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22 06, 2024

King of the Giant Apes Gets a Vintage Makeover

By |2024-06-16T12:31:15+01:00June 22nd, 2024|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models, Nanmu Studio Models|0 Comments

Our thanks to Carl who sent into Everything Dinosaur an image featuring his recently acquired King of the Giant Apes figure.  Nanmu Studio have created a limited-edition, resin model of an iconic movie monster.  This spectacular figure is supplied complete with a stunning display base.  It is a wonderful model and model collector Carl wanted to give his figure a vintage look.

King of the Giant Apes

One of Everything Dinosaur’s customers got quite artistic with their new Nanmu Studio King of the Giant Apes figure. Picture credit: Carl

Picture credit: Carl

The image refers to the figure as the “Fury and the Rage”.  This is a nod towards the Chinese name for this resin model. Carl has given his image a monochrome look. The first movie to feature the giant ape “King Kong” was released in 1933.  In this film the huge ape battled numerous prehistoric animals including dinosaurs and pterosaurs.  Carl’s image is a perhaps a tribute to this first film.

King of the Giant Apes

The King of the Giant Apes from Nanmu Studio is a truly spectacular figure.  This resin figure is supplied with its own hand-painted display stand.  The giant ape model measures some twenty-three cm high.  The display base is approximately fifteen centimetres in length and some ten and a half centimetres wide at its widest part.  A peg on the foot of the ape figure ensures that the model sits securely on its base.

The King of the Giant Apes display base.

The King of the Giant Apes display base. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture (above) shows the Nanmu Studio King of the Giant Apes display base.  The eight-sided hole towards the rear of the base is to accommodate the peg on the model’s foot.  When the model ape is inserted into the base the peg and the hole cannot be seen.

To view the range of Nanmu Studio figures and models in stock at Everything Dinosaur: Nanmu Studio Models and Figures.

“Fury and Rage”

The figure depicts the giant ape fighting.  It has many scars from previous battles including some that look quite fresh.  The right hand is raised as if the huge gorilla is about to throw a punch.  The mouth is open and the beautiful detail of the inside of the mouth can be seen.   The left hand is placed forward and is about to rest on the ground.

Nanmu Studio King of the Giant Apes.

The Nanmu Studio King of the Giant Apes on its magnificent display stand. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur praised Nanmu Studio for creating such a stunning, limited-edition resin figure.

Our thanks to model collector Carl, who sent in such a superb piece of artwork featuring the King of the Giant Apes.

Visit the award-winning Everything Dinosaur website: Dinosaur Figures and Replicas.

19 06, 2024

New Nanmu Studio Velociraptor Figures from Everything Dinosaur

By |2024-06-20T12:21:56+01:00June 19th, 2024|Everything Dinosaur videos, Nanmu Studio Models|0 Comments

The new for 2024 Nanmu Studio Velociraptors are in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  To celebrate their arrival, Mike and Sue of Everything Dinosaur created a YouTube short.  Sue is holding the Blood Knight figure, whilst Mike highlights the White Queen articulated model.  The two team members demonstrate the product packaging and comment on the quality of the figures.  Nanmu Studio intends to bring out more articulated dinosaur figures later this year (2024).  For example, there are plans for an articulated Carnotaurus model.

The Nanmu Studio Zero-Set Easy Motion Velociraptors each have twenty-four points of articulation.  They are supplied with a transparent support stand and each figure has a flexible tail.  Customers will also receive a free Everything Dinosaur Velociraptor fact sheet with purchases.

Video credit: Everything Dinosaur

Visit the Everything Dinosaur YouTube channel for more videos: Everything Dinosaur on YouTube.

The New Nanmu Studio Velociraptors

The two new Nanmu Studio Velociraptors measure approximately thirty-five centimetres in length.  Depending on the pose chosen, the model height is around thirteen centimetres.  Nanmu Studio does not declare a scale for these articulated dinosaur models.  However, based on these measurements we estimate that the models are in 1/6th scale approximately.

