a pointed nose, so it was surmised that the fossil shark possessed a similar anatomy. Most palaeontologists believe that this large predator had a relatively blunt snout similar to that of the modern Great White (Carcharodon carcharias). The new PNSO Cretoxyrhina model, the first mainstream replica of Cretoxyrhina to be produced, has been given a blunt snout reminiscent to an extant Great White.

PNSO Aidan the Cretoxyrhina
The PNSO Cretoxyrhina shark model is reminiscent of the extant Great White. It is thought that Cretoxyrhina occupied a similar ecological niche in the Late Cretaceous marine ecosystem.

PNSO Cretoxyrhina Model Measurements

Although the PNSO mid-size model range does not have a declared scale, team members from Everything Dinosaur estimate that the model, when considered in relation to an 8-metre-long C. mantelli specimen, would be in approximately 1:40 scale.

PNSO Cretoxyrhina model measurements.
The PNSO Aidan the Cretoxyrhina figure measures 20 cm in length, although the curve of the model makes it slightly longer.

In Stock at Everything Dinosaur December 2021?

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur confirmed that they had known about this new PNSO prehistoric shark model for some time and that, as a result, they had been able to ensure that this figure was shipped over on a vessel that had already left China by the time of the formal product announcement. With the huge problems with global logistics, the ship had been delayed and more problems are to be expected, but with luck, this exciting new PNSO figure should be in stock at Everything Dinosaur in early December (2021).

PNSO Aidan the Cretoxyrhina is supplied with a poster/art booklet.
The PNSO Cretoxyrhina is supplied with a poster and a booklet showcasing the art of Zhao Chuang.

Supplied with a Poster and a Booklet

The PNSO Aidan the Cretoxyrhina figure is supplied with a poster featuring the shark attacking a mosasaur and a 64-page booklet that highlights the artwork of Zhao Chuang.

PNSO Cretoxyrhina poster and booklet.
The PNSO Aidan the Cretoxyrhina prehistoric shark model is supplied with a sci-art poster and a 64-page booklet.

To view the range of PNSO prehistoric animal figures available from Everything Dinosaur: PNSO Age of Dinosaurs Models and Figures.

27 10, 2021

Rare CollectA Models in Stock

By | October 27th, 2021|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Team members at Everything Dinosaur have managed to obtain some rare and out of production CollectA prehistoric life animal models. The officially retired CollectA Olorotitan and the CollectA Eustreptospondylus are back in stock at Everything Dinosaur. The CollectA Thylacine female is also available whilst stocks last.

The CollectA Thylacine replica.
The CollectA Thylacine model was retired and is officially out of production. However, Everything Dinosaur as been able to obtain a limited stock of this extremely rare figure from the factory. It is available whilst stocks last (autumn 2021).

CollectA Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) Female

The CollectA Thylacine was introduced back in 2016. It proved popular with model collectors, biologists and cryptozoologists. Sadly, just like the real animal, the figure became extinct when it was retired and withdrawn from production a couple of years ago.

Fortunately, team members at Everything Dinosaur were able to use their considerable influence with the factory to secure a small supply of this exceptionally rare figure.

CollectA Eustreptospondylus dinosaur model
The CollectA Eustreptospondylus model. A replica of the British theropod dinosaur Eustreptospondylus. This dinosaur figure was officially retired some time ago, but Everything Dinosaur has been able to obtain a limited stock of this rare figure (autumn 2021).

The CollectA Eustreptospondylus Dinosaur Model

This replica of a British theropod dinosaur was part of the second batch of CollectA/Procon models to be released back in 2008. It was withdrawn from production some time ago and it is hoped that the design team at CollectA might introduce an updated figure. However, for a limited time Everything Dinosaur is able to offer this dinosaur model once again.

CollectA Olorotitan dinosaur model.
The CollectA Olorotitan dinosaur model. A fabulous model of this Late Cretaceous hadrosaur.

CollectA Olorotitan

CollectA added a replica of the duck-billed dinosaur Olorotitan to their Prehistoric Life range in 2009, not long after the CollectA Eustreptospondylus was introduced. Known from the Amur region of far eastern Russia, Olorotitan was one of the very last of the non-avian members of the Dinosauria to go extinct. The model was retired some years ago and some collectors, who may have missed it first time around, now have the opportunity to add this hadrosaur model to their prehistoric animal model collection.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur explained:

“Sometimes we get lucky! We are able to find rare and out of production figures in a factory or warehouse somewhere that might have been overlooked. We don’t have many of these figures, after all, they were all retired a while ago, but at least we can give collectors the opportunity to pick up these replicas and we don’t increase our prices just because a figure is rare.”

