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28 05, 2020

Rebor Swarm X-REX (Plague) Coming into Stock

By | May 28th, 2020|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

Rebor Swarm X-REX (Plague) Coming into Stock

The eagerly awaited Rebor alien/Tyrannosaurus rex hybrid figure is coming into stock at Everything Dinosaur around late July to early August.  This figure, the second in a planned series of four models entitled Swarm X-REX plague, is currently in production and it should be ready to ship at the end of June for a delivery into Everything Dinosaur’s warehouse a few weeks’ later.

The Rebor Alien – T. rex Hybrid Swarm X-REX in the Plague Colouration

Rebor Swarm X-REX (Plague).

The Rebor Swarm X-REX alien/T. rex hybrid model (plague colour variant).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A 1/35th Scale Model

Model collectors and fans of science fiction have a new range of Rebor figures and replicas to admire.  “Plague” is the second model to be introduced in this line of 1:35 scale replicas representing an alien xenomorph/dinosaur crossover.  We expect this new figure to be the same size as the first model in this range “Broodlord”, so the Swarm X-REX plague colour variant will measure around 43 centimetres in length.

The Frightening X-REX “Plague” on the Prowl

Rebor Swarm X-REX (Plague).

The Rebor Swarm X-REX alien/T. rex hybrid model (plague colour variant).  An amazingly detailed xenomorph/dinosaur replica in 1:35 scale.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Rebor planned to introduce four brand new, innovative science-fiction/Dinosauria inspired figures this year, the first, “Broodlord”, the X-REX metallic variant, came out in February, now collectors will be able to match “Broodlord” with “Plague” when “Plague” comes into stock in the summer.

A Closer Look at the Amazing Detail on the Head, Neck and Shoulders of the X-REX Figure

Rebor Swarm X-REX (Plague).

The Rebor Swarm X-REX alien/T. rex hybrid model (plague colour variant).  A close look at the amazing detail on the replica.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

For fans who missed out on “Broodlord” a small stock of these figures is due to arrive at the Everything Dinosaur warehouse in a few weeks’ time.  A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We are bringing some more of the X-REX metallic colour variant into stock, these figures should be with us around the middle of June.  This figure could of course, arrive a few days earlier. We anticipate that the second model in this series – plague, it could be in stock late July or early August – if all goes to plan.”

A View (Lateral View) of the Rebor Swarm X-REX Plague Variant

Rebor Swarm X-REX (Plague).

The Rebor Swarm X-REX alien/T. rex hybrid model (plague colour variant).  The model is believed to approximately the same size of the previously released “Broodlord” and it is expected to measure around 43 cm in length.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur has opened a priority reserve list for the Swarm X-REX plague colour variant, to request a model be reserved: Email Everything Dinosaur.

27 05, 2020

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Ichthyosaurus “Turntable Tuesday”

By | May 27th, 2020|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Product Reviews|0 Comments

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Ichthyosaurus “Turntable Tuesday”

In this week’s “Turntable Tuesday” video, it was the turn of the recently introduced Wild Safari Prehistoric World Ichthyosaurus model to go for a spin.  This figure is one of nine new for 2020 prehistoric animal replicas from Safari Ltd, it was the only marine reptile amongst the company’s new releases, but what a splendid model it is.  In our short video, we provide fans of prehistoric animal models with a three-hundred and sixty degree view of this replica.

“Turntable Tuesday” It’s the Turn of Ichthyosaurus

Video Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Ichthyosaurus Model

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Ichthyosaurus sports a colouration that resembles the Killer Whale (Orcinus orca).  Several species of Ichthyosaurus are now recognised, this taxon having been something of a taxonomic waste basket for much of the 19th and 20th centuries.  Ichthyosaurus was much smaller than an extant Killer Whale, with the largest individuals less than 3.5 metres long and some species such as Ichthyosaurus communis, which was the named and scientifically described in 1822, being smaller still, with most specimens from the Dorset coast for example, averaging 2 metres in length.

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Ichthyosaurus Model

An Ichthyosaurus model

The Ichthyosaurus model (Wild Safari Prehistoric World) ready to take its turn on the Everything Dinosaur turntable.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Wonderful and Detailed Marine Reptile Model

The 2020 Ichthyosaurus replaces the 2010 Ichthyosaurus from Safari Ltd.  In the “Turntable Tuesday” video the beautiful detailing around the eyes is highlighted along with the model’s colouration.  A segment of the video is dedicated to showing the underside of the figure.  The cloaca (vent) is highlighted, demonstrating how the sculptors at Safari Ltd have gone to great lengths to ensure an accurate interpretation of a marine reptile.

