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2 03, 2021

Why So Few Medium-sized Carnivorous Dinosaurs?

By | March 2nd, 2021|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Palaeontological articles|0 Comments

Researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and University of New Mexico have come up with a novel explanation as to why there are so few medium-sized carnivorous dinosaurs found in the fossil record.

In a scientific paper published in the academic journal “Science” they propose that sub-adults and juveniles of much larger species out-competed similarly sized adults of medium-sized meat-eating dinosaurs resulting in a transformation of dinosaur community populations.

Comparing Mammalian and Dinosaurian Carnivorous Communities

Comparing Mammalian Predator Communities to Dinosaur Predator Communities
Did juvenile and sub-adult hypercarnivores drive out the medium-sized meat-eaters?

Picture Credit: Schroeder et al (Science)

Communities with Megatheropods Lacked Medium-sized Carnivores

The researchers identified that based on the known fossil record, communities of dinosaurs with super-sized theropods such as the Dinosaur Provincial Park fauna (Campanian faunal stage of the Late Cretaceous), lacked medium-sized carnivorous dinosaurs in the size range from 100 kilograms to 1,000 kilograms.

In contrast, modern mammalian communities such as that which exists on the savannah of Kruger National Park in South Africa have predators in a range of sizes, small ones such as mongooses, medium-sized species such as wild dogs as well as mega-carnivores such as leopards and lions. Each meat-eating species is able to exploit a food resource (prey animals). The distinctive biology of the Dinosauria wherein, all predators hatched from eggs so started out as tiny in size perhaps less than ten kilogrammes for even the largest tyrannosaurids, may have led to a fundamental shift in predator community dynamics.

Rapidly growing juveniles and sub-adults of the larger species could have out-competed the fully grown medium-sized carnivores (mesocarnivores).

Gorgosaurus libratus – An Apex Predator of the Dinosaur Park Formation

Gorgosaurus libratus illustrated.
Did juvenile and sub-adult tyrannosaurids such as Gorgosaurus and Daspletosaurus out-compete mesocarnivores?

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Lead author PhD student Katlin Schroeder (University of New Mexico), explained:
“Dinosaur communities were like shopping malls on a Saturday afternoon — jam-packed with teenagers. They made up a significant portion of the individuals in a species and would have had a very real impact on the resources available in communities.”

Compiling Physiological Data on Dinosaur Dominated Ecosystems

The researchers compiled physiological and fossil data on more than 550 different dinosaur species from 43 different dinosaur dominated ecosystems. They found that there was an absence of mesocarnivores. The scientists concluded that it was the teenage megatheropods that created and filled this gap in the community. After dividing this 100 to 1,000 kilogram gap into different weight categories, they found that juvenile megatheropods made up more than 50% of the total dinosaur biomass in every weight class. This is like a boxer destined to be the heavyweight champion dominating the bantam, lightweight and middleweight classes during their rise to the top.

Abelisaurids Also Drove out Mesocarnivores

A drawing of a dinosaur (Abelisaurus).
A typical large theropod dinosaur. Like the Tyrannosauridae, abelisaurs were the megatheropods in a number of dinosaur communities that lacked mesocarnivores.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Driving Out the Medium-sized Meat-eaters

Although herbivorous dinosaurs were found in a range of different body sizes, including medium-sized ones, the team concluded that when it came to the meat-eaters, the way in which large carnivorous dinosaurs grew was an important factor that helped shape dinosaur community structure and diversity.

Co-author of the study, Kate Lyons (Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln), added that the research:

“Essentially says that megatheropods were consuming 50% or more of the energy available to dinosaurs at a respective body size, leaving very little for other species to consume. If they were consuming the majority of the energy at that body size, then they were going to be outcompeting anything else that might try to feed at that size, as well.”

A Difference in Jurassic and Cretaceous Dinosaur Communities

It was noted that there was a subtle difference between dinosaur communities from the Jurassic with those from the Cretaceous. Generally, there were smaller gaps in the size range of carnivorous dinosaurs during the Jurassic when compared to the size gap seen in later communities dating from the Cretaceous.

Katlin Schroeder postulated that this difference came about because:

“Jurassic megatheropods don’t change as much, the teenagers are more like the adults, which leaves more room in the community for multiple families of megatheropods as well as some smaller carnivores. The Cretaceous, on the other hand, is completely dominated by tyrannosaurs and abelisaurs, which change a lot as they grow.”

