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26 01, 2021

Preparing for the W-Dragon Spinosaurus Replica

By | January 26th, 2021|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

Preparing for the W-Dragon Spinosaurus Replica

Everything Dinosaur team members are busy preparing for the imminent arrival of the Spinosaurus replica from W-Dragon.  If all goes to plan the shipment of these models should dock in a few days at the port of Southampton in Hampshire and once cleared by UK customs these dinosaur models should be heading towards our warehouse.  We expect to have these Spinosaurus figures in stock around the 9th of February (2021) or thereabouts.

The W-Dragon Spinosaurus Dinosaur Model

The W-Dragon Spinosaurus dinosaur model.

The superb W-Dragon Spinosaurus dinosaur replica.  This figure interprets Spinosaurus as a bipedal theropod dinosaur.  It has been inspired by depictions of Spinosaurus in famous movies and television documentaries.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We have been working with W-Dragon for some time, helping them to understand the importance of product testing and certification.  We hope to have this figure in stock very soon, it will be joining the excellent W-Dragon Giganotosaurus replica that arrived just before Christmas (2020).”

The W-Dragon Giganotosaurus Dinosaur Model at Everything Dinosaur

W-Dragon Giganotosaurus model.

The W-Dragon Giganotosaurus dinosaur model.  The battle scars on the figure can be seen, the dinosaur is blind in one eye – an example of the superb craftsmanship associated with this W-Dragon figure.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Special Spinosaurus Production Run

Everything Dinosaur negotiated a special production run of the W-Dragon Spinosaurus.  All the stock that has been made is on the shipment heading towards the UK.  Fans of this model range will be able to access the W-Dragon Spinosaurus from a 5-star rated model supplier with the ability to despatch product globally.

The Sail-backed Spinosaurus Figure is Currently Sailing Towards Everything Dinosaur’s Warehouse

A close-up view of the head of the W-Dragon Spinosaurus dinosaur model.

A close-up view of the W-Dragon Spinosaurus – it is a green-eyed monster!  This beautiful and very detailed dinosaur model has been given green eyes.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the current range of W-Dragon prehistoric animal models available from Everything Dinosaur: W-Dragon Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Replicas.

25 01, 2021

Baby Tyrannosaurs Born Ready to Hunt

By | January 25th, 2021|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Palaeontological articles, Photos/Pictures of Fossils|0 Comments

Baby Tyrannosaurs Born Ready to Hunt

A new scientific paper published this week suggests that tyrannosaurs were able to hunt and to look after themselves soon after they hatched.  In addition, tyrannosaur hatchlings were surprisingly large, perhaps more than a metre long when they broke out of their eggs and if this the case, then tyrannosaur eggs would have been colossal, perhaps larger than any other dinosaur egg known to science.

A Life Reconstruction of a Baby Tyrannosaur

Juvenile tyrannosaur life reconstruction.

A life reconstruction of a juvenile tyrannosaur.  This illustration by the talented palaeoartist Julius Csotonyi, depicts a baby tyrannosaur covered in a coat of insulating protofeathers.

Picture Credit: Julius Csotonyi

As Big as a Collie Dog

Writing in the latest edition of the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, the scientists which include such eminent figures as Phil Currie, “Jack” Horner and Stephen Brusatte, have written up an on-line presentation from last October which took place at the virtual Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology Conference and they indicate that young tyrannosaurs were big babies.  With a length of in excess of 1 metre, that’s about the size of a border collie dog.

A Model of a Young Tyrannosaurus rex

A juvenile T. rex.

A young T. rex.  Research suggests that Late Cretaceous tyrannosaurs may have been around a metre in length when very young.  Rare fossil bones from perinatal tyrannosaurs from North America also suggest that these predators were highly developed and capable of hunting for themselves – precocial development – mobile and relatively fully developed when first hatched.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Perinatal tyrannosaurid bones and teeth from the Campanian–Maastrichtian of western North America provide the first window into this critical period of the life of a tyrannosaurid.  An embryonic dentary (Daspletosaurus horneri) from the Two Medicine Formation of Montana, measuring just 3 cm in length, already exhibits distinctive tyrannosaurine characters like a “chin” and a deep Meckelian groove, and reveals the earliest stages of tooth development.  When considered together with a remarkably large embryonic claw bone (ungual) from the Horseshoe Canyon Formation of Alberta and believed to have come from an Albertosaurus sarcophagus, a minimum hatchling size for tyrannosaurids could be estimated by the research team.

