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10 12, 2017

Packing All the Christmas Post

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Working All Weekend To Help Our Customers

At Everything Dinosaur, we know how stressful it can be in the run up to Christmas, but with just over two weeks to go to the big day, when it comes to parcels, our dedicated team are keeping right on top of things.  Staff have been busy packing orders all weekend so that all orders placed on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday can be despatched as quickly as possible.  All orders placed over this period will go out on Monday.

Hot tea and warm mince pies have kept us going and we shall be working seven days a week now as the build up to Christmas continues.

Royal Mail service updates that we receive state that normal weekend deliveries and collections of mail should be made in all parts of the UK and we are not anticipating any problems with collections from our warehouse next week despite the inclement weather.  For our international customers, it is worth noting the last recommended posting dates for parcels to be sent overseas, we have listed this information in the table below.

Last Recommended Posting Dates for Christmas 2017

Last posting dates for Christmas.

Last recommended posting dates for Christmas (Royal Mail).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur and Royal Mail

The table (above) has been compiled using Royal Mail data.

Please note, Wednesday 13th December is the last recommended posting date for parcels heading for Germany, Italy, Poland and the Czech Republic.  Thursday 14th December is the last recommended posting dates for the USA, Canada, Finland and Sweden, whilst next Friday (15th), is the last recommended posting dates for much of the rest of Europe.

Helpful Suggestions from Everything Dinosaur

Here are some helpful hints and tips to ensure you get your season’s greetings delivered on time:

1).  Post items as early as possible, this gives parcels the best chance of reaching their destination in time for the big day.

2).  Remember to check that delivery address (house number, business name, postcode/zip code) as you progress through the check out.

3).  Before pressing the “submit order” button, to send an order to Everything Dinosaur, check the delivery address one more time, remember the phrase “check the address to save you stress”.

4).  You can always nominate a neighbour’s address where the parcel can be delivered to if you are likely to be out when the parcel is delivered.  There is a message box available for every order, so you have the opportunity to add helpful information about delivery or where the parcel can be left if you are out.

5).  A different delivery address, other than your home address can be specified during our check out process.  Perhaps the parcel could be sent to your work, a relative, a friend etc.

Our dedicated team are on hand to handle telephone and email enquiries, at this time of year, Everything Dinosaur is doing all it can to ensure its customers have a happy Christmas.

For additional help and advice over Christmas deliveries, simply email Everything Dinosaur: Contact Everything Dinosaur

9 12, 2017

Mojo Fun New Dinosaur Models for 2018

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Mojo Fun New Dinosaur Models for 2018

Some exciting new additions to the Mojo Fun “Prehistoric & Extinct” range are announced by Everything Dinosaur today.  There will be four, new, colourful dinosaur models added to the range in 2018.  Of the four models, there is one representing a Jurassic dinosaur, the other three are models of dinosaurs associated with the Cretaceous.  One of the new dinosaur replicas in this skilfully crafted range is a herbivore, the other three are hypercarnivores.  The four models are Diplodocus, Giganotosaurus, Baryonyx and Deinonychus.

The New for 2018 Diplodocus Dinosaur Model

Mojo Fun Diplodocus model (2018).

Mojo Fun Diplodocus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Mojo Fun Diplodocus

Mojo Fun already has a Brachiosaurus within its model portfolio, their second Sauropod is Diplodocus, the only Jurassic representative of the four new models and the plant-eater.  The colour scheme chosen is certainly striking with a verdant green, contrasting with the subtle yellow of the underside of the neck and the belly.  The company has chosen to give their Diplodocus a classic “swan-neck” posture, perhaps a nod towards famous palaeoartists such as Zdeněk Burian and Charles Knight, whereas, the row of prominent osteoderms running from back of the head down to the tail reflect some of the latest scientific thinking concerning this diplodocid.

Mojo Fun New for 2018 Baryonyx

Mojo Fun Baryonyx dinosaur model.

The Mojo Fun 2018 Baryonyx dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Mojo Fun Baryonyx Dinosaur Model

Continuing the trend for striking colour schemes, this is a spectacular model of “heavy claw”, the first fossils of which were discovered in a Surrey clay pit in 1983.  Baryonyx may have specialised in catching fish, a huge 31-centimetre-long claw on the first finger of each hand may have helped this dinosaur to hook its prey out of the water.  The vibrant blue colour scheme contrasts nicely with the muted, warmer tones of the underside, a nice example of the concept of counter shading.

