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15 02, 2018

Everything Dinosaur Wins Gold Trusted Service Award 2018

By | February 15th, 2018|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

Gold Trusted Service Award 2018

Everything Dinosaur has been awarded the Gold Trusted Service Award (2018) by FEEFO.  FEEFO is an independent global ratings company that operates worldwide.  Everything Dinosaur has partnered with FEEFO since the new company website went live around twelve months ago.  Over this period, we have been able to maintain very high customer ratings for our service and products, this has resulted in FEEFO recognising Everything Dinosaur’s efforts by awarding the most prestigious accolade of all.  When it comes to dinosaur toys, models and games, it looks like Everything Dinosaur’s service can’t be beaten.

Everything Dinosaur is Awarded FEEFO’s Highest Accolade – Gold Trusted Service Award

Everything Dinosaur wins top award.

FEEFO Gold Trusted Service Award (Everything Dinosaur).

Picture Credit: FEEFO

Top Marks for Customer Service

In an email sent by Andrew Mabbutt, the Chief Executive Officer of FEEFO, we were informed that we had achieved the highest grade of customer service and as a result, Everything Dinosaur had been recognised with the awarding of this prestigious accolade.  To be afforded the honour of Gold Standard, a company has to maintain an average service score of 4.5 out of 5 over a sustained period.  Everything Dinosaur has a 5 out 5 (100%) customer service rating.

Gold Trusted Service Award from FEEFO

Everything Dinosaur awarded Gold Trusted Service accolade.

FEEFO Gold Trusted Service Award.

Picture Credit: FEEFO

Collecting Reviews

Collecting feedback and reviews  from customers is a powerful way of engaging with Everything Dinosaur’s customer base.  It helps Everything Dinosaur to maintain trust and to have a bigger on-line presence.  Real customers providing real feedback about our products and customer service.

A spokesperson for the UK-based dinosaur company stated:

“We are delighted to have been awarded the highly respected Gold Trusted Service accolade from such a reputable company as FEEFO.  We feel very honoured and would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers who have taken the time and trouble to provide feedback to FEEFO.”

Over 1,500 Customer Comments

Since Everything Dinosaur partnered with FEEFO twelve months ago, the company has received around 1, 500 customer reviews and comments.  In the first six weeks of 2018, Everything Dinosaur has received nearly 100 customer feedback reports and the company’s service rating has been maintained at 100% (five out of five stars).

Our thanks once again to all our customers and dinosaur fans who have taken the time and trouble to provide feedback about our products and customer service.

To view the range of dinosaur and prehistoric animal themed toys, games and models available from Everything Dinosaur: Visit Everything Dinosaur

29 01, 2018

PNSO Tyrannosaurus Wilson and Triceratops Doyle

By | January 29th, 2018|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

PNSO Tyrannosaurus Wilson and Triceratops Doyle in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

The 1:35 scale dinosaur replicas PNSO Tyrannosaurus Wilson and Triceratops Doyle are now in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  These stunning PVC dinosaur figures, complete with their landscaped bases arrived at our warehouse this afternoon, following their journey from the factory in China.  Both the PNSO Tyrannosaurus Wilson and the PNSO Triceratops Doyle models have articulated jaws and their detailing is exquisite.

The PNSO Dinosaur Figure Tyrannosaurus Wilson

PNSO Tyrannosaurus Wilson dinosaur replica.

The PNSO Tyrannosaurus Wilson figure, a 1:35 scale replica of T. rex.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

These two dinosaur figures are part of a range of PNSO prehistoric animal models that have been produced.  The range includes several Chinese dinosaurs including Lufengosaurus, the first Chinese dinosaur to be formally studied and named, along with Euhelopus, the stegosaurid Chungkingosaurus, Mandschurosaurus and the giant Huanghetitan.