To view the range of CollectA Prehistoric Life figures available from Everything Dinosaur: CollectA Prehistoric Life.

26 10, 2021

Re-drawing the “False Sabre-tooths”

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Paul Barrett of the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oregon, has put the prehistoric “cats” amongst the prehistoric pigeons with the publishing of a new scientific paper that reassesses the evolution of the “false-sabre tooths”, the Nimravidae. Previous studies had focused on the remarkable, over-sized canines of these placental predators. The paper, published in the journal “Scientific Research”, examined non-sabre-tooth anatomical features and as a result, a different hypothesis on the evolution of nimravids has been proposed.

The skull of the nimravid Hoplophoneus.
A view of the skull of the “false Sabre-tooth” Hoplophoneus (a member of the Nimravidae). Nimravids such as Hoplophoneus and Eusmilus adelos (which is the subject of the scientific paper published this week), are not true cats (felids) they are not closely related to members of the Felidae such as Smilodon, but they did evolve large, scimitar-like canines – an example of convergent evolution. Picture credit: R. Prothero.

An Over Emphasis on the Teeth and Skulls

Previous studies attempting to map the evolutionary history of the Nimravidae from their origins in the Middle Eocene Epoch to their extinction in the Late Miocene, had focused on examining the shape of the skull and the dentition (teeth). This over reliance on anatomical characters associated with the teeth and the necessary cranial adaptations to wield the enlarged canines led to palaeontologists thinking that these predators evolved in a relatively narrow, restricted way – that there was a gradual evolution of more specialised sabre-tooth features.

This new research based on sophisticated Bayesian analysis looking at a much broader suite of characters and traits suggests that the Nimravidae split, relatively early on in their evolution, into two distinct clusters. One branch (Hopliphoninae) became sabre-toothed hunters, whilst the second branch (Nimravinae) evolved traits reminiscent of extant big cats.

Eusmilus adelos fossils.
The partial skeleton of Eusmilus adelos (USNM 12820) with known fossil elements shaded light blue. E. adelos is estimated to around the same size as an African lion (P. leo). Skeletal reconstruction by Dhruv Franklin, picture credit: Paul Barrett (University of Oregon).

Eusmilus adelos

In addition to the reassessment of the evolutionary direction of the nimravids, PhD student Paul also examined the fossilised remains of a lion-sized specimen found in Wyoming (White River Formation). This has led to the erection of a new species Eusmilus adelos. Regarded as the biggest member of the Hopliphoninae described to date, it is suggested that a large predator such as E. adelos specialised in hunting prey bigger than itself. Eusmilus adelos may have tackled tapirs, rhinoceratids and large anthracotheriids (an extinct family of hooved, even-toed ungulates distantly related to hippos). Coeval hoplophonines were smaller and the author suggests these predators specialised in tackling much smaller prey. This niche partitioning (avoiding of competition by focusing on different resources), would have reflected what is seen on the plains of Africa today amongst extant felids. Large predators such as lions specialising in prey bigger than themselves, whilst smaller felids such as the caracal (Caracal caracal) and the leopard (Panthera pardus) tend to hunt prey smaller than themselves.

To read a related article from Everything Dinosaur that focuses on a study into the evolution of sabre-toothed predators across deep geological time, that suggests that these superficially similar animals evolved very different hunting strategies: Sabre-toothed Predators Evolved Different Hunting Styles.

The scientific paper: “The largest hoplophonine and a complex new hypothesis of nimravid evolution” by Paul Zachary Barrett published in Scientific Reports.

25 10, 2021

Livyatan Scale Drawing

By | October 25th, 2021|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page|0 Comments

Team members at Everything Dinosaur are busy preparing for arrival of the latest batch of PNSO prehistoric animals including the PNSO Requena the Livyatan model. With production delays and difficulties with logistics, many companies have struggled to receive stock but plans at Everything Dinosaur are well advanced and a shipment of new PNSO models including the Livyatan figure along with Tucson the Himalayasaurus, Evan the Tylosaurus and the eagerly anticipated Aidan the Cretoxyrhina shark model should be in stock at the end of next month (November 2021).

