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27 03, 2020

Recommended Reading – Dinosaurs

By | March 27th, 2020|Book Reviews, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

Recommended Reading – “The Story of the Dinosaurs in 25 Discoveries”

With an estimated one quarter of the world’s population currently in lockdown and not able to get out and about, team members at Everything Dinosaur have been providing lots of support and assistance.  As we are unable to visit schools or to work in museums, we have ensured that our huge range of dinosaur and fossil teaching materials remain accessible to all those teachers, parents and guardians attempting to home educate.

However, we have also been asked to recommend suitable prehistoric animal themed reading materials.  So, in this spirit, the first publication we shall highlight is the excellent “The Story of the Dinosaurs in 25 Discoveries”, written by the highly talented American palaeontologist and geologist Donald R. Prothero, adjunct professor of geological sciences at California State Polytechnic University (Pomona, California).

The Front Cover of “The Story of the Dinosaurs in 25 Discoveries”

"The Story of the Dinosaursin 25 Discoveries".

Front cover of the new book by Professor Donald R. Prothero “The Story of the Dinosaurs in 25 Discoveries”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Our Book Review

Team members were lucky enough to be sent an advance copy of this new book.  Having read it, we produced a review and put this on our blog site in December (2019).

Our review can be found here: Everything Dinosaur reviews “The Story of the Dinosaurs in 25 Discoveries”.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“This book tells the fascinating story of how our understanding of the Dinosauria has changed and evolved from the early days of the science of palaeontology through to some of the latest research involving dinosaur colouration and inferred social behaviours.  Dinosaur fans will be delighted with this latest offering from Columbia University Press and Everything Dinosaur highly recommends this new publication.”

This book can be acquired from the Columbia University Press website: Columbia University Press.   The search function on the Columbia University Press website can be used to find other books authored by Donald R. Prothero.

Whilst much of the world is in lockdown, it might be prudent and indeed opportune to catch up with some reading.

Stay safe, keep well.

4 03, 2020

Fossil Collecting on the South Dorset Coast – Book Review

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A Review of “Fossil Collecting on the South Dorset Coast”

The revered UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the “Jurassic Coast” has far more to offer fossil enthusiasts than just the congested beaches associated with Lyme Regis and Charmouth.  Head east towards Weymouth, travelling forward in deep geological time through the Jurassic and into the Cretaceous and the visitor to such places as Redcliffe Point, Bowleaze Cove and West Weare Cliff can be rewarded with some fantastic fossil discoveries.  In addition, intrepid explorers can enjoy some of the most spectacular and picturesque parts of the coast of southern England.

Providing a guide to this beautiful part of the world, is a new book written by dedicated fossil collectors Steve Snowball and Craig Chivers.  Entitled “A Guide to Fossil Collecting on the South Dorset Coast”, this is one book that does exactly what it claims to do in the title and what an excellent read it is too!

Fossil Hunting Guide with a Focus on the South Dorset Coast

"Fossil Collecting on the South Dorset Coast"

Fossil Collecting on the South Dorset Coast by Steve Snowball and Craig Chivers.  The front cover features a theropod dinosaur, a pliosaur Pliosaurus kevani and an example of an ammonite fossil.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Exploring a Range of Prehistoric Landscapes

Aimed at amateur fossil collectors as well as general visitors to the Dorset coast, this, the second volume in the series, takes the reader eastwards along the Dorset coast heading in the direction of Weymouth, the Isle of Portland and beyond.  The western part of the Dorset coast, covered in the first book, dealt with the fossils that can be found in the marine deposits associated with Lyme Regis, Seatown and the coastline eastwards towards Burton Bradstock.  In this guide, the reader is given the opportunity to explore different ancient environments as the rocks along the shoreline provide clues to ancient lagoons, dinosaur dominated floodplains as well as ancient seas populated by ammonites, corals, dense beds of oysters and exotic sea urchins.

An Example of a Sea Urchin (Holaster spp.) from the Cretaceous Upper Greensand Exposures of Ringstead Bay

Sea urchin fossil from Ringstead Bay

A beautifully preserved sea urchin (Holaster spp.) from the Cretaceous Upper Greensand of Ringstead Bay.