To see the full range of PNSO prehistoric animal figures, including Triceratops Doyle and Tyrannosaurus Wilson: PNSO Age of Dinosaurs

Rare PVC Dinosaur Models

These beautiful and highly sought-after PVC figures may not be made again, as the future of production remains very much in doubt.  Everything Dinosaur has been able to utilise its business contacts to get stock sent to their UK warehouse straight from the factory.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur stated:

“We have already received a lot of enquiries for these two models [PNSO Triceratops Doyle and PNSO Tyrannosaurus Wilson], it is great news for dinosaur fans and model collectors that they can now source these rare models from a UK-based supplier with such an excellent reputation for customer service.”

The 1:35 Scale PNSO Triceratops Doyle Figure

PNSO Triceratops (Doyle).

The PNSO 1:35 scale Triceratops figure (Doyle).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The PNSO Tyrannosaurus Wilson Figure

PNSO The Making of Tyrannosaurus Wilson replica.  A beautiful 1:35 scale T. rex figure from PNSO inspired by the famous Chinese palaeo-artist Zhao Chuang.  Tyrannosaurus Wilson is supplied with its own base, a science art book with text provided by Yang Yang and four science art postcards highlighting Zhao Chuang’s dinosaur illustrations.

PNSO The Making of Tyrannosaurus Wilson

PNSO the making of Tyrannosaurus Wilson.

PNSO the making of Tyrannosaurus Wilson.   A 1:35 scale dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Tyrannosaurus rex figure measures around 37 centimetres from its nose to the tip of its tail and the model is approximately 15 centimetres high.  The highly detailed and beautifully painted base is 19 centimetres in length.  This composition makes a wonderful display and would be an asset in any model collector’s collection.

PNSO Triceratops Doyle

The PNSO Triceratops PVC figure is also in 1:35 scale.  It has been designed to accompany the PNSO Tyrannosaurus Wilson replica.  The Triceratops measures approximately 26 centimetres long and the height of the model is a fraction over 10 centimetres.  As with the T. rex figure, the display base is a generous 19 cm in length.

A Close-up View of the Beautifully Detailed PNSO Triceratops Doyle

PNSO Triceratops (Doyle).

PNSO Triceratops Doyle.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the PNSO Age of Dinosaurs range including “Wilson” and “Doyle”: PNSO Age of Dinosaurs

To see the PNSO Family Zoo range of African and Asian animals including the large African Elephant, the White Rhinoceros and the Hippopotamus replicas: PNSO Family Zoo Models

28 01, 2018

Giant Megatherium Soft Toy

By | January 28th, 2018|Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

A Giant Megatherium Soft Toy is in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur has added a beautiful, very cuddly Megatherium soft toy to its range of prehistoric animal soft toys.  Megatherium, otherwise known as the giant ground sloth, was a member of the Order Xenarthra, which includes extant mammals such as armadillos, tree sloths and anteaters.  These giant browsers ranged across the Americas, from Argentina in the south to as far north as the mid United States.  Weighing as much as a White Rhinoceros and standing some four metres or more in height (when on their hind legs), these animals were most probably avoided by Stone Age hunters.

The Beautiful Megatherium Soft Toy

A Megatherium soft toy.

A soft toy Megatherium.  A giant ground sloth soft toy.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Evolved in South America

These large mammals originally evolved in South America, but spread into North America when the American land bridge was formed.  Numerous fossils have been discovered including preserved hair, fossilised footprints and fossil dung (coprolite).  Fossils of giant ground sloths were studied by Charles Darwin as part of his scientific research whilst voyaging on the Beagle in the 1830’s, although the first recorded study of Megatherium fossils took place much earlier (1789).

To view the new for 2018 Megatherium soft toy and Everything Dinosaur’s full range of prehistoric animal soft toys: Ice Age and Prehistoric Animal Soft Toys

Giant Megatherium Soft Toy

Standing a fraction under thirty centimetres tall and measuring around twenty-five centimetres in length, this really is a super-sized, giant ground sloth soft toy.  His fur is very soft and our Megatherium is sponge washable so he (or she), can accompany your young palaeontologist on their fossil finding adventures.  To clean this soft toy giant ground sloth, simply wipe his fur with a damp cloth or sponge, using some mild soap and when it is dry, simply brush gently to restore the pile of the fur.  Like the majority of the soft toys supplied by Everything Dinosaur, the Megatherium is suitable for very young children, from nought years and upwards.