A Close-View of the Head of the Mojo Fun New for 2018 Baryonyx Dinosaur Model

Mojo Fun Baryonyx dinosaur model.

A close-up view of the new for 2018 Mojo Fun Baryonyx dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

This brilliant blue, Baryonyx is going to prove popular amongst dinosaur fans, especially when you consider what turned up in the recent “Jurassic World 2” trailer.

Mojo Fun Giganotosaurus Dinosaur Model

Mojo Fun Giganotosaurus dinosaur model (2018).

Mojo Fun Giganotosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Mojo Fun Giganotosaurus

The next carnivorous dinosaur is Giganotosaurus.  It is great to see Mojo Fun increasing the variety of Theropod dinosaurs within the “Prehistoric & Extinct” range.  A model of one of the largest, if not the largest, meat-eating dinosaur known to science.  At around 35 centimetres in length, this is a very substantial figure, around ten centimetres longer than the hunting Tyrannosaur models introduced by this company in 2017.

The Head of the New for 2018 Mojo Fun Giganotosaurus

The head of the Mojo Fun Giganotosaurus dinosaur model.

A close view of the Mojo Fun Giganotosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Mojo Fun Deinonychus

With the aforementioned movie “Jurassic World” movie coming to cinemas from June 7th next year, it seems fitting that the last of the new for 2018 models from Mojo Fun should be a “raptor”.  In addition, to the company’s Velociraptors, the larger Deinonychus is being added to the range and at a whopping 32 centimetres long, it is the biggest dromaeosaurid model made to date by Mojo Fun.

The New for 2018 Mojo Fun Deinonychus Dinosaur Model

The Mojo Fun Deinonychus dinosaur model.

The Mojo Fun 2018 Deinonychus model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Complete with a feathery coat, ulna feathers and a crest on the end of its long, stiff tail, this is a fascinating replica of “terrible claw”.  It’s another meat-eater and a dinosaur of the Cretaceous, just like Baryonyx and Giganotosaurus.

A Close-up View of the Head of the Mojo Fun Deinonychus

Mojo Fun Deinonychus dinosaur model (2018).

A close view of the head of the new for 2018 Mojo Fun Deinonychus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture above shows a close-up view of the head of the new Deinonychus, the feathery integument can clearly be seen as well as the excellent detail on the snout and jaws.

Model Measurements and Availability

  • Mojo Fun Diplodocus length 27 cm, height of the head 13 cm.
  • Mojo Fun Baryonyx length 27 cm, height of the head 10 cm.
  • Mojo Fun Giganotosaurus length 35 cm, height approx. 12 cm.
  • Mojo Fun Deinonychus length 32 cm, height (raised tail) 14.5 cm.

All four of these new dinosaur models are expected to be in stock at Everything Dinosaur in the early part of next year, perhaps as early as January 2018.

To view the current range of Mojo Fun “Prehistoric & Extinct” models available from Everything Dinosaur: Mojo Fun Prehistoric & Extinct

Look out for further updates from Everything Dinosaur on the Mojo Fun model range, including details of model colour changes.

8 12, 2017

The Remarkable and Diverse Maniraptora (Halszkaraptor)

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Raptor That Took to Water (Halszkaraptor escuilliei)

A fossil that had been removed illegally from Mongolia has revealed a remarkable twist in the evolution of Theropod dinosaurs.  It seems that during the Late Cretaceous, one little meat-eating Maniraptoran evolved a long, swan-like neck and flippers for forelimbs and took to the water.  It may have even waddled around like a duck.  This latest discovery, written up in the journal “Nature”, demonstrates the remarkable diversity within Maniraptoran dinosaurs.  Several different kinds of “raptor-like” dinosaurs evolved adapting to different ecological niches, palaeontologists have known about dwarf forms and giants, meat-eaters adapting to herbivory and the evolution of powered flight within the Maniraptoran lineage.  This newly described dinosaur adds to this diversity and helps to demonstrate the flexibility of the Theropoda bauplan.  As well as the cursorial forms (fast runners), here is one little Maniraptoran showing adaptations for an aquatic lifestyle.

