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12 01, 2021

New PNSO Prehistoric Animal Models in Stock

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New PNSO Prehistoric Animal Models in Stock

Seven new PNSO prehistoric animal models are now in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  It seems that no sooner have Everything Dinosaur team members finished blogging* about the latest models from PNSO that the first of the new for 2021 figures arrive at the company’s UK warehouse.  Dinosaur fans and model collectors have six new dinosaurs and one remarkable replica of a bizarre marine reptile to add to their collections.

Six New PNSO Dinosaur Models and an Atopodentatus Marine Reptile Model

New PNSO Prehistoric Animal Models in Stock

Seven new for 2021 PNSO prehistoric animal models are now in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  The models are Audrey the Lambeosaurus (top left), Brian the Pachyrhinosaurus (top row, centre) and Essien the Spinosaurus (middle).  The stegosaur (centre right) is Qichuan the Tuojiangosaurus, Gavin the Borealopelta (centre left).  Bottom row – centre the marine reptile model Atopodentatus (Zewail the Atopodentatus) and Caroline the Corythosaurus (bottom right).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the new models and the entire range of PNSO prehistoric animal models in stock at Everything Dinosaur: PNSO Age of Dinosaurs.

The Magnificent Seven

The models that have arrived and are in stock are:

  • Caroline the Corythosaurus
  • Brian the Pachyrhinosaurus
  • Gavin the Borealopelta
  • Audrey the Lambeosaurus
  • Zewail the Atopodentatus – a replica of the bizarre Middle Triassic marine reptile from south-western China called Atopodentatus unicus.
  • Qichuan the Tuojiangosaurus
  • Essien the Spinosaurus – a new mid-size model of this famous theropod.  The model updates the iconic 1:35 scale “Essien” the Spinosaurus figure.

To read our latest post* about new PNSO figures for 2021 (Bart the Pinacosaurus): New PNSO Armoured Dinosaur Model – Pinacosaurus grangeri for 2021.

Brian the Pachyrhinosaurus Dinosaur Model

PNSO Pachyrhinosaurus model measurements.

The measurements of the PNSO Brian the Pachyrhinosaurus dinosaur model.  In stock at Everything Dinosaur, the model measures a fraction over 15 cm in length.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We know how keen collectors have been to access these new PNSO models and figures.  Today, we announce that the next seven new prehistoric animal models have arrived and are in stock.  These exciting replicas join Gaoyuan the Microraptor model, that arrived in the autumn of 2020.  Together they demonstrate Everything Dinosaur’s commitment to our partners PNSO and we feel proud and privileged to be able to bring these figures to a new audience.  The latest batch of new figures really are a magnificent seven!”

The PNSO Atopodentatus Model Swims into Stock

The PNSO Atopodentatus marine reptile model.

The impressive head of the bizarre marine reptile Atopodentatus model.  Atopodentatus is the only non-dinosaur model to be added to Everything Dinosaur’s inventory in the latest shipment of PNSO products.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

11 01, 2021

New PNSO Pinacosaurus Dinosaur Model

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New PNSO Pinacosaurus Dinosaur Model

Everything Dinosaur in collaboration with PNSO announce that in 2021 a museum quality replica of Pinacosaurus will be added to the PNSO model range.  Over the last few months, Everything Dinosaur has released information about a huge range of new PNSO dinosaur models, including lots of armoured dinosaurs such as new Tuojiangosaurus, Borealopelta, Sauropelta and Miragaia.  It is wonderful to see a Chinese manufacturer adding an Asian member of the Ankylosauridae family to their product portfolio.

This new Pinacosaurus dinosaur model will be in stock at Everything Dinosaur in 2021.

The New for 2021 PNSO Bart the Pinacosaurus Dinosaur Model

PNSO Bart the Pinacosaurus dinosaur model (lateral view).

The new for 2021 PNSO Bart the Pinacosaurus dinosaur model (lateral view).   This new model is number 37 in the PNSO model series.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Pinacosaurus grangeri

Named and described in 1933 by the American palaeontologist C. W. Gilmore, the first fossils of this medium-sized member of the ankylosaur family were discovered by the famous American Museum of Natural History Museum expedition to the Gobi Desert of Mongolia in the early 1920s.  The genus name translates from the Latin as “plank lizard”, a reference to the small, plank-like dermal scutes associated with the top of the skull.  The trivial or species name honours Walter Wallis Granger one of the scientists involved with the American Museum of Natural History expedition.  It was Granger who found the first fossilised remains of this armoured dinosaur in 1923.