The Megatherium Soft Toy has a Very Appealing Face

The Megatherium soft toy.

A close-up of the head of the Megatherium soft toy.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

An Endearing Megatherium Soft Toy

It is quite an endearing looking animal.  It has tiny brown ears, sticking up out of its thick, fudge coloured fur and it has a very cute face.  We think that lots of young prehistoric animal fans are going to adore this latest edition to our product range.  The word “Megatherium” means “great beast”, so we think that many children are going to have a great time with this particular prehistoric animal soft toy.  Even the claws are beautifully created, they are white felt and check out this soft toy’s beautifully soft foot pads.

Sales of this item help to support the Natural History Museum in London.  Megatherium might be extinct, but this prehistoric animal will find a whole new generation of admirers thanks to this new plush.

25 01, 2018

2018 Schleich Collectors Booklet in Stock

By | January 25th, 2018|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Magazine Reviews, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

The New for 2018 Schleich Collectors Booklet

The new for 2018 (January to June) Schleich collectors booklet is now in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  Fans of the extensive Schleich model range can see the entire Schleich portfolio and peruse the booklet at their leisure.  Simply request Everything Dinosaur to include a booklet with your next order, or simply add it to your order when next purchasing from Everything Dinosaur.  The UK-based specialist supplier of prehistoric animal models is happy to send out collectors booklets, it’s all about keeping collectors up to date with how the Schleich range is evolving.

The New for 2018 January to June Schleich Collectors Booklet is Available from Everything Dinosaur

Schleich collectors booklet 2018.

The Schleich collectors booklet (Jan to June) 2018.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Schleich Dinosaurs

As well as covering the German company’s range of wildlife, fantasy and farm animals, the catalogue showcases the growing range of prehistoric animal models that Schleich is now producing.  The number of dinosaur models had been reduced but slowly and steadily Schleich has been building up its prehistoric animal portfolio.  So far, 2018 has seen a total of five new Schleich prehistoric animal models, including a very colourful Triceratops and a Psittacosaurus that has won plenty of praise from fossil hunters as well as dinosaur fans.

The Schleich Collectors Booklet Features the New Triceratops Figure

Schleich Triceratops dinosaur model (2018).

The new for 2018 Schleich Triceratops dinosaur model.

Picture Everything Dinosaur

The New for 2018 Schleich Psittacosaurus Figure Has Been Praised

Schleich Psittacosaurus (2018).

New for 2018, the Schleich Psittacosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur is happy to send out the Schleich collectors booklet, we don’t charge for this catalogue, just postage to pay if it is ordered on its own, but if it is requested within an order, then it is just sent out with the other items, no specific postage fee is charged.

To view the range of Schleich dinosaurs and other prehistoric animal items available from Everything Dinosaur: Schleich Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Figures

Lovingly Hand-painted Models

Every single figure made by Schleich is lovingly painted by hand.  The artists take great care and they ensure that each and every replica is produced to the very highest standards.  From the initial “story boarding” for a new model and the preliminary sketches, through to adding the final, finishing touches, the artists and designers at Schleich try their very best to get the prehistoric animal models as accurate as they can whilst still ensuring that the replica is fit for robust, creative play.

Collectors and dinosaur model fans can now pick up the new for 2018 Schleich booklet (January to June) from Everything Dinosaur.

21 01, 2018

Everything Dinosaur January Newsletter

By | January 21st, 2018|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Newsletters, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

New Models and the Return of PNSO Figures

Everything Dinosaur’s latest newsletter features a variety of new additions to the UK-based company’s product portfolio, plus the return of some old and exceedingly difficult to obtain favourites.  A shipment of PNSO figures has recently arrived and these take pride of place at the top of the January newsletter with the Chinese stegosaurid Chungkingosaurus taking centre stage.

The Everything Dinosaur Newsletter Features the PNSO Age of Dinosaurs Chungkingosaurus Figure

PNSO Chungkingosaurus features in Everything Dinosaur mailshot.