Picture Credit: Snowball and Chivers

Following a general introduction section, outlining the importance of the “Jurassic Coast”, the reader is provided with information regarding the fossil collecting code and then schooled in the geology of the region.  The brief guide to the geology and landscapes of south Dorset then leads onto a series of chapters that provide details on excursions that can be undertaken to prospect for fossils.  Each location is beautifully illustrated with stunning photographs of the fossils that can be found and the ancient prehistoric landscapes are brought to life by Andreas Kurpisz, from a shallow sea with an oyster reef to a herd of brachiosaurs wandering across what would eventually become part of the Purbeck Formation.

A View of Bowleaze Cove from Redcliff Point

A View of the strata associated with Bowleaze Cove.

The rugged and beautiful Bowleaze Cove (south Dorset).  The book provides details of numerous excursions to some of the more secluded areas of the “Jurassic Coast”.

Picture Credit: Snowball and Chivers

Detailed Information About Fossil Collecting on the Isle of Portland is Provided

West Weare Cliff (Dorset).

West Weare Cliff at the end of Chesil Beach in Dorset.  The Kimmeridge Clay exposures can provide a wealth of fossils including ichthyosaur and plesiosaur remains.

Picture Credit: Snowball and Chivers

“A Guide to Fossil Collecting on the South Dorset Coast” provides a comprehensive overview on fossil collecting opportunities along the coast of  southern Dorset, it is essential reading for fossil collectors and for those wishing to explore eastwards along the “Jurassic Coast” from Burton Bradstock.

Published by Siri Scientific Press, “A Guide to Fossil Collecting on the South Dorset Coast” can be found here: Purchase the Book Here.

To read Everything Dinosaur’s review of the first book in this series: A Review of “A Guide to Fossil Collecting on the West Dorset Coast”.

3 02, 2020

Prehistoric Times Issue 132 Reviewed

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Prehistoric Times Issue 132 (Winter 2020) Reviewed

The winter 2020 issue of “Prehistoric Times” magazine has arrived at the Everything Dinosaur offices.  Lots for team members to do, but some handy business trips afforded us the opportunity to peruse the latest edition and to get our fill of all things prehistoric.  The striking front cover is from the talented and world-renowned British palaeoartist John Sibbick and inside it is revealed that this is John’s tenth cover art contribution.  The artwork was inspired by the fossil discoveries from the famous “Dinosaur Cove and East Gippsland” locations in Victoria, Australia.  The illustration depicts a group of big-eyed Leaellynasaura  being surprised by an allosaurid in the long, cold polar night.

The Front Cover Artwork for “Prehistoric Times” Issue 132 (Winter 2020)

Prehistoric Times magazine (issue 132).

Prehistoric Times winter 2020 edition (issue 132).  The front cover artwork was supplied by British palaeoartist John Sibbick.

Picture Credit: Mike Fredericks

A “Double O” Edition

Team members have described this latest instalment of this quarterly magazine as the “double O” edition.  Phil Hore provides profiles on both the pterosaur Ornithocheirus, confusing Cambridge Greensand fossil material included and the Asian hadrosaur Olorotitan.  Look out for an article entitled “Old School Charm” by Sean Kotz which examines the Charles R. Knight-inspired Tyrannosaurus rex that depicts this famous theropod as it was seen by the scientific community over a hundred years ago.  We are brought right up to date with the Paleonews section and the “What’s New in Review” double-page spread – Everything Dinosaur gets a mention:

“Thanks to Everything Dinosaur of England with information on upcoming prehistoric animals Everything DinosaurIt is a great store and internet site”.

Drawing Diplodocus

Concluding his article on Diplodocus, Tracy Lee Ford, looks at how the head and neck of this famous sauropod is constructed.  Cue lots of helpful information on diplodocid necks and posture.  Palaeontologist Ken Carpenter has penned a couple of contributions, look out for his article discussing the proposed revision of Amphicoelias as a huge rebbachisaurid sauropod, it seems that the Sauropoda are very well represented in issue 132.