Named Halszkaraptor escuilliei, it may have been a forelimb-propelled, pursuit diver, hunting and catching fish in a similar way to living birds (to whom Halszkaraptor is distantly related), such as Auks and Penguins.

A Reconstruction of the Newly Described Halszkaraptor escuilliei

An illustration of Halszkaraptor escuilliei.

Artist’s reconstruction of Halszkaraptor escuilliei.

Picture Credit: Lukas Panzarin

Surprising Dinosaur from Southern Mongolia

The fossil, consisting of a single slab with a partially exposed, nearly complete and articulated skeleton, heralds from Ukhaa Tolgod in southern Mongolia.  The Upper Cretaceous sandstones (Campanian faunal stage), have been pillaged by fossil poachers for decades and Halszkaraptor was illegally excavated and circulated via the black market, passing through the hands of several private collectors.   In 2015, a French collector acquired the specimen and contacted the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, the fossil was subsequently examined and studied in detail.  The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble was used to ensure that the bizarre fossil was not a forgery, that it was not a “chimera”, a combination of fossils that had been put together in order to fetch a better price when it was illegally sold.  The detailed X-ray phase-contrast synchrotron microtomography identified the specimen as genuine and provided palaeontologists with data on some of the bones that remained embedded in the matrix.

The research team concluded that this was a new type of dinosaur, one that would have been perfectly at home in the water.

The Holotype Fossil of H. escuilliei

Halszkaraptor escuilliei holotype.

Extremely well-preserved fossil of Halszkaraptor escuilliei from Mongolia, still partly embedded in rock.

Picture Credit: Thierry Hubin/Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

Palaeontologist, Pascal Godefroit of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and a co-author of the scientific paper stated:

“We always thought dinosaurs were terrestrial, but now it is very clear for the first time that there were also swimming dinosaurs.”

75 to 71 Million Years Old

The research team, which also included Phil Currie (University of Alberta), identified a number of anatomical characteristics in common with aquatic predators such as more teeth, including long, tube like teeth at the front of jaw which are typical of piscivores.  In addition, the scientists discovered a neurovascular mesh inside the dinosaur’s snout that resembles those found in modern crocodiles.  Halszkaraptor’s hands, with an elongated third finger, probably had flippers, with which it manoeuvred in the water like a penguin, using its long neck to grab prey in a surprise attack. Based on the hip structures, the palaeontologists think it walked upright like a duck.

Another co-author of the paper, Koen Stein (Free University Brussels, VUB) commented upon the 80-centimetres-long Theropod:

“Halszkaraptor is a great find.  It lived like a water bird, on land as well as in water.  Palaeontologists never expected dinosaurs to have explored this biotope.  The discovery shows how diverse dinosaurs were and how much there is still left to discover, even in long-studied regions like Mongolia.”

A Novel Clade Basal to the Dromaeosauridae

Halszkaraptor escuilliei is related to other enigmatic Late Cretaceous Maniraptorans from Mongolia.  However, it is so very different from its relatives, animals like the famous Velociraptor for example, that it has been placed in its own novel clade (Halszkaraptorinae), at the root of Dromaeosauridae.

The Skull of the Newly Described Maniraptoran – H. escuilliei

Halszkaraptor escuilliei skull (ESRF).

The skull of Halszkaraptor escuilliei (ESRF).

Picture Credit:  Thierry Hubin/Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences/ESRF (Grenoble)

Haven’t We Been Here Before?

The notion of a small, Theropod dinosaur becoming adapted to an aquatic life has been postulated previously.  Back in the 1970’s a second specimen of the Late Jurassic Theropod Compsognathus was described.  This specimen, from France, was much larger than the one originally used to describe the species Compsognathus longipes in the 19th Century.  The Compsognathus fossil material was associated with a tropical lagoon palaeoenvironment and it was proposed that this French Compsognathus represented a different species, one that was specifically adapted to an aquatic habitat.  It was named Compsognathus corallestris.  Although, very much at home on dry land, it was postulated that the three-fingered hand had become fused to make a paddle and that his one-metre-long dinosaur propelled itself through the water in much the same way as its Coelurosaurian descendant Halszkaraptor is believed to have done.