PNSO Age of Dinosaur figures feature in the latest Everything Dinosaur mailshot.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

This beautifully crafted dinosaur model measures a whopping fifty-two centimetres long and the magnificent head is nearly twenty centimetres off the ground.  This is not the biggest model in the range, the Sauropod replica (Huanghetitan), stands thirty-nine centimetres high and is nearly seventy centimetres long.  The future of the PNSO product line remains in serious doubt and a number of figures have already gone out of production.  Fortunately, Everything Dinosaur has been able to secure some stocks.

To view the PNSO Age of Dinosaurs range available from Everything Dinosaur: PNSO Age of Dinosaurs

Schleich and Safari Ltd Figures

A cornucopia of prehistoric animal figures is featured in the middle section of the Everything Dinosaur January Newsletter.  Safari Ltd have introduced thirteen new models into the Wild Safari Prehistoric World range for 2018, but just for good measure, Everything Dinosaur has added the Przewalski’s horse replica as well.  After all, models of this relic from the last Ice Age are few and far between and the Safari Ltd “Winner’s Circle” figure is a particularly good example.

To view the range of Wild Safari Prehistoric World models available from Everything Dinosaur: Safari Ltd, Wild Safari Prehistoric World

New for 2018 Prehistoric Animal Figures (Schleich and Safari Ltd)

Prehistoric animal models (new for 2018).

New Wild Safari Prehistoric World and Schleich figures (2018).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The first of the Schleich 2018 prehistoric animal figures are also featured in this section of our newsletter.  Just like the models opposite them, they have all been beautifully painted and prices at Everything Dinosaur start at just £5.99 plus P&P.   The Schleich Psittacosaurus, Dinogorgon and the lithe Tawa are already proving to be very popular with dinosaur fans and model collectors.

To view the new for 2018 Schleich figures including the very latest models: Schleich Prehistoric Animal Models

Elephants and the Most Peculiar Proboscis of All Time (Tullimonstrum)

Animals with a proboscis are also featured in our latest newsletter.  One of these is familiar, the other, is one of the most bizarre animals known to science.  As well as bringing in the PNSO Age of Dinosaurs range, Everything Dinosaur has also been able to stock a small number of the PNSO Family Zoo figures, including the White Rhinoceros, Hippopotamus and the amazing African Elephant figure (illustrated below).  PNSO stands for the Peking Natural Sciences Organisation and their brief is not limited to extinct creatures, they have produced some wonderful models of animals living today.  However, just like the figures themselves, the animals the models represent are also rare.

The PNSO Family Zoo African Elephant Figure and the Paleo-Creatures Tullimonstrum

Featured replicas in the January 2018 mailshot.

Paleo-creatures Tullimonstrum and the PNSO Family Zoo African Elephant model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the PNSO Family Zoo range of models including the magnificent African Elephant available from Everything Dinosaur: PNSO Family Zoo

The Paleo-Creatures Tully Monster (Tullimonstrum)

January’s newsletter also featured an update on the Paleo-Creatures Tully Monster figure.  Some more of these hand-crafted replicas have arrived back in stock, replicas of one of the most unusual animals to have ever existed on planet Earth.  Known from one location, the Mazon Creek fossil beds of Illinois, this marine creature looks like an alien with its long proboscis ending in a mouth and eyes on horizontally positioned stalks, even the taphonomy of this Lagerstätte is poorly understood.  Scientists debate whether T. gregarium was a vertebrate or an invertebrate, the taxonomic classification of this little creature that lived in around 300 million years ago, remains controversial.

To request a subscription to Everything Dinosaur’s regular newsletter, simply drop us an email: Email Everything Dinosaur

12 01, 2018

The Schleich Tawa Dinosaur Model is in Stock

By | January 12th, 2018|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Everything Dinosaur Stocks the Schleich Tawa Dinosaur Model

The new for 2018 Schleich Tawa dinosaur model has arrived and is now in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  The Schleich Tawa is one of three Theropod replicas introduced by the German-based figure manufacturer in 2018, but the only one that represents a hypercarnivore.  The other two Theropods are the Schleich Oviraptor and the new colour variant of the Schleich Therizinosaurus.

