The new Beasts of the Mesozoic Fans’ Choice Medusaceratops model is in stock at Everything Dinosaur. This beautiful, articulated replica of Medusaceratops lokii is one of the latest horned dinosaur figures in the Beasts of the Mesozoic model series to arrive at Everything Dinosaur’s UK warehouse.
Beasts of the Mesozoic Fans’ Choice Medusaceratops
Fossils of Medusaceratops (M. lokii) are known from Upper Cretaceous deposits of Montana (USA). A member of the centrosaurine clade of horned dinosaurs, Medusaceratops roamed North America around 78 million years ago (Campanian faunal stage of the Late Cretaceous). Palaeontologists estimate that this large herbivore grew to a length in excess of six metres and it might have weighed more than three tonnes.
As with all the amazing Beasts of the Mesozoic models, the box artwork has been praised. The superb illustration of a resting Medusaceratops was created by Raph Lomotan.
Picture credit: Raph Lomotan
Commenting on the introduction of this new Beasts of the Mesozoic articulated figure, a spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur stated:
“We are delighted to get this Fans’ Choice Medusaceratops model in stock. The iridescent colour scheme is gorgeous and we praise the design team behind such innovative and exciting model colouration.”
The hand-painted Beasts of the Mesozoic Medusaceratops lokii has 20 points of articulation and will be supplied with an Everything Dinosaur Medusaceratops fact sheet.
Scientists have concluded that a newly described dromaeosaurid from Mongolia with its streamlined body may have been semi-aquatic. The duck-sized theropod, named Natovenator polydontus had a ribcage that angled downwards towards the pelvis, an anatomical trait also found in extant diving birds. The researchers, writing in the journal “Communications Biology”, suggest that this dinosaur, a relative of Velociraptor, could potentially have been a swimming predator, hunting and catching fish.
The semi-articulated fossil specimen was discovered in 2008 by a joint Mongolian/Korean field team. The material consisting of substantial postcranial elements and a partial skull comes from the Barun Goyot Formation at Hermiin Tsav in the southern Mongolian Gobi Desert. Phylogenetic analysis suggests that Natovenator polydontus is closely related to Halszkaraptor (H. escuilliei) which heralds from southern Mongolia too, but from slightly older strata – the Djadochta Formation.
When Halszkaraptor was formally described in 2017, it was proposed that this dromaeosaurid was adapted to a life in water. The discovery of Natovenator adds weight to the theory that some dromaeosaurs were semi-aquatic. The two dinosaurs, which were most probably feathered have been placed in the same clade – the Halszkaraptorinae.
The dinosaur had a long, flexible neck and analysis of the jaws indicate that Natovenator had lots of small teeth, ideal for grabbing slippery fish.
The picture above shows the dorsal vertebrae and ribs of Natovenator in ventral view (a), with (b) a line drawing in left lateral view showing how the ribs are angled downwards towards the rear of the animal. Diving birds and penguins share this anatomical trait (e-i), which is believed to help these animals to be more streamlined when they dive and swim. Line drawing (j) shows the ribs of the entirely terrestrial ostrich whilst (k) shows the dorsal vertebrae and known ribs of Shri devi, another dromaeosaurid from the Barun Goyot Formation which was probably entirely terrestrial too.
Could the shape, direction and orientation of the ribs be evidence to suggest that Natovenator was semi-aquatic?
Swimming Hunter with Many Teeth
The dinosaur’s genus name translates from the Latin and means “swimming hunter”, whilst the specific or trivial name refers to the unusually large number of teeth located in the jaw. The anatomical position and orientation of the ribs has not been recorded in a non-avian dinosaur before. If Natovenator and the closely related Halszkaraptor were semi-aquatic, then this demonstrates the great diversity within the Theropoda. Dinosaurs evolving to exploit specific niches in ancient ecosystems.
A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented that this was a remarkable discovery that once again highlighted the range of body plans that dinosaurs evolved to exploit niches within ecosystems. As many semi-aquatic animals today have dense bones, perhaps a study of the bone density of Natovenator might help confirm that this dinosaur was indeed, at home on the water.
The Dromaeosauridae were a very successful group of theropod dinosaurs. Numerous genera have been described. To gain an appreciation of different dromaeosaurs, take a look at the extensive Beasts of the Mesozoic range of articulated “raptor” figures: Beasts of the Mesozoic Articulated Dinosaur Models.