To view the range of Nanmu Studio figures in stock at Everything Dinosaur: Nanmu Studio Dinosaurs.

Nanmu Studio articulated Velociraptor models.

The beautiful packaging of the Nanmu Studio Velociraptor figures. The Blood Knight packaging (top) and the White Queen packaging (bottom). Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Mike from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We enjoy seeing videos sent into us by customers.  There are plans for us to make more Instagram Reels and YouTube shorts that highlight the models and figures we have in stock.  We hope our customers find these videos helpful and informative.”

To view the extensive range of dinosaur and prehistoric animal models and toys in stock, take a look at Everything Dinosaurs award-winning website: Dinosaur Models and Toys.

18 06, 2024

New “Prehistoric Times” Issue 150 Sneak Peek

By |2024-06-20T10:44:00+01:00June 18th, 2024|Magazine Reviews, Prehistoric Times|0 Comments

Everything Dinosaur would like to thank editor Mike Fredericks who emailed the front cover artwork for “Prehistoric Times” issue 150.  We are reliably informed that the correct term for celebrating a special 150th event is a sesquicentennial.  The painting on the front cover has a retro look to it.  It reminds us of the artwork associated with the Aurora Prehistoric Scenes kits from the late 1960s and early 1970s.  The front cover features Tyrannosaurus rex.  The illustration is the work of Bob Eggleton.

"Prehistoric Times" Issue 150 front cover.

The front cover of issue 150 (summer 2024) of “Prehistoric Times” magazine.  The artwork was created by Bob Eggleton.  Picture credit: Mike Fredericks.

Picture credit: Mike Fredericks

“Prehistoric Times” Magazine Issue 150

As always, issue 150 of “Prehistoric Times” magazine is crammed full of excellent articles and amazing artwork.  Editor Mike Fredericks wrote to Everything Dinosaur and outlined some of the magazine’s contents. It is 91 years since the first King Kong film hit cinema screens. This famous monster movie had its premiere in the spring of 1933. The film starred Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong. However, the titular character, the giant ape, was to become enshrined in movie folklore. Directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack the film grossed over $5 million USD. The stop-motion monsters were created and animated by Willis H. O’Brien. The 1933 King Kong film regularly features in lists of the top one hundred most influential movies of all time.

Nanmu Studio King of the Giant Apes.

The 1933 monster movie inspires and enthrals ninety-one years later.  For example, the recently introduced Nanmu Studio King of the Giant Apes resin figure pays tribute to this iconic movie monster.  The image shows the Nanmu Studio King of the Giant Apes on its magnificent display stand. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture above shows the recently introduced limited-edition giant ape resin model by Nanmu Studio.  It seems that the giant ape from the cinema continues to inspire designers, artists and model makers.

To view the range of Nanmu Studio prehistoric animal figures in stock at Everything Dinosaur: Nanmu Studio Models.

Tyrannosaurus rex and Mosasaurus

The two prehistoric animals to feature in issue 150 are Tyrannosaurus rex and Mosasaurus.  We look forward to reading more about these prehistoric creatures, in the articles, which we suspect will be penned by the excellent Phil Hore.  We are also looking forward to seeing all the reader submitted artwork and illustrations.

There is an interview with artist Jay Matternes about his new book.  Famous palaeontologist Jack Horner outlines his extensive work on the Dinosauria including T. rex and the great and the good in the “Prehistoric Times” community get to discuss their fascination with the “King of the Tyrant Lizards”.  Everything Dinosaur gets a mention too.

Tracy Ford looks at tyrannosaurs and there is a feature on the first publication of a feathered T. rex illustration.  Subscribers can learn more about the remarkable work of the influential 20th century artist Zdeněk Burian and the magazine will feature the latest model reviews and fossil discoveries.  Editor Mike Fredericks has informed us that there will be a T. rex model build article in issue 150.