The Schleich Tawa (Tawa hallae) Model is the Only Hypercarnivore Theropod to be Added to Date (2018)

The Schleich Tawa hallae dinosaur model.

The new for 2018 Schleich Tawa dinosaur model (T. hallae).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Tawa hallae – A Triassic Hypercarnivore

A hypercarnivore is an animal that has a diet of more than 70% meat, the diet of Oviraptor and Therizinosaurus is not that well understood, but Oviraptor may well have been omnivorous and Therizinosaurus could have been a relatively sedentary browser.  However, Tawa, a Theropod that lived more than a hundred million years earlier, was most certainly carnivorous and perhaps a hunter of other dinosaurs such as Coelophysis.  The jaw may be slender, but it is lined with sharp and curved teeth, ideal for slicing through meat.  Tawa had strong grasping hands with each finger ending in a sharp claw, these hands were probably used to grasp and subdue small prey.

The Sharp Teeth and Grasping Hands of Tawa hallae

Schleich Tawa dinosaur model.

A close-view of the Schleich Tawa dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Ghost Ranch Location

This lithe dinosaur is known from the fossilised remains of several individuals recovered from sediments that make up part of the Petrified Forest Member of the famous Chinle Formation exposed at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico.  All the fossils found to date represent immature individuals or juveniles which measure between two to three metres in length.  However, a single femur (thigh bone) found in association with the other remains provides tantalising evidence that these fast-running dinosaurs could grow much larger, perhaps more than four metres in length.  The Ghost Ranch location has provided palaeontologists with a fantastic insight into a Late Triassic palaeoenvironment, a time when the Dinosauria was beginning to dominate terrestrial environments, but they shared this seasonal world with other reptiles and mammal-like reptiles too.

Tawa hallae was named and scientifically described in 2009, to read an article about this dinosaur’s discovery: New Theropod Fossil Provides Evidence of Dinosaur Diversity

The Theropods of Ghost Ranch

Discovered by Edwin Colbert in 1947, the Coelophysis beds have produced more than 1,000 skeletons of Coelophysis, making this little Triassic Theropod one of the best known of all the Dinosauria.  In truth, the first evidence of dinosaur fossils from this location was recorded in 1885, but the native American people would have been aware of the strange bones eroding out of the ground for hundreds of years before western scientists.  The genus name for Tawa comes from the local Hopi people’s language.  It is their word for the Puebloan sun god.  It is fitting that a dinosaur from a part of New Mexico which would have been familiar to native peoples, has been given a name honouring the language and customs of these people.

To view the Schleich Tawa model and all the other figures in the Schleich prehistoric animal model range: Schleich Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals

8 01, 2018

New Schleich Models in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

By | January 8th, 2018|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases, Product Reviews|0 Comments

New Schleich Prehistoric Animal Models in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

The first of the 2018 Schleich prehistoric animal figures are in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  Five new models are now available, the new for 2018 Schleich Triceratops, the new colour variant Therizinosaurus plus the Psittacosaurus, Oviraptor and the amazing Dinogorgon replica.

New for 2018 Schleich Prehistoric Animal Models in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

New Schleich prehistoric animals (2018).

New Schleich prehistoric animal models (2018).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Schleich Prehistoric Animal Models for 2018

Four of the five models to have arrived to date, are dinosaurs, the exception is the confusingly named Dinogorgon.  Dinogorgon is a member of the Therapsida and, as such, is more closely related to us humans than it is to any dinosaur.  One group of the therapsids, evolved into large, sabre-toothed predators – the gorgonopsids (named after the Gorgons from Greek myth), Dinogorgon is a gorgonopsid, a member of an African subfamily (the Rubidgeinae), which were the apex predators in southern Africa at the end of the Permian.

The Schleich Dinogorgon Model

Schleich Dinogorgon.

The Schleich Dinogorgon model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

This beautifully detailed figure measures around thirteen centimetres long and it is great to see Schleich making models of prehistoric animals that predate the Dinosauria.