The scientific paper: “A non-avian dinosaur with a streamlined body exhibits potential adaptations for swimming” by Sungjin Lee, Yuong-Nam Lee, Philip J. Currie, Robin Sissons, Jin-Young Park, Su-Hwan Kim, Rinchen Barsbold and Khishigjav Tsogtbaatar published in Communications Biology.
Due to the on-going industrial action by the Communication Workers Union (CWU), Royal Mail has amended their last recommended posting dates for festive season deliveries. Everything Dinosaur urges all customers to order as early as possible for Christmas.
Recommended Posting Dates Signed/Tracked with Second Class and First Class Post
Table credit: Royal Mail
Please note: these latest recommended posting dates are subject to change due to the on-going industrial action. The table does not cover airmail services. The table indicates that the last recommended posting dates for Australia, New Zealand and China have already passed.
Royal Mail has also altered its advice over first class and second class posting stating that Monday 12th December is the last recommended date for second class post and Friday 16th the last recommended posting date for first class parcels.
Last Recommended Posting Dates
Information on the Royal Mail website confirms the need to prepare for the festive season earlier than usual.
The website states:
“Some dates have changed to accommodate the disruption due to recent CWU industrial action. We recommend you post as early as possible to ensure your Christmas letters and parcels reach their destination in good time.”
If customers have a concern about postage and shipping their dinosaur themed toys, models and games, they are welcome to contact Everything Dinosaur: Email Everything Dinosaur.
Top Tips to Help You Prepare
Team members at Everything Dinosaur have produced a set of hints and tips to help you in the run up to the busy Christmas period:
Remember to include the house name or house number with the delivery address information that you provide with your order.
Check the postcode/zip code with care, check it one final time before you place your order.
Remember, with PayPal and our own website’s ordering process, customers can include a message to Everything Dinosaur in the order message box. You can use this message box to let us know about any special delivery circumstances that you might have. Leave us a message.
Everything Dinosaur’s website makes it easy for you to specify a different delivery address to your billing address, perhaps you want to send to a relative or even to a work address.
If you do decide to send an item to your work address, (assuming that you are not working from home), please ensure that you include the company name in the delivery address information. Please remember to check the postcode or zip code.
If you think it will help, you can always specify a neighbour’s address, or a designated safe place where the parcel can be delivered to if you will be out when the delivery is likely to take place.
We hope these tips help and we wish everyone successful seasonal shopping.
The Beasts of the Mesozoic Adult Triceratops “Steelhorn” model is now in stock at Everything Dinosaur. This limited-edition, articulated horned dinosaur figure has twenty points of articulation and is supplied with interchangeable metal-effect brow horns.
Beasts of the Mesozoic Adult Triceratops “Steelhorn”
The Beasts of the Mesozoic adult Triceratops – the “Steelhorn” version is in 1:18 scale and represents the geologically oldest Triceratops species to have been formally described that is still valid (T. horridus).
“Steelhorn” Model Measurements
This impressive figure measures eighteen inches in length, which is a fraction under forty-six centimetres long when the model is measured from the end of those awesome, interchangeable brow horns to the tip of the tail. The figure is in approximate proportion in terms of horn size, skull length and the length of the tail as based on the latest scientific interpretation of Triceratops horridus.
New Beasts of the Mesozoic Articulated Ceratopsians
A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:
“It is great to see the new Beasts of the Mesozoic Triceratops figure in stock at Everything Dinosaur. This large ceratopsian model is part of a new sub-brand entitled Cyberzoic, the artwork on the display box is amazing and of course, we will be sending out our Triceratops fact sheet to our customers.”
Everything Dinosaur has taken delivery of a few of the special, limited-edition Nanmu Studio Dragon Soul Spinosaurus 2.0 (Deterrence Statue) figures. These superb theropods are supplied with their own custom display base and they have already caused quite a stir amongst spinosaurid model fans and figure collectors.
A Very Special Spinosaurus
Team members have ensured that customers who requested more information about this figure have been emailed and the few that we have left have gone on general sale in the Nanmu Studio dinosaur and prehistoric animal models section of the company’s award-winning website.
The Dragon Soul figure is termed Spinosaurus 2.0 as this is the second set of Spinosaurus figures to be introduced by Nanmu Studio, the earlier Supplanter Spinosaurus including the limited-edition replica are now out of production and we believe these figures have been officially retired.
