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14 06, 2018

Everything Dinosaur to Conduct Dinosaur and Fossil Workshops at The Beacon Museum

By | June 14th, 2018|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Photos/Pictures of Fossils, Press Releases|0 Comments

Everything Dinosaur at the Beacon Museum

As part of The Beacon Museum’s summer exhibition “Brick Dinos”, team members from Everything Dinosaur will be conducting a weekend of dinosaur and fossil themed workshops.  Join Mike and Sue from Everything Dinosaur from Friday afternoon 27th July and throughout that weekend and help them hunt for fossils including dinosaur bones!  Team members from Everything Dinosaur will be conducting a series of workshops at the Beacon Museum, giving participants the chance to be a palaeontologist and cast museum quality fossil replicas.  Turn dinosaur detective and get up close to some amazing fossils and learn how to find evidence of ancient life. Best of all, what you find on the fossil dig, you can keep!

Join Everything Dinosaur Team Members over the Weekend of July 27th to July 29th

Everything Dinosaur at the Beacon Museum

Everything Dinosaur will be conducting a series of family friendly dinosaur and fossil themed workshops from July 27th – July 29th.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Dinosaur Detectives and Perceptive Palaeontologists

The “Brick Dinos” event allows visitors to travel back in time and to interact with a series of prehistoric animal exhibits that have been created by the famous plastic bricks (Lego®).  Everything Dinosaur will be conducting a series of 2-hour-long, family friendly, dinosaur and fossil themed workshops, utilising the ground floor of the Beacon Portal.  Numbers are limited so booking is essential.

Dinosaur and Dino Pro combination tickets available please ring 01946 592302 for details, or alternatively, you can contact the Beacon Museum for tickets and further information: Contact The Beacon Museum at Whitehaven

Mike from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We are going to be bringing lots of different fossils which have been collected from various dig sites, sharks teeth, corals, ammonites, crocodile armour and of course, real dinosaur bone.  Visitors to the Beacon will have the opportunity to hunt for fossils and you can take home what you find, starting your own fossil collection.”

The Beacon Museum Promoting the Visit of Everything Dinosaur (July 27th to July 29th 2018)

Dinosaur workshops at the Beacon Museum.

Everything Dinosaur visiting The Beacon Museum in July 2018.

Picture Credit: The Beacon Museum (Whitehaven, Cumbria)

The Proposed Itinerary*

Everything Dinosaur team members are going to be very busy over that weekend.   The team intend to conduct a 2-hour dinosaur and fossil workshop on Friday afternoon (starting 2pm) and to delivery two further workshops on Saturday and Sunday morning.  On Saturday and Sunday afternoon, Everything Dinosaur will be laying out their fossil trays and inviting visitors to join them on a fossil hunt, looking for fossils which will include teeth from prehistoric sharks, belemnite guards and dinosaur bones.

Friday 27th July
• 2pm to 4pm – Dinosaurs and Fossils Workshop

Saturday 28th July
• 9.30am to 11.30am – Dinosaurs and Fossils Workshop

• 1pm – Fossil Trays and Finding Fossils

• 2pm – Fossil Trays and Finding Fossils

• 3pm – Fossil Trays and Finding Fossils

• 4pm – Fossil Trays and Finding Fossils

Sunday 29th July
• 9.30am to 11.30am – Dinosaurs and Fossils Workshop

• 1pm – Fossil Trays and Finding Fossils

• 2pm – Fossil Trays and Finding Fossils

• 3pm – Fossil Trays and Finding Fossils

• 4pm – Fossil Trays and Finding Fossils

Proposed itinerary* potentially subject to change contact The Beacon Museum for further information.

Finding Fossils Including Shark Teeth

fossilised shark teeth.

A successful fossil hunt.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Further information and tickets: Contact The Beacon Museum at Whitehaven

18 05, 2018

Preparing for Beasts of the Mesozoic

By | May 18th, 2018|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

Getting Ready for the Arrival of the Beasts of the Mesozoic Range

Everything Dinosaur team members are getting ready to receive the new Beasts of the Mesozoic range of 1:6 scale figures.  The stock is due to arrive in our warehouse next week.  For virtually every named prehistoric animal replica or model that we supply, our team members research and write a fact sheet on that creature.  These fact sheets are then sent out with the models and figures so that purchasers can read about the extinct animal the model represents.