The dinosaur (P. grangeri) is estimated to have been around 5 metres long when fully grown.  Estimates of body weight vary, Gregory S. Paul estimates a body weight of 1,900 kilograms, whereas other researchers, suggest that this armoured dinosaur was relatively lightly-built when compared to similarly sized ankylosaurines such as Tarchia (T. kielanae), Ziapelta (Z. sanjuanensis) and Aletopelta (A. coombsi).

The New for 2021 Pinacosaurus Dinosaur Model from PNSO

PNSO Bart the Pinacosaurus dinosaur model.

The new for 2021 PNSO Bart the Pinacosaurus dinosaur model.   A replica of the Late Cretaceous ankylosaurine from Inner Mongolia.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Lots of Specimens to Study

The design at PNSO have been spoilt for choice when it comes to Pinacosaurus.   There are numerous fossil specimens to study including almost complete individual skeletons.  Most of the fossil material represents juveniles and as these remains tend to be found in groups, it has been suggested that these herbivores roamed their desert environment in small herds.

Pinacosaurus has been featured in a diorama by the renowned artist Zhao Chuang depicting the dinosaur dominated Late Cretaceous Asian ecosystem

A Pinacosaurus (P. grangeri) Life Reconstruction

Life reconstruction Pinacosaurus grangeri.

Pinacosaurus life reconstruction.

Picture Credit: Zhao Chuang

Inspired by the Australian Mountain Devil?

Everything Dinosaur team members noted the striking similarity between Bart the PNSO Pinacosaurus model and the extant Australian agamid lizard known as the Mountain Devil or Moloch (Moloch horridus).  The colours chosen for the PNSO model are reminiscent of the colour of the Moloch, a thorny lizard which is widespread in Australia.

A Dorsal View of Bart the PNSO Pinacosaurus Replica

PNSO Bart the Pinacosaurus dinosaur model (dorsal view).

The new for 2021 PNSO Bart the Pinacosaurus dinosaur model (dorsal view).  The colouration of the dermal armour reminds Everything Dinosaur team members of the Mountain Devil lizard from Australia.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Mountain Devil (Moloch) a Lizard Native to Australia

The Mountain Devil (Moloch) from Australia.

The very spiny Mountain Devil or Moloch (Moloch horridus) which is native to Australia.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The new PNSO Bart the Pinacosaurus dinosaur model will be in stock at Everything Dinosaur in 2021.

To view the current of PNSO dinosaurs and prehistoric animals in stock at Everything Dinosaur: PNSO Age of Dinosaurs Models.

6 01, 2021

Everything Dinosaur Stocks Nanmu Studio Models

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Everything Dinosaur Stocks Nanmu Studio Models

The first shipment of Nanmu Studio prehistoric animal models has arrived at Everything Dinosaur.  The precious cargo was delivered to the UK-company’s warehouse earlier this morning and team members have been busy contacting all those customers who asked for Nanmu Studio models and figures to be reserved.  This is the first shipment of these figures to arrive, they had been delayed due to COVID-19 and there had been plans to bring them in during 2020, but nevertheless and true to their word, Everything Dinosaur stocks Nanmu Studio models.

Everything Dinosaur Stocks Nanmu Studio Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Figures

Everything Dinosaur stocks Nanmu Studio models and figures.

Nanmu Studio models are now available from Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

5-Star Customer Service

With their own warehousing and the ability to send parcels to anywhere in the world, the arrival of this product range is great news for dinosaur fans and model collectors.  The prestigious Nanmu Studio range of scale models is now supported by the only specialist mail order company in this area of retail with a 5-star customer service rating* in addition, Everything Dinosaur is one of just a select few companies with a “Platinum” customer service rating, the highest rating a company assessed by FEEFO can have.

*Customer service rating independently verified by FEEFO.

The Beautiful Tyrannosaurus rex Model (Alpha) – Brown Colour Variant

Nanmu Studio Tyrannosaurus rex model (Alpha) in the brown colouration.

The Nanmu Studio Tyrannosaurus rex model (Alpha) in the brown colouration.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“Nanmu Studio is a highly respected producer of prehistoric animal models.  It is great to be able to welcome them on board and to give collectors the opportunity to acquire these fantastic figures from a company that is based in Europe.  We look forward to bringing in even more wonderful Nanmu Studio models in the near future.” 

The Stunning Spinosaurus (Supplanter) Figure

Nanmu Studio Spinosaurus in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

Nanmu Studio Spinosaurus dinosaur model (Supplanter) is in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

An Extensive Model Range

A total of nine models have been brought in by Everything Dinosaur.  Nanmu Studio staff have been working hard with Everything Dinosaur team members to ensure that things go smoothly and efficiently, with figures from the factory being shipped into Everything Dinosaur’s warehouse.  The range of models offered by Nanmu Studio has rapidly increased and they have some exciting new figures planned for 2021.