The Video Shows the Underside and Highlights the Presence of a Cloaca on the Ichthyosaur Model

Showing the underside of the Ichthyosaurus model.

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Ichthyosaurus model.  The red arrow highlights the location of the cloaca (vent).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Ichthyosaurus Replica

Comparing Ichthyosaur Models

Comparing the 2010 Ichthyosaurus model with the 2020 Ichthyosaurus.  The 2010 Ichthyosaurus figure was depicted holding an ammonite in its jaws.  Palaeontologists believe that the principle constituents of the diet of Ichthyosaurus were small fish and squid.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Measuring around nineteen centimetres in length, the new for 2020 Ichthyosaurus replica makes a fine addition to a prehistoric animal model collection.

A Close View of the Head of the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Ichthyosaurus Replica

Marine reptile model (Ichthyosaurus).

A close-up view of the head of the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Ichthyosaurus model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The “Turntable Tuesday” video showcasing the remarkable Ichthyosaurus model can be found on Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube channel: Everything Dinosaur on YouTube.

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To view the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Ichthyosaurus and the rest of the prehistoric animals in this range: Wild Safari Prehistoric World Models and Figures.

26 05, 2020

New PNSO Dinosaur Models Coming into Stock

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New PNSO Dinosaur Models Coming into Stock

Two new PNSO dinosaur models are coming into stock at Everything Dinosaur!  Aaron the baby Tyrannosaurus rex figure along with A-Qi the young Sinoceratops will be in stock at Everything Dinosaur in just a few weeks.  These two beautiful figures are just the latest in a long line of exciting prehistoric animal replicas to be produced by PNSO.

Aaron the Baby Tyrannosaurus rex Coming to Everything Dinosaur

Aaron the baby T. rex dinosaur model (PNSO).

Aaron the baby Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur model (PNSO).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A-Qi the Young Sinoceratops Dinosaur Model

PNSO baby Sinoceratops dinosaur model.

A-Qi the baby Sinoceratops model (PNSO).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson for the UK-based company stated:

“Everything Dinosaur team members are really looking forward to the arrival of these two very cute and beautifully sculpted dinosaur figures.  Both models have been carefully created based on ontogenic studies of baby dinosaurs and Aaron the young T. rex figure will sport a coat of “dino fuzz”, that would not only have served to keep this baby dinosaur warm, but also offered it some camouflage, just in case a dromaeosaurid or some other predator decided that baby dinosaurs were on the menu.”

Lots of PNSO Figures Coming into Stock at Everything Dinosaur

As well as these two new exciting replicas, the shipment will contain a lot of other PNSO prehistoric animal replicas, helping to replenish Everything Dinosaur’s stock of Patton the Megalodon, Duke the Spinops, Paulwin the Dakosaurus, Essien the Spinosaurus, Nick the Ceratosaurus and Lucas the Giganotosaurus.  In total, seventeen different product lines will be re-stocked.

Lots of PNSO Figures Coming to Everything Dinosaur

PNSO figures and replicas coming back into stock at Everything Dinosaur

Lots of PNSO figures and replicas coming back into stock at Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The PNSO prehistoric animals are due to be shipped from the factory this week (end May 2020).  If all goes to plan, these exciting prehistoric animal figures and replicas including Aaron the young Tyrannosaurus rex and A-Qi the cute, baby Sinoceratops will be in stock on-line at the company’s website in July.

The Young Sinoceratops Coming into Stock at Everything Dinosaur

PNSO baby Sinoceratops dinosaur model.

A-Qi the baby Sinoceratops model (PNSO).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Aaron the Young T. rex Complete with a Coat of “Dino Fuzz”

Aaron the baby T. rex dinosaur model (PNSO).

Aaron the baby Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur model (PNSO).  Both PNSO baby dinosaur replicas exhibit characteristics associated with young animals, such as the proportionately large eyes and in the case of Aaron the T. rex, large feet, indicative of distal growth.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

If you want to enquire about the two new PNSO baby dinosaurs, ask about reserving a figure or to request further information on any of the PNSO prehistoric animals, simply: Email Everything Dinosaur.

To view the current range of PNSO prehistoric animal models and figures available from Everything Dinosaur: PNSO Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models.