Different Potential Feeding Strategies for Diplodocus are Highlighted in Tracy Lee Ford’s “How to Draw Dinosaurs Section”

CollectA rearing Diplodocus - grey

New for 2020 CollectA rearing Diplodocus – grey.  Lots of helpful advice on how to draw diplodocids in the winter edition of “Prehistoric Times”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Early Avians – Burian

As always there are wonderful examples of reader’s artwork throughout the magazine.  The Olorotitan versus Alioramus by J. A. Chirinos, M. Elliot Maisson’s cephalopod crunching Ornithocheirus and the three-dimensional model of Anchiornis by young Phoebe Wood, which is on display in the South Australia Museum, all deserve a special mention.  The evocative of artwork of Zdeněk Burian focuses on early avians, our thanks to John Lavas for producing such an excellent article with wonderful examples of Burian’s work.  Team members felt a very real sense of nostalgia viewing Burian’s depiction of Archaeopteryx lithographica.  These types of illustrations adorn many of the dinosaur and prehistoric animal books that our staff have on their bookshelves.  We suspect dinosaur fans have a portion of any shelving dedicated to their prehistoric animal collection.  Randy Knoll provides an instructive guide to numerous dinosaur models and places them in relation to the geological formations from whence the fossil material that inspired the models came.

Packed full of informative and beautifully illustrated articles and we did not even mention the Kathryn Abbott interview or the chat with Matt Mossbrucker.

“Prehistoric Times” magazine is a fantastic publication aimed at the discerning prehistoric animal model collector and dinosaur fan.  Further information about obtaining a subscription: “Prehistoric Times Magazine.”

23 12, 2019

“The Story of the Dinosaurs in 25 Discoveries” Book Review

By | December 23rd, 2019|Book Reviews, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page|0 Comments

“The Story of the Dinosaurs in 25 Discoveries” Book Review

There are many dinosaur books on the market but very few are written in such an engaging and informative manner – “The Story of the Dinosaurs in 25 Discoveries” by Donald R. Prothero tells the fascinating story of how our knowledge regarding the Dinosauria has evolved and changed over time – and what a superb read it is!  We doff our hard hats to you sir, once again you have produced an extremely informative and enjoyable read.

The Front Cover of “The Story of the Dinosaurs in 25 Discoveries”

"The Story of the Dinosaursin 25 Discoveries".

Front cover of the new book by Professor Donald R. Prothero “The Story of the Dinosaurs in 25 Discoveries”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

160 Million Years of Dinosaur Evolution and 190 Years of Study Encapsulated in Four Parts

Professor Prothero draws on all his experience as a palaeontologist, geologist and teacher to identify twenty-five dinosaurs that tell the story of scientific enquiry, the development of vertebrate palaeontology and to plot our changing views when it comes to these extinct reptiles.  The book is cleverly divided up into four distinct parts.  The first section outlines the early discoveries and some of the first of the dinosaurs to be scientifically described.  Megalosaurus and Iguanodon feature prominently, but the author widens the narrative somewhat by penning a chapter on the first dinosaur to be described from North America (Hadrosaurus).  The southern portion of this great continent is not overlooked, this section of the book is drawn to a close with a focus on Eoraptor from South America, widely regarded as one of the first dinosaurs to be have existed.

Part two introduces the long-necked giants, famous dinosaurs such as Diplodocus, Apatosaurus and Brontosaurus and the larger than life characters who were responsible for the “bone wars” and the taxonomic puzzles that still, in many cases have yet to be unravelled.  Look out for a chapter dedicated to working out which was the biggest dinosaur of all, we think the reader is going to be intrigued by Professor Prothero’s conclusion.

The Book is Adorned with Larger than Life Characters and the Stories Behind Fossil Discoveries

Othniel Charles Marsh and Red Cloud.

Famous American palaeontologist Othniel Charles Marsh with his friend Red Cloud Chief of the Lakota people.

Picture Credit: “The Story of the Dinosaurs in 25 Discoveries”/Colombia University Press

If you needed to pacify an angry native American and get their permission to prospect for fossils on their territory, being able to take your false teeth out seems to do the trick, that is in the view of the author in one of his many, carefully researched anecdotes.

Red in Tooth and Claw

Part three deals with the Theropoda, that broad clade that includes most of the carnivorous giants.  Readers can expect to encounter Spinosaurus, Giganotosaurus and of course, perhaps the most famous dinosaur of all Tyrannosaurus rex.  Professor Prothero explains the problems surrounding the hunt for the fossils of such a well-known dinosaur, the T. rex chapter provides a concise overview of the issue of poaching and the illegal sale of fossil material to private collectors and dealers.