An Awesome Apatosaurus (The Nanmu Studio Bastion in the Red/Brown Colour Scheme)

Nanmu Studio Apatosaurus dinosaur model (Bastion) in the red/brown colour scheme.

The Nanmu Studio Apatosaurus dinosaur model (Bastion) in the red/brown colour scheme.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

It is a great day for fans of dinosaur replicas, they can now source the Nanmu Studio range from Everything Dinosaur.  Top quality prehistoric animals from a top quality retailer of prehistoric animal models.

To view the range of Nanmu Studio dinosaurs and prehistoric animal models available from Everything Dinosaur: Nanmu Studio Models and Figures.

5 01, 2021

PNSO Domingo the Carnotaurus Model

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PNSO Domingo the Carnotaurus Model

Having announced the introduction of a replica of the giant South American theropod Carnotaurus (C. sastrei), on their various social media platforms, Everything Dinosaur have dedicated a blog post to this new for 2021 PNSO dinosaur model.  This provides the UK-based Everything Dinosaur the opportunity to post up some more images of this eagerly anticipated dinosaur, a figure that will be in stock later this year, perhaps in just a few weeks.

The New for 2021 Domingo the PNSO Carnotaurus Model

The PNSO Domingo the Carnotaurus dinosaur model.

PNSO Domingo the Carnotaurus dinosaur model.  The colouration and detailing on this new for 2021 theropod replica are quite remarkable.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Domingo the PNSO Carnotaurus

It is appropriate that the PNSO Carnotaurus (number 36 in the PNSO prehistoric animal models that accompany your growth series), has been given a Latin name (Domingo).  Fossils of this famous abelisaurid are known from southern Argentina.  Indeed, the majority of the abelisauroids described to date herald from the southern hemisphere (the ancient landmass of Gondwana).

Domingo the Carnotaurus Makes an Appearance on the Everything Dinosaur Blog

The PNSO Domingo the Carnotaurus dinosaur model.

PNSO Domingo the Carnotaurus dinosaur model.  The tiny forelimbs can be seen in this view of the dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Model Measurements

The PNSO Carnotaurus figure measures around 23.5 cm in length.  The height of those prominent head crests, the helped to give this dinosaur its name (Carnotaurus means meat-eating bull), are around 11.5 cm off the ground.  Although PNSO do not declare a scale for their mid-size range of dinosaurs, Everything Dinosaur team members estimate that this new for 2021 figure is in around 1/32th scale.

The Model Measurements and a Skeletal Reconstruction of Carnotaurus sastrei

The PNSO Domingo the Carnotaurus dinosaur model (model measurements).

PNSO Domingo the Carnotaurus dinosaur model (model measurements).  The model is approximately 23.5 cm long and the head height is around 11.5 cm.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Dinosaur Model with an Articulated Jaw

In common with other recently announced PNSO theropod replicas (A-shu the Qianzhousaurus and the new Wilson Tyrannosaurus rex model), this new Carnotaurus has an articulated lower jaw.

Domingo the Carnotaurus (PNSO) Complete with an Articulated Lower Jaw

PNSO Domingo the Carnotaurus dinosaur model (close-up view of the head).

The PNSO Domingo the Carnotaurus dinosaur model (close-up view of the head).  The close up view of the head of the new dinosaur model with its articulated lower jaw.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“The new PNSO Carnotaurus has been very carefully modelled on the fossil material and the body proportions including those reduced front limbs and that deep skull have been skilfully reproduced.  The hind legs are in the correct body proportions too.  A clear plastic support stand is provided to help stabilise the figure when on display.”

The Carnotaurus Packaging and a Diagram Showing the Chest Support for the Dinosaur Model

The PNSO Carnotaurus model (product packaging).

PNSO Carnotaurus (product packaging).  With realistic body proportions the model requires a support stand to help stabilise the figure.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

This remarkable model of a Late Cretaceous carnivorous dinosaur will be in stock at Everything Dinosaur in 2021.

To view the huge range of PNSO prehistoric animal models available from Everything Dinosaur: PNSO Age of Dinosaurs.

3 01, 2021

ITOY Studio Resurrection Dilophosaurus

By | January 3rd, 2021|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases, Product Reviews|0 Comments

ITOY Studio Resurrection Dilophosaurus

The ITOY Studio Resurrection Dilophosaurus dinosaur model has certainly caused a stir with prehistoric animal fans and dinosaur model collectors since its arrival at Everything Dinosaur.  This beautiful replica, depicting what is now believed to have been one of the largest terrestrial carnivores on the planet during the Early Jurassic.  It ticks all the boxes when it comes to dinosaur replicas, with its innovative colouration, stability and stunning detail.

