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25 03, 2020

Everything Dinosaur – Still Operating Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

By | March 25th, 2020|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Educational Activities, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases, Teaching|0 Comments

Everything Dinosaur – Far from Extinct

Dear Customers and Friends of Everything Dinosaur,

We are living in unprecedented times.  The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has global implications, we would once again, like to convey our thoughts and sympathies to all those people who have been affected by this virus.

Everything Dinosaur would like to extend our well wishes to each and every one of our customers and friends.  We want to pass on our thoughts and sympathies to all those people who have been affected by this outbreak.  This is a very difficult time for all of us.  We would like to briefly update you on the current situation at Everything Dinosaur.

We are far from extinct!  Whilst we are constantly reviewing advice received from the UK Government, the Chamber of Commerce and our Dept of Trade and Industry account manager, for the time being at least, our mail order business is operating as normal.

Business as Usual for Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur taking steps to ensure business as usual.

Everything Dinosaur has put in place a number of measures that means the company can operate the mail order business.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Customers Can Still Place Orders!

Everything Dinosaur is still operating!  The plans we put in place weeks ago have put us in a reasonable position when it comes to our mail order business.  Whilst we will always heed the advice of the Government and the Chamber of Commerce, we are still able to operate our mail order business.  Customers can still place orders; we are still despatching and our customers are receiving their parcels.

We don’t have a crystal ball, but because we have lots of contacts in China and elsewhere in the world, team members at Everything Dinosaur quickly became aware of the potential implications if the disease spread outside of Hubei Province (China).  We started to put plans in place back in January (2020), a rolling set of measures to support our staff, our customers, our suppliers and our local community.

Everything Dinosaur Putting Plans In Place to Manage in Difficult Times

Business as Usual at Everything Dinosaur.

Everything Dinosaur working hard to stay on top of the situation.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Preparations and Plans

The United Kingdom and much of the world, may now be in lockdown.  Everything Dinosaur began its preparations on a “just in case scenario” ten weeks ago.

These preparations included:

  • Cutting back on the amount of teaching work undertaken to permit more management time dedicated towards the mail order business.
  • Using stocks (purchased 2018 for outreach science programmes) of alcohol based hand sanitisers (some of which have already been donated to vulnerable members of the local community).
  • Deliberately building up stock of dinosaur models, figures and other items and ensuring that these could be packed and despatched from homes if needed.
  • Building up quantities of packaging supplies to help support the mail order operations.
  • Implementing stringent cleanliness regimes and social distancing.
  • Taking all essential steps to ensure the safety and protection of all Everything Dinosaur team members.
  • Switching shipment delivery addresses to permit stock to remain accessible to Everything Dinosaur team members.
  • Liaising closely with factories in order to put in place contingency plans to ensure continuity of stock.
  • Suspension of all but essential travel, suspension of all face-to-face meetings.
  • Postponement of outreach science programmes and dinosaur themed workshops.

In the last three weeks we have received a total of eighteen FEEFO reviews all of them rated Everything Dinosaur as a 5-star service provider.

We are still continuing to maintain the very highest levels of customer service.

Helping Out at Home

Lots of our customers have been in touch, with many of our customers having to stay at home, they have been looking for products and projects to help get them through these uncertain times.  We are should not overlook the mental health of those persons advised to self-isolate.  A hobby like dinosaur model collecting, model making, replica painting, building dioramas and so forth can play a significant part in helping with well-being.  We are also aware of the large numbers of children currently at home.

Keeping Children Occupied – Dinosaurs for Creative, Imaginative Play

Children playing with Schleich dinosaur and prehistoric animal models.

Children playing with dinosaur and prehistoric animal models.

Picture Credit: Schleich

Free Resources, Downloads, Fact Sheets, Games and Teaching Materials

It has always been our philosophy to support teachers, teaching assistants and home educators.  It is our belief that play is an essential part of childhood and the young people learn more whilst they are having fun.  A new dinosaur is named and described every two weeks or so.  There is always plenty to talk about when it comes to prehistoric animals.  In the light of the current situation, Everything Dinosaur acknowledges that some of our customers have additional needs and we have rolled out a programme of extra support and assistance.

