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30 06, 2023

Iani smithi – A New Dinosaur is Described

By |2024-01-02T20:28:09+00:00June 30th, 2023|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Palaeontological articles|0 Comments

A newly discovered ornithopod dinosaur is helping to document faunal turnover in the early Late Cretaceous of North America. The dinosaur, named Iani smithi has been classified as a basal member of the Rhabdodontomorpha. This type of dinosaur is distantly related to the duck-billed dinosaurs (Hadrosauridae), which were to become extremely common by the Late Cretaceous.

The plant-eating I. smithi lived when the Earth was undergoing an intensive period of climate change. Global populations of dinosaurs were changing. Many long-established clades were dying out, being replaced with different types of dinosaur that were to dominate terrestrial environments until the end of the Mesozoic.

A life reconstruction of a juvenile Iani smithi.
A life reconstruction of a juvenile Iani smithi. I. smithi an ornithopod from the Cedar Mountain Formation of Utah. Picture credit: Jorge Gonzalez.

Iani smithi

Described from fossils excavated in 2014 from a quarry within the lower Mussentuchit Member of the Cedar Mountain Formation (Utah), the single specimen is thought to represent a juvenile. The fossil material consists of a disarticulated skull, vertebrae, limb elements, parts of the pectoral and pelvic girdles and ribs.

Researchers estimate that Iani lived approximately 99 million years ago (Cenomanian faunal stage of the Late Cretaceous). The Earth was rapidly warming due to increased concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Sea levels were rising and this dramatic period of climate change, known as the Cretaceous Thermal Maximum (KTM), led to extensive faunal turnover.

In North America, sauropods became rarer and eventually extinct (probably). Smaller ornithischian dinosaur clades began to dominate terrestrial environments. Spinosaurids and carcharodontosaurids were in decline. These theropods were eventually replaced by tyrannosaurs and abelisaurids.

This dramatic faunal turnover is reflected in the dinosaur’s name. The genus honours Janus – the two-faced Roman god of change.

The species name honours Joshua Aaron Smith. It is in recognition of his contribution to the discovery and conservation of paleontological resources in Utah.

A Rarity in North America

Iani smithi will help palaeontologists to better understand the transition of the Ornithopoda from Early Cretaceous groups to those bird-hipped dinosaurs that dominated Late Cretaceous terrestrial environments. Early rhabdodontomorphs such as Iani are exceptionally rare in the North American fossil record.

Corresponding author of the scientific paper, Lindsay Zanno (North Carolina State University) commented:

“Finding Iani was a streak of luck. We knew something like it lived in this ecosystem because isolated teeth had been collected here and there, but we weren’t expecting to stumble upon such a beautiful skeleton, especially from this time in Earth’s history. Having a nearly complete skull was invaluable for piecing the story together.”

A Phylogenetic Assessment of Iani smithi

Zanno and her team used the well-preserved skeleton to analyse the evolutionary relationships of Iani and were surprised, and at first sceptical of their findings.

Associate research professor Lindsay Zanno explained:

“We recovered Iani as an early rhabdodontomorph, a lineage of ornithopods known almost exclusively from Europe. Recently, palaeontologists proposed that another North American dinosaur, Tenontosaurus – which was as common as cattle in the Early Cretaceous – belongs to this group, as well as some Australian critters. If Iani holds up as a rhabdodontomorph, it raises a lot of cool questions.”

CollectA Tenontosaurus model.
The CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Tenontosaurus model.

The picture (above) shows a model of Tenontosaurus from the CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Popular range.

To view this range of prehistoric animal figures: CollectA Prehistoric Life Figures.

The research team speculate that Iani could be the last of its line. Studying this fossil specimen, in the context of environmental and biodiversity changes during the Cretaceous will provide insight into the history of our planet.

Lindsay Zanno added:

“Iani may be the last surviving member of a lineage of dinosaurs that once thrived here in North America but were eventually supplanted by duckbill dinosaurs. Iani was alive during this transition, so this dinosaur really does symbolise a changing planet.”

Everything Dinosaur acknowledges the assistance of a media release from the North Carolina State University in the compilation of this article.

