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9 11, 2019

Illustrating Allosaurus

By | November 9th, 2019|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page|0 Comments

Illustrating Allosaurus

Everything Dinosaur team members get the chance to view all sorts of different examples of prehistoric artwork and illustrations.  We are grateful for Caldey for sending into us her illustration of the Late Jurassic theropod Allosaurus, a dinosaur that is sometimes referred to as the “lion of the Jurassic”.

An Illustration of the Head and Neck of Allosaurus (A. fragilis)

Allosaurus Illustrated

An illustration of the fearsome Jurassic carnivorous dinosaur – Allosaurus.

Picture Credit: Caldey

Like many aspiring palaeoartists, young Caldey has been experimenting by using different techniques to create the impression of the texture of reptilian skin.  In her illustration of Allosaurus, she has used a different method to produce the scales of this large, meat-eating dinosaur.  Coloured dots have been used to create the illusion of rough scales and we think the end result is most impressive.

The flash of red is very distinctive over the eyes.  Allosaurus had a pair of small horns just above each eye-socket.  These horns were actually extensions of the lacrimal bones that are located just in front of the eyes and help to form the orbit.  These bones, in turn, were probably covered in keratin and they could have been quite colourful, perhaps having a role in visual displays.

This specimen has scars located on both the upper and lower jaw.  These injuries could have occurred when tackling prey or perhaps during intraspecific combat, for example, face-biting behaviour has been postulated for a number of theropods.

Caldey has also used her own colour palette based on their environment and her research as to which habitats could have been home to this Late Jurassic predator (possible forest and plain areas).  She has also mentioned that it would be great if a manufacturer would make an Allosaurus model in this colour scheme.

Our thanks again to Caldey for sending her drawing into us.

23 10, 2019

Illustrating the Famous Morrison Formation

By | October 23rd, 2019|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page|0 Comments

Illustrating the Famous Morrison Formation Fauna and Flora

We tend to get sent a lot of drawings and illustrations depicting prehistoric life.  Everything Dinosaur team members view all the images that we receive and where appropriate and if requested, we respond via email with comments.  Recently, we received a drawing depicting a scene relating to the palaeofauna and palaeoflora associated with the famous Morrison Formation of western North America.  Our thanks to M. Elliot Massion (Mark), for sending this illustration to us.

The scene is shown from an aerial view perspective, the viewer is looking down onto the drawing, as if the events depicted were being observed by a pterosaur flying past.

A “Bird’s-eye” View of Prehistoric Fauna and Flora (Upper Jurassic)

Life in the Late Jurassic.

An aerial view of life in the Late Jurassic (Morrison Formation).

Picture Credit: M. Elliot Massion

The illustrator commented:

“A ‘bird’s-eye’ view of the Morrison during the Jurassic.  An Allosaurus fragilis has found a Camptosaur carcase, while a Harpactognathus [rhamphorhynchid pterosaur] is drawn to the drama by the smell of blood.”

Mark went onto explain that Allosaurus was an apex predator of western North America in the Late Jurassic, but, it was certainly not above scavenging a carcase, after all, very few predators around today would let the opportunity to have a free lunch slip by.  Allosaurus did not have the powerful bite force, and mega teeth of a T, rex; however, adaptations to its jaws, skull, and neck muscle attachments, allowed it to hunt huge sauropods.  Its teeth and claws created massive wounds that eventually caused prey to die of shock and blood loss.

For further details about the potential hunting prowess of allosaurids, Mark recommends Robert T. Bakker’s “Brontosaur Killers: Late Jurassic Allosaurids as sabre-tooth cat analogues” in Gaia, issue 15, December 1998.

Our thanks to Mark for sending in the illustration and accompanying notes.

21 10, 2019

The Artwork on PNSO Prehistoric Animal Packaging

By | October 21st, 2019|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

The Artwork on PNSO Prehistoric Animal Packaging

There are always lots of people willing to provide a review of a dinosaur or prehistoric animal model.  At Everything Dinosaur, we take lots of photographs and videos of models however, today, we want to focus on another aspect of prehistoric animal model collecting, the product packaging.   Recently Everything Dinosaur brought in new for 2019 PNSO models and figures and the artwork on the packaging, the box art is superb.

New for 2019 PNSO Prehistoric Animal Models – Great Models Great Artwork

PNSO prehistoric animal boxes.

PNSO prehistoric animal model boxes showing the artwork.  The picture shows Er-ma the Mamenchisaurus (top), Dayong the Yangchuanosaurus and Gaoyuan the Microraptor (second row).  Third row Shanshan the Gigantoraptor and Cuiyu the Tsintaosaurus, with Luxi the Huayangosaurus stegosaur (bottom).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

PNSO has long been associated with the scientific art world of the famous Chinese palaeoartist Zhao Chuang and this box art certainly reflects the high standards we have come to expect from him.