Lots and Lots of Maniraptoran Fact Sheets Have Been Prepared

Fact sheets prepared for the Beasts of the Mesozoic range of models.

A collection of Beasts of the Mesozoic fact sheets created by Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Managing the Maniraptora

A few years ago, we could have referred to the Beasts of the Mesozoic range as representing members of the Dromaeosauridae family of dinosaurs, however, with the reclassification of Balaur bondoc from the Hateg Formation of Romania, as a flightless, ground-dwelling bird, we have had to extend our classification somewhat.  The Maniraptora clade is comprised of all those dinosaurs that includes the birds and the non-avian dinosaurs that were more closely related to them than to the North American ornithomimid Ornithomimus velox.  Amongst the many 1:6 scale models coming in there are plenty of vicious, fearsome carnivores.  Certainly, enough to keep fans of “raptors” happy.

The Skull of Linheraptor exquisitus (Holotype IVPP V 16923)

Linheraptor fossil skull.

Linheraptor skull in right lateral view.

Picture Credit: Zootaxa

The picture (above) shows the fossilised skull of Linheraptor exquisitus (holotype), the white scale bar = 5 centimetres.

The skull is shown in right lateral view, abbreviations: a, angular; aof, antorbital fenestra; f, frontal; hy, hyoid; itf, infratemporal fenestra; j, jugal; l, lacrimal; ld, left dentary; lpa, left prearticular; lsp, left splenial; m, maxilla; mf, maxillary fenestra; n, nasal; nf, narial fenestra; o, orbital; p, parietal; pmf, promaxillary fenestra; pmx, premaxilla; q, quadrate; qf, quadrate foramen; qj,
quadratojugal; rd, right dentary; sa, surangular; sq, squamosal.

The Linheraptor figure is just one of the 1:6 Beasts of the Mesozoic replicas due to arrive next week, already excited about this, but not to worry, we are definitely not in a flap!

13 05, 2018

Travel Back in Time at the Portsmouth Guildhall

By | May 13th, 2018|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

Showcasing the Palaeoart of Dr Mark Witton

Tomorrow, sees the opening day of a special exhibition at the Portsmouth Guildhall (Hampshire, southern England) highlighting the artwork of world-renowned palaeoartist Dr Mark Witton.  “A Natural History of Deep Time”, takes visitors on a journey through the evolution of life on Earth through the medium of the artwork and illustrations of the Portsmouth University researcher and freelance palaeoartist.

The Late Jurassic Pterosaur Sordes pilosus Searching for a Meal

Sordes pilosus illustrated.

Eyeing up a potential meal?  The Pterosaur Sordes pilosus eyes up a snail.  Artwork by Mark Witton.

Picture Credit: Mark Witton

A Free Art Exhibition

The art exhibition runs from Monday 14th May until Thursday June 28th and visitors to the Portsmouth Guildhall will be able to view bizarre marine communities of the Cambrian, the first land plants and animals plus lots of dinosaurs and flying reptiles, as well as the species that have helped shape the modern world.  The gallery will include some of the most significant, spectacular and unusual species known from the fossil record.  Dr Witton is perhaps most famous for his research on the Pterosauria – the extinct flying reptiles, cousins of the dinosaurs that shared their extinction fate at the end of the Cretaceous.  He specialises in producing scientifically credible restorations of long perished, ancient environments in amazing detail.  His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and publications and Dr Witton is delivering a sold-out lecture next week at the same venue entitled “The Science of Recreating Prehistoric Animals”.

An Example of the Detailed Illustrations of Dr Mark Witton (Purbeck Lagoon 145 mya)

Purbeck (Dorset) 145 million years ago.

Purbeck Lagoon 145 mya as darkness falls Durlstodon (top left) looks on whilst two Durlstotherium scurry through the undergrowth. In the centre a Durlstotherium has been caught by Nuthetes destructor.  A detailed illustration by Dr Mark Witton.