The Polystone Display Base
The exquisite polystone display base for this 1:35 scale Spinosaurus figure has footprint markers to help collectors to position their model correctly and the base depicts a partially buried Tyrannosaurus skeleton, reflecting an iconic scene in the history of CGI cinema when a T. rex and a Spinosaurus battled in the film “Jurassic Park III”.
A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur praised Nanmu Studio and stated that this beautiful, limited-edition figure would very soon sell out. The spokesperson congratulated all those collectors who had been able to pick up this Spinosaurus scale replica.
The next video to be posted up on Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube channel will feature the new CollectA marine reptile models for 2023. The video will include a review of the new CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale Mosasaurus model and the new CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Popular Shastasaurus.
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Everything Dinosaur on YouTube
The Everything Dinosaur YouTube channel is jam-packed with model reviews, hints and tips about prehistoric animal model collecting and we even provide the occasional free to enter competition too.
The CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Popular Shastasaurus with its striking black and white colour scheme measures around 25 cm in length, whilst the large 1:40 scale Mosasaurus measures nearly 40 cm long. Both these new for 2023 CollectA marine reptile models are scheduled to be in stock at Everything Dinosaur early next year (2023).
The updated Mosasaurus figure has an articulated lower jaw, whilst the Shastasaurus replica has been sculpted to depict the presence of barnacles (or sea lice) on the flippers and along the body of this large, Triassic ichthyosaur.
The superb Nanmu Studio Parasaurolophus corpse, a fantastic replica of the mauled carcase of a duck-billed dinosaur is in stock at Everything Dinosaur. The special edition figure, which has a limited production run, is entitled Nanmu Studio Dragon Soul Parasaurolophus (Nutcracker Soldier).
Dragon Soul Parasaurolophus (Nutcracker Soldier)
This amazing, detailed polystone figure shows the remains of a large Parasaurolophus, which apparently had been brought down and partially consumed by a large predator, most probably a tyrannosaur.
The figure, which is believed to have an extremely limited production run, is the third model in a trio of Parasaurolophus figures introduced by Nanmu Studio this year (2022) – the “Nutcracker” series.
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Nanmu Studio Parasaurolophus Corpse
The Nanmu Studio Parasaurolophus corpse is a fantastic, polystone replica of a dead Parasaurolophus in approximately 1:35 scale.
A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:
“This is a fascinating model, one in the “Dragon Soul” series of limited-edition replicas. We think it is the first carcase model that Nanmu Studio have introduced, and it is a stunning piece, one that would be right at home in a serious model collector’s collection.”
Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur
Nanmu Studio Models
The figures and replica range produced by Nanmu Studio has grown in size and sophistication. The company plans to add further models to its inventory, but as far as Everything Dinosaur are aware, the Dragon Soul (Nutcracker Soldier) is the only scale model of a corpse made to date in this series and there are no current plans to add any other carcase replicas.
Everything Dinosaur wins award. Everything Dinosaur has won the excellence in customer service award at the annual South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce business awards. A spokesperson for Everything Dinosaur commented that they were proud and honoured to have received this recognition.
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Everything Dinosaur Wins Award
The spokesperson went onto state:”
“We are delighted to have won the Excellence in Customer Service Award. We looked at all the finalists and any of the other nominees could have won, they all put customers at the very heart of their business. The category sponsor KPI Recruiting Ltd commented how difficult selecting a winner had been and we at Everything Dinosaur are honoured and humbled to receive this accolade.”
Our thanks to model collector William who sent into Everything Dinosaur a review of the new for 2022 PNSO Chongzuo the Sinopliosaurus figure. This new replica of the first spinosaurid to be described from fossils found in China has proved to be very popular and it is wonderful to be able to publish a PNSO Sinopliosaurus review.
PNSO Chongzuo the Sinopliosaurus fusuiensis
In William’s email to Everything Dinosaur he exclaimed surprise that a replica of this spinosaurid had been produced by PNSO.
“I was astounded to be honest but truly delighted! Never had I expected such a little known and fragmented fossil species would have received a highly accurate and superbly detailed PNSO figure but here we are reviewing Chongzuo.”