19 05, 2020

Turntable Tuesday – Gryposaurus Dinosaur Model

By | May 19th, 2020|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Product Reviews|0 Comments

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Gryposaurus “Turntable Tuesday”

It’s “Turntable Tuesday” and today, it is the turn of the award-winning Wild Safari Prehistoric World Gryposaurus to be put through its paces on the Everything Dinosaur turntable.  This fantastic model of a hadrosaur was introduced in 2013 and it was awarded the accolade of best dinosaur toy of the year by readers of the prestigious “Prehistoric Times” magazine.

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Gryposaurus Dinosaur Model – “Turntable Tuesday”

Video Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Gryposaurus Dinosaur Model

Our short video (it lasts under two minutes), shows the beautiful, blue-eyed Gryposaurus figure.  We also use this opportunity to compare it to the recently introduced Edmontosaurus model, also from Safari Ltd.  Within the large Hadrosauridae family, both Edmontosaurus and Gryposaurus are members of the Saurolophinae sub-family, sometimes referred to as the Hadrosaurinae, although these duck-billed dinosaurs were not that closely related.  Both genera are associated with the North American landmass Laramidia, in general terms, Edmontosaurus specimens tend to be associated with younger strata.  For example, Edmontosaurus annectens is confined to the late Maastrichtian, whilst the species within the Gryposaurus genus are associated with older Campanian-aged deposits.

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Gryposaurus Compared to the Edmontosaurus Figure

Gryposaurus compared to Edmontosaurus.

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Gryposaurus compared to the 2020 Edmontosaurus from the same model range.  The Gryposaurus (left), compared to the recently introduced Wild Safari Prehistoric World Edmontosaurus (right).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

For an article about the Gryposaurus winning the best new dinosaur toy of 2013: Gryposaurus Model Wins Top Award.

“Hook-nosed Lizard”

Named as a result of its prominent nasal arch, that gives Gryposaurus its distinctive bulbous-looking snout, this dinosaur compares very well to the 2020 Edmontosaurus.  Although no scaling for these figures is given, the two models are roughly comparable in scale, Gryposaurus being regarded as smaller than both E. regalis and E. annectens.  When these two figures are together on our turntable we refer to them as “a dazzling duo of duck-bills”.

A Close View of “Hook-nosed Lizard” – Gryposaurus

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Gryposaurus dinosaur model.

“Turntable Tuesday” Gryposaurus on display.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur on YouTube

The short video highlighting the Gryposaurus figure can be found on Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube channel.  We plan to post up one new video a week, plus more in-depth reviews of prehistoric animal models and replicas.

To view these videos check out our YouTube channel: Everything Dinosaur on YouTube.

Sales of the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Gryposaurus model at Everything Dinosaur are accompanied with a fact sheet, researched and written by team members that provides further information on this herbivorous dinosaur.

To purchase the Gryposaurus figure (as well as the new for 2020 Wild Safari Prehistoric World Edmontosaurus), click this link: Wild Safari Prehistoric World Models and Figures.

17 05, 2020

Preparing a Script for the Wild Past Protoceratops

By | May 17th, 2020|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Scripting a Video Review of the Wild Past Protoceratops Model

Everything Dinosaur team members have been working on a video review of the recently introduced Wild Past Protoceratops dinosaur model.  The model, representing Protoceratops andrewsi is the first prehistoric animal in this exciting new range.  Our video review, due to be published shortly on Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube channel, will look at the model, the nest of young Protoceratops and comment on the excellent packaging.  We also intend to provide a little bit of scientific information about Protoceratops and the two species that currently comprise this genus (P. andrewsi and P. hellenikorhinus).

The Wild Past Protoceratops Dinosaur Model (Still from Video Review)

Wild Past Protoceratops model.

A bird-hipped dinosaur in the hand.  The Wild Past Protoceratops andrewsi model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Synonymous with Dinosaur Eggs

Protoceratops is synonymous with the discovery of dinosaur eggs.  Eggshell fragments were found in the area of the Flaming Cliffs by the American Museum of Natural History expedition in 1922 and they returned to the same area in the following year and discovered several nests full of fossilised eggs.  As Protoceratops was the most abundant dinosaur known from the Djadokhta Formation it was assumed that the nests had been created by “first horned face”.  The discovery of a fragmentary bird-like fossil found within ten centimetres from the eggs, immediately put this strange theropod under suspicion of having been overtaken by a sandstorm whilst in the process of raiding the Protoceratops nest.  This new dinosaur was subsequently named Oviraptor philoceratops which translates as “Egg thief with a liking for Protoceratops”.