Picture Credit: Mark Witton

A Natural History of Deep Time celebrates billions of years of evolution and this free exhibition of palaeoart is open from May 14th through to June 28th:

Opening times:
Monday to Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 2pm
Sunday: Closed

10 05, 2018

Rebor Ankylosaurus “War Pig”

By | May 10th, 2018|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

Rebor Ankylosaurus “War Pig”

The Rebor Ankylosaurus model “War Pig” is coming into stock at Everything Dinosaur.  Available in three colour variations – Plain, Woodland and Mountain, this 1:35 scale model of Ankylosaurus magniventris is the latest addition to the Rebor scale model range.  This beautifully designed armoured dinosaur figure is due to arrive in about four weeks, team members at Everything Dinosaur expect to have stocks in their warehouse by early June.

The Rebor 1:35 Scale “War Pig” Ankylosaurus magniventris

The Rebor Ankylosaurus dinosaur model "Mountain" colour variant.

The Rebor Ankylosaurus dinosaur model “Mountain” colour variant.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Ankylosaurus – Mountain, Plain and Woodland

Ankylosaurus magniventris is regarded as the largest of the Ankylosauridae and although it has had a family of armoured dinosaurs named after it, palaeontologists now think that this Late Cretaceous armoured giant was not typical of the Ankylosaur family.  Ankylosaurus is known from only fragmentary remains found in the USA and Canada and its tail club was more rounded in shape when compared to other closely related Ankylosaurs, an anatomical feature picked up on by the designers at Rebor.  The tail bones (caudal vertebrae), are distinct with “u” shaped neural spines, a feature unique to A. magniventris, hence the relatively broad, wide tail on the Rebor figure.

The Rebor Ankylosaurus “War Pig” Plain

Rebor Ankylosaurus dinosaur model.

Rebor Ankylosaurus “War Pig” Plain.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Why Three Different Versions?

Intriguingly, despite Ankylosaurus being very well-known by the public and a veteran of numerous dinosaur films, palaeontologists regard it as ecologically rare in ancient Late Cretaceous palaeoenvironments.  Compared to the coeval nodosaurid Edmontonia, A. magniventris fossils are much less frequently found, this and differences in the shape of the jaw indicate that these two armoured dinosaurs may have inhabited different habitats and specialised in eating different types of vegetation.  Edmontonia fossils are associated with lowland, fluvial deposits, and the paucity of Ankylosaurus fossil material suggests that this dinosaur was a very infrequent visitor to the floodplains, so where did Ankylosaurus live?

The truth is we don’t know, hence the reason for three different colour variants of Ankylosaurus being introduced by Rebor.  Ankylosaurus may have inhabited upland areas, hence the “mountain” version.  It could have been at home in forested areas, hence the stunning “woodland” model, or equally, it could have been an animal of the open plains, hence the amazing “plain”.

Three Beautiful Versions of Ankylosaurus – Where Do You Think It Lived?

Rebor has made three different versions of Ankylosaurus.

The three different Rebor models “mountain”, “plain” and “woodland”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view Everything Dinosaur’s current range of Rebor replicas: Rebor Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models

Articulated Armoured Dinosaurs

The models have articulated lower jaws, the heads can be rotated and the tails have a metal rod inserted in them that allows the awesome tail club to be put into different positions.  As with all the Rebor replicas, these 1:35 scale figures have been beautifully painted and all three are fantastic additions to the Rebor range.  The models measure 29.5 cm in length and when this is scaled up it puts the Ankylosaurus replicas into the ball park size range stated by the recent (2017) scientific paper.

The Rebor “War Pig” Ankylosaurus – “Woodland”

Rebor Ankylosaurus dinosaur model "woodland".

Rebor Ankylosaurus “woodland”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Due to be in Stock in Four Weeks

These beautiful figures are due to be in stock in four weeks’ time, they can be reserved by dropping Everything Dinosaur an email: Email Everything Dinosaur to Reserve Your Rebor Ankylosaurus

We are looking forward to welcoming this trio of Thyreophorans into our warehouse.

To read Everything Dinosaur’s article on the 2017 paper that described Ankylosaurus as an atypical Ankylosaur: Ankylosaurus Not Your Typical Ankylosaur

5 05, 2018

Rebor Chickenosaurus is in Stock

By | May 5th, 2018|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

Rebor Chickenosaurus Figure is in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

The latest figure in the Rebor Oddities range has arrived and what a fascinating replica it is.  The Rebor Chickenosaurus represents a genetically modified dinosaur embryo, the beautifully crafted figure is presented in a clear, egg-shaped display piece complete with a light-up base.