“Prehistoric Times” magazine is published quarterly.  It is a great magazine, and we can’t wait to receive our copy of this special 150th edition.

To learn more about the magazine and to subscribe: “Prehistoric Times” Magazine.

17 06, 2024

A New Unenlagiine Taxon from the Upper Cretaceous

By |2024-06-19T15:42:46+01:00June 17th, 2024|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Palaeontological articles|0 Comments

Scientists have described a new unenlagiine theropod taxon from Argentina.  The new dinosaur has been named Diuqin lechiguanae.  Its fossils come from the Bajo de la Carpa Formation of the Neuquén Basin of Neuquén Province in northern Patagonia.  Diuqin lechiguanae has been described from fragmentary postcranial remains.  A broken tooth tentatively assigned to a megaraptor was found in close proximity to the specimen.  The left humerus (upper arm bone) has two, distinct puncture marks.  These marks have been interpreted as possible evidence of predation or post-mortem feeding traces on the Diuqin carcase.

Diuqin lechiguanae life reconstruction.

Diuqin lechiguanae life reconstruction. Picture credit: Hannah Jones and Andrew McAfee.

Diuqin lechiguanae

This carnivorous theropod measured around 2.5 to 3 metres in length. The researchers identified a suite of unique anatomical characters. This enabled them to confidently erect a new taxon. Diuqin lechiguanae had hollow bones, and probably a long snout and jaws lined with short, but sharp teeth.

The genus name is derived from the language of the indigenous Mapuce people. It translates as “bird of prey”. The species name comes from “Lechiguana”, a witch in the 1975 horror film “Nazareno Cruz y el Lobo”. This film was directed by the eminent Argentinian filmmaker Leonardo Favio.  The binomial scientific name translates as “Lechiguana’s bird of prey”.

D. lechiguanae is the first unenlagiine to be described from fossils associated with the Bajo de la Carpa Formation. It lived around 85 million years ago (Santonian faunal stage of the Late Cretaceous). As such, it helps to plug a gap of several million years in the unenlagiine fossil record. This new dinosaur provides a fresh perspective on the evolution of theropods towards the origin of today’s birds.

The Unenlagiinae Subfamily

The Unenlagiinae are an enigmatic subfamily of theropod dinosaurs closely related to birds. Most palaeontologists consider them to be a subfamily of the Dromaeosauridae. However, their taxonomy remains controversial and more fossil discoveries may challenge this view. For example, a revision based on a more complete phylogenetic analysis could lead to their separation from the dromaeosaurids and the establishment of the family Unenlagiidae.

The oldest known unenlagiine described to date is Buitreraptor gonzalezorum.  Buitreraptor was named and described in 2005. Four fossil specimens of B. gonzalezorum were excavated from deposits associated with the Candeleros Formation (northern Patagonia). It is believed to have roamed Argentina approximately 98 million years ago (early Cenomanian faunal stage of the Late Cretaceous). The geologically youngest unenlagiine is the six-metre-long Austroraptor cabazai which, like Buitreraptor is known from fossils found in the Neuquén Province of Argentina.  Its fossils are associated with the Allen Formation.  Austroraptor lived around seventy million years ago.

Beasts of the Mesozoic Buitreraptor model

A model of Buitreraptor gonzalezorum from the Beasts of the Mesozoic Wetlands Accessory Pack.

The model (above) is a representation of Buitreraptor gonzalezorum, the oldest unenlagiine theropod described to date.  The figure is from the Beasts of the Mesozoic articulated models range.

To view the range of Beasts of the Mesozoic figures in stock: Beasts of the Mesozoic Figures.

The Unenlagiinae subfamily was erected in 1999 by the distinguished Argentinian palaeontologist José Bonaparte (1999). It consists of several genera of small to medium-sized theropods and for the time-being they are confined to the southern portion of the Gondwana landmass (Antarctica and South America). Their geographical and temporal distribution may change as fossil specimens from Europe, North America, Madagascar and Australia have been putatively assigned to the Unenlagiinae.