The scientific paper: “An early-diverging iguanodontian (Dinosauria: Rhabdodontomorpha) from the Late Cretaceous of North America” by Lindsay E. Zanno, Terry A. Gates, Haviv M. Avrahami, Ryan T. Tucker and Peter J. Makovicky published in PLoS One.

29 06, 2023

A Beautiful Mapusaurus Fossil Skull

By |2024-01-02T20:28:25+00:00June 29th, 2023|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Photos/Pictures of Fossils|0 Comments

Amongst the many exhibits at the “Titanosaur: Life as the Biggest Dinosaur” exhibition is a theropod replica skull. Team members visited the exhibition and marvelled at the dinosaur’s model skull. If we recall correctly, it was a replica of a Mapusaurus fossil skull. The “Titanosaur: Life as the Biggest Dinosaur” exhibition is currently at the London Natural History Museum.

Mapusaurus fossil skull
A view of the Mapusaurus replica skull on display at the London Natural History Museum (Patagotitan exhibition). In this view the skull looks narrow and elongated. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Mapusaurus roseae

Mapusaurus (M. roseae), has been classified as a member of the Carcharodontosauridae family. More specifically, this huge theropod is regarded by many palaeontologists as a sister taxon to Giganotosaurus. As such, it has been classified in the tribe Giganotosaurini alongside Giganotosaurus carolinii.

Evolution of Mapusaurus replicas within the CollectA model range.
The changing Mapusaurus models 2012 – 2020 (CollectA).

The picture (above) shows how Mapusaurus models have changed over the last few years as more carcharodontosaurid fossils have been found. These models are all CollectA replicas.

To view the CollectA range of not-to-scale prehistoric animal models: CollectA Prehistoric Life Models.

Mapusaurus Fossil Skull

Palaeontologists know that large carcharodontosaurids coexisted with titanosaurs like Patagotitan (P. mayorum). It has been postulated that theropods did hunt titanosaurs. Perhaps carnivores mobbed sick, old or juvenile members of the herd. It is hard to imagine a single 13-metre-long carnivore being able to subdue an adult Patagotitan that measured more than 30 metres in length.

A carcharodontosaurid skull is included in the exhibit. We think this is a replica of the skull of Mapusaurus roseae. Mapusaurus is geologically younger than Patagotitan. The dating of volcanic ash layers associated with the Patagotitan deposits suggest that this dinosaur lived approximately 100 million years ago.

Mapusaurus fossil skull.
The Mapusaurus skull replica looks shorter and broader when viewed from 90 degrees. Compare this view with the Mapusaurus skull photograph at the top of the article. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

M. roseae fossils are associated with the Huincul Formation, these are younger strata than the rocks associated with Patagotitan fossil material. Mapusaurus lived approximately 96-94 million years ago.

To read Everything Dinosaur’s earlier blog post looking at a trio of carcharodontosaurid dinosaurs: A Trio of Carcharodontosaurids.

There is a carcharodontosaurid that comes from the same Member of the Cerro Barcino Formation as Patagotitan. This dinosaur is Tyrannotitan chubutensis, another giant member of the Giganotosaurini tribe. Tyrannotitan may have hunted and attacked Patagotitan.

Meraxes gigas Timeline
Cladogram depicting the temporal and geographical distribution of the Carcharodontosauridae family of theropod dinosaurs. At the time of their extinction these meat-eating dinosaurs seem to have been at their peak diversity. Picture credit: Canale et al.

The cladogram (above) shows the estimated temporal range for several theropod dinosaurs associated with the carcharodontosaurid lineage. Tyrannotitan was not contemporaneous with Mapusaurus.

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28 06, 2023

Our Favourite Dinosaur is the Popular Protoceratops

By |2024-01-02T06:55:36+00:00June 28th, 2023|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Photos/Pictures of Fossils, Press Releases|0 Comments

What is Everything Dinosaur’s favourite dinosaur? This question was asked recently and although we are fascinated with lots of prehistoric animals, a quick discussion revealed that our favourite dinosaur is Protoceratops.

Palaeontologists can study Protoceratops (there are now two recognised species) at various growth stages from embryos in eggs to extremely old, mature adults.