The Latest Addition to the Rebor Oddities Range – Rebor Chickenosaurus Genetically Engineered Dinosaur Embryo

Rebor Chickenosaurus model.

The Rebor Chickenosaurus figure.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Genetically Engineered Dinosaur

Rebor has built a deserved reputation for developing innovative prehistoric animal figures and replicas and their Chickenosaurus is a welcome addition to the growing Rebor product portfolio.  The model itself, measures around nine centimetres long and when stood on its bespoke display base the figure stands about twelve centimetres high.  The detail on the embryo is amazing, it’s as if the shell of a dinosaur egg has been peeled away and you are able to observe the growing dinosaur baby.

A Fantastic Collectors’ Item – The Rebor Chickenosaurus Dinosaur Embryo

The Rebor Chickenosaurus figure.

At home amongst the curiosities, the Rebor Chickenosaurus dinosaur figure.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the Rebor Chickenosaurus, which is currently available with a free Rebor Utahraptor replica (Wind Hunter) 3-D lenticular poster (whilst stocks last), simply visit the Rebor product section of Everything Dinosaur’s website: Rebor Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models.

Chickens are Dinosaurs

With most palaeontologists classifying the Dinosauria into two main groups, the avian dinosaurs (Aves – birds) and the non-avian dinosaurs, the extinct branch of the Dinosauria consisting of the likes of Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Allosaurus, Velociraptor and Tyrannosaurus rex, it is technically correct to refer birds such as chickens as dinosaurs.  This new Rebor figure celebrates the link between dinosaurs and birds and provides collectors with an opportunity to add something unusual and novel to their model collection.  The figure also pays homage to the “Jurassic Park/Jurassic World” movies and to the Michael Crichton novel that the first film, in this hugely successful franchise, was based upon.  Genetically engineered dinosaurs are certainly in vogue with movie goers, although scientists are a long way from actually being able to recreate a living, breathing dinosaur by manipulating avian genes.

To read an article from 2009, that outlines the use of chicken embryos in a study that involves manipulation of genes to awaken dormant dinosaur traits in birds: The “Dino-chicken Project”

A Baby Dinosaur in the Egg

The Rebor Chickenosaurus embryo figure.

The Rebor Chickenosaurus figure.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

As Large as a Swan’s Egg

Measuring a fraction under twelve centimetres when the figure is placed on its light-up base, the egg is roughly the size of a Mute swan’s egg and it makes a fascinating display piece.  We have heard of one customer of Everything Dinosaur who was going to use the figure as a centre piece for a table display for a lunchtime service.  We hope that eggs and chicken are on the menu.

A Centrepiece in Many Collections

A genetically engineered dinosaur - Rebor Chickenosaurus.

The Rebor Chickenosaurus dinosaur embryo model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“This is a novel dinosaur figure.  The “Oddities” range gives Rebor a licence to produce innovative and eye-catching figures, lots of manufacturers produce models of Theropod dinosaurs, but a figure of a Theropod dinosaur embryo with its own light-up base is a first, as far as we are aware.  Whilst model dioramas such as the Rebor King T. rex and the Rebor Fallen Queen depict death, this beautifully designed item depicts life.”

Special Promotional Offer

Everything Dinosaur will be providing an amazing three-dimensional lenticular poster of the Rebor Utahraptor replica (Wind Hunter) with every Chickenosaurus.  The lenticular poster will be sent out free with every purchase of the Rebor Chickenosaurus.  This special promotional offer will be available until stocks last.

The Rebor Utahraptor (Wind Hunter) 3-D Lenticular Poster

Rebor Utahraptor 3-D poster.

The Rebor Utahraptor Wind Hunter 3D lenticular poster.  Available whilst stocks last.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

25 04, 2018

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Feathered T. rex Wins Award

By | April 25th, 2018|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|2 Comments

Accolade for Wild Safari Prehistoric World Feathered T. rex

Readers of Prehistoric Times magazine have voted the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Feathered T. rex model the best dinosaur toy of 2017.   The figure faced tough competition, but it had a number of factors in its favour.  Firstly, it is a model of a Tyrannosaurus rex, the most popular of all the prehistoric animals and secondly, this skilfully crafted replica depicted T. rex with a shaggy coat of feathers, a modern interpretation of this iconic dinosaur.