  • Ensuring that everyone, not just schools have access to our free, educational downloads: General Teaching Resources.
  • Reception, nursery and Early Years Foundation Stage (ages 3-6) dinosaur themed teaching resources to download: Early Years Downloads.
  • Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (ages 6 to 12) dinosaur and fossil themed teaching resources to download: Key Stage 1 and 2 Downloads.
  • Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 (ages 12 to 16) dinosaur and fossil themed teaching resources to download: Key Stage 3 and 4 Downloads.
  • The Everything Dinosaur teaching blog – hundreds of articles featuring advice, hints, lesson plans and other materials: Everything Dinosaur Teaching Blog.
  • In addition, there is this blog site, with over 4, 750 articles and features about prehistoric animals and fossil discoveries.
  • Over the last ten days, Everything Dinosaur has initiated a programme of sending out every day to a lucky customer a free Mojo Fun golden model.
  • Support for our customers with additional needs have been rolled out including surprise free gifts, learning materials and free downloads.
  • Sending out personalised projects and providing one-to-one support for parents of children/young people with an interest in fossils and dinosaurs.
  • Supplying free puzzles, games, top trumps, crosswords as part of a programme to help support families in lockdown.

Everything Dinosaur Has Launched a Programme of Supporting Families at Home

Teaching support from Everything Dinosaur.

Everything Dinosaur providing lots of free resources to support families.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur remains committed to doing all it can to help in the current difficult situation.  For the time being, we are able to operate our mail order business with the minimum of disruption.  Everything Dinosaur is far from extinct!

Keep well, stay safe!

20 03, 2020

Everything Dinosaur Continuing to Support Schools and Home Educators

By | March 20th, 2020|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Educational Activities, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases, Teaching|0 Comments

Everything Dinosaur Continuing to Support Schools and Home Educators

At this time of uncertainty due to the coronavirus outbreak, Everything Dinosaur team members want to let you know how we are responding to the recent announcement about school closures. Our hearts go out to all those affected globally by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.  We are doing all we can to assist the education sector.  Everything Dinosaur is currently operating as normal and we intend to provide regular updates in what is a very fluid situation.  We are working very hard to limit the disruption to schools, nurseries and other academic bodies.

Everything Dinosaur has released the following statement:

Everything Dinosaur Team Members Helping to Support the Education Sector and Home Schooling

Everything Dinosaur supporting schools and home educators.

Everything Dinosaur team members working hard to support the educational sector and home schooling at this difficult time (coronavirus outbreak 2020).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The website links to gain access to our free teaching resources and other educational materials:

In addition, this blog site has posted up news stories, information about fossils, features about dinosaurs, evolution, natural selection, new theories and articles on other science related subject areas, every day since May 2007.  This is a resource that has over 4,750 articles, which are all free to access, helping to provide additional materials for teachers, teaching assistants, academics and home schoolers.

Furthermore, our hard-working and enthusiastic staff handle numerous email enquiries each day, providing advice, free prehistoric animal fact sheets and other resources.

Everything Dinosaur is working extremely hard to help support universities, colleges, nurseries, other academic bodies and home educators.  We continue to provide free of charge, a wide range of fossil and dinosaur themed teaching resources and learning materials.

19 03, 2020

Everything Dinosaur Supports Schools and Home Educators

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Everything Dinosaur Supports Schools and Home Educators

At Everything Dinosaur, the interests of our customers, our people and our communities are at the centre of everything we do and this is particularly important during these challenging times.  Our hearts go out to those affected globally by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  We want to let you know that you remain our top priority and we are doing all we can to assist schools, universities, nurseries and home educators.

In the light of the recent announcement with regards to school closures, Everything Dinosaur has released the following statement:

Everything Dinosaur Helping to Support Education and Home Schooling

Everything Dinosaur support schools and home educators.

Everything Dinosaur supporting teaching in these difficult times (coronavirus outbreak 2020).  The company has built up a substantial inventory of free to use and free to download educational resources.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The links to the free to use downloads:

Furthermore, our dedicated staff handle dozens of email enquiries every day, providing advice, free prehistoric animal fact sheets and other resources.

In China, there is a saying “may you live in interesting times”.  These are certainly “interesting times”.  Everything Dinosaur is doing all it can to help support schools, other academic bodies and home educators.  We are currently operating as normal and will update you regularly with any changes.  We are all working together to help limit the disruption to our customers and to still provide our excellent award-winning service.

Everything Dinosaur is working extremely hard to help support schools, colleges, universities, nurseries, other academic bodies and home educators.  We continue to provide free of charge, a wide range of fossil and dinosaur themed teaching resources and learning materials.