Faourite dinosaur is Protoceratops.
The “sheep of the Cretaceous”. Protoceratops replica fossil skeleton (top) and (bottom) a life reconstruction of this small ceratopsid. Picture credit (top): Everything Dinosaur. Picture credit (bottom): Zhao Chuang.

The “Sheep of the Cretaceous”

Nicknamed the “sheep of the Cretaceous” due to the relatively abundant fossil material. This dinosaur, distantly related to Triceratops and Styracosaurus was formally described 100 years ago (Granger and Gregory,1923). Two species are recognised Protoceratops andrewsi and P. hellenikorhinus (Lambert et al 2001).

The Wild Past Protoceratops model measures around 6.5 cm long.
The Wild Past Protoceratops (P. andrewsi) next to a geology ruler to show scale. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture (above) shows the Wild Past Protoceratops dinosaur model. It is a small figure, but it does come supplied with a nest and an Everything Dinosaur fact sheet.

To view the range of Wild Past models: Wild Past Prehistoric Animal Models and Figures.

Our Favourite Dinosaur is Protoceratops

We have learned a lot about dinosaurs thanks to Protoceratops. It may not be the biggest dinosaur, but this herbivore has played a significant role in helping us to understand more about the Dinosauria and as such we will always regard this animal as something special.

If you visit a Natural History Museum, chances are that somewhere in the dinosaur gallery you will find Protoceratops. It is usually tucked away and it’s never going to attract the visitors like a T. rex, or a Triceratops (distantly related to Protoceratops), but go take a look, as I promise, you will probably learn something new about dinosaurs that you didn’t know before.

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27 06, 2023

Placental Mammals Co-existed with Dinosaurs

By |2023-07-01T08:35:14+01:00June 27th, 2023|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Palaeontological articles|0 Comments

New research using complex mathematical models has proposed that placental mammals co-existed with dinosaurs during the Late Cretaceous. Using sophisticated Bayesian statistical analysis an international team of researchers have estimated that placental mammals originated during the Late Cretaceous. However, it was only after the extinction of the non-avian dinosaurs that modern, recognisable lineages of placentals were able to diversify.

Debate has long raged amongst researchers over whether placental mammals were present alongside the dinosaurs before the mass extinction, or whether they only evolved after the non-avian dinosaur extinction. Fossils of placental mammals are only found in rocks younger than 66 million years old, after the end-Cretaceous extinction event. This suggests that the group evolved after the demise of the non-avian Dinosauria. However, molecular clock data indicates that placental mammals originated earlier.

When Did Placental Mammals Evolve?

Writing in the academic journal “Current Biology”, a team of researchers including palaeobiologists from the University of Bristol, the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and scientists from Sweden used a complex statistical analysis to confirm placental mammals co-existed the dinosaurs.

Lead author of the study Emily Carlisle (School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol) commented:

“We pulled together thousands of fossils of placental mammals and were able to see the patterns of origination and extinction of the different groups. Based on this, we could estimate when placental mammals evolved.”

PhD student Emily Carlisle.
PhD student Emily Carlisle (University of Bristol), the lead author of the paper. Picture credit: Emily Carlisle.

Co-author Daniele Silvestro (University of Fribourg) explained:

“The model we used estimates origination ages based on when lineages first appear in the fossil record and the pattern of species diversity through time for the lineage. It can also estimate extinction ages based on last appearances when the group is extinct.”

Placental Mammals Co-existed with Dinosaurs

The analysis indicates that primates (the ancestors of humans) probably evolved just before the K-Pg mass extinction event. In addition, the Lagomorpha (rabbits and hares) and the Carnivora were shown to have evolved when non-avian dinosaurs still roamed. The Carnivora is an extremely diverse Order of placental mammals. It includes cats, dogs, hyenas, civets, mongooses, bears, raccoons, pinnipeds (seals) and the mustelids (weasels, otters and their relatives).

To read an article from 2017 that examines evidence for an Early Cretaceous origin of placental mammals: Evidence of Placental Mammals – Dorset Fossils.