Corresponding author for the paper, Gregory Funston (University of Edinburgh), stated:

“It appears that tyrannosaurs were born ready to hunt, already possessing some of the key adaptations that gave tyrannosaurs their powerful bites.  So, it’s likely that they were capable of hunting fairly quickly after birth, but we need more fossils to tell exactly how fast that was.”

Tyrannosaur Babies Bigger than Other Dinosaur Babies

The dentary and the claw bone indicate that Late Cretaceous tyrannosaurs were bigger than any other known dinosaur babies.  The researchers conclude that they must have hatched from enormous eggs, perhaps exceeding the 43 cm length of largest dinosaur eggs described to date.

The Embryonic Tyrannosaur Dentary

Daspletosaurus horneri juvenile jawbone.

The fossilised lower jawbone (dentary) of a Daspletosaurus horneri, one of the first baby tyrannosaurs ever discovered.

Picture Credit: Gregory F. Funston (University of Edinburgh)

Co-author of the paper, Mark Powers a PhD student at the University of Alberta (Canada), commented:

“Tyrannosaurs are represented by dozens of skeletons and thousands of isolated bones or partial skeletons, but despite this wealth of data for tyrannosaur biology, the smallest identifiable individuals are aged three to four years old, much larger than when they would have hatched.  No tyrannosaur eggs or embryos have been found even after 150 years of searching—until now.”

The study, focused on the two fossils representing perinatal development of tyrannosaurids.  The ungual was found near Morrin in the province of Alberta, whilst the dentary came from Montana. The ungual is approximately 71.5 million years old, and the jawbone a little older at around 75 million years old.

Comparing the Tyrannosaurid Fossil Material with Dr Funston and an Adult Albertosaurus

Comparing the juvenile tyrannosaur specimens.

This diagram compares the size of a full-grown Albertosaurus with that of palaeontologist Greg Funston and the two dinosaur embryos whose toe claw and jawbone were identified in a newly published study.

Picture Credit: Gregory F. Funston (University of Edinburgh)

Mark Powers, who completed the research as a master’s student supervised by Phil Currie added:

“The discovery of embryonic material is a huge find in our efforts to understand how some of the most popular and charismatic dinosaurs began their life and grew to immense sizes.  It provides a much-needed—and until now, missing—data point depicting the starting point for tyrannosaur growth.”

Surprising Results

The researchers were surprised to find that the small tyrannosaur teeth in the lower jaw were distinct from the teeth of older tyrannosaurids.  They had not developed true serrations running along the cutting edges.  In addition, the toe claw (specimen number UALVP 59599), came from an animal estimated to be about 1.1 metres long, whilst the tiny jawbone (MOR 268), came from a tyrannosaur around 71 cm in length.

The size estimates for perinatal tyrannosaurs based on this study reinforce the work of the late American-Canadian palaeontologist Dale Russell, who back in 1970 provided some of the first insights into tyrannosaur development and ontogeny.  This study was published in a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences which honours the contribution made to vertebrate palaeontology by Professor Russell.

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

The scientific paper: “Baby tyrannosaurid bones and teeth from the Late Cretaceous of western North America” by Gregory F. Funston, Mark J. Powers, S. Amber Whitebone, Stephen L. Brusatte, John B. Scannella, John R. Horner and Philip J. Currie published in the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences.

24 01, 2021

Updating the Feefo Platinum Award (2021)

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Updating the Feefo Platinum Customer Service Award on the Everything Dinosaur Website

It has been a busy week for team members at Everything Dinosaur.  For example, as well as packing and despatching all the orders for customers, staff have been busy updating the Everything Dinosaur website to reflect their award of the Feefo Platinum Trusted Service accolade.  The announcement of this award may only have taken place a couple of days ago, but team members have not been resting on their laurels, they have been busy adding the new Feefo service badges for 2021 to the website.  In addition, the company picked up a further thirteen 5-star service scores from customers over the period January 21st to January 23rd (2021).