The ITOY Studio Dilophosaurus Dinosaur Model

ITOY Studio Dilophosaurus dinosaur model.

The ITOY Studio Dilophosaurus dinosaur model.  This dinosaur figure comes with its own beautifully detailed display base, complete with plants, logs and water.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Revising Dilophosaurus

A recent revision of Dilophosaurus fossil material (D. wetherilli) revealed that the lower jaw (dentary), was more robust than previously realised and it has been suggested that this dinosaur was a much more formidable predator, a terror of the contemporary Sarahsaurus, a member of the Sauropodomorpha.  The large crests on the ITOY figure reflect the latest thinking in terms of the crest size and the design team have given their figure crimson head crests, possibly a nod towards the idea that these crests were primarily used for display.  The inside of the mouth is particularly well painted.  The Dilophosaurus has an articulated jaw, so the figure can be posed with mouth closed, mouth open or indeed somewhere in between.

Here’s Looking At You!  A Very Formidable Dilophosaurus Model

Staring at you! The ITOY Studio Dilophosaurus dinosaur model.

Here’s looking at you!  A stare from the ITOY Studio Dilophosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Model Measurements

The Model measures a fraction over twenty centimetres in length.  The head is some seven and a half centimetres off the ground.  Naturally, when placed on its display base the figure appears a little taller.  Team members at Everything Dinosaur have enjoyed taking photographs and videos of this replica.  There are plans to make a more detailed video in the future showcasing this model and revealing just how securely this dinosaur stands on its base.

The Fantastic Colours and Detail on the ITOY Studio Dilophosaurus Dinosaur Model

Late Jurassic Predator Dilophosaurus

ITOY Studio Dilophosaurus.  Has it gone camera shy?

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Product Packaging

We have been asked to show the product packaging.  Many collectors prefer never to take their purchase out of its box.  We are only to happy too oblige and to include a picture of the front of the box with its striking artwork (below).

Standing Proud in Front of the Product Packaging

ITOY Studio Dilophosaurus and the product packaging.

The gorgeous ITOY Studio box art with the Dilophosaurus figure in front of the packaging.  Standing proud in front of its packaging.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the ITOY Studio Dilophosaurus dinosaur model and the rest of the prehistoric animals in the ITOY range: ITOY Studio Models.

1 01, 2021

A Trio of Rebor Oddities G-2016 Embryos

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A Trio of Rebor Oddities G-2016 Embryos

Time to start the New Year (2021) with a bang!  At midnight on the 31st December, Everything Dinosaur made the three new Rebor Oddities (Rebor Oddities Specimens: G-2016 Embryos), available for pre-order.  These innovative, science-fiction/fantasy pieces have already attracted a lot of interest from model collectors and dinosaur fans.  In a co-ordinated post with Rebor, customers of Everything Dinosaur are able to guarantee themselves one of these figures.

Rebor Oddities Specimen: G-2016 Embryo in Resinite

Rebor Oddities Specimen: G-2016 Embryo in Resinite

The Rebor Oddities Specimen: G-2016 Embryo in Resinite.  The embryo of the fantasy creature with the code name G-2016 is entombed in resinite.  The hand-written note inscribed on the piece reads “Rebor Oddities confidential collection.”

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Rebor Oddities Specimens

The Rebor Oddities sub-brand has introduced to collectors a wide variety of innovative items.  The first to be introduced was the “Fossil Studies” Tylosaurus proriger skeleton incorporated within its own light-up display base.  This figure was swiftly followed by the beautiful “Chickenosaurus” embryo model.  Recently a trio of museum quality dinosaur fossil skulls have been introduced and followers of Everything Dinosaur on social media will know that later on this year the Compsognathus longipes preserved dissection specimens will be coming into stock.

The Rebor Oddities Specimen: G-2016 Embryo in Bakelite

Rebor Oddities Specimen: G-2016 Embryo in Bakelite.

The Rebor Oddities Specimen: G-2016 Embryo in Bakelite.  A limited number of these fascinating figures have been made and collectors are urged to place pre-orders quickly in order to avoid disappointment.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Limited Numbers Available

In a statement put out by Rebor on social media, they have explained that pre-ordering will only be available for a few days.  Rebor went onto add that all three variants (Bakelite, Epoxide and Resinite), are extremely limited due to the high manufacturing defect rates, so a restricted number have been produced.  It is not known at this stage whether or not there will be another production run in the future.