Compsognathus corallestris is Featured in “The Evolution and Ecology of the Dinosaurs” Published in 1976

Compsognathus corallestris - an aquatic dinosaur>

Compsognathus corallestris illustrated.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Who knows?  Perhaps the discovery of Halszkaraptor might re-ignite the debate surrounding Compsognathus?  Dinosaurs could swim, but just how adapted to an aquatic environment some of these animals became is open once again to speculation.

Everything Dinosaur acknowledges the assistance of the press team at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in the compilation of this article.

7 12, 2017

Papo Acrocanthosaurus Model Retired

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Popular Papo Purple Acrocanthosaurus Out of Production

The purple coloured Papo Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur model that was introduced by Papo in the spring of 2017 is out of production and due to be retired.  The Papo Acrocanthosaurus was introduced alongside a green Ceratosaurus dinosaur figure just a few months ago, but the curtain has come down on one of the most popular Papo figures in recent years.

The Purple Coloured Papo Acrocanthosaurus is Out of Production

Papo Acrocanthosaurus.

The Papo Acrocanthosaurus.  Retired from the Papo range.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Papo Acrocanthosaurus Model

Everything Dinosaur team members had been aware of this model’s pending introduction in the autumn of 2016.   Our blog posts and social media coverage gained a big audience and JurassicCollectables produced a video review of one of our Papo Acrocanthosaurus figures that has been looked at over 20,000 times in just seven months.  However, in just a blink in geological time, the first Papo Acrocanthosaurus has been officially declared extinct and no more purple coloured versions of this figure are being made.

One of the Early Papo Acrocanthosaurus Production Figures

A view of the Papo Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur model.

Papo Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Popular Amongst Collectors and Dinosaur Model Fans

This hand-painted Papo replica with an articulated lower jaw, has proved to be very popular amongst model collectors and dinosaur fans.  Since its addition to the Everything Dinosaur Papo range, this figure has attracted very favourable reviews.

For example, Alexus from America wrote:

“Beautifully sculpted figure!  Nice colors as well as magnificent detail!  Definitely one of their greatest looking figures.  You never cease to amaze.  Quick shipping as well. Only took less than 2 weeks to arrive!  Worth every penny I spent on it!  Fantastic job once again Papo on another outstanding figure!”

The Papo Acrocanthosaurus proved to be a big hit with the girls as well, with dinosaur fan Bela reflecting many of the comments and views received by Everything Dinosaur.

Bela said:

“Beautifully detailed figure with a striking pose and dashing paint job.  Perfect balance. A must-have for any collector.”

The purple Acrocanthosaurus is being replaced by a new version of the model, with a different paint scheme.

The New for 2018 Papo Acrocanthosaurus Dinosaur Model

Papo Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur model.

The Papo Acrocanthosaurus (new colour scheme for 2018).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We have nicknamed this new replica “Tiger stripes”, for obvious reasons, availability has yet to be confirmed but Everything Dinosaur could have stocks of this replica as early as March 2018.

In the meantime, the purple Papo Acrocanthosaurus is going to get rarer and rarer.  However, Everything Dinosaur was aware of this model’s impending demise and has managed to pick up some extra cases prior to the production being stopped.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We know how disappointed model collectors will be when they hear the news that the purple Acrocanthosaurus model is heading for extinction.  Whilst we are most impressed with the new colour scheme, we hope that collectors will be able to pick up this model before they become available solely through auction sites at extremely inflated prices.”

Everything Dinosaur has stocks of the purple Acrocanthosaurus available, no price change as well.  The Papo range including the soon to be no longer available Acrocanthosaurus can be found here: Papo Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals

1 12, 2017

Everything Dinosaur Gets Exclusive Access to Beasts of the Mesozoic Range

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Everything Dinosaur will be Stocking the Beasts of the Mesozoic Raptor range in 2018

Everything Dinosaur will be stocking in early 2018, the Beasts of the Mesozoic Raptor series.  The UK-based specialist supplier of dinosaur and prehistoric animal models has been granted exclusive access to this exciting 1:6 scale model range.  No need for collectors and prehistoric animal fans to get their feathers in a flap, these amazing, highly-detailed and scientifically accurate feathered dinosaurs will be available on this side of the Atlantic.

The Range of 1:6 Scale Deluxe “Raptor” Figures Coming to Everything Dinosaur in Early 2018

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

The Deluxe Raptors in the Beasts of the Mesozoic range coming to Everything Dinosaur in 2018.