Diuqin lechiguanae and Other South American Theropods

Other dromaeosaurids from Neuquén Province include Pamparaptor micros, Unenlagia paynemili and Neuquenraptor argentinus.  Both Unenlagia and Neuquenraptor are assigned to the Unenlagiinae, whilst the taxonomic placement of Pamparaptor as a member of the Unenlagiinae subfamily remains uncertain.

To read an article from 2021 about the discovery of an unenlagiine theropod from south-eastern Brazil (Ypupiara lopai): New Fish-eating Dinosaur from Brazil.

For an article describing a basal member of the Dromaeosauridae from Mongolia (Halszkaraptor escuilliei) that led to a revision of the Dromaeosauridae family: The Remarkable Halszkaraptor.

An article on the bizarre and possibly semi-aquatic Natovenator polydontus that illustrates the diversity of the Dromaeosauridae: New Research Suggests that Natovenator Hunted Fish.

Everything Dinosaur acknowledges the assistance of Dr Juan Porfiri (Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Buenos Aires) in the compilation of this article.

The scientific paper: “Diuqin lechiguanae gen. et sp. nov., a new unenlagiine (Theropoda: Paraves) from the Bajo de la Carpa Formation (Neuquén Group, Upper Cretaceous) of Neuquén Province, Patagonia, Argentina” by Juan D. Porfiri, Mattia A. Baiano, Domenica D. dos Santos, Federico A. Gianechini, Michael Pittman and Matthew C. Lamanna published in BMC Ecology and Evolution.

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16 06, 2024

New Nanmu Studio Articulated Velociraptor Models

By |2024-06-19T13:12:24+01:00June 16th, 2024|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Nanmu Studio Models|0 Comments

The new Nanmu Studio Zero-Set Easy Motion articulated Velociraptor models are now in stock at Everything Dinosaur. We have Blood Knight and the White Queen.  These new dinosaur models are part of an innovative model series.  Nanmu Studio intends to introduce more articulated dinosaur figures.

Articulated Velociraptor models from Nanmu Studio.

The new for 2024 Nanmu Studio Zero-Set Easy Motion Velociraptor models.  The White Queen figure is on the right (foreground).  The Nanmu Studio Zero-Set Easy Motion Velociraptor Blood Knight is on the left (background).

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur praised these new models and added:

“White Queen and Blood Knight each have twenty-four points of articulation.  Each figure is supplied with a display stand and the models have flexible tails.  The packaging is cleverly designed too.”

To view the range of Nanmu Studio models available from Everything Dinosaur: Nanmu Studio Models.

Articulated Velociraptor Models

These articulated Velociraptor figures measure around thirty-five centimetres in length. The head height of the models is approximately thirteen centimetres. Everything Dinosaur team members have designated these models as collectable prehistoric animal models (15+).  Some assembly is required.  For example, the tail has to be inserted into the body of the Velociraptor.  We recommend that the tail is dipped in hot water, or warmed with a hairdryer before the figure is assembled.  This should make inserting the tail easier.  In addition, a smear of vegetable oil can be added to the ball joint in the body to help with the insertion.

The Blood Knight Velociraptor is darker in colour, and it has a row of quills on the back of its head.  These quills are the only representation of feathers on the figures.

Nanmu Studio articulated Velociraptor models.

The beautiful packaging of the Nanmu Studio Velociraptor figures. The Blood Knight packaging (top) and the White Queen packaging (bottom). Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Nanmu Studio Figures

Each figure has a total of twenty-four points of articulation.  The models will be supplied with a free Everything Dinosaur Velociraptor fact sheet.  There are plans to introduce Carnotaurus figures into this articulated series in the near future.

The design team at Nanmu Studio are to be congratulated for producing such excellent dinosaur figures.

Visit the user friendly and award-winning Everything Dinosaur website: Dinosaur Models and Figures.