The Stunning Rebor Oddities Specimen: G-2016 Embryo in Epoxide

Rebor Oddities Specimen: G-2016 Embryo in Epoxide.

The Rebor Oddities Specimen: G-2016 Embryo in Epoxide.  All three variants pay homage to a famous fictional monster (Kaiju), that first appeared in a Japanese film made in 1954.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Model Measurements

Each carefully crafted figure measures approximately 18.5 cm long.  They stand a fraction over 10.5 cm tall and the block which holds the embryo model is 3 cm deep.  Each of these clever replicas helps to showcase the innovative approach taken by Rebor.  They will provide a talking point and a highlight within a collection.

Everything Dinosaur estimates that each model will be available to send out to customers in late March.

An Embryo is Outlined in Silhouette

Rebor Oddities Specimen: G-2016 Embryo in Bakelite (silhouette).

The Rebor Oddities Specimen: G-2016 Embryo in Bakelite (silhouette).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view these amazing new models and to pre-order them visit: Rebor Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals.

29 12, 2020

Everything Dinosaur Offers New Tracked Postal Service for EU Customers

By | December 29th, 2020|Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|3 Comments

Everything Dinosaur Offers New Tracked Postal Service for EU Customers

For the UK, the Brexit transition period comes to an end at 11pm GMT (midnight Central European Standard Time) on the 31st December (2020).  The UK has already formally left the European Union, this took place at 11pm (GMT) on the 31st January 2020 (midnight  Central European Standard Time), however, a period of eleven months was granted in order to help all parties prepare for the change.

At the end of the transition period, the rules which apply to non-EU imports will be extended to EU items.  Similarly, the European Union will treat UK imports as it does non-EU imports today.

The UK Leaves the European Union Transition Period at 11pm on 31st December

Updating customers about leaving the EU.

Everything Dinosaur updates its customers about preparations for the UK leaving the European Union.

Picture Credit: Reuters News Agency

What Does This Mean for Everything Dinosaur Customers in Europe?

Items sent in the post to customers in the European Union will be affected.  However, Everything Dinosaur has been working with the highly respected OCS Worldwide, the global courier and logistics network to minimise any potential customer inconvenience.

Now that the UK has left the European Union/customs union, firms supplying European customers can offer two types of mail order parcel delivery:

  1. The buyer pays VAT and any duties and this may include a carding fee (administration fee).  This is termed Delivery at Place (DAP), sometimes referred to as DDU.
  2. The seller ensures that the customer pays the appropriate VAT rate for their country at the point of purchase but the seller picks up any additional costs, tariffs and duties.  This is termed Delivery Duty Paid (DDP).

Everything Dinosaur Will Offer Delivery Duty Paid (DDP)

Everything Dinosaur offers DDP (Delivery Duty Paid).

Everything Dinosaur will be offering customers a hassle-free, delivery duty paid mail order service.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Offering a Variety of Postage Services

For the vast majority of EU member states, Everything Dinosaur is able to make use of a special airmail service for small items, but customers will also be able select a fully tracked, rapid delivery service which places the emphasis on Everything Dinosaur (the seller), to take care of customs duties and any customs clearance fees.

Depending on the country of destination, Everything Dinosaur customers will have a range of postage options available to them:

  • Special Airmail below £20 incl. shipping (3-5 Working Days) Duty Exempt
  • Special Airmail below £20 incl. shipping (4-7 Working Days) Duty Exempt
  • Tracked (3-5 Working Days) Delivered Duty Paid (DDP)
  • Tracked (4-7 Working Days) Delivered Duty Paid (DDP)

Other companies, whether based in Europe or in the UK may not offer such a high quality service.  They may be relying on import VAT, customs duties and any customs clearance fees to be collected by the receiving designated operator using the Delivery Duties Unpaid (DDU) process prior to delivery.  Ultimately, before a customer can receive their parcel they may be asked to pay extra duties plus a hefty administration fee.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“It is our intention to make it easy for buyers, with Everything Dinosaur taking responsibility for the import costs and duties.  By offering a Delivery Duty Paid service, our customers can be confident that their orders will be received without any nasty surprises.  We have done all we can to help our customers and to make shopping with Everything Dinosaur easier than ever.”

The new Delivery Duty Paid (DDP) postage option offers terrific value for customers as well as peace of mind.  This new delivery option is typical of the high standards expected of Everything Dinosaur customer service.