Co-author Professor Phil Donoghue (School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol) added:

“By examining both origins and extinctions, we can more clearly see the impact of events such as the K-Pg mass extinction or the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM).”

Everything Dinosaur acknowledges the assistance of a press release from the University of Bristol in the compilation of this article.

The scientific paper: “A timescale for placental mammal diversification based on Bayesian modelling of the fossil record” by Emily Carlisle, Christine M. Janis, Davide Pisani, Philip C. J. Donoghue and Daniele Silvestro published in Current Biology.

26 06, 2023

New Prehistoric Times Magazine (Issue 146)

By |2024-01-01T16:08:36+00:00June 26th, 2023|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Magazine Reviews, Main Page, Prehistoric Times|0 Comments

Our thanks to editor Mike Fredericks who sent into Everything Dinosaur an image of the front cover of the next edition of “Prehistoric Times” magazine. The next issue (summer 2023) is due to be despatched to the printers tomorrow.

Prehistoric Times magazine issue 146
The front cover of the next issue of Prehistoric Times magazine (issue 146 – summer 2023). Picture credit: Mike Fredericks.

“Prehistoric Times” Magazine

This quarterly magazine is extremely popular with dinosaur fans and prehistoric animal model collectors. Each issue features lots of amazing reader submitted artwork. The two prehistoric animals to be reviewed by Phil Hore are Tullimonstrum and Thescelosaurus.

In his email to Everything Dinosaur, editor Mike Fredericks stated:

“The new issue goes to the printer tomorrow. I think it will be an extra special issue. I interview a guy that creates 3D printed dinosaur models, and I interview the writers and artist of the beautiful new book Prehistoric Australasia.”

Subscribe to “Prehistoric Times” here: Subscribe to “Prehistoric Times” magazine.

The magazine has been published for more than thirty years. It has thousands of subscribers all over the world. Produced in the USA “Prehistoric Times” has a worldwide customer base. It has thousands of readers in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and it is extremely popular amongst Canadian dinosaur fans.

Issue 146 (Summer 2023)

Issue 146 (summer 2023) will include regular features such as news updates, model reviews and book launches. Expect more from Tracy Lee Ford in the excellent how to draw dinosaurs series. In this issue, Greg Paul provides his views on the influential artist Zdeněk Burian and Kenneth Carpenter tells of a new prehistoric national monument. In a few short weeks, the next issue will be landing in mailboxes.

Readers can expect prehistoric animal model reviews and an update on rare collectables from Randy Knol.

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25 06, 2023

Baby Frog Spotted Near Office Pond

By |2023-06-25T11:56:04+01:00June 25th, 2023|Animal News Stories, Main Page, Photos, Press Releases|0 Comments

A baby frog spotted by an Everything Dinosaur team member close to the company’s office pond. This is the first frog observed from this year’s breeding season. The tiny frog (Rana temporaria) was observed in a small patch of gravel. This area has been left and weeds allowed to grow, thus providing shelter and habitat for animal’s leaving the pond.

Baby frog spotted (2023).
Can you spot the frog? The baby frog that recently emerged from the office pond. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Baby Frog Spotted (Rana temporaria)

The frog is a Common Frog (Rana temporaria). In common with all British amphibians this frog is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981. Garden ponds are an increasingly important habitat for them. In return, they help keep slug and snail numbers down. In short, amphibians like the Common Frog are the gardener’s friend.

The first batch of frogspawn was laid in the office pond on February 28th. This is the earliest recorded date for frogs spawning in our pond. We suspect that the spotting of a baby frog on the evening of 24th June is the earliest recorded date for observing a frog from that year’s breeding season.

To view the Everything Dinosaur article about the early frogspawn: Frogspawn in the Office Pond (February 28th, 2023).

Baby frog spotted close to the office pond.
A close-up view of the tiny, baby frog spotted near to the office pond. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Doing Our Bit for Conservation

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented that team members had been busy looking after the office pond and removing excessive algae on a regular basis. The water level is quite low, but the pond is being carefully monitored to ensure it remains an attractive habitat for fauna and flora.