A New Feefo Trusted Customer Service Award Badge to Add to Everything Dinosaur’s Website

Everything Dinosaur winning an award.

Everything Dinosaur has won the Feefo Platinum Trusted Service award.  This badge has been added to the Everything Dinosaur website in recognition of this achievement.

Picture Credit: Feefo

Only the very best businesses, the ones providing a tip-top experience for their customers, as rated by genuine customer reviews get to place such a badge onto a website.

What is Feefo?

Feefo is a global technology company empowering brands to make smarter decisions and improve consumer experiences by leveraging the full potential of real customer reviews.

Feefo’s cutting-edge review platform is trusted by more than 3,500 brands including Next, Vauxhall, Iceland, Mazda, Expedia, Michael Page and JCB, who rely on it to supply smart insights that transform their ability to market, sell and build more rewarding relationships with customers.

23 01, 2021

Planning for Papo 2021/2

By | January 23rd, 2021|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

Planning for Papo 2021/2

As Papo are intending to introduce just two prehistoric animal models in 2021 Everything Dinosaur has been looking at ways in which the number of new Papo models could be increased.   Like most manufacturers, Papo’s plans for 2021 were severely disrupted with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Indeed, lots of factories have had delays and difficulties with production, it is not just the prehistoric animal model industry that has suffered.

However, Papo are intensely aware of just how enthusiastically model collectors greet new Papo figures, especially those prehistoric animals in the “Les Dinosaures” range.  With only two figures to be introduced in 2021, namely a young Smilodon and a Megalodon shark model (model numbers 55081 and 55087 respectively), Papo understands that some model collectors may be feeling a little hard done by.

Two New Prehistoric Animal Figures to be Introduced by Papo in 2021

New Papo prehistoric animal models for 2021.

Two new models to be introduced by Papo in 2021 the young Smilodon (55081) and a Megalodon shark model (55087).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

No Papo Dinosaurs Planned for 2021

For the first time, there are no new dinosaur models to be added to the Papo range.  Papo has dramatically expanded its “Les Dinosaures” model range in recent years with an average of five new models being added every year to the range since 2015.  It is true that not all these figures have been new sculpts, there has been a trend in recent years to introduce colour variants of existing models, but across all Papo’s model ranges the French manufacturer had continually increased the number of figures available.

Plotting the Growth in the Number of Papo Prehistoric Animal Models Available (2015 – 2020)

Papo dinosaur and prehistoric animal model introductions 2015 - 2021.

Papo prehistoric animal model introductions 2015 to 2021.  In 2018 a “Les Dinosaures” Land of Dinosaurs play set was also added to the range.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The graph shows the number of Papo figures added to the company’s range of prehistoric animal models since 2015.  The blue Papo logo represents new sculpts, whereas the older green Papo logo represents the introduction of new colour variants or a reissue of a previously retired figure.  The last time only two new figures were added to the Papo portfolio of prehistoric animals was in 2015 when the young Apatosaurus and the Tupuxuara pterosaur model were introduced.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We have made a number of suggestions to Papo’s senior management about possibly adding to the range of figures available this year.   We have suggested the introduction of a new colour variant of the popular Papo Triceratops model, the reissue of a retired figure such as the Woolly Rhinoceros replica, or the production of a gift set for the Christmas market.  Papo have respectively listened to our proposals and in addition they have carefully considered the views and suggestions from our customers.”

With both the young Smilodon and the Megalodon model not likely to be available until later in the year (both models are scheduled for a quarter 4 introduction), there will be some time to wait before any new Papo prehistoric animal figures come into stock.  However, Everything Dinosaur and Papo are doing what they can to try to bring forward the production of new figures.

We shall do our best to keep all Papo model collectors informed.

In the meantime, to view the range of Papo prehistoric animal models available from Everything Dinosaur: Papo Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models.

22 01, 2021

Limb Bone Confirms Large Pterosaurs Across Laramida

By | January 22nd, 2021|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Palaeontological articles, Photos/Pictures of Fossils|0 Comments

Single Bone Suggests Large Pterosaurs Across Both North and South Laramidia

A single bone from a large pterosaur tentatively described as an ulna found in 2016 has confirmed the presence of large flying reptiles in terrestrial ecosystems in both north and south Laramidia during the Late Cretaceous.