PNSO Requena the Livyatan model
The PNSO Requena the Livyatan prehistoric whale model. This prehistoric whale model should be in stock at Everything Dinosaur in November 2021.

Livyatan melvillei – Leviathan

Formally named and described in 2010 (Lambert et al), from a partial skull discovered in southern Peru (Pisco Formation) two years earlier, the exact size of this prehistoric whale remains unknown. Based on scaling up the 3-metre-long fossil skull with those of extant Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus), palaeontologists have estimated that Livyatan could have been between 13.5 and 18 metres in length.

Not knowing the size of this ancient cetacean has made creating a scale drawing challenging for Everything Dinosaur team members. Male Livyatans were probably considerably larger than females, as seen in Sperm whales today. Bull Sperm whales can be up to 20 metres in length, whilst females rarely exceed 12 metres and these bulls can be up to 3 times heavier.

After having reviewed the scientific literature, Everything Dinosaur team members have given their illustration of Livyatan melvillei a length of approximately 15 metres.

Livyatan melvillei scale drawing.
As only the skull and some teeth are known, the size of this predatory whale remains uncertain. Size estimates vary from between 13.5 to 18 metres, males may have been larger than females as seen in the largest extant toothed whale, the Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus).

Originally named Leviathan melvillei, with the genus name reflecting the biblical sea monster and the species name honouring Herman Melville, the author of Moby Dick, it was discovered that the word “Leviathan” was a junior synonym for a Mastodon, so under the rules of scientific nomenclature the genus name was changed. Livyatan is derived from the Hebrew word for the biblical sea monster.

To read Everything Dinosaur’s article from 2010 about the discovery of this prehistoric whale: Nightmare Whale from Prehistory.

Team members are looking forward to receiving the PNSO Requena the Livyatan model in stock next month (November 2021).

To view the range of PNSO prehistoric animal models in stock at Everything Dinosaur: PNSO Prehistoric Animal Models.

24 10, 2021

CollectA Prehistoric Life Models in Stock

By | October 24th, 2021|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

The last batch of 2021 CollectA Prehistoric Life models are in stock at Everything Dinosaur. The last of the new for 2021, not-to-scale CollectA figures, the Elasmosaurus, the ammonite Pravitoceras and the mini dinosaurs model set 3 are now available from the 5-star rated, UK-based mail order company.

New for 2021 CollectA Prehistoric Life Models
Some of the new for 2021 CollectA prehistoric life models. The new heteromorph ammonite Pravitoceras (top left), the CollectA Elasmosaurus model (top right) and (lower right) the CollectA Mini Dinosaurs set 3.

CollectA Mollusc Models

The new CollectA heteromorphic ammonite Pravitoceras joins a growing line-up of invertebrate models in the Prehistoric Life range. Molluscs are particularly well-represented with a homomorphic (planispiral, regularly coiled shells) ammonite Pleuroceras, a belemnite, a nautilus (N. pompilius) and an Orthoceras replica already in the range.

CollectA Arthropods and Cephalopods new for 2020.
New CollectA arthropods and cephalopods. The new for 2021 ammonite model – Pravitoceras continues the trend of CollectA introducing replicas of important zonal fossils that assist with the dating of strata (biostratigraphy).

CollectA Elasmosaurus and Other Elasmosaurids

The new CollectA Elasmosaurus is the second elasmosaurid replica to be added to the CollectA Prehistoric Life range and the third member of the Elasmosauridae family to be represented by a CollectA figure. There was a replica of Hydrotherosaurus introduced in 2008, it was joined by the Elasmosaurus in the not-to-scale Prehistoric Life range, whilst in the CollectA Deluxe series, a replica of Thalassomedon was added in 2016.

CollectA Elasmosaurid Models
Members of the Elasmosauridae family represented by CollectA models. The new for 2021 CollectA Elasmosaurus (top). CollectA Hydrotherosaurus (middle) and (bottom) the CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale Thalassomedon.

Hydrotherosaurus and Elasmosaurus are closely related, members of the subfamily the Elasmosaurinae whilst Thalassomedon is more distantly related to these two plesiosaurs, it having lived some 25 million years earlier than both Hydrotherosaurus and Elasmosaurus.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“Over the last twelve years or so, the CollectA Prehistoric Life series has expanded and it now consists of over a hundred models. There are dinosaurs, ancient Palaeozoic creatures and plenty of marine reptiles too”.