The fourth instalment of this excellent book, highlights the bird-hipped dinosaurs.  Entitled “horns and spikes and armour and duck-bills”, this moniker neatly encapsulates the contents, as the Ornithischians dinosaurs such as Stegosaurus, Triceratops and Corythosaurus are featured.

Members of the Thyreophora Such as Edmontonia Feature in the Book

Edmontonia and a life reconstruction.

The nodosaur Edmontonia (A), on display with an outdated life reconstruction (B).  The book contains numerous black and white photographs and illustrations.

Picture Credit: “The Story of the Dinosaurs in 25 Discoveries”/Colombia University Press

Tale of the Tape

T‎itle: “The Story of the Dinosaurs in 25 Discoveries”.
ISBN: 978-0-231-18602-5.
Price: Around £27 GBP.
Format: Hardback and ebook.
Publisher: Columbia University Press.
Size: 446 pages excluding index.
Subject classification: natural history/popular science/science.

Everything Dinosaur’s verdict – highly recommended both for the academic and for the general reader.

This book can be purchased on the Columbia University Press website: Columbia University Press.  Use the search feature to find the author and to see a selection of his books.

17 11, 2019

The Story of the Dinosaurs in 25 Discoveries

By | November 17th, 2019|Book Reviews, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Press Releases|1 Comment

The Story of the Dinosaurs in 25 Discoveries

Everything Dinosaur received a little present from Columbia University Press yesterday, an inspection copy of the new dinosaur book written by Donald R. Prothero.  Professor Prothero is a research fellow of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and adjunct professor of geological sciences at the California State Polytechnic University (Pomona, Los Angeles County).  He is also a prolific author having written numerous texts, papers and books on the fossil record.

The Front Cover of “The Story of the Dinosaurs in 25 Discoveries”

"The Story of the Dinosaursin 25 Discoveries".

Front cover of the new book by Professor Donald R. Prothero “The Story of the Dinosaurs in 25 Discoveries”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A skeleton of Triceratops might feature on the front cover, but this iconic dinosaur is actually covered in the 25th and final chapter.  The book is split into four main sections starting with “In the Beginning” which covers some of the first dinosaurs to be scientifically described.  Megalosaurus and Iguanodon are covered as you would expect but also look out for chapters on lesser known dinosaurs such as Cetiosaurus and Eoraptor.  The second section deals with the Sauropodomorpha from Plateosaurus to Patagotitan.  Ground-breaking theropod discoveries are featured in part 3, whilst the diverse Ornithischians such as Triceratops as well as Ankylosaurus, Stegosaurus and Corythosaurus are covered in the fourth and final part.

You can find out more about the books written by Professor Prothero at the Columbia University Press website: Columbia University Press.

We will post up a full review once we have read this book, it could be a while it consists of nearly 500 pages.

27 10, 2019

A Guide to Fossil Collecting on the South Dorset Coast

By | October 27th, 2019|Book Reviews, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Palaeontological articles, Photos/Pictures of Fossils|0 Comments

A Guide to Fossil Collecting on the South Dorset Coast – Fossil Collecting Guide Due Out in Early 2020

Exciting news for fossil collectors and fans of the “Jurassic Coast”, authors and fossil hunters extraordinaire Craig Chivers and Steve Snowball will publish another book on fossil collecting on the south coast of England in early 2020.  Entitled “A Guide to Fossil Collecting on the South Dorset Coast”, this new publication takes the reader further east, exploring the fossil treasure trove of the Weymouth area and the Purbeck limestone, strata that is associated with a plethora of invertebrate fossils, as well as marine reptiles and of course, the Dinosauria!

Due Out in Early 2020 – “A Guide to Fossil Collecting on the South Dorset Coast

"Fossil Collecting on the South Dorset Coast"

Fossil Collecting on the South Dorset Coast by Steve Snowball and Craig Chivers.

Picture Credit: Siri Scientific Press with kind permission by Steve Snowball and Craig Chivers

In Collaboration with Siri Scientific Press

This is the second book that the pair of produced, once again, it will be published by Siri Scientific Press and available via the company’s website.  The first book – “A Guide to Fossil Collecting on the West Dorset Coast”, focused on the Blue Lias Formation along with the Charmouth Mudstone and took the reader to the West Bay area culminating in an exploration of the Bridport Sands Formation.

To read Everything Dinosaur’s review of this book: A Guide to Fossil Collecting on the West Dorset Coast – A Review.