17 03, 2020

Prehistoric Animal Drawings Help to Inspire Young Artists

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Prehistoric Animal Drawings Help to Inspire Young Artists

Everything Dinosaur team members have been asked to support the science outreach activities being organised by Rochdale Borough Council as the Natural History Museum’s “Dippy the Diplodocus” exhibition arrives in the northwest of England.  The Diplodocus exhibit, donated to the London Natural History Museum in 1905, is currently undergoing a nationwide tour.  Staff from Everything Dinosaur have been asked to put together a series of fun, fossil themed workshops in various parts of the northwest.

Whilst visiting a library, a team member spotted some very familiar prehistoric animal figures helping to promote a drawing competition aimed at eager, enthusiastic young palaeontologists.

Prehistoric Animal Model Help to Inspire Dinosaur Drawings

Prehistoric animals help to inspire young artists.

Prehistoric animal models help to inspire children’s dinosaur colour competition.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

CollectA Prehistoric Life Liopleurodon and the CollectA Iguanodon

The model on the left of the photograph (above), is a Liopleurodon (marine reptile), from the CollectA Prehistoric Life range of figures.  The model on the right is that of an Iguanodon, also from the CollectA range.  Both these models represent long extinct creatures, fossils of which have been found in the British Isles.

A team member from Everything Dinosaur, in a break between delivering dinosaur and fossil themed workshops commented:

“It has been great to meet so many young dinosaur fans.  The Diplodocus event has attracted over a hundred thousand visitors to the area.  This has provided a real boost to the local economy.  We have seen a number of the entries in the dinosaur drawing competition and we have been most impressed with the illustrations and artwork.”

12 03, 2020

Remarkable Tiny Dinosaur Discovery Coincides with British Science Week

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Remarkable Tiny Dinosaur Discovery Coincides with British Science Week

Everything Dinosaur marks British Science Week 2020 by reporting on the remarkable discovery of a tiny fossilised skull preserved in amber from northern Myanmar (Burma).  The fossil skull, which measures just 14 millimetres long represents a new species within the clade Dinosauria.  It has been named Oculudentavis khaungraae it probably weighed about as much as the smallest living bird, the Bee Hummingbird.  Scientists have estimated that it was around 8-10 centimetres long.  This makes Oculudentavis the smallest dinosaur known to science.

The Tiny Skull of the Newly Described Oculudentavis khaungraae Preserved in Amber from Myanmar

Tiny skull peserved in amber from northern Myanmar.

Oculudentavis skull preserved in amber.  The tiny fossil skull is on the right amongst a lot of other debris and organic material trapped in the fossilised tree resin.  The narrow jaws and the large eye can be clearly made out.

Picture Credit: Lida Xing et al

Team members at Everything Dinosaur have compared Oculudentavis to Tyrannosaurus rex (a distant relative of this tiny creature).  They estimate that an adult Tyrannosaurus rex weighed around 3.5 million times heavier.  Ironically, the tiny teeth in the jaw of Oculudentavis suggest that just like T. rex it was a predator.  It probably hunted insects.  The fossil is estimated to be around 99 million years old.

The fossil discovery represents the smallest member of the Mesozoic Dinosauria clade known to science and it demonstrates the importance of amber as a means of permitting scientists to gain an insight into the ecology of an ancient habitat thanks to the preservation of small animals and other material in fossilised tree resin.

Specimens preserved in amber are emerging as an exceptional way to study very small animals that once lived alongside the generally much larger pterosaurs and dinosaurs.

What an amazing fossil discovery, the publication of the scientific paper having coincided with British Science Week.

Note

The conclusions of the scientific paper have been challenged, this fossil might represent the preserved remains of a lizard.

 

10 03, 2020

Supporting “Dippy on Tour”

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Everything Dinosaur Supporting “Dippy on Tour”

As part of the Natural History Museum of London’s nationwide tour of the Diplodocus dinosaur replica “Dippy on Tour”, Everything Dinosaur has been asked to provide a number of dinosaur and fossil themed outreach activities to help support the public’s perception of science.  During March (2020), team members will be visiting several locations in the north-west of England providing dinosaur and fossil themed workshops aimed at families.

Everything Dinosaur’s Outreach Activities Supporting a Nationwide Dinosaur Tour

Everything Dinosaur dinosaur and fossil workshops.