An Introduction to the Spinosauridae
In the review, it was commented that the Baryonychinae are members of the Spinosauridae family and a number of UK theropods had been assigned to the Spinosauridae. Commenting on the on-going debate about the validity of the Sinopliosaurus genus, William pointed out that Sinopliosaurus fusuiensis and Siamosaurus suteethorni might be synonyms as Sinopliosaurus is only known from fragmentary fossil material
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Chongzuo the Sinopliosaurus Reviewed
William starts his review by examining the head of the figure, he states that the model has one of the most exquisite Spinosauridae head sculpts, a little longer and finer than a typical Baryonyx figure, which was probably used a reference. The placement of the nostrils is praised, and William highlighted the sagittal crest.
William commented that the head was
“Set atop of a superb but classical ‘S’ shaped spinosaurid neck.”
The Main Body
William’s review of the body stated that Chongzuo shares a similar Baryonychinae body plan. The presence of gastralia in the sculpt and the musculature of the figure was pointed out.
The neural spines giving this theropod a distinctive hump were commented upon William praised the skin texture and the tail length.
Forelimbs and Hindlimbs
The review continues with a statement that the Spinosauridae retained the three-clawed hands of their Megalosauroidea ancestors and the limb proportions of the Sinopliosaurus figure are highlighted. When commenting on the size of the manual unguals (claws), it was pointed out the one of the claws (digit I), should be larger and more recurved than the others. The hindlimbs are described as “outstanding” and a comment is made about the support stand (supplied) being helpful in stabilising the model.
Colour and Texture of the Model
The dominate colour is a russet beige with slightly lighter shading on the underside of the figure, the upper jaw is a grey colour and there are a series of stripes running along the flanks and to the tip of the animal’s tail.
When commenting on the sagittal crest, William states:
“A dash of yellow highlights the sagittal crest which draws the eye to it, the eyes of the model are jet black, and the stained ivory teeth look very natural.”
The reviewer went onto to list theropods ascribed to the Baryonychinae: Baryonyx walkeri Suchomimus tenerensis Ceratosuchops inferodios Riparovenator milnerae Iberospinus natarioi Vallibonavenatrix cani Suchosaurus cultridens Ostafrikasaurus crassiserratus? White Rock Spinosaurus
Members of the Spinosaurinae clade were then listed: Ichthyovenator laosensis Irritator challengeri Sinopliosaurus fusuiensis? Camarillasaurus cirugedae Oxalaia quilombensis Sigilmassasaurus brevicollis Spinosaurus aegyptiacus
Sinopliosaurus Discovery and Classification
As with earlier model reviews, William provided information on the discovery of Sinopliosaurus and its taxonomy.
Time Period: Early Cretaceous 129–113 million years ago.
Location: Southern China into North-eastern Thailand.
The reviewer then commented on the fossil discovery that eventually led to the proposal of a Chinese spinosaurid genus, the first in the country. He also hoped that further fossil discoveries would be made providing palaeontologists with a more complete understanding of this dinosaur.
When explaining the differences between different clades defined within the Spinosauridae it was stated that Members of the Spinosauridae exhibit a skull with a profile similar to that seen within the crocodilians. Baryonychinae have a greater number of teeth as compared to their Spinosaurini cousins. But they all share the unique terminal rosette hook which sets them apart from all other major theropod groups.
All members have their nostrils held higher upon their skulls to aid with the hunting of fish.
Our thanks to budding young artist Caldey who sent into Everything Dinosaur her wonderful illustration of the head of an Atrociraptor dinosaur. An Atrociraptor featured in the last “Jurassic Park/Jurassic World” movie to be released (summer 2022). Our thanks to Caldey for sending in her detailed dinosaur drawing.
Named and described in 2004 from fossilised jaws, teeth and fragmentary skull bones (Currie and Varricchio), Atrociraptor marshalli is known from the Horseshoe Canyon Formation of south-western Alberta (Campanian to Maastrichtian faunal stage of the Late Cretaceous). It is one of several small (less than two metres long), theropod dinosaurs known from these strata. Isolated teeth suggest that Atrociraptor (or a dromaeosaurid very like it), may have been present throughout all parts of the Horseshoe Canyon Formation from the Drumheller Member through to the youngest – the Whitemud Member.
The illustration by Caldey shows the deep, robust skull associated with this genus and the texturing around the muzzle, over the eyes and at the back of the head is exquisite. We congratulate Caldey on her most impressive Atrociraptor drawing.
The eye looks extremely realistic, and the colour scheme chosen by Caldey is striking.
Our thanks once again to Caldey for sending in her drawing to Everything Dinosaur.