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18 12, 2014

New from Papo for 2015

By | December 18th, 2014|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|10 Comments

Two New Papo Prehistoric Animal Models for Dinosaur Fans

The wait is over to hear news about the new Papo prehistoric animal models.  Everything Dinosaur can now reveal the two new additions to the Papo range for 2015.  Papo will be bringing out a model of a Cretaceous pterosaur (Tupuxuara) and a replica of a young Apatosaurus and very splendid they both look.

The Pterosaur Replica Tupuxuara

Available in spring 2015.

Available in spring 2015.

Picture credit: Papo

Papo Prehistoric Animal Models (2015)

A member of the Thalassodromidae family of pterosaurs, these flamboyant crested flying reptiles, with their oversized skulls and toothless beaks would have made a spectacular sight as they soared over the skies of Cretaceous Brazil.  No one is really sure what these creatures ate, some species of Tupuxuara had wingspans in excess of five metres.  It has been suggested that these pterosaurs were fish-eaters (piscivores), whilst other scientists have proposed that these were the “Toucans of the Pterosauria”, suggesting that they guzzled fruit (frugivores).

The model measures around five centimetres high, is about seven centimetres in length and with its folded wings, this particular Tupuxuara is around seven centimetres wide.

The second model being launched by Papo is a much larger specimen, although not as big as it could have been.  The French figure and model manufacturer will be introducing a young Apatosaurus to its dinosaur model range (Les Dinosaures).

The Young Apatosaurus from Papo

Available in the early spring of 2015

Available in the early spring of 2015

Picture credit: Papo

We hope this new replica works well with the existing Allosaurus and the Stegosaurus models.  It seems that Morrison Formation dinosaurs are being well represented in the Papo model series at the moment.

To view Everything Dinosaur’s range of Papo prehistoric animal models: Papo Prehistoric Animal Models.

Team members at Everything Dinosaur will be meeting up with Papo in the New Year, we intend to take some more photographs and when we do, we shall post them up.  Both these replicas are going to be made in the early part of next year.  Everything Dinosaur expects to have stocks by early March, perhaps a little earlier.  We shall keep you posted on the progress being made with these two, new for 2015 Papo prehistoric animal models.

18 12, 2014

The Earliest Horned Dinosaur from North America

By | December 18th, 2014|General Teaching, Key Stage 3/4|Comments Off on The Earliest Horned Dinosaur from North America

Spaniel Sized Horned Dinosaur – Aquilops americanus

Many school children may be familiar with horned dinosaurs such as Triceratops and the spiky Styracosaurus.  Indeed, these huge Late Cretaceous herbivores are some of the best known of all the dinosaur species. However, scientists have been researching how these dinosaurs came to be in North America in the first place.

It is believed that in the Cretaceous, land bridges formed between the land that was to become North America and Asia.  The horned dinosaur group, most probably evolved in Asia and migrated into the land that we now know as Canada and the United States at some point in deep time, when a land bridge existed between these two continents.

Aquilops americanus

Everything Dinosaur reported this week on the research carried out by a dedicated team of palaeontologists as they seek to understand how these bird-hipped dinosaurs evolved and migrated out of their ancestral home.  In a newly published scientific paper, a partial skull and jaw of a new type of horned dinosaur, roughly the size of a small spaniel has been described.  The dinosaur, whose skull measures just over eight centimetres in length has been named Aquilops americanus (the name means “American Eagle Face”).

Important Horned Dinosaur Fossil Discovery

Cranial material of Aquilops.

Skull fossil that can sit in the palm of your hand.

Picture credit: Reuters

For articulated models and replicas of horned dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures: Beasts of the Mesozoic Models.

These fossils represent the oldest horned dinosaurs found to date in North America, scientists hope that this rare find will help them to understand more about the evolution and radiation of the Neoceratopsidae and the Ceratopsidae.

To read the complete article from Everything Dinosaur: Shedding Light on the Earliest Horned Dinosaurs of North America.

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