Writing in the on-line, academic journal “PeerJ”, Dr Andrew Farke of the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Palaeontology (Claremont, California), reports that the 36 cm long bone from a bonebed within the middle unit of the Kaiparowits Formation (Utah), extends the distribution of large pterosaurs across terrestrial environments during the Campanian of western North America.

Views of the Single Pterosaur Bone with Accompanying Line Drawings

RAM 22574 pterosaur limb bone and line drawings

Views of the pterosaur limb bone with accompanying line drawings.  Note scale bar = 10 cm.

Picture Credit: Farke (PeerJ)

The picture above shows various views of the single pterosaur limb bone (specimen number RAM 22574).  Dorsal (A), proximal (B) with anterior (C) and dorsal (D) views, whilst E and F represent ventral and posterior views.  Line drawing (G) shows an interpretation of the posterior view with missing parts shaded and line drawing H shows a posterior view of the complete and restored bone.  The large size of the bone has permitted Dr Farke to make an estimate of the wingspan of the pterosaur.  He estimates that this bone came from an individual with a wingspan between 4.3 and 5.9 metres.   This bone is the largest pterosaur fossil reported to date from the Kaiparowits Formation.

Based on these estimates, the Kaiparowits Formation specimen is roughly comparable in size to Cryodrakon boreas an azhdarchid pterosaur known from the Dinosaur Park Formation of southern Alberta, Canada which was formally named and described in 2019: The First Pterosaur Unique to Canada is Described Cryodrakon boreas.

Significant Pterosaur Fossil Finds Associated with Terrestrial Environments in Late Cretaceous North America

Late Cretaceous major pterosaur fossil finds in western North America.

Major pterosaur fossil finds from late Campanian-aged terrestrial depositional environments in western North America.

Picture Credit: Farke (PeerJ) with additional annotation from Everything Dinosaur (silhouettes based on work from Naish and Witton)

Silhouettes are scaled to maximum estimates of wingspan for individual specimens.  The silhouette for RAM 22574 shows the minimum (black) and maximum (green) size estimates for the specimen (4.3 to 5.9 metre wingspan).

The strata in southern Alberta (Dinosaur Park Formation) from which C. boreas comes from was laid down shortly after the portion of the Kaiparowits Formation associated with this single pterosaur bone.  Thus, Dr Farke concludes that relatively large pterosaurs occurred in terrestrial ecosystems in both the northern and southern parts of Laramidia (western North America), during the late Campanian.

The scientific paper: “A large pterosaur limb bone from the Kaiparowits Formation (late Campanian) of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah, USA” by Andrew A. Farke published in PeerJ.

21 01, 2021

Preparing a New Web Image Promoting PNSO

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Preparing a New Web Image Promoting PNSO

Everything Dinosaur team members have been busy preparing, packing and despatching all the new PNSO prehistoric animal model orders to customers.  As well as spending a lot of time in the packing room, they have also ensured that they have promoted the new PNSO arrivals on their various social media platforms including Facebook and Instagram.  The Everything Dinosaur website has also been updated with a new home page image highlighting the diverse range of newly arrived PNSO prehistoric animals.

A New Visual Has Been Prepared Promoting the New for 2021 PNSO Prehistoric Animal Figures

New PNSO figures in stock at Everything Dinosaur

Preparing a new publicity image for the new for 2021 PNSO prehistoric animal models.  Can you name all the figures in the picture?

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A New Slider for the Website

The new slider for the Everything Dinosaur website features a total of eight PNSO figures, seven dinosaurs and an image of the packaging of Zewail the Atopodentatus, a bizarre, Triassic marine reptile, fossils of which come appropriately, from China.  The image shows in the top left Audrey the Lambeosaurus, complete with its magnificent, reticulated colour scheme, (inspired by an extant giraffe, which the design team at PNSO were also working on when the Lambeosaurus was in development).  Next to the Lambeosaurus is an overhead view of the stegosaur known as Qichuan (Tuojiangosaurus).  A larger image of Brian the Pachyrhinosaurus can be seen (bottom right) and this partly obscures the Atopodentatus product packaging.