To see the range of CollectA not-to-scale prehistoric animal models available from Everything Dinosaur: CollectA Prehistoric Life.

23 10, 2021

Autumn Storms Bring Fossils

By | October 23rd, 2021|Adobe CS5, Main Page, Photos/Pictures of Fossils|0 Comments

The autumn weather is definitely with us and as the nights draw in and cold winds begin to bite, we can be comforted by the fact that bad weather, particularly storms around the coast of the British Isles will expose more fossils for collectors to find.

With the tourist season in the UK ending (Covid-19 restrictions preventing many people from travelling to holiday destinations), local fossil collectors will have the deserted beaches to themselves. Hopefully, the storms this autumn will bring lots of material out from the cliffs and down to the foreshore, enabling eagle-eyed fossil hunters to discover a few choice specimens to add to their collection.

Ammonite fossils (Dactylioceras).
Some fine examples of ammonite fossils – a successful fossil hunt! The ammonite fossils are Dactylioceras – a common ammonite from strata dating from the Lower Jurassic.

Stay Safe When Collecting Fossils

Storms and bad weather can make cliffs even more dangerous than usual. The cliffs could become saturated with water and this can cause mud slips and landslides. Falling rocks are also a hazard. We urge all fossil collectors to take extreme care when out fossil hunting on beaches and to avoid getting too close to the cliffs.

We advise that fossil hunters make themselves aware of the fossil collecting code, full details of which can be found on an earlier Everything Dinosaur blog post here: The Fossil Collecting Code.

Fossil hunting is an enjoyable and rewarding hobby, however, we urge all fossil hunters to consider their safety and the safety of the others in their group if they intend to take advantage of recent bad weather to go fossil collecting.

21 10, 2021

CollectA Deluxe Models in Stock

By | October 21st, 2021|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

The remaining CollectA Deluxe prehistoric animal models that Everything Dinosaur are going to get this year have arrived and are now available from the UK-based mail order company. The new for 2021 CollectA Deluxe models include the 1:40 scale Dilophosaurus, a replica of the ferocious Cretaceous fish – Xiphactinus and a 1:20 scale model of the glyptodont Doedicurus.

CollectA Deluxe prehistoric animal models
New for 2021 CollectA Deluxe models in stock at Everything Dinosaur. The 1/40th scale Dilophosaurus (top), the 1:40 CollectA Deluxe Xiphactinus (middle) and the CollectA Deluxe 1:20 scale Doedicurus (bottom).

The eagerly anticipated CollectA Deluxe Pteranodon will not be in stock at Everything Dinosaur until next year (2022).

CollectA Deluxe Models

The CollectA Deluxe range comprises the figures and replicas that have a declared scale. The general scale used for dinosaur figures is 1:40 hence the 1/40th scale Dilophosaurus model. For prehistoric mammals, CollectA use a scale of approximately 1:20. For example, the new Deluxe Doedicurus is in 1:20 scale.

Model collectors and fans of prehistoric animals know that these scales are only arbitrary, there are so many dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals in the Deluxe range representing very different sized animals that these suggested scales can, at best, only be regarded as approximate guides.

CollectA Deluxe Dilophosaurus feature in Everything Dinosaur's video revew.
The new for 2021 CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale Dilophosaurus dinosaur model. It has a declared scale of 1:40. The model measures 7.1 cm in height and it is in stock at Everything Dinosaur (2021).
CollectA Deluxe Doedicurus model.
The CollectA Deluxe 1:20 scale Doedicurus model.

Xiphactinus – Deadly Marine Predator

When Everything Dinosaur team members first announced the CollectA model line-up for 2021, there was much excitement about the addition of a Xiphactinus replica. Several species of Xiphactinus have been named and described. Fossil remains have been found in South America, Europe and most famously North America. Many almost complete and articulated specimens have been excavated from the Smoky Hill Chalk Member of the Niobrara Formation. With an estimated body length approaching six metres, Xiphactinus was one of the largest members of the extinct Ichthyodectidae family.

CollectA Deluxe Xiphactinus model.
The CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale Xiphactinus prehistoric fish model.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“There have been huge problems with production, shipping and distribution, it is great to see these three models in stock and we look forward to announcing the new for 2022 CollectA Deluxe replicas in the very near future.”

To view the range of CollectA Deluxe figures, including the new Xiphactinus, Dilophosaurus and the 1:20 scale Doedicurus models: CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Life.

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