Prehistoric Animals that Accompany Your Growth – Gaoyuan the Microraptor Box Art

Gaoyuan the Microraptor.

PNSO prehistoric animals that accompany your growth Gaoyuan the Microraptor.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The box art helps to bring out the fine detail and skilful painting of the prehistoric animal figures.  The PNSO model range has certainly grown in the last two years or so, Everything Dinosaur team members have played a role in helping to develop and promote this product line and it is wonderful to see the fine artwork of Chinese illustrators being showcased in this manner.

Er-ma the Mamenchisaurus Dinosaur Model (PNSO)

Box art - Er-ma the Mamenchisaurus.

The artwork on the Er-ma the Mamenchisaurus sauropod box from PNSO.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view these new for 2019 PNSO prehistoric animal figures and the rest of the extensive PNSO model range available from Everything Dinosaur: PNSO Age of Dinosaurs.

Luxi the Huayangosaurus and Shanshan the Gigantoraptor

As well as introducing figure collectors to a whole new selection of prehistoric animals, many of which represent dinosaurs that are very rarely, if ever, made into models, the packaging helps to reinforce the concept of palaeoart and the importance of scientific illustration.

Luxi the Huayangosaurus Box Art

PNSO box art - Luxi the Huayangosaurus.

Luxi the Huayangosaurus box art from PNSO.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

PNSO Shanshan the Gigantoraptor Box Art

PNSO box art - Shanshan the Gigantoraptor.

Shanshan the Gigantoraptor PNSO box art.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We get lots of enquires about how to develop a career in scientific illustration, we do our best to offer advice and support.  PNSO have demonstrated that palaeoart is very important to them and these new prehistoric animals and their packaging reflects this commitment.”

15 10, 2019

Torosaurus latus

By | October 15th, 2019|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Torosaurus latus

Whilst trawling our extensive database of dinosaur images on a hunt for pictures of Triassic invertebrates, we came across a rather magnificent illustration of the Late Cretaceous, North American ceratopsid Torosaurus (T. latus), by the celebrated palaeoartist Sergey Krasovskiy.  The illustration had been used previously in a story about a horned dinosaur discovery from Colorado that had been thought to represent a Triceratops, but when more of the fossil material emerged, the specimen was identified as a much rarer Torosaurus latus.

The Illustration of the Ceratopsid Torosaurus (T. latus)

Torosaurus illustrated.

An illustration of Torosaurus latus (Sergey Krasovskiy).

Picture Credit: Sergey Krasovskiy

Known from fossil material found in western North America (as far south as Texas and as far north as Saskatchewan in Canada), Torosaurus was one of the larger horned dinosaur inhabitants of the Maastrichtian faunal stage of the Late Cretaceous.  The absence of juveniles in the fossil record and its close relationship to Triceratops led to the hypothesis that Torosaurus was not a valid genus at all, the fossils represented very old individuals of the Triceratops genus.

To read an article from 2010 that discusses this theory: The Extinction of Torosaurus – Second Time Around.

The taxonomic relationship between Triceratops and Torosaurus is still debated.  Research is on-going and the picture has been somewhat complicated when Nedoceratops (N. hatcheri) is added to the mix.  Nedoceratops is known from a single skull specimen found in Wyoming.  Some palaeontologists think that it is a valid genus, whilst others consider it nomen dubium, as the fossil might represent a growth stage of Triceratops.  If this is proved to be the case (more fossil finds of Late Cretaceous members of the tribe Triceratopsini are required), then Nedoceratops will probably become a synonym of “three-horned face”.  This in itself could be controversial as Nedoceratops was formally named and described in 1868, whilst the first Triceratops species (T. horridus) was actually named twenty-one years later (1889).

The CollectA Torosaurus Dinosaur Model

CollectA Torosaurus Prehistoric Life dinosaur model.

The CollectA Prehistoric Life Torosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

9 10, 2019

Zhenyuanlong suni – A Large Liaoning Dromaeosaurid

By | October 9th, 2019|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Photos/Pictures of Fossils|0 Comments

Zhenyuanlong suni

Zhenyuanlong suni, named by Lü and Brusatte in a paper published in the academic journal “Scientific Reports” back in 2015, is one of the larger of the dromaeosaurids described to date from the Yixian Formation of Liaoning Province.  It is known from a single specimen (see below), which is almost complete, just a few elements including the distal portion of the tail are missing.  The exact size of this theropod dinosaur is not known, as the single specimen could represent a sub-adult.