A Dorsal (Overhead) View of Qichuan the Tuojiangosaurus Features on the New Everything Dinosaur Visual

The PNSO Qichuan the Tuojiangosaurus dinosaur model (dorsal view).

An overhead (dorsal) view of the new for 2021 PNSO Tuojiangosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Partial View of the PNSO Borealopelta

In the top right corner of the new Everything Dinosaur web visual, an image of Gavin the Borealopelta lurks.  There is a small picture of Caroline the Corythosaurus adjacent to the Borealopelta’s muzzle and a Microraptor model (Gaoyuan the Microraptor), which came into stock at Everything Dinosaur in quarter 3 of last year (2020), can also be seen in the image too. The eighth figure (centre top), is an image of the packaging of the eagerly awaited Essien the Spinosaurus, another exciting addition to the PNSO mid-size model range.

To view all the new PNSO prehistoric animals in stock at Everything Dinosaur: PNSO Age of Dinosaurs.

20 01, 2021

Awarding Winning Everything Dinosaur!

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Everything Dinosaur Wins Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award 2021

Everything Dinosaur has won the Feefo Platinum Trusted Service award, an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, as rated by real customers.  This is the second year in a row the UK-based retailer of prehistoric animal models and toys has been awarded this accolade, the highest award for customer service offered by Feefo the independent ratings agency.

Everything Dinosaur Awarded Platinum Trusted Service for 2021

Top customer service award for Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur has been awarded the Platinum Trusted Service accolade from Feefo.

Picture Credit: Feefo

Top Customer Service Award for Everything Dinosaur

Created by Feefo, Trusted Service is awarded only to businesses that use Feefo to collect genuine reviews, feedback and insights.  Companies who meet this exceptionally high customer service standard, based on the number of reviews they have collected and their average rating, receive the Platinum accolade.   This is a highly valued seal of approval, the accreditation remains unique, as it is based purely on interactions with genuine customers.  The awarded accreditation is a true reflection of Everything Dinosaur’s commitment to outstanding customer service.

Everything Dinosaur Has Award-winning Customer Service

The Feefo platinum service award.

The Feefo Platinum Service Award.  Everything Dinosaur has award-winning customer service.

Picture Credit: Feefo

The Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award Criteria

Feefo gives Platinum Trusted Service awards to companies that have achieved the Feefo Gold standard for three consecutive years or more, although adjustments have been made to accommodate those organisations that were closed or otherwise affected due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.  However, for Everything Dinosaur, their dedicated team members have won Feefo’s highest honour without the judging panel having to consider the impact on the business due to the pandemic.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur stated:

“We are delighted to have won this award for the second year running.  This award is based on the feedback, views and comments from real customers and in what has been an extraordinarily difficult year it is tremendous for Everything Dinosaur to have been able to maintain its high customer service standards.”

Congratulations to Everything Dinosaur

Congratulating Everything Dinosaur on winning this year’s award, the Director of Customer Success at Feefo Steph Heasman, commented:

“The Trusted Service award has always been about recognising companies that are outstanding in customer experience and generate great feedback from happy customers.  I’m confident that throughout 2021 we’ll see even greater customer experience achievements from our partners as we return to something like business-as-usual.”

Winning the Platinum Trusted Service Award

Everything Dinosaur winning an award.

Everything Dinosaur has won the Feefo Platinum Trusted Service award.

Picture Credit: Feefo

18 01, 2021

Promoting the Beasts of the Mesozoic Figures

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Promoting the Beasts of the Mesozoic Figures

Everything Dinosaur team members are proud to stock the amazing Beasts of the Mesozoic range of articulated prehistoric animal figures.  Some team members have some of these models themselves, they are dinosaur model collectors too.  After the recent updates to the Everything Dinosaur website, it was time to update the home page so, why not adorn it with a new visual promoting both the Beasts of the Mesozoic “raptors” and the recently introduced ceratopsian figures.

The New Promotional Slide for the Everything Dinosaur Website (Beasts of the Mesozoic Models)

Everything Dinosaur stocks the popular Beasts of the Mesozoic range of articulated prehistoric animal figures.