The Beasts of the Mesozoic Raptor series consists of 15 deluxe Maniraptora models, including Dromaeosaurus albertensis, Saurornitholestes langstoni, Balaur bondoc and of course, Velociraptor mongoliensis, all skilfully designed and sculptured by the highly-respected David Silva of Creative Beast Studio.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“This is great news for collectors.  David Silva has done a brilliant job producing what will be a highly sought after and very collectable model range, all backed by Everything Dinosaur’s formidable reputation for customer service.”

Accessory Packs will also be Stocked Including the Superb Desert Scene Featuring Mononykus

Desert Accessory Pack (Beasts of the Mesozoic)

The amazing desert accessory pack featuring a replica Mononykus (Beasts of the Mesozoic).  For serious model collectors!

Coming to the UK in Early 2018

The first shipment of figures is due to arrive at Everything Dinosaur’s warehouse in February, although sources close to the company have stated that models could be in stock as early as January 2018.

Everything Dinosaur will also be bringing in the beautiful accessory packs that feature the likes of Microraptor and Troodon.  Thanks to David’s creative skills, there will even be a range of “raptor nestlings” with three different types of plumage available.

“Raptor” Nestlings with Colourful Plumage

For serious collectors Beasts of the Mesozoic nestling raptors.

A set of three “raptor” nestlings (amber) part of the Beasts of the Mesozoic range.

With Everything Dinosaur on board, the Creative Beast Studio team can accelerate their development plans for future dinosaur models.  The spirit of transatlantic co-operation is already evident, with Everything Dinosaur providing helpful data sheets to assist Creative Beast Studio staff as they plan a new range of horned dinosaur replicas, whilst facts and useful information that inspired the Beasts of the Mesozoic Raptor series has been heading over to the UK.

David Silva (Creative Beast Studio) stated:

“We are immensely proud of the Beasts of the Mesozoic Raptors.  We want to create a range of scientifically accurate dinosaur figures that really does reflect the fossil evidence.  It is fantastic to be teaming up with such a well-respected company such as Everything Dinosaur, who like us, share a passion for prehistoric animals.”

The Beasts of the Mesozoic Raptor Series

This stunning model series highlights the amazing variety of feathered, meat-eating dinosaurs that once roamed our planet.  Each of the deluxe Raptors has 26 points of articulation, realistic detail and movement, all based on the latest scientific discoveries and is supplied complete with its own custom-made display base.

The Stunning Fan’s Choice Saurornitholestes langstoni will be Available from Everything Dinosaur in 2018

Saurornitholestes langstoni (Beasts of the Mesozoic).

Saurornitholestes langstoni 1:6 scale figure. A great replica for discerning collectors.

Thanks to Everything Dinosaur and the Creative Beast Studio, collectors have the opportunity to build up their own collection of highly accurate, museum quality figures.

Aimed at Dinosaur Figure Collectors from 14 Years Upwards

Zhenyuanlong suni packaging (Beasts of the Mesozoic).

The beautiful Zhenyuanlong suni in its packaging (Beasts of the Mesozoic).

Beasts of the Mesozoic Raptors will be flocking your way very soon…

To request more information about the Beasts of the Mesozoic range: Email Everything Dinosaur

29 11, 2017

Last Recommended Posting Dates for Christmas (2017)

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Christmas Posting Dates – Information (2017)

There are only twenty-seven days left before Christmas day, so, if you have not started already, time to start thinking about Christmas shopping, especially if you wish to send something overseas, a dinosaur themed gift for a relative abroad for example.  In a bid to help our customers, Everything Dinosaur will be extending packing hours once again in the run up to Christmas and we will continue to pack and dispatch orders for customers as quickly as we can, even arranging for collections from our warehouse on Saturday mornings.  We try to do all we can to ensure items ordered from Everything Dinosaur are sent out as quickly as possible.

The information below is the guide published by Royal Mail as to the last safe posting dates for Christmas mail sent in the UK and overseas.

A Table Illustrating the Last Safe Posting Dates for Christmas (2017)

Last posting dates for Christmas.

Last recommended posting dates for Christmas (Royal Mail).