Schleich Oviraptor Model

Schleich have also introduced a model of an Oviraptor into their dinosaur range.  The Oviraptor continues the trend to introduce feathered dinosaur representations into the company’s portfolio.  The figure is resplendent with its shaggy coat and prominent wing feathers.  The model stands some ten centimetres high, so it works in scale with larger replicas representing larger species.  The detail of the individual feathers on the Schleich Oviraptor has already attracted a number of favourable comments.

The Schleich Oviraptor Dinosaur Model

Schleich Oviraptor Dinosaur Model.

The new for 2018 Schleich Oviraptor dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view all the new Schleich prehistoric animal figures currently in stock at Everything Dinosaur: Schleich Prehistoric Animal Models

Schleich Therizinosaurus

Another Theropod, but like Oviraptor, very probably not a hypercarnivore.  Schleich have introduced a new colour version of their popular Therizinosaurus figure.  Just like its predecessor, this model has an articulated jaw and moveable arms.

The New for 2018 Schleich Therizinosaurus (Colour Variant)

Schleich Therizinosaurus dinosaur model.

Schleich new Therizinosaurus (2018).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Schleich New for 2018 Triceratops Dinosaur Model

An old favourite has been remodelled for 2018 by Schleich.  The German-based company has introduced a large model of Triceratops.  The figure measures a whopping 21 centimetres long and it works well in scale with the Tyrannosaurus rex models introduced by Schleich.  The Schleich Triceratops has been given a vivid red colouration, in stark contrast to the battleship grey that covers the majority of the figure.

The New for 2018 Schleich Triceratops Dinosaur Model is in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

Schleich Triceratops dinosaur model (2018).

The new for 2018 Schleich Triceratops dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Schleich Psittacosaurus

The last of the new for 2018 figures to be featured is the splendid Schleich Psittacosaurus.  We know that Schleich will introduce more models in the near future but for the time being, we will conclude this brief overview of new prehistoric animal models by commenting on the Schleich Psittacosaurus.

The Schleich Psittacosaurus (2018)

Schleich Psittacosaurus (2018).

New for 2018, the Schleich Psittacosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

This model shows lots of detail and the skull with its prominent jugals (bony projections) deserves praise.  The painting around the open mouth is particularly well done and it is good to see that Psittacosaurus has been given a set of bristles at the end of its tail, as the fossil record suggests.  The bright green colouration contrasts nicely with the muted, pale undertones of the belly, thus emphasising the idea (as supported by a recent scientific paper), that these types of dinosaurs were countershaded.

To read an article about countershading in Psittacosaurus:Calculating the Colour of Psittacosaurus

All in all, it is a big Iguanodon’s thumb up from Everything Dinosaur for these new Schleich replicas.  We also look forward to commenting on the new for 2018 Tawa (T. hallae) figure when it arrives at our warehouse.

4 01, 2018

Estemmenosuchus Scale Drawing

By | January 4th, 2018|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page|0 Comments

Estemmenosuchus Scale Drawing

One of the new 1:20 scale figures from CollectA for 2018 is a model of the Dinocephalian Estemmenosuchus.  We are not expecting this model to arrive in stock until the middle of this year, but we are busy preparing a fact sheet to accompany sales of this Permian herbivore (most scientists state that these animals were plant-eaters).  For virtually every named prehistoric animal model we sell, we include a fact sheet about that animal in with the customer’s order.  Along with the fact sheet, we also provide a handy scale drawing so that readers can see at a glance just how big this prehistoric animal was.

Everything Dinosaur’s Prepared Scale Drawing of Estemmenosuchus (E. mirabilis)

Estemmenosuchus scale drawing.