15 06, 2024

King of the Giant Apes Reviewed

By |2024-06-16T17:10:39+01:00June 15th, 2024|Dinosaur Fans, Nanmu Studio Models, Product Reviews|0 Comments

Nanmu Studio has recently introduced a highly collectable ape replica.  The model is entitled “King of the Giant Apes” and it is a tribute to the famous giant gorilla from the movies.  This is a limited-edition figure, and it is made from high quality resin.  It is a stunning replica of a great ape.  The figure is supplied complete with an art card and a beautiful display base.

Nanmu Studio King of the Giant Apes.

The Nanmu Studio “King of the Giant Apes” on its magnificent display stand. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the range of Nanmu Studio figures in stock at Everything Dinosaur: Nanmu Studio Models.

“King of the Giant Apes”

The Nanmu Studio “King of the Giant Apes” figure stands approximately twenty-three centimetres high.  Its display base measures around fifteen centimetres in length.  The base is approximately ten and a half centimetres wide at its widest part.  The base, like the ape model shows fantastic detail.  A peg on the underside of the right foot secures the figure in place.  This peg slots neatly into an eight-sided hole on one of the flat rocks at the rear of the base.  The base has lots of human remains moulded into it.  All of them (mostly skulls) have been beautifully painted.

The King of the Giant Apes display base.

The “King of the Giant Apes” display base. The hole for the peg to secure the model can be seen as can the beautifully painted human remains.  Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Only five hundred figures have been made.  There are no plans to make any more. Once these figures have been sold that will be that.  Each figure has a number stated on the underside of the base. Each number is unique.

The underside of the display base of the "King of the Giant Apes" figure.

The underside of the display base of the “King of the Giant Apes” figure.  Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur praised the design team at Nanmu Studio for producing such an excellent figure.

The spokesperson added:

“Only five hundred of these remarkable figures have been made.  They are fantastic and highly collectable.  These figures are extremely popular with movie enthusiasts and fans of prehistoric animals.”

The user friendly Everything Dinosaur website: Rare Dinosaur Models and Figures.

14 06, 2024

Douglassarachne acanthopoda a New Species of Carboniferous Arachnid

By |2024-06-16T11:39:47+01:00June 14th, 2024|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Main Page, Photos/Pictures of Fossils|0 Comments

A new species of prehistoric arachnid has been named and described from the famous Mazon Creek fossil site in Illinois, USA.  The new species has been named Douglassarachne acanthopoda.  The fossils are believed to be around 308 million years old.  D. acanthopoda is characterised by its remarkably robust and spiny legs.  Its appearance is strikingly different from all other living or extinct arachnids.  The preserved character combination examined by the researchers does not permit easy referral to any known arachnid, living or extinct.  Thus, the new fossil in placed as Arachnida, in the clade Tetrapulmonata.  The Tetrapulmonata consists of the whip scorpions and the true spiders.

Douglassarachne acanthopoda fossil.

Douglassarachne acanthopoda fossil. A bizarre, Late Carboniferous arachnid. Picture credit: Professor Paul Selden.

Picture credit: Professor Paul Selden

A Bizarre Arachnid with Spiny Legs – Douglassarachne acanthopoda

This new Carboniferous invertebrate has been described in a scientific paper published in the “Journal of Paleontology”.  Researchers Jason Dunlop from the Museum of Natural History, Berlin and Paul Selden (University of Kansas/London Natural History Museum), wrote the paper.

During the Carboniferous, many different types of arachnids evolved.  These included forms that we are familiar with today, such as the true spiders, harvestmen and scorpions. There were also many exotic animals that today are confined mainly to the tropics. Animals like the whip spiders and whip scorpions.  The fossil record suggests that in the coal forests, true spiders were quite rare.  Among these were primitive forms and other lineages that have no living descendants.