Credit: Everything Dinosaur and Royal Mail

Please note these recommended last safe posting dates also to apply to our other international services such as tracked, signed and tracked and signed.

Helping Customers

Staff at Everything Dinosaur will do all they can to help customers and below is a list of helpful hints about the Christmas post.  Please remember the dates listed above are guidelines only and they are the last recommended posting dates, as always, the best advice we can give is to post early for Christmas, in this way you are helping to ensure that parcels get there in time for the big day.

Helpful Tips and Advice About Christmas Parcels

1).  Remember to include the house number or house name with the delivery address information.

2).  Check postcode/zip code details carefully.  We do have our own automatic address checking software and we do all we can to check delivery addresses.

3).  Before pressing the “submit” button to send an order to Everything Dinosaur, check the delivery address one last time, just to be sure.

4). Remember, with purchases from Everything Dinosaur, customers can write a message to us in the order message box.  You can write in confirmation of delivery address or any specific, relevant information required to help ensure a rapid delivery.

5).  If you want to specify a different delivery address to your billing address, our website allows you to do this easily and without any fuss or bother.

6).  If you want to send an item to your work address, please ensure that you include the company name in the delivery address information.  Once again, we will do all we can to check delivery addresses.

7).  For deliveries in the UK, Royal mail are once again offering a helpful “deliver to your neighbour” service, if you let us know that the parcel can be left with a neighbour, this information will be added to the front of your parcel as part of our labelling procedures, remember to tell us the house number and we will make sure this information is put on the front of your parcel for you.

If you have a query about Christmas deliveries, or indeed any aspect of Everything Dinosaur’s delivery service please feel free to contact us: Email Everything Dinosaur

For prehistoric animal themed Christmas gift ideas, visit the Everything Dinosaur website: Everything Dinosaur’s Website

21 11, 2017

Another Day – Another Pterosaur Fact Sheet

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Tupandactylus imperator – Big-headed Pterosaur

Another day and another Pterosaur fact sheet is being prepared by Everything Dinosaur team members.  The flying reptile in question is Tupandactylus imperator, known from the famous Crato Formation in the Araripe Basin of north-eastern Brazil.  Known from only four skulls and a fragmentary jawbone, discovered in commercial limestone quarries, this Pterosaur sported the largest crest of any known flying reptile.  The head crests of the two species so far described (T. imperator and T. navigans) may have been different shapes.  The head crest of Tupandactylus navigans was taller and more sail-like, whilst the crest of T.  imperator was more swept back and broader.  Both crests were huge, with the largest specimens of T. imperator having a head crest that makes up 5/6th the total lateral area of the skull.

Everything Dinosaur’s Illustration of Tupandactylus (T. imperator)

Tupandactylus illustration.

A scale drawing of the tapejarid Pterosaur Tupandactylus imperator.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Closely Related to Tapejara

When described, back in 1997 (Campos and Kellner), the fossil material was assigned to the Tapejara genus, but subsequent, better preserved skull material showed enough anatomical differences to permit a new genus – Tupandactylus to be established in 2007.  The genus name means “Tupan finger”, a reference to the god of thunder of the indigenous Tupi Indians of north-eastern Brazil.  It may not be part of the Tapejara genus anymore, but it was closely related to Tapejara, although some palaeontologists, using what little stratigraphic evidence associated with the fossil material, suggest that Tupandactylus lived earlier in the Cretaceous than Tapejara (Tapejara wellnhoferi).

What did Tupandactylus Eat?

Fossils of this flying reptile are associated with a lacustrine (lake), inland environment.  A number of sources report that this Pterosaur ate fish (piscivore), although more recent research suggests that this Pterosaur may have feasted on a variety of foods and was probably omnivorous – feeding of fruit and seeds as well as small vertebrates.

4 11, 2017

Everything Dinosaur Reaches 4,000 “Likes” on Facebook

By | November 4th, 2017|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Press Releases|0 Comments

Everything Dinosaur Reaches 4,000 “Likes” on Facebook

Over the last few days, Everything Dinosaur’s Facebook page has reached the landmark of 4,000 “likes”.  Team members would like to thank all our fans and followers by honouring us in this way.