Beasts of the Mesozoic “Raptors” and Ceratopsian models promoted on the Everything Dinosaur website.  Everything Dinosaur stocks the popular Beasts of the Mesozoic range of articulated prehistoric animal figures.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Beasts of the Mesozoic range of dinosaur models can be found here: Beasts of the Mesozoic Dinosaur Models and Articulated Figures.

Limited Edition “Alpha”, Zuniceratops and the Sub-adult Triceratops (T. horridus)

The new vision highlights three of the dinosaurs within this exciting and popular range.  The “raptor” (left) is the Beasts of the Mesozoic limited edition Velociraptor osmolskae replica, a fantastic 1:6 scale replica of this Asian predator, a sister taxon to Velociraptor mongoliensis.  In the centre, there is an image of the colourful Zuniceratops (Z. christopheri) the smallest ceratopsian model currently in this range.  This hand-painted figure has an amazing nineteen points of articulation.

On the right, there is an image of one of the larger ceratopsids within this range, indeed the model represents one of the biggest of the horned dinosaurs known to science, the famous Triceratops (T. horridus).

What a terrific trio of dinosaur models!

Some of the Beasts of the Mesozoic “Raptors” – Articulated Dinosaur Models

Beasts of the Mesozoic Deluxe 1:6 scale "Raptors".

The Deluxe Raptors in the Beasts of the Mesozoic range originally launched in 2018, these figures have become extremely popular with dinosaur model collectors.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Beasts of the Mesozoic Ceratopsians

A range of figures representing horned dinosaurs and some of their earlier ancestors was added to the Beasts of the Mesozoic portfolio recently.  There are a total of nine figures in this range at the moment but there are plans to add a whole herd of new horned dinosaurs in the near future.

The Colourful and Beautiful Beasts of the Mesozoic Ceratopsians

A selection of some of the amazing Beasts of the Mesozoic Ceratopsians.

A selection of Beasts of the Mesozoic horned dinosaur models.  A colourful range of articulated figures representing famous ornithischian dinosaurs.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

16 01, 2021

New PNSO Prehistoric Animals Feature in Everything Dinosaur Newsletter

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PNSO Prehistoric Animals Feature in Everything Dinosaur Newsletter

The latest Everything Dinosaur newsletter features the exciting new for 2021 editions to the popular PNSO prehistoric animal model range.  In total, seven recently arrived figures are featured, six dinosaurs and a replica of the bizarre Chinese, herbivorous marine reptile known as Atopodentatus (Zewail the Atopodentatus).  Headlining our latest newsletter is the excellent Essien the Spinosaurus, which is not to be confused with the much larger 1:35 scale Spinosaurus replica also called Essien, within the PNSO model range.

Top of the Pops – The PNSO Essien the Spinosaurus (Mid-size Range) Headlines the Everything Dinosaur Newsletter

Featured in the Everything Dinosaur newsletter - Essien the Spinosaurus.

The new PNSO Essien the Spinosaurus features as the headline item in the latest Everything Dinosaur newsletter.  This Spinosaurus dinosaur model has an articulated jaw.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Pair of Duck-billed Dinosaurs

A pair of duck-billed dinosaurs also feature in the latest Everything Dinosaur customer newsletter.  Both dinosaurs are members of the Lambeosaurinae, they belong to the crested hadrosaurs group.  This sub-family may have been named after Lambeosaurus, but ironically, Corythosaurus represented by the model named Caroline, was named and scientifically described earlier than Lambeosaurus (represented by the model entitled Audrey).  Corythosaurus was named and described in 1914, whilst Lambeosaurus was formally described in 1923.

A Pair of Duck-billed Dinosaurs (Audrey the Lambeosaurus and Caroline the Corythosaurus)

New PNSO models Audrey the Lambeosaurus and Caroline the Corythosaurus.

PNSO Audrey the Lambeosaurus and Caroline the Corythosaurus.  A pair of duck-billed dinosaurs also feature in the latest edition of the Everything Dinosaur newsletter, Audrey the Lambeosaurus (left) and Caroline the Corythosaurus (right).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Atopodentatus and Tuojiangosaurus Models

The customer newsletter also features the PNSO Atopodentatus and the stunning stegosaur figure Tuojiangosaurus.  Both these prehistoric animals are synonymous with China.  Fossils of the bizarre Middle Triassic marine reptile Atopodentatus come from Yunnan Province, whereas fossils of the Late Jurassic Tuojiangosaurus have been found in Sichuan province that borders Yunnan to the north.