Voted the Best Dinosaur Figure of 2017 by Readers of Prehistoric Times Magazine

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Feathered Tyrannosaurus rex.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Feathered T. rex.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Feathered T. rex and the other models in this range available from Everything Dinosaur: Wild Safari Prehistoric World Models and Figures

A Feathered Tyrannosaurus rex Figure

Standing a little under fifteen centimetres high and measuring an impressive 32 centimetres long, this Tyrannosaurus rex figure depicts the “Tyrant Lizard King” with a coat of reddish-brown protofeathers, with more prominent quills on the top of the formidable skull and the running down the back of the neck.  The feathers on the back of the head and neck suggest that these quills might have played a role in visual display, the body feathers as shown in this replica, would have made a very effective coat, helping to keep this reptile warm.  The designers at Safari Ltd chose to make the snout and the underside of the neck bare, a similar characteristic is seen in extant vultures.  Many species of vultures such as the Lappet-faced (Torgos tracheliotos) and the White Rumped vulture (Gyps bengalensis) have heads and necks which are devoid of feathers.  A mistake often made, is to assume that this lack of feathers on the neck and head prevents the bird from getting caked in blood as it reaches inside carcasses to feed.  This adaptation may assist in helping the vulture to keep clean, but it is now known that the bare head and neck play a role in thermo-regulation, helping the bird to cool down.  Perhaps the design team at Safari Ltd had considered this research before finalising the feathery features on their 2017 dinosaur model.

A Close-up View of the Head of the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Feathered Tyrannosaurus rex

Feathered T. rex model.

The back of the neck of the T. rex model has prominent feathers.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Previous Winners (2015 and 2016)

Safari Ltd have won this accolade on several previous occasions, in 2015 the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Sauropelta model was voted number one, whilst last year the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Iguanodon figure was honoured.

Previous Winners the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Iguanodon and Sauropelta Models

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Iguanodon and Sauropelta.

Previous award winners (top) the Iguanodon figure in 2016 and the Sauropelta, winner in 2015 (bottom).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Safari Ltd

Attention to Detail

It is the attention to detail that impresses.  This product line has a deserved reputation for the excellent painting of models, but it is the fine details that really make the feathered T. rex figure stand out from the pack.  Take, for example, the scratches and scars on the muzzle of the dinosaur model.  Face biting amongst Tyrannosaurs has long been suspected and the sculptors at Safari Ltd were keen to incorporate evidence of this behaviour into this T. rex model.

Note the Scars on the Maxilla and the Beautifully Painted Head of the Figure

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World T. rex Dinosaur Model

Note the prominent scars on the muzzle of the T. rex figure (face biting).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur stated:

“We congratulate Safari Ltd for winning the Prehistoric Times best dinosaur model of the year award for three years running.  Given the fantastic quality of prehistoric animal replicas available at the moment winning this hat-trick is some achievement.  The feathered T. rex model is truly spectacular and a worthy winner.”

The Artwork Depicting the Safari Ltd Feathered T. rex when it was Launched in 2017

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Feathered T. rex artwork.

The concept art linked with the 2017 launch of the T. rex model.

Picture Credit: Safari Ltd

29 03, 2018

Talented South African Model Makers

By | March 29th, 2018|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

Prehistoric Dioramas Showcased in the South African Sun

Brothers Luke and Raef have their very own customised, unique prehistoric landscapes for their dinosaur models to explore thanks to a hard-working and dedicated father.  A few weeks ago, Everything Dinosaur was sent in some pictures of a second dinosaur diorama that had been built by dad Paul at their home in South Africa.  The two prehistoric landscapes, complete with replica volcano, a cave inhabited by early hominins and a marine seascape, look fantastic side by side in the family’s garden.  It helps to live in a hot country when it comes to showcasing your model making skills outdoors.

The Prehistoric Landscapes in the Garden

Two stunning dinosaur dioramas.

The two dinosaur dioramas side by side (latest landscape is on the left).

Picture Credit: P. M.

Many Hours of Hard Work

Fans of building dioramas and model scenes will know just how many hours of hard work have gone into building these prehistoric landscapes.  The second project was started over the Christmas holidays and the material chosen to provide the contours and that steep cliff leading to the water feature was fibreglass, which can be tricky to work with, but the end results speak for themselves.

The Second Prehistoric Landscape was Started in Late December

Dinosaur diorama, work in progress.