A “Classic” Dinosaur Illustration Protoceratops Confronts the “Egg Thief” Oviraptor

Protoceratops defends its nest from Oviraptor.

Protoceratops confronts Oviraptor- the egg thief.  A “classic” dinosaur illustration by Rudolph F. Zallinger.  A re-interpretation of the fossil evidence indicates that “egg thief” was actually brooding the eggs on the nest.

Picture Credit: Rudolph F. Zallinger

Slandering Oviraptor

We now know that the name Oviraptor slanders this dinosaur, it was not stealing the eggs but brooding them, a more appropriate name might be “conscientious lizard”, the first oviraptorid dinosaur ever to be scientifically described, died whilst protecting its own young.  However, the rules surrounding zoological names are clear, you cannot change a name, no matter how inappropriate it subsequently turns out to be.

The Wild Past Protoceratops andrewsi with Nest

The Wild Past Protoceratops and Nest.

The Wild Past Protoceratops and the nest of Protoceratops babies that accompanies the model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

In 2011,  a scientific paper was published that finally described a nest associated Protoceratops andrewsi that had been recovered from the Djadokhta Formation.  Just like the Wild Past model, the nest contained recently hatched babies.  Analysis of their tiny fossil bones demonstrated that the baby Protoceratops were incapable of moving far on their own and that Protoceratops probably was an altricial species, that is, the young relied on their parents to feed them and to look after them.  There is much to be admired in the details shown in the Wild Past Protoceratops nest and it is great to see that this replica comes with a nest of youngsters reflecting the fossil record.

To view the Wild Past section of the Everything Dinosaur website including the Protoceratops model: Wild Past Prehistoric Animals.

16 05, 2020

More Papo Prehistoric Animals Arrive

By | May 16th, 2020|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

More Papo Prehistoric Animals Arrive

This week, team members at Everything Dinosaur were able to bring in another shipment of Papo prehistoric animal models.  In total, we were able to replenish stocks of eleven Papo figures.  As part of our planning to help maintain our mail order business in the advent of a lockdown due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), we put into place some contingency stock that we could draw upon quite easily to help ensure that we could keep delivering products to our customers.

Papo Pentaceratops and Gorgosaurus Gift Box Stocks Replenished

Papo Gorgosaurus and Pentaceratops box set.

The Papo Gorgosaurus and Pentaceratops box set. Stock of this popular gift set has been replenished.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The new for 2020 Papo figures remain unlikely to become available until August at the earliest.  The Papo factory has been badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.  If Everything Dinosaur gets news about the new for 2020 Papo prehistoric animals we shall, of course, post this information up onto our social media platforms including this site.

A Range of Papo Prehistoric Animals

The latest delivery into our warehouse consists of a range of Papo figures.   These deliveries are all part of our planning and contingency operations to keep product stocks available to our customers.  Along with the Papo Gorgosaurus and Pentaceratops gift box, the shipment also contained a small number of Papo Pentaceratops and Gorgosaurus models so we can continue to sell these figures individually.

On Hand!  The Papo Pentaceratops Dinosaur Model

Papo Pentaceratops dinosaur model.

The Papo Pentaceratops dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We continue to do all we can to protect our team members and to assist the public.  Social distancing measures have been put in place as part of a suite of measures to keep us operating as normally as possible in these far from normal times.  We know how important it is for our customers when it comes to indulging a hobby or shopping for birthday gifts and presents, so far, the steps we have taken have permitted us to keep going.  Part of our strategy was to plan for a time when deliveries to our warehouse would be difficult, so we have been able to stockpile certain items that have helped us to manage inventories effectively.”

The Warehouse Delivery Also Included the Papo Carnotaurus

Papo Carnotaurus model.

“Meat-eating Bull” from Papo.  The Papo Carnotaurus dinosaur model was also included in our latest re-supply shipment.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Maintaining Product Stocks

With so much uncertainty about with regards to factory production schedules, Everything Dinosaur is doing all it can to maintain supplies.  For example, next week, further deliveries are expected from CollectA and Rebor and plans are in place to obtain more Bullyland figures.