Recently, some oxygenating hornwort (Ceratophyllum demersum) was introduced to the pond. This plant will grow rapidly and help to combat the excessive growth of any algae. It is hardy, tough and fast growing. Hopefully, the introduction of this oxygenator will help to keep the pond in good condition and encourage lots of wildlife.

The spokesperson added:

“We like doing our bit for conservation. Many ponds around us have been filled in and we are pleased that our little pond is helping to maintain the local frog population. We shall keep observing the pond area, we might spot more baby frogs.”

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24 06, 2023

The Tyrannosaur’s Feathers – A New Book

By |2024-01-02T20:28:43+00:00June 24th, 2023|Adobe CS5, Book Reviews, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page|0 Comments

The appearance of Tyrannosaurus rex continues to be a source of fascination for vertebrate palaeontologists and dinosaur fans of all ages. For example, the debate about whether the “King of the Tyrant Lizards” was covered in a coat of feathers remains a hot topic. We are likely to remain wrapped up in the integumentary covering of T. rex controversy for the foreseeable future. That’s not the only issue with this tyrannosaur that is preoccupying scientists and academics at present. For an informative and enjoyable guide to the scientific debate grab a copy of “The Tyrannosaur’s Feathers”. This new book about T. rex will be published in August (2023).

"The Tyrannosaur's Feathers" by Dr Adam Smith and Jonathan Emmett.
The front cover of “The Tyrannosaur’s Feathers” written by Dr Adam Smith and Jonathan Emmett. Picture credit: UClan Publishing/Stieven Van der Poorten.

Dr Adam Smith

Talented author and palaeontologist Dr Adam Smith, working with Jonathan Emmett, a distinguished writer of books for children, has penned a helpful guide to this scientific debate. The premise of this delightful book, revolves around a know-it-all Velociraptor informing our eponymous hero that he looks old-fashioned and needs a makeover.

With an improved posture, some restyled body parts and a coat of shaggy feathers, T. rex gets a new look to match the latest scientific research.

“The Tyrannosaur’s Feathers”

Illustrated by Stieven Van der Poorten and aimed at young readers from six years and upwards “The Tyrannosaur’s Feathers” explains how new fossils and advances in scientific analysis have transformed our perceptions regarding this famous, apex predator.

"The Tyrannosaur's Feathers" the feathered T. rex.
Tyrannosaurus rex gets a makeover. A book explaining how our pecerptions about T. rex have changed. Picture credit: UClan Publishing/Stieven Van der Poorten.

Dr Smith has a passion for dinosaurs and marine reptiles. He has written more than twenty research papers and named several prehistoric animals. A curator at the Nottingham Natural History Museum at Wollaton Hall, Dr Smith looks after the museum’s collections and exhibitions.

To read an Everything Dinosaur’s blog post about “The Plesiosaur’s Neck”, the first collaboration between Dr Adam Smith and Jonathan Emmett: “The Plesiosaur’s Neck”.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“This is an amusing and well-crafted book. It explains how our views regarding Tyrannosaurus rex has changed since it was first named and described more than a century ago. It’s going to be essential reading for young dinosaur fans.”

“The Tyrannosaur’s Feathers” – Book Details

Publisher: UClan Publishing

Published 3rd August 2023 | Price: £7.99 | Pages: 32
6 plus| Paperback | ISBN: 9781915235596

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23 06, 2023

The Remarkable CollectA Deluxe Velociraptor

By |2024-01-02T20:29:10+00:00June 23rd, 2023|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Another Friday and another busy day packing orders for Everything Dinosaur customers. We had been emailed by a customer asking for a photograph of the CollectA Deluxe Velociraptor 1/6th scale model. The customer requested that we confirm that the figure in stock on our website was indeed the genuine article. We were happy to email over some photographs. There was time to take a close-up view of this scale dinosaur model.

CollectA Deluxe Velociraptor.
A close up view of the CollectA Deluxe Velociraptor figure. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

One of the first dinosaur models made by CollectA was a small, grey-coloured Velociraptor figure. A Deluxe 1:6 scale Velociraptor was added to the company’s scale model range in 2011. This hand-painted replica measures approximately 32 cm in length. It has a head height of 12 cm. The CollectA Deluxe Velociraptor is supplied with an Everything Dinosaur Velociraptor mongoliensis fact sheet.