Work in progress on the dinosaur diorama.

Picture Credit: P. M.

Over the years, we have featured several examples of prehistoric landscapes and dioramas, we are always impressed and amazed by the ingenuity shown by the talented model makers.  Young Raef’s landscape includes a cleverly constructed marine environment, just the sort of place needed for your sea monsters and other figures to hang out.

A CollectA Deluxe Kronosaurus Has Grabbed an Unfortunate CollectA Dolichorhynchops

Kronosaurus attacks Dolichorhynchops.

Kronosaurus makes a meal of Dolichorhynchops.

Picture Credit: P.M.

A Team Effort

The whole family was involved in this enterprise, all helping to create the landscape, paint the scenery, sort out the planting of the prehistoric vegetation, seaweeds and corals (see above) and to create some of the amazing special effects such as wires for the pterosaur models to be suspended from.

Painting the Prehistoric Landscape – Dealing with the Details

Prehistoric landscape painting.

Painting the prehistoric landscape.

Picture Credit: P.M.

Commenting on the success of the projects, dad Paul stated:

“We completed the second landscape over Christmas, I never want to work with fibreglass again, but all is well that ends well.  The kids were heavily involved in modelling and painting the landscape.  They are very pleased with it and therefore so am I!”

Customers of Everything Dinosaur for several years, the family have slowly and surely built up a collection of prehistoric animals, including some rare figures, to populate their landscapes.

A Maiasaura and Hatchlings Very Much at Home in the Dinosaur Diorama

Maiasaura mother and nest.

A Maiasaura mother and nest in the diorama landscape.

Picture Credit: P. M.

The photograph (above) highlights the attention to detail in the dinosaur dioramas, what a rich and varied planting scheme.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“What an impressive pair of dioramas!  It has taken some skill and technical ability to construct such beautiful prehistoric landscapes.  Each diorama has some amazing features like smoking volcanoes, flowing lava and a Stone Age cave complete with prehistoric art.”

Can You Spot the Cave Paintings?

The inhabitants of the prehistoric cave.

Fantastic detail such as these cave paintings feature in the prehistoric dioramas.

Picture Credit: P.M.

Entering Model Making Competitions

In their email correspondence with Everything Dinosaur, the family have asked us about whether they could enter any model shows or diorama contests, we provided some advice suggesting that it was worthwhile seeing if there was a local model making club in South Africa where they could display their completed work.  Our congratulations to Paul, Raef, Luke and Amanda, we really appreciate you taking the time and trouble to share these images with us.

26 03, 2018

Keeping Safe Online

By | March 26th, 2018|Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

What Can You Do to Help Protect Your Privacy and Personal Data?

These days, we seem to be spending more and more time online and there is a growing awareness about protecting privacy and personal data when it comes to the internet.  As Everything Dinosaur’s plans to comply with the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)* progress, we thought it would be helpful to our customers and to visitors of our various websites to provide some tips about how individuals can help to keep their personal data safe and secure.  After all, if Everything Dinosaur is working hard to safeguard your personal data, it only makes sense to do what you can to help maintain your privacy and personal security too.

Keeping Safe Online – Protecting Your Privacy and Personal Data

Protecting your privacy and personal data.

Protecting your personal data and privacy.

Here is a list of some things to consider to help stay safe online and to enjoy your browsing experience.  It’s by no means an exhaustive list, but we hope it provides additional support and assistance.

Protecting Personal Data – Tips

  • Have strong and safe passwords.  Remember to keep them private and change them periodically.  Passwords to more sensitive information such as financial details should be changed more frequently.  Never disclose your passwords, anybody who knows your password may access your personal data/accounts.
  • When using a device in a public place, it is recommended that you always log out and close the website browser when you have finished online.   Be careful, somebody might be watching you, ensure that as you type in or access sensitive information, you are not being overlooked.
  • Avoid using the same password for multiple accounts.
  • When creating a password, use a minimum of seven characters.  Never use words, email addresses or any other aspect of your personal data within your password.  Letter, figure and symbol-based passwords are best.  When Everything Dinosaur upgraded its websites, existing account holders were asked to change their passwords and new stronger password creation measures were put in place.  A few moments of inconvenience are more than made up for by knowing that your personal data is protected and more secure.
  • Everything Dinosaur will never ask you to confirm any bank account or credit/debit card details or other financial information via email.  If you receive an email claiming to be from an organisation asking you to do so, treat this with great caution.  It is often best to ignore it and not to respond.  Do not click on any links within such emails.
  • Look for the padlock…  Look for HTTPS – all Everything Dinosaur’s sites are safeguarded by HTTPS protocols

The Green Padlock and HTTPS Helps to Give Web Browsers Confidence and Builds Trust

The padlock and HTTPS at Everything Dinosaur.