Not much is known about the fossil’s provenance as the mudstone specimen may have been unlawfully removed from a bedding plane in Jianchang County (Yixian Formation).  Palaeontologists estimate that when fully grown this dromaeosaurid measured around 1.6 metres in length.  The nomenclature honours Mr Zhenyuan Sun who helped secure the fossil specimen for scientific analysis.

The Holotype Fossil of Zhenyuanlong suni

Zhenyuanlong fossil.

Large-bodied, short-armed dromaeosaurid from the Liaoning Province of north-eastern China.

Picture Credit: Chinese Academy of Geological Science

Everything Dinosaur’s Scale Drawing of Zhenyuanlong suni

Zhenyuanlong suni scale drawing.

A scale drawing of Zhenyuanlong suni.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To read an article about estimating the size of Yixian Formation dromaeosaurids: Updating the Winged Dragon Zhenyuanlong.

26 09, 2019

Stunning Smilodon

By | September 26th, 2019|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Main Page|0 Comments

Stunning Smilodon Illustration

Our thanks to Caldey who sent into Everything Dinosaur her latest prehistoric animal illustration.  Caldey decided to produce a drawing of a Smilodon (Sabre-toothed cat) and what a carefully drawn member of the cat family (Felidae), has been produced.  Normally, we receive lots of dinosaur drawings at our offices, our postbag contains pictures of Triceratops, Stegosaurus, sauropods and of course T. rex.  Being sent a Smilodon drawing is quite a rarity.

A Smilodon as Illustrated by Caldey

Smilodon illustration.

Caldey’s illustration of a Smilodon (Sabre-toothed cat).

Picture Credit: Caldey

“Knife Tooth”

Smilodon is a genus of the extinct Felidae subfamily the Machairodontinae.  These cats were both geographically and temporally widespread (Smilodon is associated with both North and South America), with the very last of them surviving into the Late Pleistocene. The powerfully built Smilodon is famous for its huge upper canine teeth and palaeontologists have undertaken a great deal of research to determine just how these teeth functioned and how these predators hunted prey.  The genus has been translated from the Greek as “knife tooth”, a reference to those huge canines that in some of our specimens measure more than 18 centimetres in length (Smilodon fatalis).

A Close-up View of the Head and Neck of Caldey’s Sabre-toothed Cat

A Smilodon illustration.

This close up shows the fine detail on the head and neck of the Smilodon drawing.

Picture Credit: Caldey

Although the exact coat colouration of Smilodon is unknown, there has been a recent trend to depict this animal with a mottled or spotted coat.  It is thought that ancestral cats, which were small and confined to forested habitats probably had spotted coats that would have provided more effective camouflage.  However, the colouration of Smilodon remains speculative.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“Caldey’s drawing show lots of amazing detail and she has taken great care to fill in the background for her big cat.  We are sure that Smilodon feels very much at home in that landscape.”

22 09, 2019

The Second Velociraptor Species – Velociraptor osmolskae

By | September 22nd, 2019|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page|0 Comments

The Second Velociraptor Species – Velociraptor osmolskae

The second Velociraptor species to be scientifically described – V. osmolskae, is very similar to V. mongoliensis.  However, the known fossil material has sufficient autapomorphies to support the erection of a separate species.  It is intriguing that the Djadochta and Bayan Mandahu Formations have yielded a very similar dinosaur fauna.  For example, Velociraptor mongoliensis, Protoceratops andrewsi, and Pinacosaurus grangeri are synonymous with the Djadochta Formation.  In contrast, V. osmolskae is associated with the Bayan Mandahu Formation, and this member of the Velociraptorinae subfamily shared its environment with Protoceratops hellenikorhinus, and Pinacosaurus mephistocephalus.

These differences in the biota associated with each geological formation might be due to some form of natural barrier separating the regions where these two deposits were formed.  Evidence for any substantial barrier that would deter the movement of animals from one area to another has proved elusive.  It might be and indeed, many palaeontologists favour this hypothesis, that the different faunas can be explained by there being a temporal difference between the two formations, i.e. one formation is younger than the other.

Everything Dinosaur’s Scale Drawing of Velociraptor osmolskae

Drawing of Velociraptor osmolskae.

A drawing of Velociraptor osmolskae.  It is estimated that this little “raptor”  measured around 1.8 metres in length (mostly tail), stood approximately 1 metre high and weighed around 15 kilograms.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

21 09, 2019

PNSO Box Art

By | September 21st, 2019|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page|0 Comments

The Fantastic Box Art on the PNSO Megalodon Figure (Patton)

Team members at Everything Dinosaur have received a lot of very positive comments about the cover sleeve artwork on the PNSO Megalodon model.  The company has gained a tremendous reputation for its artwork, thanks largely to the input of famous Chinese palaeoartist Zhao Chuang, who has illustrated numerous scientific papers highlighting fossil discoveries.  The artwork, showing a large shark breaking the surface with its huge teeth-lined jaws gaping has received lots of praise.