A scale drawing of the bizarre Dinocephalian Estemmenosuchus (E. mirabilis).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Deciding on Which Species of Estemmenosuchus to Depict

There are currently two species of Estemmenosuchus recognised, Estemmenosuchus mirabilis and the much larger Estemmenosuchus uralensis, but which species does the CollectA Deluxe 1:20 scale figure represent?  The CollectA model is over seventeen centimetres long and at 1:20 scale this represents an animal around 3.5 metres long.  This suggests that the model is getting towards the larger E. uralensis, which measured between 3.5 and 4.5 metres in length.  However, the larger Estemmenosuchus uralensis only had one pair of horny projections on the skull, whilst the smaller of the two recognised species E. mirabilis, had two pairs of horns on the top of the skull.

The CollectA Deluxe Estemmenosuchus Model (New for 2018)

Estemmenosuchus model from CollectA.

A Deluxe 1:20 scale Estemmenosuchus model from CollectA.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

There are other anatomical differences too.  The skull of the larger species Estemmenosuchus uralensis was up to fifty percent longer.  The muzzle of E. mirabilis is proportionately smaller, but wider towards the front (anterior portion), there are also subtle differences in the morphology of the skulls, although both species show the characteristic thickened bone which is so reminiscent of the estemmenosuchids.  Based on this information, we think that the new for 2018 CollectA Deluxe Estemmenosuchus represents the smaller of the two valid species (E. mirabilis).  Our scale drawing has therefore been prepared based on an animal measuring around three metres in length and weighing an estimated 750 kilograms.

3 01, 2018

Preparing New Outlook Signatures

By | January 3rd, 2018|Adobe CS5, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

Preparing New Signatures for Emails

This week sees the installation of new computers at Everything Dinosaur.  This has given team members the opportunity to prepare new email signatures and other items as the new systems are installed in our offices.  With so many new items due to come into stock, it is a question of what products we should promote in our e-signatures along with what other information should we include in emails to customers.

Everything Dinosaur is expecting around fifty new models coming into our warehouse over the next twelve weeks or so.  We are expecting new products from Schleich, Papo, Mojo Fun, CollectA, Beasts of the Mesozoic, plus more stock of PNSO models and figures.  For our first signature of 2018, we have chosen to promote the Beasts of the Mesozoic range, an exciting range of 1:6 scale figures that represent (mostly) dromaeosaurids, although ironically, our Beasts of the Mesozoic signature features Balaur bondoc, which is now classified as a large, flightless bird and not a member of the Dromaeosauridae.

Preparing New Email Signatures for Everything Dinosaur

Beasts of the Mesozoic Balaur bondoc model.

Beasts of the Mesozoic “Raptors” Coming to Everything Dinosaur in 2018.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Preparing for All the New Products

Reserve lists have been operating for some months and several fact sheets have already been prepared along with scientifically accurate scale drawings.  Room has been allocated within our warehouse to receive the new products and we are looking forward to highlighting all the new arrivals on our blog and social media pages.  Look out for updates and featured articles being posted up on this weblog.

2 01, 2018

Palaeontology Predictions for 2017 – How did we do?

By | January 2nd, 2018|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page|0 Comments

Palaeontology Predictions for 2017 – How did we do?

Back in early January 2017, Everything Dinosaur team members had a go at predicting the news stories that our blog site would cover in the next twelve months or so.  After our crystal ball gazing we made a total of seven predictions:

1).  A New Epoch – Arise the Anthropocene!

2).  More Mini Dinos – The “Microsaurs” are Coming!

3).  “Enormosaurus” to Get a Formal Scientific Name

4).  The Impact of the Dinosaurs of China Exhibition in the UK

5).  Everything Dinosaur’s New Website

6).  Fossil Sites and Vandalism

7).  Dinosaur Fossilised Eggs Discovery

Arise the Anthropocene!

The impact of our own species on the planet was never far from the news channels last year, a trend that will be continued long into the future.  In the early 2017 blog article, we specifically highlighted the problem of non-biodegradable plastics and their impact on the ecology of the ocean.  This huge problem was brought into sharp focus with the excellent “Blue Planet II” television series broadcast by the BBC.

The Impact of Plastics in our Oceans was Highlighted in Early 2017 by Everything Dinosaur

Plastic pollution, the impact of mankind on the environment

Non-biodegradable plastics and other debris on a beach.