Jurassic Ecosystems

T. gurneyi.
Torvosaurus gurneyi a top predator of Portugal from the Late Jurassic but there were also mesocarnivores in this ecosystem too such as Lourinhanosaurus, Ceratosaurus and Lusovenator.

Picture Credit: Sergey Krasovskiy

The scientific paper: “The influence of juvenile dinosaurs on community structure and diversity” by Katlin Schroeder, S. Kathleen Lyons and Felisa A. Smith published in Science.

1 03, 2021

Pre-order Rebor Carnotaurus and Rebor Ekrixinatosaurus

By | March 1st, 2021|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

Pre-order Rebor Carnotaurus and Rebor Ekrixinatosaurus

The Rebor Ekrixinatosaurus “Epitaph” museum class dinosaur model and the Rebor Carnotaurus rex “Crimson King Requiem” plain variant museum class replica are available to pre-order from Everything Dinosaur.  Two fantastic models of Late Cretaceous, South American abelisaurid dinosaurs are available for pre-order.  Both figures are in approximately 1/35th scale and each wonderful replica measures around forty-one centimetres in length.

The Rebor “Crimson King Requiem” Carnotaurus Model is Available for Pre-order

The Rebor Carnotaurus rex "Crimson King Requiem".

The Rebor Carnotaurus rex “Crimson King Requiem” plain variant museum class dinosaur model (right lateral view).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Requiem for the “Crimson King”

When Everything Dinosaur announced that the original Rebor Carnotaurus model had been withdrawn and was out of production, we promised all those fans of the Rebor range who had joined our waitlist for this replica that we would contact them and offer them an alternative.  This is the figure we had in mind, a magnificent 1:35 scale model of Carnotaurus with such a striking, vibrant colour scheme.  This figure is viewed by Rebor as a replacement for the original Rebor Carnotaurus, hence the name “Crimson King Requiem”.

The Original Rebor “Crimson King” Carnotaurus (C. sastrei)

Rebor Carnotaurus dinosaur model.

The original Rebor “Crimson King” Carnotaurus dinosaur model, this figure has been retired for some time and it has been effectively replaced by “Crimson King Requiem”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

This figure is expected to be in stock at Everything Dinosaur in the summer, around late June or perhaps July (2021).

A Close-up View of the New for 2021 Rebor Carnotaurus Dinosaur Model

Rebor Carnotaurus rex "Crimson King Requiem".

Carnotaurus rex “Crimson King Requiem” plain variant museum class dinosaur model.  This figure has an articulated lower jaw.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The beautifully detailed head can be seen in the photograph (above) and we can confirm that this model will have an articulated lower jaw.

A Requiem for a Carnotaurus

Rebor Carnotaurus rex "Crimson King Requiem" plain variant museum class model.

The Rebor Carnotaurus rex “Crimson King Requiem” plain variant museum class replica.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Rebor Ekrixinatosaurus “Epitaph” Museum Class Dinosaur Model

The second abelisaurid from Rebor that we have made available for pre-order is the Rebor Ekrixinatosaurus “Epitaph” museum class dinosaur model.  It is ironic that these two figures are available to pre-order today, as March 1st is Saint David’s Day.  Saint David is the patron saint of Wales and the dragon is one of the national symbols of this country.

Stomping into View A Rebor 1:35 Scale Ekrixinatosaurus “Epitaph” Dinosaur Model

The Rebor 1:35 scale Ekrixinatosaurus “Epitaph” dinosaur figure.

The Rebor 1:35 scale Ekrixinatosaurus “Epitaph” dinosaur model.  This model also has an articulated jaw.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Named and formally described in 2004, the fossilised remains of Ekrixinatosaurus helped palaeontologists to better understand the enigmatic Abelisauridae.  Ekrixinatosaurus (pronounced Ek-riks-in-at-oh-sore-us), is estimated to have measured around 6.5 to perhaps 7.5 metres in length.  It was approximately the same size as Carnotaurus sastrei, hence the models are both in 1/35 th scale and the same size.

The Rebor Ekrixinatosaurus Dinosaur Model

ebor Ekrixinatosaurus “Epitaph” museum class dinosaur model.

The Rebor Ekrixinatosaurus “Epitaph” museum class dinosaur model (right lateral view).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“These two South American theropod dinosaurs look fantastic!  We congratulate Rebor for introducing some really exciting dinosaur models.”