The PNSO Atopodentatus and the PNSO Stegosaur Tuojiangosaurus Feature in the Newsletter

PNSO prehistoric animal models.

Two new for 2021 prehistoric animal models from PNSO (Zewail the Atopodentatus and Qichuan the Tuojiangosaurus).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To request to be added to the Everything Dinosaur newsletter subscribers list, just simply send us an email: Email Everything Dinosaur.

Ornithischians – Borealopelta and Pachyrhinosaurus

The last of the seven new prehistoric animal figures to be featured are both members of the bird-hipped group (Ornithischia), however, they are only distantly related.  Brian the Pachyrhinosaurus is one of several new horned dinosaur models expected in stock at Everything Dinosaur this year, whilst the beautiful Borealopelta is an armoured dinosaur that roamed what is now known as Canada, some 44 million years before the likes of Pachyrhinosaurus wandered across North America.

The PNSO Pachyrhinosaurus and Borealopelta Dinosaur Models

Ornithischian dinosaur models from PNSO.

Brian the Pachyrhinosaurus and Gavin the Borealopelta dinosaur models from PNSO.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view all the new PNSO prehistoric animals in stock at Everything Dinosaur: PNSO Age of Dinosaurs.

15 01, 2021

Extensive Dinosaur Tracks Discovered in China

By | January 15th, 2021|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Palaeontological articles, Photos/Pictures of Fossils|0 Comments

Over 240 Fossilised Dinosaur Prints Discovered in South-eastern China

Everything Dinosaur team members have received several media reports from Chinese news agencies about the discovery of an extensive series of dinosaur tracks in Fujian Province (south-eastern China).  The dinosaur track site was uncovered in Shanghang County and covers approximately 1,600 square metres.  The tracks and individual prints were made around 80 million years ago (Campanian faunal stage of the Late Cretaceous) and they represent the first dinosaur trace fossils to have been found in Fujian Province.

Field Team Members Examine and Map the Dinosaur Tracks

Extensive dinosaur tracks uncovered in China.

Chinese field team members examine and map the numerous dinosaur tracks and prints uncovered in Fujian Province.

Picture Credit: CFP

The Tracks of at Least Eight Different Types of Dinosaur

Extensive track sites such as this are exceptionally rare, early indications from the field team mapping the prints are that at least eight different types of dinosaur are represented.  The three-toed prints of ornithopods and the large, more rounded prints of sauropods have been identified.  The various media channels have also reported both large and small theropod prints including prints around thirty centimetres in length made by a large, bird-like member of the Deinonychosauria, a raptor that has left distinctive two-toed prints, as the second toe was raised off the ground as it possessed a large, curved sickle-like claw.

Running with Second Toe Raised Off the Ground

The second toe claw of Velociraptor.

A model showing the raised second toe held off the ground as a member of the Deinonychosauria (Velociraptor) runs.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Xing Lida, from the China University of Geosciences and a member of the research team has stated:

“Judging from the size of the footprints, which were eight to fifty-five centimetres long, lengths of the dinosaurs range from one metre to ten metres.”

The site is under the stewardship of the local authorities in order to protect this important discovery and to deter any would-be fossil hunters who might be tempted to remove any prints for sale on the black market.  The site contains at least 240 individual dinosaur prints.

Two of the Dinosaur Prints from the Shanghang County Site

Dinosaur tracks discovered in Fujian Province.

Two dinosaur prints from the Fujian Province site.  The research team estimate that the tracks represent lakeside activity from around 80 million years ago.

Picture Credit: CFP

The tracks were made as dinosaurs visited an ancient lake, the various prints and trackways being preserved in the soft mud on the lake margins.

Senior palaeontologist and former curator at the Zigong Dinosaur Museum (Sichuan Province) Peng Guangzhao, explained that the researchers were optimistic about finding more fossils.  The team are hopeful that more tracks, bones or even dinosaur eggs could be discovered in Fujian Province in the future.

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