Everything Dinosaur will be conducting a number of outreach dinosaur workshops in Lancashire and Greater Manchester to support the “Dippy on Tour” programme.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

These fun and lively events sold out a long time ago.  Everything Dinosaur’s programme includes visiting numerous libraries and other public buildings and delivering educational and fun, family orientated dinosaur and fossil themed workshops.

A spokesperson for the company said:

“We are looking forward to the workshops and we are going to be very busy tackling all the questions about dinosaurs that we are going to be asked.  Our plan is to give away a few fossils too.”

8 03, 2020

Celebrating the Role of Women in Science on International Women’s Day 2020

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Celebrating the Role of Women in Science on International Women’s Day

Today, (March 8th 2020), is International Women’s Day.  International Women’s Day is an annual event, which has its origins in the early part of the 20th Century.  This day provides us with an opportunity to highlight the enormous contribution to science and scientific enquiry made by women.

Recognising and Celebrating the Contribution of Women in Science

Celebrating women in science

On International Women’s Day 2020, Everything Dinosaur acknowledges and celebrates the role of women in science.

Picture Credit: Ilderton Primary

On a visit to a school in London (Ilderton Primary), to deliver a series of dinosaur and fossil themed workshops, an Everything Dinosaur team member spotted a wonderful display highlighting the role of women in science.

It is great to see women in science celebrated in this way, we hope that the display helps to motivate and enthuse the next generation of women scientists.

14 02, 2020

New Research Suggests Climate Change Could Adversely Affect Amphibians and Reptiles

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New Research Suggests Climate Change Could Adversely Affect Amphibians and Reptiles

Researchers from Tel Aviv University (Israel) and Queen’s University Belfast have carried out one of the most comprehensive studies to date to better understand what affects life expectancy among all living vertebrates in the world.  The study’s conclusions not only challenge a long-accepted theory about the lifespan of organisms, but also provide a new perspective on climate change – that global warming could have a huge impact on the life expectancy among cold-blooded animals such as reptiles and amphibians.

With many schools having ponds in their grounds and wildlife areas, it is important to emphasise how crucial these habitats are for many animals, particularly frogs, toads and newts as the spawning season gets underway.

Forty-one Percent of All Amphibian Species Assessed to Date* Are Threatened with Extinction

Frogs threatened with extinction.

Frogs and other cold-blooded animals may be exceptionally vulnerable to climate change.

Picture Credit: Queen’s University Belfast

International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List Data.

The “Rate of Living” Theory

Some animals with backbones, such as some species of frog, can live for less than a year.  Whilst other animals such as elephants and turtles can live for a very long time. The “rate of living” theory has long been accepted as an explanation as to why organisms age.  According to this theory, the faster the metabolic rate the shorter the lifespan.  The scientists from Queen’s University Belfast and Tel Aviv University looked at data from over 4,100 land vertebrate species from across the planet to test the prevailing “rate of living” theory.  They found that ‘rate of living’ does not affect aging rates, rejecting the previously accepted link between metabolism and lifespan.

The study, published today (Friday 14 February), in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography, found that rates of aging in cold-blooded organisms including amphibians and reptiles are linked to high temperatures.  These findings led the scientists to propose an alternative hypothesis: the hotter the environment is, the faster the rate of living that in turn leads to more accelerated aging and a shorter lifespan.  Dr Daniel Pincheira-Donoso, co-author and Lecturer in Evolution & Macroecology at the School of Biological Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast, explained:

“Our findings can have critical implications for our understanding of factors that contribute to extinctions, especially in modern times when we are facing a worldwide decline of biodiversity, with cold-blooded animals being particularly endangered.  Now we know that the life-expectancy of cold-blooded vertebrates is linked to environmental temperatures, we could expect to see their lifespans further reduced as temperatures continue to rise through global warming.”

A Tiny Frog Emerging from a Pond

A frog emerging from a pond.

School wildlife areas can provide a vital habitat for frogs and other amphibians.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Providing suitable habitats for animals such as frogs, newts and toads is essential.  School wildlife areas, especially those with a body of water can play a vital role in helping to sustain local populations, as well as providing schoolchildren with an opportunity to study wildlife at close quarters.  Teaching teams can then use these resources to help link learning to key elements of the science curriculum.

12 02, 2020

Dinosaur Model Wins Award

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Wild Safari Prehistoric World Camarasaurus Model Wins Award

Readers of the magazine “Prehistoric Times” have voted the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Camarasaurus model the best dinosaur model of 2019.  The discerning readers of the magazine selected this dinosaur figure based on its scientific accuracy and its suitability for permitting creative, imaginative play.