Rebor Carnotaurus and Ekrixinatosaurus Available for Pre-order

Both museum quality models are available for pre-order.  Customers can choose which figure they want and then add it to their shopping cart and go through the checkout process as per usual.  However, with Everything Dinosaur, there are no fees to pay, no upfront costs, no surcharges, no deposit required.

That’s right:

  • No fees to pay
  • No deposit
  • No upfront costs
  • No surcharges

Just pre-order your model and when they become available (estimated 1st July 2021), you will be contacted and asked to complete your purchase or if you have selected to pay by credit/debit card, only when the figure is in stock will the transaction be completed.

To pre-order these two wonderful new Rebor models: Find Rebor Dinosaur Models to Pre-order Here.

28 02, 2021

Caldey’s Zuniceratops

By | February 28th, 2021|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page|0 Comments

Caldey’s Zuniceratops Illustration

Our thanks to budding palaeo-artist Caldey who sent into Everything Dinosaur her illustration of the Beasts of the Mesozoic Zuniceratops figure and what a splendid illustration it is!  We have received numerous horned dinosaur drawings from Caldey in recent months, we can now add her Zuniceratops christopheri artwork to our collection.

Caldey’s Illustration of Zuniceratops christopheri

Zuniceratops christopheri by Caldey

A beautiful illustration of the Late Cretaceous horned dinosaur Zuniceratops (Z. christopheri) by Caldey.  Previously, Caldey has dispatched to Everything Dinosaur drawings of Diabloceratops, Medusaceratops, Triceratops and other horned dinosaurs.

Picture Credit: Caldey

The colourful and enigmatic Zuniceratops with its vivid facial markings and flashes of blue is cleverly contrasted with the monochrome foreground and vegetation that Caldey has incorporated into her drawing.  A tuft of bristle-like hairs on the rump of this dinosaur has also been added.  Although there is no fossil evidence to indicate whether Zuniceratops possessed such a feature, it is known in other members of the Ceratopsia, such as Psittacosaurus, a dinosaur that Caldey has also illustrated.

Zuniceratops is regarded as a transitional form of horned dinosaur.  It roamed what was to become New Mexico around ninety million years ago and its fossil remains show a mix of primitive and more derived anatomical traits, so why not give it bristles too?

Caldey’s Illustration of Psittacosaurus

A drrawing of Psittacosaurus.

Caldey’s illustration of the early member of the Ceratopsia – Psittacosaurus.  There is evidence to suggest that this small, plant-eating dinosaur had a fan of bristle-like structures at the base of its tail.  Palaeontologists remain uncertain as to their function.

Picture Credit: Caldey

The artist has carefully picked out and highlighted the individual scales on the Zuniceratops.  This is particularly evident on the head, where even the tiny jugal (cheek horn) has been illustrated.

A Close-up View of the Head of the Zuniceratops

A close-up of the head of Zuniceratops as illustrated by Caldey.

The individual scales have been carefully picked out and highlighted by the artist.

Picture Credit: Caldey

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“It is always a pleasure to receive artwork and we do get lots of pictures sent into us.  We do look at them all and we are really grateful for all that we receive.  Our congratulations to Caldey for her splendid drawing of Zuniceratops.”

27 02, 2021

New for 2021 Safari Ltd Models in Stock

By | February 27th, 2021|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

New for 2021 Safari Ltd Models in Stock

The first of the new for 2021 Safari Ltd prehistoric animal models are in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Baryonyx and the Mythical Realms armoured Triceratops have arrived at our warehouse.  These figures were due in March, but we were able to get these two models a little earlier than scheduled.  Safari Ltd will introduce a total of five new models this year, three dinosaurs and two armoured dinosaurs in the Mythical Realms series.

The Daspletosaurus, quadrupedal Spinosaurus and the armoured Tyrannosaurus rex in the Mythical Realm series are due to arrive in April, but as with the armoured Triceratops and the Baryonyx models, Everything Dinosaur team members will try and get these a little ahead of schedule if possible.

The New for 2021 Wild Safari Prehistoric World Baryonyx Dinosaur Model

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Baryonyx dinosaur model.

The new for 2021 Wild Safari Prehistoric World Baryonyx dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Putting armour on dinosaurs is an intriguing idea. It permits Safari Ltd to extend their range of models in their Mythical Realms series which incorporates strange animals from legend and folklore such as werewolves, dragons, mermaids and the Yeti.  The armoured Triceratops figure reminds us of the sort of dinosaur associated with the fantasy world Dinotopia created by artist and author James Gurney, who wrote a series of books about an island populated by people and dinosaurs.

