At this time of year, Everything Dinosaur looks back on their favourite blog posts of 2022. The weblog posts that team members have created, and we list the favourite articles of 2022. This is quite a challenge given the enormous number of subjects that we have covered in the last twelve months. Our blog looks at advances in the Earth sciences, fossil finds, dinosaur research, new prehistoric animal models, provides book reviews and covers all sorts of stories and features associated with dinosaur models and model collecting.

So, without further fuss here is a countdown of our favourite and most popular articles from January to June 2022.

Favourite Blog Posts

In January, team members posted up several videos of the recently introduced Rebor Smilodon replicas. These popular models, proved to be excellent figures to highlight on Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube channel. These short videos gave viewers the opportunity to see these exciting models in close detail.

Favourite Blog Posts
The Rebor Smilodon (Ice Age) colour variant featured in a short Everything Dinosaur video. Our blog posts that linked to short product review videos proved very popular with model fans. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

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Crocodile Eats Dinosaur

February may have been the shortest month, but there was no shortage of interesting fossil discoveries to write about. One of the most popular articles dealt with the discovery of a crocodile fossil from Australia that preserved the remains of its last meal – a small dinosaur.

Confractosuchus sauroktonos attacks a juvenile ornithopod.
A life reconstruction of Confractosuchus sauroktonos capturing the juvenile ornithopod. Picture credit: Dr Matt White/Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum.

Predator prey interactions are extremely rare in the fossil record, and this is the first documented instance of a crocodilian eating a dinosaur from Australia.

The world of palaeontology was rocked in March when a paper was published postulating that the species known as Tyrannosaurus rex was actually three! The paper caused a lot of controversy and debate as the fossils of arguably the most iconic dinosaur of all were divided into three.

To read our blog post: Are There Three Tyrannosaurus Species?

Remarkable Bryozoans

Back in time we went in April, all the way back to the Cambrian. A newly published paper proposed that the bryozoans, an ancient group of miniature, aquatic invertebrates had their origins in the Early Cambrian. Remarkably, these tiny animals are an important constituent of modern marine ecosystems and are largely unchanged over 500 million years.

Bryozoan fossil from the Early Cambrian.
Protomelission gatehousei from the Cambrian Wirrealpa Limestone, South Australia. Picture credit: Zhang et al.

“Prehistoric Planet”

In May, the spectacular five-part, television documentary series “Prehistoric Planet” aired on Apple+ TV. Everything Dinosaur team members were given the opportunity to view all the programmes and this series has gone onto win many accolades and awards. Our congratulations to all those involved. “Prehistoric Planet” was one of the television highlights of the year.

We blogged about the programmes, and we think this series was far superior to the big film that came out later in the summer – “Jurassic World Dominion”.

The “White Rock Spinosaurid”

As we moved into the middle of the year, news broke of yet another theropod dinosaur discovery from the Isle of Wight. Fragmentary fossils found on the island, hinted at a ten-metre-plus spinosaurid that could represent the largest carnivorous dinosaur discovered to date in Europe.

Illustration of White Rock spinosaurid.
Illustration of White Rock spinosaurid. Picture credit: University of Southampton/Anthony Hutchings.

Nicknamed the “White Rock spinosaurid”, after the geological layer in which the fossils were found, the discovery demonstrated that even in areas that have been extensively mapped, explored and visited by thousands of holidaymakers every year, the rocks still hold surprises. Better still, a researcher on the paper Dr Darren Naish, played a pivotal role in “Prehistoric Planet” acting as one of the scientific advisors.

To read our blog post: Huge Carnivorous Dinosaur from the Isle of Wight.

Favourite Blog Posts

That’s the first part of our two-part feature listing our favourite weblog posts of 2022. Tomorrow, we shall take a look at the blog posts from July through to the end of the year.

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