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Everything Dinosaur team members working in schools, helping museums and other educational bodies. Our work with and in schools.

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.


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.

14 01, 2020

Ysgol Maes Owen – Deinosoriaid

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Ysgol Maes Owen – Deinosoriaid

The children in Year 3 and Year 4 at Ysgol Maes Owen in North Wales have been studying dinosaurs and fossils this spring term.  The eager young palaeontologists constructed a “dinosaur island” and are researching prehistoric animals so that they can populate their own “Jurassic World”.  As part of  the term topic, the enthusiastic teaching team have challenged the children to learn lots of dinosaur facts and to build a set of dinosaur “Top Trumps”.  We hope our advice about which was the cleverest dinosaur helped.

With four workshops to squeeze into the day, a classroom had to be allocated for the visitor from Everything Dinosaur.  Not to worry, there was plenty of space in the classroom to put all the resources our dinosaur expert had brought and there was still room to have a go at creeping through a forest like a giant, armoured dinosaur.

During wet play (thanks to storm Brendan), Lilly demonstrated her appreciation of dinosaurs (deinosoriaid), she certainly enjoys learning all about dinosaurs as her note (below) shows.

Lilly Shows Her Appreciation for Dinosaurs

Lilly showing her appreciation of dinosaurs.

Lilly loves dinosaurs.

Picture Credit: Ysgol Maes Owen/Everything Dinosaur

We are sure the footprint measuring resources along with the dinosaur timeline lesson plan we provided will help the teaching team with this exciting topic.

10 01, 2020

Spotting a Gomphotherium

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Spotting a Gomphotherium

Whilst on a visit to a school to deliver a series of dinosaur and fossil themed workshops to lower Key Stage 2 classes, one of our team members at Everything Dinosaur was given the opportunity to view some of the work carried out by the Year six children as they studied Darwinism and natural selection as part of their curriculum.  Several of the children had collaborated on poster displays providing an outline of Darwin’s ground-breaking theory regarding how populations change due to the transfer of heritable traits from one generation to another.  The posters included details of Darwin’s life such as his voyage on the Beagle, his work on the finches on the Galapagos Islands and of course, the publication of his book “The Origin of Species” and its consequences for academia and the wider world.

One part of the display focused on the evolution of the elephant family (Order Proboscidea) and our eagle-eyed team member spotted an image of the CollectA Deluxe 1:20 scale Gomphotherium model that had been used to help illustrate different genera of ancient elephants.

An Image of the CollectA Deluxe 1:20 Scale Gomphotherium Model Features in the Display

CollectA Deluxe Gomphotherium model features in a school poster.

The CollectA Deluxe 1:20 scale Gomphotherium model features in a display on the evolution of elephants.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Many different types of prehistoric elephant were featured in the posters.  For example, one of the earliest and most primitive members of the elephant family – Moeritherium was featured, along with Deinotheres and representatives of the Mammuthus genus.

The CollectA Deluxe Gomphotherium Model

CollectA Gomphotherium.

The CollectA 1:20 scale Gomphotherium model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Our team member suggested that Everything Dinosaur would be happy to assist the children with their studies by providing scale drawings of a number of proboscideans.

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