28 12, 2020

Favourite Blog Posts of 2020 (Part 2)

By | December 28th, 2020|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Geology, Main Page, Palaeontological articles, Photos, Photos/Pictures of Fossils, Press Releases|0 Comments

Favourite Blog Posts of 2020 (Part 2)

Everything Dinosaur team members conclude their review of their favourite blog articles of 2020 by looking at articles and news stories that were posted up between July and December.  With the best part of 180 posts to choose from selecting our favourite six for this period was quite tricky.  The ones we have selected demonstrate the broad range of topics we cover on the Everything Dinosaur weblog.

To view our earlier article about our favourite posts in the first half of the year: Favourite Blog Posts of 2020 (Part 1).

July – “Lizard Born of Fire”

We might have been in the middle of a global pandemic but Everything Dinosaur team members kept up their blogging reporting upon tiny theropod eggs from Japan, a revision of Dilophosaurus and a number of new dinosaurs.  Our favourite post of the month concerned the scientific description of Aratasaurus museunacionali, a basal member of the Coelurosauria from Brazil.  The genus name translates as “lizard born of fire”, a reference to the terrible fire that ripped through the National Museum of Brazil where the fossil specimen was kept.

A Life Reconstruction of the Basal Member of the Coelurosauria Aratasaurus museunacionali

Aratasaurus museonacionali illustration.

Aratasaurus museonacionali life reconstruction.

Picture Credit: Museu Nacional

To read more about A. museunacionaliAratasaurus museunacionali A Lizard Born of Fire.

August – Oculudentavis khaungraae Not a Stem Bird

The controversy over the naming of the smallest dinosaur based on a skull preserved in amber from northern Myanmar rumbled on.  In August, a paper was published that refuted claims that the tiny skull of the animal named Oculudentavis khaungraae was that of an archosaur.  A month earlier (July 2020), the original scientific paper describing this remarkable fossil was retracted.

The Tiny Fossil Skull Preserved in Amber from Myanmar – But is it a Dinosaur?

Oculudentavis khaungraae skull in amber.

Tiny fossil skull preserved in amber (Oculudentavis khaungraae).

 

Picture Credit: Lida Xing et al (Nature)

To read more about O. khaungraaeSmallest Dinosaur Preserved in Amber a Lizard.

September: Doctor Who Meets a Trilobite

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History celebrated its 160th birthday, the Monsters of the Deep exhibition opened in the midst of the chaos caused by COVID-19 and Euparkeria got a makeover. Our favourite post of September concerned a new species of trilobite (Gravicalymene bakeri) from Tasmanian that was named after Doctor Who actor Tom Baker.

A Photograph of a Gravicalymene bakeri Trilobite Fossil with Line Drawing

Gravicalymene bakeri trilobite fossil.

Gravicalymene bakeri trilobite fossil with line drawing.

Picture Credit: Australian Museum

To read more about “Doctor Who and the Trilobites”: Newly Described Species of Trilobite Named after Doctor Who Actor.

October – It’s a Dog’s Life

In October we reported on the mapping of the genome of the Scimitar-toothed cat Homotherium latidens, discussed a new species of mosasaur from Morocco and the diet of pterosaurs, but our favourite article concerned the research into ancient dog DNA.  The study suggested that the diversity observed between dogs in different parts of the world today originated when all of mankind were hunters and gatherers.

Mapping Ancient Doggy DNA

Mapping ancient dog DNA.

Mesolithic dog skull (left) compared to wolf skull (right).

Picture Credit: E. E. Antipina (Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences)

To read the article: DNA Study Highlights Ancient Relationship Between Humans and Dogs.

November – Dinosaurs from the Emerald Isle

In November, Everything Dinosaur celebrated publishing its 5,000 blog post, discussed Kholumolumo a dinosaur from an African rubbish dump, looked at seal evolution and got to grips with the earliest Paranthropus robustus skull described to date.

Our favourite post concerned the first dinosaur remains reported from Ireland, not just one dinosaur but two!

First Evidence of Dinosaurs from Ireland

Dr Mike Simms holds the two precious fossils.

Dr Mike Simms (National Museums Northern Ireland) holds the theropod tibia on the left and the thyreophoran femur on the right.

Picture Credit: The University of Portsmouth

To learn more about the Irish dinosaurs: The First Dinosaur Remains from Ireland.

December – Thalassodraco etchesi Swims into View

As the year closed, in the final month of 2020 we looked at how interactive “I-books” were helping to explain archaeology, examined a very flashy new dinosaur (U. jubatus), the first sauropod dinosaur from Switzerland (Amanzia greppini) and studied Parasaurolophus pathology.

Our favourite post concerned the establishment of a new species of Late Jurassic ichthyosaur after the discovery of fossil bones by the wonderful Dr Steve Etches MBE, the founder of the amazing Etches Collection museum in Dorset.