The Beautiful and Highly Detailed Cover Sleeve Artwork – PNSO Megalodon Model “Patton”

Brilliant artwork on the PNSO Megalodon model cover sleeve.

The amazing, colourful sleeve artwork on the PNSO Megalodon figure.  A fantastic illustration of the giant prehistoric shark Megalodon.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

PNSO have lots of other prehistoric animal figures in the pipeline, we look forward to seeing the box art that will accompany these models.

9 09, 2019

Picturing a Papo Pentaceratops

By | September 9th, 2019|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Picturing a Papo Pentaceratops

One of the most enthusiastically received new prehistoric animal models of 2019 is the Papo Pentaceratops.  When we first published photographs of this new horned dinosaur model from the French manufacturer (Papo), earlier this year, a number of collectors and dinosaur model fans commented on its unusual pose.  After all, a rearing ceratopsid is very different from the postures normally associated with Triceratops, Torosaurus, Styracosaurus, Pachyrhinosaurus and so forth.

However, this dinosaur model has proved to be a big hit.  Everything Dinosaur team members have received lots of photographs, positive feedback and drawings of this Papo dinosaur model.  For example, young dinosaur fan Caldey sent in a beautiful illustration of her Papo Pentaceratops.

Caldey’s Illustration of the Papo Pentaceratops Dinosaur Model

A drawing of the new for 2019 Papo Pentaceratops by Caldey.

Caldey’s illustration of the new for 2019 Papo Pentaceratops dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Caldey

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“Our thanks to Caldey and all the other dinosaur model collectors and fans who have sent in pictures and photographs of their Papo model.  It is great to see how this new prehistoric animal figure has inspired so many people to get in touch.”

Pentaceratops en Español “Cara Con Cinco Cuernos”

Everything Dinosaur has received feedback about the Papo Pentaceratops from customers all over the world.  One of our customers from Chile commented:

“Increíble modelo y pintura, además de una versatilidad en su forma de posar.”

This translates from the Spanish as:

“Incredible model and painting, as well as versatility in the way that it has been posed.”

It seems that this prehistoric posture has been very well received indeed.  Can we expect more posing prehistoric animals from Papo in the future?  Collectors and fans of dinosaur replicas will have to wait and see what 2020 brings.  The Pentaceratops “five horned face”, or as they say in Chile “cara con cinco cuernos”, has gathered a world-wide following.

Proudly Holding a Papo Pentaceratops

Papo Pentaceratops dinosaur model.

The Papo Pentaceratops dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Our thanks to Caldey and all the other Everything Dinosaur customers who have been in touch to sing the praises of the Pentaceratops.

To view the complete range of Papo prehistoric animals available from Everything Dinosaur, including the new for 2019 Papo Gorgosaurus and the Pentaceratops: Papo Dinosaurs (Les Dinosaures) and Prehistoric Animal Models

3 09, 2019

Colourful Creative Dinosaurs

By | September 3rd, 2019|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Educational Activities, Main Page, Teaching|0 Comments

Colourful Creative Dinosaurs

Our thanks to young Nataliya (Year 2), who sent into Everything Dinosaur a beautiful illustration of a dinosaur that she had designed following a visit to her school by one of our team members.  Nataliya and her classmates had taken up our challenge to design a dinosaur as part of an extension exercise that arose following one of our dinosaur and fossil workshops at the school.  The dinosaur was named “spikeraptor” and despite its fearsome name, Nataliya explained that this dinosaur was a herbivore and even included a picture of some leaves that the dinosaur was grazing upon in her prehistoric portrait.

A Colourful Dinosaur Design – “Spikeraptor”

A colourful green dinosaur - Spikeraptor the product of the imagination of young Nataliya (Key Stage 1).

A colourful green dinosaur – Spikeraptor the product of the imagination of young Nataliya (Year 2).

Picture Credit: Nataliya (Key Stage 1) and Everything Dinosaur

Lovely Labels!

As part of a writing exercise we asked the children to label their prehistoric animal’s body parts.  Nataliya was keen to emphasis the spikes and prickles on her dinosaur and our congratulations to Nataliya and the rest of the class for sending in some super drawings with fantastic examples of handwriting.  These drawings have made our day and we shall post them up in our warehouse so that all the Everything Dinosaur team members can view them.

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