The New for 2021 Armoured Triceratops Dinosaur Model

The Mythical Realms Armoured Triceratops.

The Safari Ltd Mythical Realms armoured Triceratops dinosaur model is now in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

This brings a whole new meaning to the term “armoured dinosaur”.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“There are huge problems with global logistics at the moment.  The global coronavirus pandemic has left worldwide shipping in chaos.  There are extensive delays when it comes to the moving of goods around the world, the recent Chinese holidays associated with the Chinese Spring Festival otherwise known as the New Year Festival have added to the difficulties.  However, we had anticipated these problems and put contingencies in place which allowed us to bring in these two new for 2021 Safari Ltd figures slightly earlier than scheduled.”

The Five New for 2021 Safari Ltd Prehistoric Animal Models That Everything Dinosaur Will Stock

Five new for 2021 Safari Ltd prehistoric animal models.

The five new for 2021 Safari Ltd prehistoric animal models that Everything Dinosaur will be stocking.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The spokesperson added that the three remaining new for 2021 Safari Ltd figures (armoured T. rex, Daspletosaurus and the Spinosaurus), were scheduled to arrive in late April but team members would do all they could to get these models into stock as quickly as possible.

To view the range of Safari Ltd prehistoric animal models in stock at Everything Dinosaur including the Baryonyx and the new armoured Triceratops: Wild Safari Prehistoric World.

26 02, 2021

Concentrated Levels of Iridium Found at Chicxulub Impact Site

By | February 26th, 2021|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Geology, Main Page, Palaeontological articles|0 Comments

High levels of the rare Earth element iridium have been found in drill cores taken from the peak-ring sequence of the Chicxulub impact site located on the Yucatan peninsula (Mexico). This evidence further supports the theory that the extra-terrestrial space object that smashed into our planet some 66 million years ago is linked to the Cretaceous-Palaeogene (K-Pg) mass extinction event.

Extra-terrestrial Object Hits Earth

The day that everything changed. Scientists have found more evidence linking the Chicxulub impact event to the K-Pg mass extinction.

Picture Credit: Map from Nature Geoscience / illustration courtesy of NASA

In 2016, IODP-ICDP* Expedition 364 drilled into the Chicxulub crater’s peak ring, an irregular ring of hills that surrounds the crater’s centre bringing around 835 metres of rock to the surface for detailed laboratory analysis.

* IODP (International Ocean Discovery Program) and the ICDP (International Continental Scientific Drilling Program).

Iridium is extremely rare on Earth, although a spike in levels has been recorded at numerous sites around the world that represent deposits laid down around 66 million years ago. The researchers state that the iridium levels found in the drill cores are four times more concentrated than elsewhere. The scientists found iridium levels were highest across the transition into early Paleogene sediments (Danian faunal stage).

A Geophysical Map of the Chicxulub Impact Site

Geophysical Map of the Chicxulub Impact Crater
A geophysical map of the impact crater and the Chicxulub crater peaks from which the drill cores were taken.

Picture Credit: NASA

Writing in the academic journal “Science Advances” the researchers conclude that this evidence combined with the spike in worldwide iridium deposits at the time of the mass extinction event, constitutes indisputable evidence that the suspected dinosaur-killing bolide that created the Chicxulub crater was indeed the culprit.

Commenting on the significance of this research, co-author Professor Joanna Morgan (Imperial College London) stated:

“This asteroid was vaporised and ejected from the impact site at high speed. Iridium, and other asteroidal material, then circled the Earth above the stratosphere within a fast-moving dust cloud and may have taken up to two decades to settle through the atmosphere and ocean before being deposited at the impact site.”

Lead author of the study, Professor Steven Goderis of the Free University of Brussels-VUB added:

“It’s quite remarkable that we found concentrations this high within the impact structure itself. In the first hours to months after the impact, the crater was a highly turbulent environment affected by tsunamis and earthquakes. Luckily, the iridium layer was preserved. This unquestionably ties the formation of the crater to the mass extinction event that marked the end of the Cretaceous and confirms that the asteroid impact and dinosaur extinction are indisputably linked.”

The Iridium Clay Layer Marks the Impact Event

Identifying the K-T Boundary (Iridium Clay Layer)
Identifying concentrations of the rare Earth element iridium in a clay layer. At various locations around the world geologists have identified an iridium rich clay layer that marks the end of the Cretaceous and the beginning of the Palaeogene (K-T boundary).