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

15 05, 2020

Customers Praise Everything Dinosaur

By | May 15th, 2020|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases, Product Reviews|0 Comments

Customers Praise Everything Dinosaur

These are certainly challenging times for us all.  Much of the world continues to be in lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19).  We hope that everyone is keeping well and staying safe.  Our thoughts are with all those families that have been affected by this pandemic.  We would like to convey our thoughts and sympathies to all those who have been affected.

At Everything Dinosaur, we continue to do all we can to try to keep a sense of normality for our customers.  Team members have provided support and assistance as they know how important birthdays can be so they have been working extra hard to ensure parcels are despatched promptly.

We do appreciate all the kind comments and feedback that we receive.  Feefo, the independent rating company have published thousands of customer reviews about us.  We also received comments and reviews from customers on our own website.

Here are some recent examples:

Tommy wrote into Everything Dinosaur stating:

“I received my order today and can I please just say you run a fantastic website and the new dinosaurs (including the fantastic fact sheets) have made my son’s and wife’s day.  Have a fantastic day and keep up the outstanding work.”

Pam commented:

“I just wanted to say thank you for such a prompt delivery.  We are so glad we found your website.”

Dawn emailed to thank us for our speedy delivery, she wrote:

“I would like to thank you for my order.  My son was delighted with the purchase to add to his ever growing dinosaur collection.  Fast delivery; day after ordering, exceptional customer service, amazing quality dinosaur & a nice touch; the fact sheet.  We will definitely purchase again in the future.  Thank you.”

Model collector Ed reviewed the CollectA Torosaurus model that he had recently purchased from us:

“Nice to have a model of a not very well known dinosaur.  Torosaurus was in walking with dinosaurs and they made a figure as well.  A smallish model but it really shows its large head in comparison to the rest of its body.  Nice colouring to.  Good service from Everything Dinosaur.”

The CollectA Torosaurus Model is Praised Along with Everything Dinosaur

CollectA Torosaurus Prehistoric Life dinosaur model.

The CollectA Prehistoric Life Torosaurus dinosaur model.  A favourite model of Ed and lots of other dinosaur model collectors too.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Our thanks to everyone who takes the time and trouble to provide us with feedback.  We really, really appreciate your views and support.

Stay well, keep safe.

14 05, 2020

Wild Past Protoceratops Model on Display

By | May 14th, 2020|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Product Reviews|0 Comments

The Photogenic Wild Past Protoceratops

Our thanks to model collector Elizabeth who sent into Everything Dinosaur a photograph of her recently acquired Wild Past Protoceratops dinosaur model on display.  Enthusiastic collector Elizabeth had combined her Protoceratops andrewsi figure with the base from the Paleo-Creatures Moschops replica.  The result is a very effective composition, highlighting the attention to detail that can be found in both these ranges, Wild Past and Paleo-Creatures.

The Wild Past 1:35 Scale Protoceratops andrewsi Displayed on the Paleo-Creatures Moschops Base

Wild Past Protoceratops model combined with the Paleo-Creatures Moschops display base.

The Wild Past Protoceratops andrewsi combined with the base from the Paleo-Creatures Moschops figure.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Depicting An Ancient Environment

Elizabeth’s choice of display base for her model is very appropriate.  Protoceratops fossil remains are associated with two geological formations, the Djadochta Formation epitomised by the astonishing beauty and desolation of the Flaming Cliffs site, the type locality for this formation, from which the fossil remains of Protoceratops andrewsi have been recovered.  Secondly, the larger species Protoceratops hellenikorhinus, is known from the Bayan Mandahu Formation which outcrops some 450 km (280 miles) to the south-east of the Flaming Cliffs location.  Both formations are dominated by sandstones and remarkably, the climate in these areas today is roughly comparable to the palaeo-climate of the Late Cretaceous.  Displaying the Wild Past Protoceratops andrewsi on a sandy base is an accurate reconstruction of the habitat of this neoceratopsian.

The biota associated with the Upper Cretaceous deposits of the Djadochta and Bayan Mandahu formations occupied a harsh, arid scrubland with little permanent water.  Biologists refer to such difficult habitats as “stressed environments”, the absence of large vertebrates, such as the fossils of much bigger dinosaurs, supports the hypothesis that Protoceratops and the other Late Cretaceous residents had to endure a harsh climate.

The Paleo-Creatures Moschops Model with the Sandy Display Base

Paleo-Creatures Moschops replica.