HTTPS and the padlock sign provides extra security to website visitors.  The red arrow in the picture above shows the location of the padlock and the secure HTTPS information associated with a website managed by Everything Dinosaur

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

  • Beware of websites offering discount codes or vouchers for Everything Dinosaur’s products and services.  Our company philosophy is very simple, we try to offer the very best service we can at the cheapest possible prices.  If you come across a website claiming to offer discount or voucher codes for Everything Dinosaur, we would urge you to take caution.  You can always contact Everything Dinosaur to check, we have included our contact email details within this blog post.
  • When on a social networking platform, think about how to keep your personal data safe.  Check and adjust the site’s privacy controls if necessary, use strong passwords and secure logins, consider the amount of personal information that you post up, could this data put you at risk from identify theft/fraud?
  • Make sure that your computer has an effective firewall and appropriate anti-virus/spy-ware/anti-malware programmes in place.  Only download files from trusted sources.
  • Before you give out any personal information online, make sure you know who you are dealing with.
  • Check the email address carefully before opening the message, don’t click on any links or attachments unless you are sure of the sender’s identity.
  • Ensure any mobile devices are kept secure, use passwords and secondary security systems such as thumb print identity checks.  Make sure your operating system has the latest updates and do not delay the installation of updates.

Everything Dinosaur Contact Details 

If you have a query regarding Everything Dinosaur’s privacy policy, a question relating to the company’s policies helping to protect your personal data and privacy or if you have come across a website claiming to offer discount codes and vouchers for Everything Dinosaur’s goods and services, you can email us here: Email Everything Dinosaur

What is the GDPR?

The GDPR is the European Union’s binding legislation for the protection of personal data. This regulation will be in effect from the 25th May 2018 onwards, it has been designed to deal with the inconsistencies within the current data protection laws that exist throughout the European Union.  It aims to facilitate the secure, free-flow of data and provide enhanced protection for data subjects (individuals whose data is managed, processed, handled, stored and so forth).

What is HTTPS?

HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure), is the protocol where encrypted HTTP data is transferred over a secure connection.  Everything Dinosaur’s websites have digital certificates that authenticates the identity of our websites and encrypts information sent to servers.  Encryption involves the scrambling of data into an undecipherable string that can only be returned to a readable format with the proper decryption key, this helps to protect the privacy and integrity of exchanged data.  This helps to ensure that any personal data collected is held more securely.

24 03, 2018

Everything Dinosaur Maintains 5-Star Customer Service

By | March 24th, 2018|Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

Top Marks from FEEFO for Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur continues to set the pace when it comes to independent reviews for the company’s products and customer service.  The UK-based supplier of dinosaur and prehistoric animal themed merchandise is approaching the milestone of having 500 on-line customer service reviews published by the independent ratings company FEEFO.  Everything Dinosaur continues to earn the coveted 5-star rating.

FEEFO Awards Everything Dinosaur Top Marks

Everything Dinosaur 5-star Feefo rating.

5-star rating for Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Over 1,000 Product Reviews

Ever since Everything Dinosaur entered into a partnership with the FEEFO reviews company in the early spring of last year, the product reviews, feedback and comments have come rushing in from satisfied and often delighted Everything Dinosaur customers.  Soon the mail order business will have published its 1,000th product review.  A few weeks ago, Everything Dinosaur was awarded the highest accolade from FEEFO, the Gold Trusted Service Award that reflects on the company’s constant attention to detail and care of its customers.

Everything Dinosaur Awarded the Highest Accolade by FEEFO

Everything Dinosaur wins top award.

FEEFO Gold Trusted Service Award (Everything Dinosaur).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To see Everything Dinosaur’s page on the FEEFO website: Everything Dinosaur on FEEFO

In a statement released by the ratings company, the significance of the Gold Trusted Service Award was explained.