Everything Dinosaur’s Facebook Page Reaches 4,000 “Likes”

4,000 "likes" on Everything Dinosaur's Facebook Page

Everything Dinosaur’s Facebook page has 4,000 “likes”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

It was on June 22nd 2015, that our Facebook page reached 2,000 “likes”, twenty-eight months later or thereabouts, we have doubled this figure and we now have a total of 4,035.  Every single one of these “likes” are genuine and we are truly flattered to have received so many.

To read an article about reaching 2,000 Facebook “likes”: Everything Dinosaur Reaches 2,000 “Likes” on Facebook

Enabling Customers, Followers and Fans to Interact with Everything Dinosaur

The “like” button on Facebook enables users to easily interact with Everything Dinosaur and status updates, photos, links and comments.  Gaining legitimate likes on Facebook gives an organisation validity and provides reassurance to other Facebook visitors.  This helps to build up a community around the company or brand and helps to reinforce customer loyalty.

A spokesperson for the Cheshire-based dinosaur company stated:

“We are very pleased to have reached this landmark.  Getting 4,000 “likes” is real achievement and we would like to express our gratitude to everyone who has taken the trouble to “like” Everything Dinosaur.  We are all very humbled and flattered.”

We believe customer service is the key to getting "likes".

“Like” our Facebook page.

Everything Dinosaur looks forward to writing about 5,000 Facebook “likes”.

30 10, 2017

Rebor “Pete” Velociraptor Reviewed

By | October 30th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Product Reviews|0 Comments

A Review of the Rebor Velociraptor Model “Pete”

Rebor has produced a lot of “raptor” models, the latest off the production line is the beautiful, 1:18 scale running Velociraptor figure called “Pete”.  This new dinosaur model joins “Spring-heeled Jack”, “Alex Delarge” and “Winston” in the portfolio of scale models of adult Velociraptors.  There are almost enough Rebor 1:18 scale Velociraptor figures to make up your own personal pack!

The Rebor Velociraptor “Pete” Model

The Rebor 1:18 scale Velociraptor replica "Pete".

Rebor running Velociraptor replica “Pete”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Rebor Replicas – “Pete”

Rebor has opted to produce a range of classical Velociraptorinae sub-family members and they are all shown in dynamic poses. After the leaping “raptors” comes this depiction of a running dinosaur and this is a beautifully crafted model.  The right hind limb is raised off the ground and the moveable arms are tucked (yes, we know that anatomically the hand is not in the right position), but this does not detract from the overall look of the figure.  The paintwork is superb, with subtle hues blended into the grey motif and we like the effect of the intermittent white bands that can be seen, particularly towards the distal end of that long, stiff tail.

To view the range of Rebor replicas available from Everything Dinosaur including the Rebor Velociraptor model “Pete”: Rebor Models and Figures

A View of the Cursorial (Running) Raptor Velociraptor “Pete”

The Rebor 1:18 scale Velociraptor replica "Pete".

Rebor running Velociraptor replica “Pete”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

An Articulated Lower Jaw

Like many of the Rebor replica range, this figure has an articulated lower jaw.  When the jaw is opened, the fine detail in the mouth can be viewed.  It is great to see how the individual teeth have been painted, all credit to the artists at Rebor and the tongue of this dinosaur can be seen too.  It has always surprised us to see the number of dinosaur models in running poses depicted with their mouths open.  If dinosaurs are anything like modern animals, particularly their nearest living relatives – the birds, then they did not open their mouths very much, especially when running along.  However, the articulated jaw on this model enables dinosaur fans to pose their Velociraptor either “mouth closed” or “mouth open”.

Great Detail on the Skull and the Jaws

The Rebor 1:18 scale Velociraptor replica "Pete".

Rebor running Velociraptor replica “Pete”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Vertical Pupils

The eye of “Pete” has a vertical slit for a pupil.  This pupil shape can be seen in the other 1:18 scale Velociraptor models, but in the Velociraptor hatchlings blind box series, some of the hatchlings are depicted with rounded pupils.  Cats, crocodilians, vipers and foxes have vertical slits for pupils too, a study published in 2015 shed light (no pun intended) on why certain types of predator have these slits.  It has all to do with the preferred mode of hunting.  Vertical-slit pupils are most common amongst animals that are either nocturnal or active in low light levels and hunt by ambushing their prey.  A paper published in academic journal “Science Advances” (2015) concluded that the vertical slit provides the sharpest image in low light helping a predator to judge the distance accurately between them and their target prey.