The Paleo-Creatures Moschops figure is in 1:20 scale.  Model collector Elizabeth has used the display base for her Wild Past Protoceratops figure.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

An Exciting Start for a New Model Range

The 1:35 scale Protoceratops is the first in a new range of models (Wild Past), Elizabeth emailed to say:

“Here’s another photo for you to use if you wish.  It’s the Wild Past Protoceratops – I think this is such an exciting start to a new line.”

Ironically, both the Wild Past Protoceratops and the Paleo-Creatures Moschops have featured on Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube channel, in a series of short videos we have entitled “turntable Tuesday”.

The Moschops and the Protoceratops andrewsi videos can be found on Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube channel: Everything Dinosaur on YouTube.

The Wild Past Protoceratops Dinosaur Model Showcased by Everything Dinosaur for “Turntable Tuesday”

Wild Past Protoceratops "turntable Tuesday" at Everything Dinosaur

The Wild Past Protoceratops ready for “turntable Tuesday” at Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Commenting upon her photograph, Elizabeth added:

“She [the Protoceratops] is gate-crashing the base of the Paleo-Creatures Moschops.  She seems intent on checking out the sizeable footprint of the animal that walked over the sand previously, perhaps while she was away foraging for her minute hatchlings in the nest!”

In our correspondence with the photographer, we highlighted a research paper published back in 2011, that examined an extremely rare event preserved in the fossil record.  A footprint of a protoceratopsid dinosaur had been found in association with the fossilised remains of a Protoceratops.  As Elizabeth’s photograph depicts a Protoceratops investigating a footprint, it could be argued that is an example of art imitating science.

Link to our blog article about the 2011 protoceratopsid body and trace fossil study: Stopping a Dinosaur Dead in its Tracks.

Our thanks to Elizabeth for sending into Everything Dinosaur such a well-composed photograph.

The Wild Past Protoceratops model can be found here: Wild Past Models.

12 05, 2020

Bullyland Ammonite Model “Turntable Tuesday”

By | May 12th, 2020|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Product Reviews|0 Comments

“Turntable Tuesday” Bullyland Ammonite Model

It’s “Turntable” Tuesday at Everything Dinosaur!  The time of the week when we put another prehistoric animal model on our turntable and give it a spin.  Today, it is the turn of the Bullyland ammonite model, the first invertebrate to feature in this series and an ammonite replica that it is used by museums all over the world to illustrate the Ammonoidea.

The Bullyland Ammonite Model “Turntable Tuesday”

Video Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Ammonite Replicas

The Bullyland ammonite is one of the most popular figures in the German company’s “Dinosaur Park” range.  It depicts a typical ammonite, with large eyes, a hypernome and a beautifully detailed beak (mouth).  The shell has an inverted keel and it is strongly ribbed, characteristics associated with a number of known genera from both the Jurassic and Cretaceous geological periods.

The Bullyland Ammonite Model

Bullyland ammonite model.

The Bullyland replica ammonite model.  The strongly ribbed shell, large eyes and the presence of a hypernome (siphon).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Ubiquitous and Important Extinct Group of Cephalopods

Although extinct, animals in the Subclass Ammonoidea are extremely important to scientists.  Ammonites are members of the Mollusca Phylum that lived in chambered shells and were entirely marine.  Many hundreds of different genera are known.  The ability to evolve rapidly, to leave abundant fossil material in the form of their fossilised shells (comprised of aragonite, a naturally occurring crystalline form of calcium carbonate), has made these molluscs ideal candidates for zonal fossils.  Outcrops of rock, although in some cases, separated by thousands of miles and composed of different constituents, limestone and sandstone for example, can be correlated due to the fact that they contain similar ammonite fossils.  The technique of using fossils to identify the relative age of sediments is called biostratigraphy.  Rock layers are divided into distinct and easily identifiable zones as they are characterised by one or more particular fossil species.  Ammonites make ideal zone fossils.

The Bullyland Ammonite Model is Often Used in Museum Exhibits

The Bullyland ammonite model next to a polished section of an ammonite fossil.

The Bullyland ammonite model is often used in museum displays to depict the living animal next to fossil material.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Used in Museum Displays and Exhibits

In the short video, the ammonite model is shown next to a fossil specimen.  Many museums use the Bullyland ammonite replica in display cases so that visitors can get an idea of what the living animal was like whilst they view the fossilised remains of the ammonite aragonite shells.

The Posterior Portion of the Bullyland Ammonite Model

Ammonite model next to a fossil specimen.