To read a recent article about the discovery of the oldest harvestmen from Germany: The Oldest Harvestmen from Germany are Scientifically Described

Preserved Inside a Clay-Ironstone Nodule

The Mazon Creek site is famous for its remarkable fossils.  It preserves the flora and fauna of a Late Carboniferous tropical forest.  The ecosystem was very different to modern ecosystems.  The Douglassarachne acanthopoda specimen (number FMNH PE 91366), was discovered in the 1980s by Bob Masek in a clay-ironstone concretion. Bob deployed a common method for splitting the concretion.  He placed the nodule outside immersed water throughout the winter.  The cold and frost penetrated natural fissures in the concretion along the plane containing the fossil.  After the weather had done its work, a blow from a geology hammer was enough to split the nodule and reveal the fossil.

The specimen was acquired by David Douglass and was displayed at the Douglass family’s Prehistoric Life Museum.  The fossil was donated to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago in 2023 so it could be studied.

The body of the D. acanthopoda measures 15.4 mm in length.  The extremely spiny legs probably evolved to deter predators. Whilst it might superficially resemble an extant harvestman or mite, it differs significantly from any extant harvestman or any other known arachnid group.  Unfortunately, the mouthparts (chelicerae) are not preserved.  This makes classification difficult.  Douglassarachne has bene tentatively assigned to the Tetrapulmonata clade.  This clade includes the true spiders, whip spiders and whip scorpions.

Diverse Arachnids

Whilst is it not possible to determine the exact evolutionary relationship of Douglassarachne acanthopoda, it is noted that during the Carboniferous a diverse variety of arachnids evolved.  Some of these families later died out.  Many forms became extinct during the so-called “Carboniferous Rainforest Collapse” when global climate change led to the decline of the coal forests.

Everything Dinosaur acknowledges the assistance of a media release from the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin in the compilation of this article.

The scientific paper: “A remarkable spiny arachnid from the Pennsylvanian Mazon Creek Lagerstätte, Illinois” by Selden, P. A. and Dunlop, J.A. published in the Journal of Paleontology.

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13 06, 2024

Nanmu Studio King of the Giant Apes Battles Tyrannosaurs

By |2024-06-16T11:40:41+01:00June 13th, 2024|Dinosaur Fans, Nanmu Studio Models|0 Comments

Our thanks to dinosaur model collector Carl who sent into Everything Dinosaur some more photographs of his collection.  Carl had recently acquired the stunning, limited-edition Nanmu Studio King of the Giant Apes figure.  He wanted to recreate a famous movie scene in which a giant ape fights tyrannosaurs.  Using CollectA prehistoric plant models as a backdrop, this dedicated model collector used mainly Nanmu Studio figures to recreate the iconic film scene.

The Nanmu Studio King of the Giant Apes figure confronts tyrannosaurs.

Giant apes fight tyrannosaurs. A recreation of a scene from iconic monster movies. Picture credit: Carl.

Picture credit: Carl

Nanmu Studio King of the Giant Apes

The Nanmu Studio Dragon Soul King of the Apes rage statue is a limited-edition figure.  It is a wonderful resin model. A superb, highly collectable Nanmu Studio Dragon Soul King of the Apes figure, complete with a display base.  Each figure has its own unique number underneath the impressive display base. The model stands around 23 cm high and the display base measures 15 cm long.  It looks amazing in a diorama containing other hand-painted scale figures.

Nanmu Studio King of the Giant Apes fighting a pair of tyrannosaurs.

A fight to the finish, surrounded by CollectA prehistoric plants. Nanmu Studio King of the Giant Apes fighting a pair of tyrannosaurs. Picture credit: Carl.

Picture credit: Carl

To view the range of Nanmu Studio figures available from Everything Dinosaur: Nanmu Studio Figures.

Different Types of Nanmu Studio Tyrannosaurs

The photographs highlight several Nanmu Studio tyrannosaurs.  Nanmu Studio “Once and Future King” feature along with the Nanmu Studio “Alpha” T. rex.  The dinosaurs and giant apes, look really good alongside a selection of CollectA prehistoric plants.

Nanmu Studio King of the Giant Apes does battle with two tyrannosaurs.