A Life Reconstruction of the Newly Described Thalassodraco etchesi

Thalassodraco etchesi life reconstruction.

A life reconstruction of the newly described Late Jurassic ichthyosaur Thalassodraco etchesi.

Picture Credit: Megan Jacobs/University of Portsmouth

To read more about Thalassodraco etchesi: A New Taxon of Late Jurassic Ichthyosaur is Described.

This concludes our review of the blog posts that we have researched and written up over the last twelve months.  Which one is your favourite?

27 12, 2020

Favourite Blog Posts of 2020 (Part 1)

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Favourite Blog Posts of 2020 (Part 1)

At Everything Dinosaur, we try and post up an article on this blog site every single day.  This can be quite a challenge considering all our other activities and projects.  However, as a result of our work on this weblog we have managed to compile a huge amount of information, articles and features chronicling (for the most part), advances in the Earth sciences and new fossil discoveries along with research into the Dinosauria.

This year, Everything Dinosaur’s blog has passed the 5,000 articles benchmark.  Here is a selection of our own favourite news stories that we have covered in the first six months of 2020 (January to June).

January – A New Allosaurus Taxon

In January, a new species of North American Allosaurus was added to the pantheon of dinosaurs known from the famous Morrison Formation of the western United States.  Allosaurus jimmadseni honours the sadly departed James H. Madsen Jr. Utah’s inaugural state palaeontologist.  The famous Allosaurus specimen MOR 693 “Big Al” was reassigned to this new species.

A Pack of Allosaurus (A. jimmadseni) Attack a Luckless Juvenile Sauropod

Allosaurus jimmadseni a new Allosaurus taxon is described.

A pack of allosaurs (A. jimmadseni) attacking a juvenile sauropod.

Picture Credit: Todd Marshall

The January Allosaurus article: A New Species of Allosaurus.

February – The “Father of Argentinian Palaeontology” – José Bonaparte

On the 18th February José Bonaparte, regarded by many as the most influential vertebrate palaeontologist of the 20th Century passed away.  Respected and admired, José helped to develop and train a whole new generation of Earth scientists.  He was also responsible for naming and describing a large number of new dinosaurs including Abelisaurus, hence our illustration of that South American theropod (below).

José Bonaparte and a Drawing of One of the Many Dinosaurs He Named and Described (Abelisaurus comahuensis)

Lamenting the death of José Bonaparte (February 2020).

José Bonaparte (inset) and a drawing of one of the dinosaurs he named in his long and distinguished career Abelisaurus (A. comahuensis).

Picture Credit: Télam/Everything Dinosaur

To read more about José Bonaparte: José Bonaparte – The Founding Father of Palaeontology in Argentina.

March – Telling the Time Back in the Cretaceous

As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, team members at Everything Dinosaur were distracted by some remarkable research undertaken by scientists from the University of Ghent and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

A study of the growth rings preserved on the fossilised shells of Cretaceous bivalves permitted the researchers to calculate that 70 million years ago, the day length was approximately thirty minutes shorter and a year on Earth was around a week longer than it is today.

To read this article: Telling the Time Back in the Cretaceous.

April – Homo erectus at Home in Africa

The remarkable Drimolen fossil hominin site in South Africa, provided palaeoanthropologists with likely confirmation that the hominin H. erectus did indeed evolve in Africa and not Asia.  A carefully and painstakingly reconstructed fossil skull (DNH 134), found in this area – regarded as the “Cradle of Humankind”, suggests that Homo erectus existed some 100,000 to 200,000 years earlier than previously realised.

We still have a lot to learn about our own evolution.

Homo erectus Evolved in Africa

Partial H. erectus cranium from the Drimolen Fossil Hominin site.

The partial H. erectus cranium from the Drimolen Fossil Hominin site.

Picture Credit: La Trobe University (Australia)

To learn more about the origins of Homo erectusH. erectus Originated in Africa.

May – Lots of Pterosaurs

A jawbone found on the Isle of Wight was identified as a new species of tapejarid pterosaur.  The flying reptile, named Wightia declivirostris which translates as “slanting beak from the Isle of Wight” was one of several new pterosaur species described in 2020.

A Life Reconstruction of the Early Cretaceous Pterosaur Wightia declivirostris

Wightia declivirostris from the Isle of Wight

A life reconstruction of the newly described tapejarid from the Lower Cretaceous of the Isle of Wight (Wightia declivirostris).

Picture Credit: Megan Jacobs (University of Portsmouth)

To read more about Wightia declivirostrisA New Terrific Tapejarid.

We have a lot more to learn about the Pterosauria too.