As yet, the Anthropocene has not been formally adopted as a distinct unit of geological time.  The body tasked with defining the start of this new Epoch and also defining the end of the current Epoch (the Holocene), the Anthropocene Working Group, has not reported back to the International Commission on Stratigraphy.  The idea to mark the impact on the environment by our own species, with the establishment of a new unit of geological time has been accepted, it is now a case of agreeing when in history our influence started to become profound.

Mini Dinosaur Discoveries

With the Dinosauria, it is often the big fossil specimens that grab the headlines. Everything Dinosaur predicted that a number of new species of small Theropod dinosaur would be named and described.  Sure enough, a number of “little critters” had scientific papers written about them, for example, in March, scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences announced the discovery of a new species of Early Cretaceous dromaeosaurid.  Zhongjianosaurus yangi was about eighty centimetres long (most of that was tail), it has been described as “Microraptor on stilts”.

Newly Described Chinese Dinosaur Z. yangi

The holotype fossil material of Zhongjianosaurus yangi.

The holotype of Zhongjianosaurus yangi.   A new “Microsaur” described in 2017.

Picture Credit: Chinese Academy of Sciences

“Enormosaurus” Gets Formal Scientific Name

The huge Titanosaur dubbed “Enormosaurus”, which had been featured in the television documentary “Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur” was finally named and described, just as we predicted.  A scientific paper published in the “Proceedings of the Royal Society B (Biology)” in August announced Patagotitan mayorum to the world.  Attenborough’s giant, sixty-nine tonne dinosaur finally had a scientific name.

An Illustration Showing the Size of Patagotitan mayorum

Patagotitan size comparison.

Patagotitan mayorum size comparison with an adult African elephant and a human for scale.

Picture Credit: G. Lio/Everything Dinosaur

To read the article about the naming of P. mayorumGiant Dinosaur Gets a Name

The Dinosaurs of China Exhibition Proves to be a Big Hit

In the summer and autumn of 2017, visitors to Nottingham were given the opportunity to view some amazing Chinese dinosaur fossils close up.  The “Ground Shakers to Feathered Flyers” exhibition show-cased some of the astonishing dinosaurs from north-eastern China that demonstrate the evolutionary link between Theropod dinosaurs and birds.  As we predicted, the exhibition proved to be a big commercial success with hundreds of thousands of visitors “flocking” to the East Midlands.

A Huge Gigantoraptor Towers Over the Exhibition

Dinosaurs of China 2017.

Giant dinosaurs featured in the exhibition.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur is already working on a number of dinosaur, monster and prehistoric animal themed events for 2018…

The New Everything Dinosaur Website

Just as we said, our new website went live in the early Spring of 2018.  It is mobile device friendly, has lots more interactivity and permits us to make purchasing dinosaur toys and models so much easier than ever before.  Tens of thousands of orders processed and FEEFO 5-star ratings across the board provide testimony with regards to the site’s success.

Visit Everything Dinosaur: Everything Dinosaur

Fossil Sites and Vandalism

Sadly, our prediction about more deliberate damage to fossil sites came true, all too frequently.  Over the course of the last twelve months we have reported upon the apprehension of a Chinese dinosaur egg fossil thief (March 2017) and last month, we reported the sad news that a three-toed dinosaur foot print fossil in Australia had been deliberately vandalised.

To read the story: Dinosaur Footprint Vandalised

Dinosaur Fossil Eggs

For such a geographically widespread group, with a huge temporal range, dinosaur eggs are relatively rare.  However, our last prediction concerned the discovery of dinosaur fossil eggs and sure enough, on December 25th (blogged about on December 27th), we picked up reports that Chinese construction workers had discovered more than twenty dinosaur egg fossils during the construction of a school in Jiangxi Province (south-eastern China).

Dinosaur Egg Fossil Discovery

Chinese dinosaur egg fossils.

Local scientists examine the dinosaur egg fossils.

Picture Credit: Ming Kangping/China News Service

We wonder what amazing dinosaur news stories and fossil discoveries we will cover in this blog over the next twelve months or so…

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