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Camarasaurus Model Wins an Award

Voted the best dinosaur toy of 2019 by readers of Prehistoric Times magazine.

A winner of an award, the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Camarasaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

An Extensive and Diverse Prehistoric Animal Model Range

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World model range from Safari Ltd features an extensive range of extinct animals and other prehistoric creatures.  The Camarasaurus figure, the largest dinosaur introduced by this American company last year, has been voted the best dinosaur toy of 2019 by readers of “Prehistoric Times” magazine.

The Camarasaurus model (pronounced KAM-are-oh-sore-us ), measures around thirty-five centimetres long and that carefully sculpted head stands some sixteen centimetres high.  The model is not too heavy and ideal for little hands and creative minds.  The design team at Safari Ltd work hard to ensure that the dinosaur models that they create are scientifically accurate, utilising the latest research from palaeontologists to assist them in this process.

Voted the Best Dinosaur Toy of 2019 – The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Camarasaurus Dinosaur Model

The head and neck of the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Camarasaurus dinosaur model.

The beautifully detailed head and neck of the award-winning Camarasaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

“Prehistoric Times” readers praised the model for its intricate paint detail and the pose of the dinosaur with its foot raised as if the animal was in motion.  Whether on the shelf or in the toy chest, the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Camarasaurus makes an excellent accessory helping to encourage children to have fun and play whilst learning about dinosaurs and life in the past.

Commenting on the award, a spokesperson for UK-based Everything Dinosaur stated:

“Our teaching team recognises the benefits of creative, imaginative play.  It is wonderful to see that the great care and attention to detail that Safari Ltd put into their dinosaurs has been acknowledged by readers of the magazine.  At the heart of everything that Safari Ltd do, is the desire to develop toys that teach, helping to educate young learners, fostering their curiosity and their respect for the environment and conservation.  Learning about long extinct creatures such as the Camarasaurus can help children become enthusiastic environmental activists and provide a perspective on climate issues affecting our planet today.”

To view the range of dinosaur and prehistoric animals from Safari Ltd available from Everything Dinosaur: Safari Ltd – Wild Safari Prehistoric World Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals.

31 01, 2020

Pachycephalosaurus with a Bump on its Head

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Pachycephalosaurus with a Cranial Lesion

The recently introduced (2020), Wild Safari Prehistoric World Pachycephalosaurus dinosaur model is a highly detailed and scientifically accurate replica of a Late Cretaceous prehistoric animal.  This dinosaur toy has been expertly sculpted to highlight distinctive traits and characteristics of a “bone-headed” dinosaur.  The dome-headed skull with all its lumps and bumps has been skilfully recreated by the design team at Safari Ltd.

There’s even a scar on the skull showing the damage incurred as a result of a fight with another dinosaur.

An Everything Dinosaur Team Member Points out the “Battle Damage” on the Skull of the Dinosaur Model

Battle damage on a Pachycephalosaurus model.

An Everything Dinosaur team member highlights the battle damage on the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Pachycephalosaurus model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Cranial Lesion

The models and figures that make up the Wild Safari Prehistoric World range by Safari Ltd are great for creative, imaginative play.  The prehistoric animal models are thoroughly researched so that they are as accurate as possible.  The Pachycephalosaurus figure has been intricately painted in a striking orange colour with the skull area coloured grey.  It is an excellent figure, one that will encourage children to have fun and play whilst learning more about the lives of long extinct animals.

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Pachycephalosaurus Dinosaur Model (Safari Ltd)

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Pachycephalosaurus with cranial lesion.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Pachycephalosaurus (the arrow indicates cranial lesion).  The red arrow in the picture highlights the cranial lesion on the dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“Safari Ltd have a substantial range of dinosaurs and prehistoric animal models in their portfolio.  The design team try their very best to provide scientifically accurate figures and this Pachycephalosaurus with its battle damage is typical of this model range.  Providing a dinosaur with a realistic dent in its skull (battle damage), helps children to appreciate that these models represent animals that lived in the past, animals that were just as active and complex as many animals that the children are familiar with that are alive today.”

To view the Safari Ltd Pachycephalosaurus and the rest of the models and figures in this range available from Everything Dinosaur: Wild Safari Prehistoric World Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals Models.

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