The second volume in this series follows a very similar format to the first.  Purchasers can expect fantastic full-colour photographs of the coastal landscape plus beautiful images of many of the fossils to be found in the vicinitiy.  Hints and tips about successful hunting abound and at 224 pages long, this is going to make a fabulous companion guide to this part of the UNESCO World Heritage site.  As with the previous publication, all author profits will be donated to the Charmouth Coast Heritage Centre, who do so much to promote the safe collection of fossils from the area and run a great educational programme too.

In Search of Dinosaurs

Whilst Lyme Regis and the surrounding environs are associated with ichthyosaurs and other marine reptiles, when moving east towards the Purbeck peninsula, it is possible to find terrestrial vertebrate fossils including dinosaurs and pterosaurs, many of which are unique to this part of the world.

Author Steve Snowball commented:

” The Middle to Late Jurassic was an important time in the evolution of both dinosaurs and plant life, which flourished under the favourable climatic conditions.  The area that became Britain was a crucial land bridge for creatures moving between North America and Eurasia, this has given our paleoartist, Andreas Kurpisz, a great opportunity to provide, once again, some superb reconstructions of prehistoric life, which have been exclusively produced for this book.”

Southern Britain in the Late Jurassic (Tithonian Stage- Kimmeridge Clay Formation)

"Fossil Collecting on the South Dorset Coast" - illustration.

An illustration from “Fossil Collecting on the South Dorset Coast” by Steve Snowball and Craig Chivers.

Picture Credit: Andreas Kurpisz

The image above shows the tyrannosauroid theropod Juratyrant (J. langhami), stalking a large herd of sauropods, whilst various pterosaurs circle overhead.  Titanosauriformes such as Duriatitan are associated with the Lower Kimmeridge Clay Formation of Dorset, whilst the southern Dorset coast is synonymus with a variety of different types of flying reptile.  In the image (above), the dsungaripteroid Germandactylus, the tentative wukongopterid Cuspicephalus scarfi and rhamphorhynchids all feature.

To visit the Siri Scientific Press website: Siri Scientific Press.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“This is exciting news, we look forward to reviewing this new fossil collecting guide when it comes out in early 2020.”

26 10, 2019

Prehistoric Times Reviewed (Issue 131)

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Prehistoric Times Reviewed (Issue 131)

The latest edition of “Prehistoric Times” magazine has arrived at the offices of Everything Dinosaur and team members have been perusing the extensive articles and features as well as admiring all the reader submitted artwork.  The front cover of this issue (131 – autumn 2019), features an illustration by the American artist Ray Troll.  The Alaskan-based illustrator has produced a number of illustrations for the magazine over the years.

The front cover depicts a member of the Desmostylia, an extinct group of placental mammals, that adapted to an aquatic existence.  This is in keeping with one of the featured prehistoric animals in the magazine – ancient hippos, although the Hippopotamidae are not closely related to the Desmostylia, which are in fact distantly related to the Order Sirenia (Sea Cows, Manatees and Dugongs).

The Front Cover of Issue 131 – “Prehistoric Times” Magazine

Prehistoric Times magazine (issue 131).

Prehistoric Times Issue 131 (autumn 2019).

Picture Credit: Prehistoric Times/Everything Dinosaur

Burian’s Pterosaurs

John Lavas continues his long-running series providing an in-depth assessment of the palaeoart of the influential Zdeněk Burian.  In part 13, he discusses how Burian depicted pterosaurs and the accompanying notes provide an insightful commentary.  Tracy Lee Ford outlines how views regarding the skull morphology of diplodocids and other sauropods has changed.  He looks at how the narial opening on the skull has been interpreted and examines the hypothesis that these dinosaurs had trunks.  This topic will be revisited in the next issue of “Prehistoric Times” along with a reconstruction of how the head was positioned in relation to the cervical vertebrae.  Look out for some fascinating insight into diplodocid occipital condyles!

Issue 131 also includes a short-story of a person changing into a salamander, new prehistoric animal models, book reviews (including “Dinosaur Facts and Figures – The Theropods” by our chums  Rubén Molina-Pérez and Asier Larramendi) and an update on dinosaur fossil discoveries.