“Our highest accolade – the Trusted Service Award honours the best businesses using FEEFO, that go above and beyond for their customers.  Held annually, every business that works with FEEFO is automatically entered and those that meet the criteria receive the award.  We have worked hard to ensure that the Trusted Service Award retains its status as the symbol of outstanding service – as voted by genuine customers.”

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur added:

“Our business model has always been based on providing the very best customer service that we can.  Savvy shoppers are beginning to realise that there are a lot of organisations operating on-line that have not been entirely honest in how customer’s data and information has been treated.  At Everything Dinosaur, we recognise the importance of trust, our customers trust us to look after them, to make sure that their purchases are securely packed and that they are delivered promptly and safely.  In addition, our customers know that Everything Dinosaur can be relied upon to protect their information and personal data too.  Respecting the rights of individuals with regards to their personal data will become increasingly important, we have always fostered a climate of respect and in this aspect of our business we are ahead of the curve.”

13 03, 2018

Plans Progressing for Palaeoloxodon

By | March 13th, 2018|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

Everything Dinosaur Preparing for a Straight-tusked Elephant

Everything Dinosaur team members have been busy preparing for the introduction of the Straight-tusked elephant figure from Eofauna Scientific Research.  This 1:35 scale replica of Palaeoloxodon antiquus is due to arrive in stock around late May/early June, that may be a few weeks away, but there is still plenty of work to do in the meantime.

The New for 2018 Straight-tusked Elephant from Eofauna Scientific Research

Straight-tusked elephant model.

Eofauna Scientific Research Straight-tusked elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus).

Picture Credit: Eofauna Scientific Research/Everything Dinosaur

To join Everything Dinosaur’s reserve list for this new 1:35 scale figure simply email: Contact Everything Dinosaur to Reserve Your Model

Space has been allocated in our warehouse to receive this wonderful proboscidean and we have ensured that there will be adequate stock of the first figure in the Eofauna range, the Steppe Mammoth model (introduced last year), which is likely to have an upsurge in sales as more collectors discover this wonderful model range.

Commissioning a Scale Drawing of Palaeoloxodon antiquus

An illustration of Palaeoloxodon antiquus has already been commissioned and completed.  This drawing, will form the basis for a scale drawing of this extinct elephant that will be used in our exclusive Straight-tusked elephant fact sheet that will be sent out with every model sell.  The fact sheet is currently being researched and prepared.  Once it has been approved, this new fact sheet will be added to our library of several hundred prehistoric animal data sheets that Everything Dinosaur has compiled.

The Illustration of the Straight-tusked Elephant Commissioned by Everything Dinosaur

Straight-tusked elephant illustration.

A drawing of a Straight-tusked elephant.

Picture Credit: Mike Fredericks/Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We do appreciate that model collectors often like to learn a little about the prehistoric animal that a model represents, that’s why we go to the trouble of commissioning drawings and creating fact sheets for the majority of the prehistoric animals and dinosaurs that we sell.  In addition, as the Eofauna Scientific Research figure is based on actual fossil specimens, it is fitting for us to provide a fact sheet on this extinct elephant, after all, one of our objectives is to help educate and inform.”

Palaeoloxodon Upsets the Loxodonta

A study of ancient Palaeoloxodon antiquus DNA revealed that this extinct species was closely related to African forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis).  This came as a surprise as most palaeontologists had believed that the Palaeoloxodon genus was, from a taxonomic perspective, closer to the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus).  Furthermore, the genetic analysis revealed that extant forest elephants in the Congo Basin were more closely related to Palaeoloxodon antiquus than they were to the African savannah elephant (Loxodonta africana).  This meant that the elephant family tree would have to be drastically revised and the Loxodonta genus itself will have to be reviewed and subjected to some revision.

Members of the Elephantidae family (most of them), might have big, but it turns out that these iconic animals with their ancient lineage can still produce some enormous surprises.

The Eofauna Scientific Research Straight-tusked Elephant with the First Eofauna Model (Mammuthus trogontherii)

The Eofauna Straight-tusked elephant the Steppe Mammoth model.

The Eofauna Scientific Research Straight-tusked elephant (right) and the Steppe Mammoth figure (left).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the current range of Eofauna Scientific Research models available from Everything Dinosaur: Eofauna Scientific Research Scale Replicas

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