Recreating a scene from Skull Island. The Nanmu Studio King of the Giant Apes limited-edition resin model does battle with two Nanmu Studio tyrannosaurs. Picture credit: Carl.

Picture credit: Carl.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“Thank you for sending into Everything Dinosaur, a selection of superb photographs.  We enjoy viewing pictures sent into us by collectors.”

“Vastatosaurus rex” and the Nanmu Studio King of the Giant Apes

One of the photographs received features the Nanmu Studio Shadow Monarch figures.  The King of the Giant Apes is battling two Nanmu Studio figures, the Shadow Monarch tyrannosaurs.  The Shadow Monarchs remind team members of Vastatosaurus rex from the 2005 King Kong film.

Giant ape model battles two tyrannosaurus figures.

The King of the Giant Apes from Nanmu Studio does battle with two Nanmu Studio tyrannosaurs. The tyrannosaurs remind us of Vastatosaurus from the 2005 King Kong film. Vastatosaurus rex “Ravager Lizard King” from Skull Island is thought to be a direct descendant of the T. rex theropod lineage.  Picture credit: Carl.

Picture credit: Carl.

The Vastatosaurus rex from the film is not based on any known tyrannosaur species.  According to most sources, Vastatosaurus rex is thought to be descended from Tyrannosaurus rex.

Visit the award-winning Everything Dinosaur website: Dinosaur Figures and Models.

12 06, 2024

New “Prehistoric Times” Magazine Reviewed (Issue 149)

By |2024-06-13T18:54:20+01:00June 12th, 2024|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Dinosaur Fans, Magazine Reviews, Main Page, Prehistoric Times|1 Comment

The latest edition of “Prehistoric Times” is brimming over with lots of amazing articles, illustrations and features.  This well-respected magazine has a global readership, and it is published quarterly.  The two featured prehistoric animals are the Brazilian pterosaur Tapejara and the North American ceratopsian Styracosaurus.  Thanks to Phil Hore, for once again producing a couple of informative and most interesting articles.  Styracosaurus provides the inspiration for the front cover artwork which was created by Kurt Miller. Palaeontologist Jordan Mallon explores the Styracosaurus specimens in the vertebrate collection of the Canadian Museum of Nature.  The genus may have been erected over a hundred years ago, but despite recent centrosaurine discoveries, “spike lizard” continues to amaze and inspire.

The front cover artwork for "Prehistoric Times" issue 149.

The front cover artwork for “Prehistoric Times” issue 149 (Spring 2024).

 

Poignantly, editor Mike Fredericks includes an image of a Styracosaurus statue made by the artist and sculptor Mike Trcic.  We were saddened to hear of his passing and our condolences to his family.

Styracosaurus Artwork in “Prehistoric Times”

There are lots of Styracosaurus illustrations accompanying Phil Hore’s excellent article. Once again, we have been impressed by the reader contributions.  Personal favourites include the pair of Styracosaurus fighting by Victoria Grabowski, the black and white drawing of the impressive head crest and nose horn created by Brad McFeeters and the illustration by the magazine’s editor Mike Fredericks.  Honourable mentions too for Mike Landry for his CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale inspired Styracosaurus artwork and for Wade Carmen, whose main drawing reminded us of the Papo Styracosaurus figure.

Tracy Lee Ford helps us put skin on the bones of sauropods.  In a fascinating article the dermal armour of titanosaurs is explored.  In addition, we learn more about dermal spines on diplodocids.  On the subject of sauropods and titanosaurs in particular, we note that Randy Knol includes the new CollectA Dreadnoughtus figure in his review of recently introduced figures.

South American Native Ungulates (SANUs)

J. R. Lavas continues his exploration of the artwork produced by the highly influential Czech artist Zdeněk Burian.  In this issue the focus is on South American native ungulates (SANUs).  As with the sparassodonts which featured in issue 148, SANUs were not popular subjects with many early 20th century palaeoartists. For example, Burian only produced a few sketches and no formal paintings.  The author has used some of his own superb illustrations for the article.