Picture Credit: The Open University/Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur acknowledges the contribution of a media release from Imperial College London in the compilation of this article.

To read a related article looking at how palaeontologists interpret fossil evidence of a global impact event: Quarry Site Might Reveal Evidence of Cretaceous Mass Extinction Event.

The scientific paper: “Globally distributed iridium layer preserved within the Chicxulub impact structure” by Steven Goderis, Honami Sato, Ludovic Ferrière, Birger Schmitz, David Burney, Pim Kaskes, Johan Vellekoop, Axel Wittmann, Toni Schulz, Stepan M. Chernonozhkin, Philippe Claeys, Sietze J. de Graaff, Thomas Déhais, Niels J. de Winter, Mikael Elfman, Jean-Guillaume Feignon, Akira Ishikawa, Christian Koeberl, Per Kristiansson, Clive R. Neal, Jeremy D. Owens, Martin Schmieder, Matthias Sinnesael, Frank Vanhaecke, Stijn J. M. Van Malderen, Timothy J. Bralower, Sean P. S. Gulick, David A. Kring, Christopher M. Lowery, Joanna V. Morgan, Jan Smit, Michael T. Whalen and the IODP-ICDP Expedition 364 Scientists published in Science Advances.

25 02, 2021

Coins Commemorate Mary Anning

By | February 25th, 2021|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Famous Figures, Main Page|0 Comments

Coin Collection Celebrates the Contribution of Mary Anning

The Royal Mint in collaboration with the London Natural History Museum has launched a commemorative coin collection honouring the celebrated palaeontology pioneer Mary Anning.  From selling seashells on the seashore to a coin collection which includes a gold proof coin valued at over £1,100.00 ($1,540.00 USD) featuring an image of an ichthyosaur, the contribution to science of the most famous former resident of Lyme Regis in Dorset is being honoured in a very special way.

One of the Commemorative Coins Features an Ichthyosaur

A coin features an ichthyosaur (Temnodontosaurus).

One of the coins that commemorates Mary Anning features an illustration of an ichthyosaur (Temnodontosaurus).

Picture Credit: The Royal Mint

The “Tales of the Earth” Series

This is the second coin collection in The Royal Mint’s “Tales of the Earth” series, celebrating the remarkable fossil record of the British Isles. Whilst the original series featured the first dinosaurs to be named and described (Iguanodon, Megalosaurus and the armoured dinosaur Hylaeosaurus), there are no dinosaurs on these three coins, after all, dinosaur fossil remains from the “Jurassic Coast” are exceptionally rare.  The marine shales explored by the Anning family in Georgian times revealed the remains of huge sea monsters and occasionally pterosaurs, such as Dimorphodon which features on another of the coins that make up this set.

Honouring Mary Anning – The First Fossil Remains of Dimorphodon Were Found in 1828

Coin honours Mary Anning.

From the Royal Mint, a coin has been issued which honours the discovery of the first pterosaur fossil in England by Mary Anning.

Picture Credit: The Royal Mint

The renowned British palaeo-artist Bob Nicholls who designed the trio of dinosaurs that featured on the first set of “Tales of the Earth” commemorative coins, returns to bring back to life three prehistoric creatures that reflect the contribution to palaeontology made by Mary Anning.  The third coin features a beautiful illustration of a Plesiosaurus.

A Plesiosaurus Features on One of the Commemorative Fifty Pence Coins

Honouring Mary Anning (Plesiosaurus 1823).

Picture Credit: The Royal Mint

With the assistance of Sandra Chapman of the Earth Sciences Department at the Natural History Museum, each of the coin design’s created by Bob Nicholls are a scientifically accurate reconstruction of the creatures and their ancient Early Jurassic environment.  By using the latest colour printing techniques, the intricate characteristics of each of the prehistoric marine reptiles have been captured to illustrate accurately how these creatures looked like on Earth millions of years ago, making them appear dynamic and adding a new level of visual fidelity to the coins.

Commemorative Coins to Celebrate the Contribution of Mary Anning

Coins minted to honour Mary Anning.

A trio of coins that have been minted to honour the contribution to science of Mary Anning.