To view the CollectA Deluxe range of models available from Everything Dinosaur: CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Life.

The CollectA Deluxe Velociraptor

Velociraptor is a popular prehistoric animal. It tends to feature in the top five of Everything Dinosaur’s surveys. Its popularity used to be down to its appearances in the “Jurassic Park/Jurassic World” films. However, more recently a feathered, bird-like Velociraptor has been a star of the “Prehistoric Planet” television series (Apple+ TV).

CollectA Deluxe 1:6 scale Velociraptor model.
The rare CollectA Deluxe 1:6 scale Velociraptor model. This figure was first introduced in 2011 and is becoming increasingly difficult to find. However, Everything Dinosaur stocks this Velociraptor figure.

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22 06, 2023

A Spectacular Resting Dragonfly (2023)

By |2024-01-02T20:29:29+00:00June 22nd, 2023|Animal News Stories, Main Page, Photos|0 Comments

Team members at Everything Dinosaur spotted a resting dragonfly near the office pond. The insect had just completed its final moult. It was very early in the morning, we suspect this dragonfly had emerged from the water the previous night. The final moult stage for dragonflies can last several hours. During this time, these magnificent insects are vulnerable to predation from birds.

A resting dragonfly (2023)
A beautiful dragonfly spotted near the office pond in the early morning. The warm and calm weather has encouraged these stunning insects to emerge. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

A Resting Dragonfly

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented that several exuvia (cast skins) had been discovered on the vegetation surrounding the office pond. This was the first time a resting dragonfly had been spotted this year (2023). The dragonfly could be a Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea).

The spokesperson explained that they did not want to get too close.

He added:

“It was wonderful to watch this stunning insect. We did not want to get too close as it had probably only just emerged from its final moult, and we did not want to startle it. Had the dragonfly been alarmed it might have damaged its beautiful wings.”

There was time to take a photograph and a few minutes later the dragonfly was airborne. It was ready to commence its life as an adult.

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21 06, 2023

Fantastic Prehistoric Planet Dinosaur Drawings

By |2024-01-02T20:29:43+00:00June 21st, 2023|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page|0 Comments

Everything Dinosaur has been sent two additional Prehistoric Planet II inspired dinosaur drawings by young artist Caldey. Both the illustrations feature young theropod dinosaurs. The drawings depict a juvenile Pectinodon and a Velociraptor hatchling. Our thanks to Caldey for sending into Everything Dinosaur her Prehistoric Planet drawings.

Prehistoric Planet Pectinodon drawing
Caldey’s illustration of a juvenile Pectinodon. A wonderful drawing. Picture credit: Caldey.

Caldey has captured the animated Pectinodon beautifully. This lithe little dinosaur is depicted chasing after flies whilst an adult Pectinodon is hunting larger game.

Prehistoric Planet Television Series Inspires Young Artists

Everything Dinosaur team members have seen lots of superb illustrations of the prehistoric animals from the television series. Just like season one, Prehistoric Planet II has inspired a whole new generation of dinosaur fans.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“Prehistoric Planet and the second series Prehistoric Planet II showed extinct creatures as living animals not movie monsters. The programmes were visually stunning. Our congratulations to all involved for depicting dinosaurs as animals with complex behaviours.”

Prehistoric Planet Ilustrations (young Velociraptor)
Caldey’s illustration of a young Velociraptor. The stripes and patterns on the downy coat would help to camouflage this young dromaeosaurid. Picture credit: Caldey.

Caldey has carefully recreated the camouflaged coat of this young dromaeosaurid. This youngster would be vulnerable whilst the adults were away from the nesting site. Its dappled coat would help to keep it safe and hide it from the eyes of a passing predator.

Prehistoric Planet Drawings

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur thanked Caldey for sending in her superb illustrations and stated.

“The second series of Prehistoric Planet has provided the inspiration for lots of prehistoric animal illustrations. The programmes introduced viewers to many more Mesozoic creatures. Artists and illustrators have been quick to produce artwork highlighting some of these new and amazing prehistoric animals.”

Our thanks to Caldey for providing the super illustrations.

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