Macrauchenia patachonica illustrated.

Macrauchenia patachonica illustrated. Picture credit: J. Lavas.

Picture credit: J. Lavas

Burian’s artwork does feature in an article by Rosta Walica covering the three volumes of the “Prehistoric World of Zdeněk Burian”.  The article outlines the extensive work involved in compiling this comprehensive trilogy.  There are plenty of Burian’s paintings to admire, the authors including several prehistoric mammal illustrations as well as some of Burian’s classic dinosaur artwork.

Pioneering Palaeontologists and Palaeoartists

This year marks the 170th anniversary of the opening of the world’s first dinosaur theme park at Crystal Palace, London. A conservation programme to protect these grade I listed statues is continuing. Slowly but surely these iconic statues are being restored to their former glory.  In a piece penned by Victor Monnin, the observations of H. G. Wells on time travel are discussed.  Wells wrote the highly influential book “The Time Machine”.  It was published in 1895.  The article is illustrated with images of H. G. Wells and two prints highlighting the Crystal Palace geological park.

To read Everything Dinosaur’s blog post about the restoration of the prehistoric animal statues at Crystal Palace: A Palaeotherium is Welcomed Back.

The magazine features an interview with British palaeontologist Mike Benton and the palaeoartist Bob Nicholls.  They have collaborated on a new book that examines dinosaur behaviour.  The Mesozoic media section contains several book reviews including another volume by Professor Michael Benton entitled “Extinctions – How Life Survives, Adapts and Evolves”.

Other highlights of issue 149 include an interview with veteran preparator Howell Thomas of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the concluding part of Sean Kotz’s build a Stegosaurus kit.

Congratulations to Chuck Egnaczak, Anders Bang, Matt Finstrom, Chris Alfalo and all the other artwork contributors for Phil Hore’s Tapejara piece and take a look at the comprehensive “Paleonews” section.

For further details about “Prehistoric Times” magazine and to subscribe: “Prehistoric Times” Magazine.

11 06, 2024

A New Achillobator Dinosaur Scale Drawing

By |2024-06-21T08:51:59+01:00June 11th, 2024|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings|0 Comments

Everything Dinosaur team members have created a new Achillobator giganticus scale drawing for use in their free Everything Dinosaur Achillobator fact sheet.  The fact sheet is being prepared as the new Beasts of the Mesozoic Achillobator figure is due in stock next month (July 2024).  This taxon represents one of the largest dromaeosaurs known to science. Whilst there has been speculation about whether the original fossil material belonged to more than one individual dinosaur, it is likely that the material does represent a single, individual animal.

Size estimates vary, but most palaeontologists suggest a total body length of between five and six metres. It was a robust dromaeosaur estimated to have weighed around three hundred kilograms.

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Achillobator Scale Drawing

Achillobator (A. giganticus) was scientifically described in 1999 (Perle et al).  Although, the fossils were discovered many years earlier.  The fragmentary fossil material associated with this taxon comes from the Upper Cretaceous Bayan Shireh Formation of Mongolia.  It is difficult to date the fossil material precisely.  However, it is thought that Achillobator lived around 95 to 89 million years ago.  Therefore, Achillobator lived during the Late Cretaceous (Cenomanian to the Turonian faunal stage of the Late Cretaceous).

Achillobator giganticus scale drawing.

Everything Dinosaur has produced a scale drawing of the giant dromaeosaurid Achillobator giganticus. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented that there were two shipments of Beasts of the Mesozoic figures heading to the company’s warehouse.  One of these shipments contains the Achillobator figures along with the new Beasts of the Mesozoic Utahraptor figure.

The spokesperson added:

“It seems the design team are aiming to create articulated replicas of some of the largest dromaeosaurids known to science.  Both the Achillobator giganticus and the Utahraptor ostrommaysi are on the same shipment.  They should be in stock at Everything Dinosaur at the same time.”

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