Picture Credit: The Royal Mint

Commenting on the addition of this coin collection, the Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint, Clare Maclennan stated:

“It is an absolute pleasure to continue the popular Tales of the Earth commemorative 50p coin series in conjunction with the Natural History Museum.  The next collection in the series celebrates fossil hunter and pioneering palaeontologist Mary Anning, with three coin’s featuring Anning’s astonishing discoveries of Temnodontosaurus, Plesiosaurus and Dimorphodon.”

The coins each with a face value of fifty pence are available in a number of formats at various price points permitting coin collectors and dinosaur fans the opportunity to acquire them.  For the record, the gold coin valued at over £1,000 is a limited edition piece, just 250 have been produced.

The Temnodontosaurus Coin in a Presentation Acrylic Block

Acrylic block containing one of the Mary Anning commemorative coins.

An acrylic block which features the 50p commemorative Temnodontosaurus image honouring Mary Anning.

Picture Credit: The Royal Mint

A Mysterious Coin Found at Lyme Regis

Back in 2015 Everything Dinosaur reported on the discovery of a mysterious metal token that was found by a metal detectorist at Lyme Regis.  It was speculated that this coin-like object could have been the property of Mary Anning.  We wonder what Mary would have made of the coin collection created by The Royal Mint commemorating her contribution.

Did This Metal Token Once Belong to Mary Anning?

The Mary Anning Disc

Stamped on the disc are the words “Mary Anning and the year 1810 marked in Roman numerals.

Picture Credit: Lyme Regis Museum with additional annotation by Everything Dinosaur

To read more about the Mary Anning disc: Mysterious Token Linked to Mary Anning.

24 02, 2021

Selecting a Rebor T. rex for a Customer

By | February 24th, 2021|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases, Product Reviews|0 Comments

Recently we were contacted by a collector in Russia who wanted to add to his Rebor figure collection by acquiring a Rebor GrabNGo T. rex dinosaur model.

The Rebor GrabNGo range was launched in 2019 with the introduction of the amazing Komodo dragon replica, a stunning half metre long model of the largest living lizard in the world. Our Russian customer wanted one of the Tyrannosaurus rex figures that were introduced into this range last year, specifically the Rebor GrabNGo T. rex dinosaur model – type A.

Rebor Komodo dragon 1:6 scale replica.
Rebor GrabNGo Komodo dragon model. The first figure in the GrabNGo range to be introduced by Rebor (2019).
The Rebor GrabNGo T. rex (Type A)
The Rebor GrabNGo T. rex Type A dinosaur model. Two colour versions of this model were introduced, both are likely to be retired and replaced with new versions in the near future.

Choosing the Model

Our customer asked whether we could help him by taking photographs of the model before he made his purchase on-line. Our dedicated team members were happy to do this. We would pick out a Tyrannosaurus rex model for him, photograph it and set it aside on our reserve shelf in our warehouse. The customer could then place his order and we would than marry up his order with the model reserved for him and send it out.

The stunning Rebor GrabNGo T. rex dinosaur model
Lateral view of the Rebor GrabNGo T. rex dinosaur model (Type A). The customer in Russia wanted a replica with a finely detailed head and tight seams so we took photographs of a model we had especially selected for him so that he could approve the figure prior to placing an order.

The customer wanted a Rebor GrabNGo T. rex replica (type A), but one with lots of detail on the head and tight seams between the head and the rest of the body. We carefully chose a model from our extensive inventory, photographed it and emailed the images for the customer’s approval.

A close view of the head of the Rebor GrabNGo T. rex model (Type A)
Close view of the head of the Rebor GrabNGo T. rex model (Type A)
The Rebor GrabNGo T. rex Dinosaur Model (Type A)
The Rebor GrabNGo T. rex dinosaur model (Type A).

Customer Approved

Team members sent plenty of photographs so that the client could get a good look at the figures and select the one they liked the best. We used our studio to take lots of detailed pictures of the head and the front of the body to assist our customer in their selection.

Rebor GrabNGo T. rex Type A (ventral view)
Showing the underside of the Rebor GrabNGo T. rex (Type A) the seam on the head. We took pictures of the underside of the model and sent these to the customer to assist them with their selection process.
The head of the Rebor GrabNGo T. rex model (Type A)
A view of the details on the head of the Rebor GrabNGo Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur model.

The customer selected the Rebor GrabNGo T. rex model they wanted and emailed to say:

“It [the Rebor GrabNGo T. rex model] suits me and I am ready to place an order. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Thank you very much. I am very grateful to you for your help and as promised I will leave all the stars and positive feedback.”

We were happy to help out.