To read Everything Dinosaur’s review of this book (the version published by the London Natural History Museum): The Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs – The Theropods

The Front Cover of “The Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs – The Theropods”

Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs The Theropods"

The “Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs The Theropods” (front cover).  The American edition is reviewed in the magazine.

T. rex Stamps and Julius Csotonyi

Recently, the United States Postal Service introduced a set of colourful stamps highlighting the iconic Tyrannosaurus rex.  The artwork for these four stamps was created by renowned artist Julius Csotonyi and issue 131 features an interview with Julius outlining how he got the commission, what other stamp projects he has been involved in and what inspired the four images that show T. rex at various growth stages.

Appropriately, the envelope that contained the magazine had all four of the T. rex stamps on it.

Four Stamps Depicting Tyrannosaurus rex Thanks to the U. S. Postal Service

Dinosaur stamps on an envelope.

Dinosaur stamps on the envelope that contained “Prehistoric Times” magazine.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Reader Submitted Artwork and Deinocheirus – A “Cretaceous Grizzly”

Look out for some amazing reader submitted artwork including illustrations by JA Chirinos, Luis Rey, Fabio Pastori and the skeletal reconstruction of Deinocheirus by John Sibbick.  A detailed review of “terrible hand” – Deinocheirus mirificus, is provided by Phil Hore, who describes this bizarre theropod as a “Cretaceous Grizzly”.

An Illustration of Deinocheirus

Deinocheirus mirificus scale drawing.

A scale drawing of Deinocheirus.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

This magazine is certainly jam-packed with interesting articles, dinosaur fossil discoveries, research news and views and lots of well-written features.

To subscribe to “Prehistoric Times” magazine – visit their website: Visit “Prehistoric Times” Magazine

22 07, 2019

Prehistoric Times Magazine Issue 130 Reviewed

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Prehistoric Times Magazine Issue 130 Reviewed

The latest edition of “Prehistoric Times” magazine has arrived at the offices of Everything Dinosaur.  This magazine is published quarterly and issue 130 (summer 2019), is packed full of reader’s palaeort, news about prehistoric animal discoveries, dinosaur model news, interviews, articles and so much more.

The Front Cover of Prehistoric Times (Issue 130)

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

“Prehistoric Times” magazine issue 130.

Picture Credit: Mike Fredericks

A Wrap Around Cover

Inside the magazine, there is an interview with Timothy Quady of Blue Rhino Studio, the Minnesota-based producers of life-size prehistoric animal replicas for museums.  The front cover shows some examples of the team’s incredible work and best of all, this issue has a wrap around cover so readers can view a couple of additional Blue Rhino Studio sculpts.

Issue 130 of “Prehistoric Times” Magazine Has a Wrap Around Cover

The wrap around cover of "Prehistoric Times" magazine.

The wrap around cover of “Prehistoric Times” magazine features life-size prehistoric mammals.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Pterosaur Artwork by Burian

John Lavas continues his detailed examination of the artwork of the influential  Zdeněk Burian.  This edition features pterosaurs and there are some excellent examples of the famous Czech illustrator’s work including depictions of Rhamphorhynchus and Pterodactylus.  Phil Hore provides two prehistoric animal articles, the first on Allosaurus resulted in editor Mike Fredericks being inundated with images of this Late Jurassic predator.  Look out for fantastic illustrations by Luis Rey, Jorge Blanco, Mark Hallett and John Sibbick.  The second Phil Hore article discusses the enigmatic Elasmotherium, which ties in nicely to Mike Frederick’s “What’s New” review as it features the Elasmotherium illustration that we commissioned, when discussing the release of the CollectA Deluxe Elasmotherium figure.

Elasmotherium Featured in the Magazine

A scale drawing of Elasmotherium.

Elasmotherium scale drawing.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Eagle-eyed readers may also spot the image showing five of the new for 2019 Schleich prehistoric animal figures which is displayed on page 35.  This image was created by us and used to announce the first batch of new for 2019 Schleich figures back in December 2018.  The vast majority of the figures discussed in this article are already available from Everything Dinosaur, an exception being the limited edition Papo Spinosaurus which has now been delayed until the autumn.