As “Pete” has vertical slits for pupils, just like his 1:18 scale Velociraptor counterparts in the Rebor range, it can be inferred that Rebor consider Velociraptor to be an ambush predator.

The Rebor Velociraptor Model “Pete”

Rebor replica "Pete"

The Rebor replica “Pete” Velociraptor model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

In the picture (above), the vertical slit pupil in this Rebor replica can be viewed.

Measurements

Our model measures just over 22.5 centimetres long (nose to tail) and on the sand coloured base the model stands approximately 11 centimetres high.  The base itself is 9 cm long by 4 cm wide.  Al in all, this is a super Velociraptor replica in the “classical” mould, we look forward to the arrival of the next Rebor Velociraptor in this series – Sweeney Todd.

23 10, 2017

Dinosaur Dressing Up Costumes for Halloween

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Dinosaur Dressing Up Costumes for Halloween

It’s that spooky time of year again!  The nights are drawing in and Halloween is rapidly approaching.  For mums, dads, grandparents, guardians and grown-ups in general, “All Hallows Eve” can be a bit traumatic when it comes to searching out suitable costumes for the kids.  However, for young dinosaur fans, we at Everything Dinosaur have it covered as we have in stock a range of dinosaur dressing up costumes, which are ideal of Halloween.

Dinosaur Dressing Up Costumes for Halloween

Dinosaur costumes.

Dinosaur dressing up costumes for Halloween.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the dinosaur dressing up costumes as well as dinosaur face masks: Dinosaur Dressing Up Costumes

Dinosaur Dressing Up

With costumes for 3 years to age 9 and with prices starting from just £7.50 plus postage, Everything Dinosaur can take the “fear” out of shopping for suitable Halloween fare.  When it comes to the Dinosauria, most dinosaur fans would happily tell you, usually in gory detail, that the meat-eaters were particularly nasty.  Certainly, the big Theropods would have been best avoided if they were around today, however, even the smaller dromaeosaurids (the “raptors”), especially if they were pack-hunters, would have been creatures that you would not have liked to meet on a dark and stormy night.

Even the Smaller Meat-eating Dinosaurs Would Have Been Quite Frightening

A fierce looking dromaeosaurid dinosaur.

Even small dromaeosaurids would have been dangerous dinosaurs.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Fearsome Flying Pterosaurs – More Scary than Bats

Bats (Order Chiroptera), are associated with Halloween.  These are the only mammals that are capable of powered flight.  Of the 1,200 or so, species of bat described, ten-times the number of Pterosaur species described to date, the vast majority are either insectivores or fruit-eaters (frugivorous).  Bats tend to be small, even the largest of the “mega-bats”, the Sub-order Megachiroptera, (which means “big wing hand”), are quite small.  The biggest extant bats have wing-spans in excess of 1.5 metres, but they weigh little more than a large guinea pig and they are entirely harmless, happily feeding on fruit rather than flesh.  Pterosaurs with their leathery wings would have been much more frightening.  There were small Pterosaurs, but some of the Pterosauria, some members of the Azhdarchidae, for example, were monsters.  Some species stood taller than a giraffe and had beaks more than 2.5 metres long.  Some super-sized Pterosaur fossils even come from Transylvania!

Giant Pterosaurs – Most Likely Carnivores

Powerful necked Hatzegopteryx feeds on a dinosaur.

Transylvanian giant azhdarchid pterosaur Hatzegopteryx sp. preys on the rhabdodontid iguanodontian Zalmoxes.

Picture Credit: Mark Witton

Dinosaur Costumes for Halloween

Take the stress out of Halloween, with a special dinosaur costume aimed at three-year-olds as well as a larger design for children aged from between four years to nine years, Everything Dinosaur has dressing up sorted.  Our fast delivery and speedy customer service are tailor-made to make shopping easy, convenient and hassle-free.

The Dinosaur Dressing Up Costume for Toddlers (Three Years)

Dinosaur dressing up.

Dinosaur costume for age 3.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We wish all our customers a happy and safe Halloween.

Dinosaur Dressing Up Costume

Dinosaur dressing up.

A dinosaur dressing up costume.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

For dinosaur masks and other prehistoric animal themed dressing up items: Dinosaur Dressing Up and Costumes

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