To view the Rebor GrabNGo T. rex models (Type A and Type B) plus the rest of the Rebor replicas and figures in stock at Everything Dinosaur: Rebor Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models.

23 02, 2021

W-Dragon Spinosaurus Dinosaur Model

By | February 23rd, 2021|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases, Product Reviews|0 Comments

W-Dragon Spinosaurus Dinosaur Model

Everything Dinosaur have commissioned a limited production run of the fantastic W-Dragon Spinosaurus dinosaur model.  This brilliant 1:35 scale Jurassic Park III replica comes complete with a display base.  It’s a very rare figure and it has just arrived in stock!  For dinosaur model collectors and fans of the W-Dragon range here is your chance to grab a piece of dinosaur model making history.

In Stock at Everything Dinosaur the W-Dragon Spinosaurus 1:35 Scale Dinosaur Model

W-Dragon Spinosaurus dinosaur model (1:35 scale).

The W-Dragon Spinosaurus dinosaur model (1:35 scale).  The PVC/resin figure is supplied with its own detailed display base.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Spectacular Figure

Measuring around 43 centimetres in length and with that beautifully painted sail some 22 centimetres off the ground, this is a spectacular dinosaur figure.  The model is surprisingly heavy.  It is made from a combination of PVC and resin, the resin component is concentrated in the legs and the centre of the body providing stability and ensuring that the legs on this stunning theropod do not warp over time.  The figure is so stable that it can balance without the need for its display base.

The W-Dragon Spinosaurus Model Stands Without the Need for a Display Base

The W-Dragon Spinosaurus model stands unaided (without the display base).

The combination of PVC and resin permits this dinosaur model to be extremely stable.  The W-Dragon Spinosaurus can stand without the need to place it on its display base.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Fantastic Details

The figure has been skilfully crafted.  Individual scales can be seen and the skin texture with its folds and creases is exceptional.   The colour scheme is superb and we appreciate the attention to detail such as the clear indication of an ear opening and the carefully painted green eyes.  Even the different sized teeth and their position in the jaw have been carefully replicated to provide an accurate representation of the dentition associated with the upper and lower jaws as found in the fossil record.

A Close-up View of the Beautifully Detailed Head of the W-Dragon Spinosaurus

W-Dragon Spinosaurus - a close view of the head.

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

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

This is a most impressive Spinosaurus model.  Only a limited number have been made.  Everything Dinosaur commissioned a special production run of this highly collectable figure and with W-Dragon now focusing on their contract with Universal Studios it is unlikely that more Spinosaurus figures will be made for some considerable time.

A Most Impressive Addition to Any Dinosaur Model Collection

W-Dragon Spinosaurus dinosaur model.

The W-Dragon Spinosaurus dinosaur model on its display base.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the W-Dragon Spinosaurus and the rest of the range of dinosaur models available from Everything Dinosaur: W-Dragon Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models.

22 02, 2021

A Jurassic Park Inspired Dinosaur Diorama

By | February 22nd, 2021|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

A Jurassic Park Inspired Dinosaur Diorama

Our thanks to James who sent into Everything Dinosaur some photos of his Jurassic Park inspired dinosaur diorama.  James has used many of the prehistoric animal models he purchased from Everything Dinosaur to recreate some of his favourite scenes from the Jurassic Park/Jurassic World movie franchise.  There are lots of different dinosaur models and replicas featured in the photographs.

Can you identify all the prehistoric animal replicas and toys?

A Pack of Papo Velociraptors Confront a Dilophosaurus

Four against one! Velociraptor pack versus a Dilophosaurus.

Four Velociraptors confront a Dilophosaurus.  Four Papo Velociraptors confront a single Dilophosaurus.  The Dilophosaurus replica is the ITOY Studio Dilophosaurus figure.  A splendid and very colourful frill has been added to the Dilophosaurus making it very reminiscent to the Dilophosaurus “spitters” that were first seen in the original 1993 film Jurassic Park.

Picture Credit: James

A Tyrannosaurus rex About to Eat a Goat

A goat meets a T. rex

A goat about to have an unfortunate encounter with a Tyrannosaurus rex.

Picture Credit: James

The photograph (above), shows a T. rex about to consume a goat, a recreation of a famous scene from the film Jurassic Park, when the Tyrannosaurus rex makes its debut in the movie franchise.  The goat model is a PNSO Animals of Asia replica, can you work out which T. rex model is in the picture?