Prehistoric Animal and Fossil News

Recent news stories featuring fossil discoveries are succinctly covered in the “Paleonews” section, look out for a story about a small T. rex relative from New Mexico and a stark illustration of the power of Sabre-toothed cats, which could puncture the skulls of rivals.  Issue 130 also includes a fascinating look at the creation of a four-foot-long Bronze Allosaurus sculpture by Mark Hallett.  Tracy Lee Ford continues the Late Jurassic theme focusing on how to draw the body of Stegosaurus, with a particularly helpful review of Stegosaur plate shapes.

To subscribe to this quarterly magazine: Subscribe to Prehistoric Times

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.

31 05, 2019

The Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs – The Theropods

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The Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs – The Theropods Reviewed

Ask a layperson to name a dinosaur and it is very likely that names such as Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor will be volunteered, these dinosaurs are members of the Theropoda, one of three great groups that make up the Dinosauria.  However, these two meat-eating dinosaurs are not typical of this group, there is a lot more to the theropods than meets the eye.  The beautifully illustrated “Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs The Theropods”, aimed at general readers as well as students and academics, helps to flesh out the story of the Theropoda and is essential summer reading for dinosaur enthusiasts.

The English Language Version of “The Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs The Theropods”

Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs The Theropods"

The “Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs The Theropods” (front cover.

Details of 750 Theropod Dinosaurs

Written by Rubén Molina-Pérez and Asier Larramendi, the founders and scientific directors of Eofauna Scientific Research, this volume contains over three thousand records giving facts and detailed information on over 750 theropod species.  Indeed, it is claimed that every single theropod dinosaur described before 2016 is included, this book reflects an enormous amount of research into what is, the most diverse and speciose of this suborder of dinosaurs.

Hundreds of Theropod Dinosaurs are Featured in the Book

Diverse Theropoda.

The diverse and speciose suborder of the Dinosauria (Theropoda).

 

Stunning Full-colour Illustrations

Crammed full of full-colour reconstructions and illustrations  by Andrey Atuchin and Sante Mazzei, this book, within the portfolio of the Natural History Museum (London), is not laid out like most dinosaur books.  For example, each record has bibliographic references, permitting the reader the opportunity to explore the topic area in more detail.  Divided into eight sections the “Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs The Theropods” provides a comprehensive overview including information on extant theropods (birds), trackways, fossil eggs, biomechanics, trace fossils – even the sprinter Usain Bolt gets a mention!

Lots of Amazing Dinosaur Facts are Revealed and Can be Checked by Readers Thanks to the Bibliography

Chilesaurus ilustrated.

Chilesaurus – the slowest herbivorous Theropod known to science.

Theropod Anatomy

The geography of ancient continents is outlined and the distribution of different types of theropod highlighted.  There is an excellent section dedicated to theropod anatomy, along with a chapter dedicated to footprints “Testimony in Stone”.

Examples of Theropod Tracks (Extant and Extinct)

Line drawings illustrationg theropod footprints.

The ichnology of theropod footprints.

Records, Records and More Records

Throughout this book’s 288 pages, there are lots and lots of facts about the Theropoda listed including a graphical record of valid dinosauromorphs and theropods named and described up to 2016.  Look out for the snippet about how a fault in Triassic rock was mistaken for the huge footprint of a meat-eater, or the colourful illustration showing different types of dinosaur egg compared to a basketball.  Readers can expect to find the latest information about iconic dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex, Velociraptor osmolskae and Spinosaurus aegyptiacus.

Facts and Figures About the Largest Theropod – Spinosaurus aegyptiacus

Spinosaurus aegyptiacus illustrated.

Spinosaurus aegyptiacus.  Could this be the largest theropod of all?

Intriguingly, it has been revealed that the authors had wanted to include all the Dinosauria in a single encyclopedia.  Such a project is too much of an undertaking for a single volume, so in the future books focusing on the Ornithischians and the Sauropodomorphs and their close relatives might be produced.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“This is an excellent book, that has been lovingly crafted by a dedicated team of researchers and artists.  It provides a comprehensive overview of what is arguably one of the most successful type of tetrapod to have ever evolved.  We are delighted that this book is now available in English and we are happy to recommend it.”

“Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs The Theropods”

Title: “Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs The Theropods”

ISBN: 978 0 565 09497 3

Price: Around £30.00 (GBP)

Format: Hardback (298 mm x 241 mm)

Publication: This month (May 2019)

Size: 288 pages approximately

Subject classification: Natural History/Dinosaurs

BIC and BISAC codes WNA/YNNA and  1) NAT007000 2) SCI054000

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