The strongly ribbed shell and the obvious keel of the ammonite replica.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The “turntable Tuesday” ammonite model video, lasts a little over two minutes, it is one of a series of videos posted on Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube channel showcasing different replicas.  To view these videos check out our YouTube channel: Everything Dinosaur on YouTube.

We recommend that readers subscribe to Everything Dinosaur on YouTube.

To view the Bullyland ammonite model and to see the rest of the Bullyland prehistoric animal models available from Everything Dinosaur: Bullyland Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models.

11 05, 2020

Sarcosuchus Goes for a Swim

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Wild Safari Prehistoric World Sarcosuchus

Our thanks to Amy who sent into Everything Dinosaur some beautiful photographs of her recently acquired Wild Safari Prehistoric World Sarcosuchus model.  It looks like the recent good weather was taken advantage of so that the Sarcosuchus could patrol outside.  These are wonderful well-composed photographs, especially the ones of the Sarcosuchus in the water.

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Sarcosuchus Ready to Ambush

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Sarcosuchus replica.

A Sarcosuchus takes to the water.  Our thanks to Amy for sending into Everything Dinosaur some wonderful photographs of her recently acquired Sarcosuchus model.

Picture Credit: Amy

The Sarcosuchus certainly looks very much at home in the water.  It looks like it is ready to ambush any unwary dinosaur that decides to take a drink.  Only distantly related to extant crocodylians, very little was known about this giant predator until an almost complete skull was unearthed in Niger by a French research team (1964).  A series of expeditions to the same region of Africa led by the famous American palaeontologist Paul Sereno in the mid 1990’s resulted in the discovery of six new specimens and it was from these remains that the body plan of this crocodyliform was reconstructed.

It is Likely that Sarcosuchus was an Ambusher of Animals that Ventured to Close to the Water

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Sarcosuchus.

Ready to ambush!  The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Sarcosuchus model.

Picture Credit: Amy

Sarcosuchus Going for a Swim

The Sarcosuchus model looks quite at home in Amy’s garden pond.  The model of “flesh crocodile” measures an impressive 26.5 centimetres long and it is one of the largest prehistoric animal models introduced this year by Safari Ltd.  Only the Edmontosaurus replica surpasses it in size.  In keeping with the scientific paper published in 2001 by Sereno et al when the fossilised specimens found during the 1990’s were formally described, Amy has chosen to depict her Sarcosuchus as a semi-aquatic animal.  It would have basked on the riverbank and occasionally moved around on land, but it probably did not stray too far from water.

Sarcosuchus Probably Did Not Stray Far from Water

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Sarcosuchus model.

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Sarcosuchus model takes a stroll in the sunshine.

Picture Credit: Amy

A Beautifully Painted Crocodyliform

The design team at Safari Ltd studied the scales and markings on living crocodiles in order to create their detailed prehistoric crocodile model.  The photograph (above), shows the different sized scales on the replica, smaller rounded scales on the flanks with larger, rectangular scales on the legs and the underside of the animal.  The parallel rows of osteoderms that run down from the neck to the tail have been skilfully recreated and the model demonstrates the bulbous upper jaw tip first identified in that almost complete fossil skull found in the Gadoufaoua region of northern Niger in 1964.

A Close View of the Head of the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Sarcosuchus Model

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Sarcosuchus model.

A close view of the beautifully painted head and jaws of the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Sarcosuchus model.

Picture Credit: Amy

Fossils from Africa and also from Brazil

Two species of Sarcosuchus have been scientifically described.  Fossils from Africa associated with Lower Cretaceous outcrops of the Elrhaz Formation have been ascribed to S. imperator, whereas, the much older strata from the Ihas Group outcropping in north-eastern Brazil have yielded specimens that have been ascribed to the species S. hartti.  The holotype material associated with S. hartti resides at the London Natural History Museum, but given the huge temporal range which spans the African and Brazilian material, it is very likely that other Sarcosuchus species and closely related genera will be identified.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Sarcosuchus

Sarcosuchus on the prowl.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Sarcosuchus on the prowl.  A carefully composed shot with an effective use of perspective to give the impression of a sizeable animal walking by.

Picture Credit: Amy

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“Our thanks to Amy for sending into us some splendid and carefully composed photographs of her Sarcosuchus model.”

To view the Sarcosuchus replica and the rest of the models in the Safari Ltd range: Wild Safari Prehistoric World models and figures.

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