Tyrannosaurus rex Battles a Carnotaurus

T. rex defeats a Carnotaurus.

Tyrannosaurus rex fights a Carnotaurus.  In a dramatic recreation of a famous scene from the most recent film in the movie franchise, a Carnotaurus is attacked by a T. rex.

Picture Credit: James

In the latest film to be released in this franchise (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), that came out in 2018, there is a scene in which the hero Owen Grady (played by Chris Pratt) is saved from a Carnotaurus by the island’s T. rex.  James has recreated this scene and (below), he has depicted the scene that precedes the T. rex attack when the Carnotaurus does battle with a horned dinosaur.

A Carnotaurus Battles Sinoceratops

Carnotaurus battles Sinoceratops.

A Carnotaurus does battle with a Sinoceratops.

Picture Credit: James

The Carnotaurus is the Wild Safari Prehistoric World replica that was introduced in 2019.  The horned dinosaur is the excellent Nanmu Studio Sinoceratops dinosaur replica.

A Pair of Horned Dinosaurs in the Jurassic Park Paddock

Horned dinosaurs at Jurassic Park.

Pachyrhinosaurus and Sinoceratops roaming around Jurassic Park.  Horned dinosaurs at home in Jurassic Park.  The PNSO Pachyrhinosaurus can be seen in the foreground.

Picture Credit: James

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“Our thanks to James for sending in such a fantastic collection of images.  We think we can guess what his favourite film franchise is.”

A Close-up View of the ITOY Studio Dilophosaurus 

ITOY Studio Dilophosaurus in a Jurassic Park diorama.

The ITOY Studio Dilophosaurus dinosaur model features in the Jurassic Park diorama.  James has added small rocks, pieces of bark and made his own plant models.

Picture Credit: James

21 02, 2021

Microraptors on Display

By | February 21st, 2021|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Team members at Everything Dinosaur came across this image of a pair of Microraptors displaying to each other. The image shows two Wild Safari Prehistoric World Microraptor models and the picture was sent to Everything Dinosaur by Safari Ltd in 2017 or thereabouts. The picture has not been used by Everything Dinosaur before.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Microraptor models
A pair of Microraptors compete in intraspecific combat. Visual displays were probably very important to these small dromaeosaurs.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Microraptor

The image (above), was one of several sent to Everything Dinosaur by Safari Ltd to promote their range of newly introduced prehistoric animal figures. That year (2017), was a bumper year for new prehistoric animal model introductions from Safari Ltd. In total, there were thirteen new replicas introduced. As well as the Microraptor, there was a new model of another member of the Dromaeosauridae, albeit from a different subfamily to Microraptor. Safari Ltd added a feathered Velociraptor to their product portfolio.

A Pack of Hungry Velociraptors
A quartet of Velociraptors (Wild Safari Prehistoric World Velociraptor models). In 2017, Safari Ltd launched two, new Dromaeosauridae models – Velociraptor and Microraptor.

The picture (above) shows a pack of Velociraptors (Wild Safari Prehistoric World Velociraptor dinosaur models).

The list of new figures from Safari Ltd in 2017:

  • Coelophysis
  • Deinocheirus
  • Diplodocus
  • Einiosaurus
  • Giganotosaurus
  • Kronosaurus
  • Microraptor
  • Parasaurolophus
  • Psittacosaurus
  • Quetzalcoatlus
  • Tylosaurus
  • Tyrannosaurus rex (feathered)
  • Velociraptor (feathered)

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“What a splendid year 2017 turned out to be for new prehistoric animal models from Safari Ltd. In 2014, the twenty-eight year collaboration between the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Safari Ltd had ended just a couple of years before. More prehistoric figures had been promised by the American-based manufacturer and in 2017 collectors began to see the results of Safari Ltd’s development work.”

Safari Ltd have continued their trend of increasing the number of prehistoric animal figures they produce. Even a pandemic has not stopped them, Everything Dinosaur will stock a further two new Safari Ltd dinosaur models this year.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Baryonyx dinosaur model.
The new for 2021 Wild Safari Prehistoric World Baryonyx dinosaur model. This new for 2021 dinosaur model is currently in stock at Everything Dinosaur along with the armoured T. rex and the armoured Triceratops dinosaur models. The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Daspletosaurus and the new Spinosaurus figure will be available from Everything Dinosaur shortly (April 2021).

To view the Wild Safari Prehistoric World models available from Everything Dinosaur: Wild Safari Prehistoric World Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models.

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