June – Fossilised Stick – Provides a Surprise

A fossil discovered more than fifty years ago and regarded as little more than a “fossilised stick” has proved to be a new species of Late Devonian plant and it will help scientists to better understand the flora of the ancient landmass of Gondwana.

The specimen was found by amateur geologist John Irving whilst exploring the banks of the Manilla River in Barraba (New South Wales, Australia).  A study in the open-access journal PeerJ identifies the newly named Keraphyton mawsoniae and proposes that it has a similar structure to primitive horsetails and ferns.  The fossil which looks so unremarkable on the outside, once studied in cross-section, has provided a unique window into the plant life on Earth around 360 million years ago.

Not Much to Look at on the Outside but Inside a Treasure Trove of Information for Palaeobotanists

Keraphyton mawsoniae fossil.

The newly described Keraphyton mawsoniae a fern-like land plant from the Late Devonian of Australia.

Picture Credit: Champreux et al (PeerJ)

To read more about K. mawsoniaeFossil Stick Proves to be New Species of Ancient Plant.

This selection represents some of our favourite blog posts from the first six months of 2020, which one is your favourite post?

We will conclude this review of the news stories we have covered on this blog in part 2.

26 12, 2020

PNSO A-Shu the Qianzhousaurus Dinosaur Model

By | December 26th, 2020|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|2 Comments

PNSO A-Shu the Qianzhousaurus Dinosaur Model

Everything Dinosaur announced on the company’s social media pages earlier this month that in 2021 PNSO was going to be adding a model of the Chinese theropod Qianzhousaurus (Q. sinensis) to their model range.  Today, we can post up some more images of this exciting tyrannosaurid replica, a figure that will be available from Everything Dinosaur early next year.

The New for 2021 PNSO Qianzhousaurus Replica

PNSO Qianzhousaurus dinosaur model.

A-Shu the PNSO Qianzhousaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

“Pinocchio rex”

Named and described in 2014 (Junchang Lü et al), this Late Cretaceous member of the Tyrannosauridae family from Jiangxi Province, was nicknamed “Pinocchio rex” as its snout was disproportionately longer than other, similar sized tyrannosaurids.  Its discovery confirmed that there was a branch of the tyrannosaur family tree that consisted of large, hypercarnivores with different shaped skulls compared to their deep-skulled, bone-crunching cousins.

A Closer View of the Long-snouted Tyrannosaur Qianzhousaurus sinensis

PNSO Qianzhousaurus dinosaur model.

The PNSO Qianzhousaurus dinosaur model.  Along with Alioramus this dinosaur forms a new clade of tyrannosaurids named the Alioramini (pronounced Al-ee-oh-ram-eye).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Ever since the first fossils of Alioramus came to light in the early 1970’s, palaeontologists had suspected that there was sub-branch of the Tyrannosauridae family.  Qianzhousaurus shed light on the “other evolutionary branch” of tyrannosaurids.

The new for 2021 PNSO Qianzhousaurus model will have an articulated lower jaw.

PNSO Qianzhousaurus sinensis with an Articulated Jaw

PNSO A-shu the Qianzhousaurus dinosaur model has an articulated jaw.

The PNSO A-Shu the Qianzhousaurus dinosaur model has an articulated jaw.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Model Measurements

The Qianzhousaurus figure measures a fraction under 24 cm in length and the raised tail is a just under 10 cm high.  Although this dinosaur has been named from incomplete remains (see skeletal drawing showing the known fossil material below), palaeontologists estimate that this predator was around 8-9 metres in length, based on this, Everything Dinosaur estimates that the PNSO model is approximately 1:35 scale.

A-Shu the Qianzhousaurus Model Measurements

The PNSO Qianzhousaurus dinosaur model measurements.

PNSO Qianzhousaurus dinosaur model measurements.  The model measures 23.8 cm in length and it stands approximately 10 cm high.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Clear Rod to Help Support the Dinosaur

Qianzhousaurus is supplied with a plastic stand, that when placed under the chest area helps to support the model.  The clear plastic stand is designed to be unobtrusive and it permits the body proportions of this meat-eating dinosaur to be kept accurate as per the scientific record.  There is no need for oversized feet on this tyrannosaurid replica.

The Packaging and a Diagram Showing How to use the Plastic Support

PNSO Qianzhousaurus model with support stand.

A transparent stand is provided to help to stabilise the PNSO Qianzhousaurus model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The PNSO Qianzhousaurus is due to be in stock at Everything Dinosaur in 2021.

To view the range of PNSO dinosaur and prehistoric animal figures in stock at Everything Dinosaur: PNSO Age of Dinosaurs Models and Figures.

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