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29 01, 2023

Platinum Trusted Service Award Certificate

By | January 29th, 2023|Adobe CS5, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

The certificate acknowledging the 2023 Platinum Trusted Service Award to Everything Dinosaur has been downloaded and prepared. Everything Dinosaur can display this certificate in their offices and use it in company correspondence.

Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award certificate.
Everything Dinosaur’s Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award certificate.

Platinum Trusted Service Award

Feefo is a leading global customer reviews and insights platform on a mission to empower its clients to fully understand how their customers experience their product or service. The highest accolade offered by Feefo, the Platinum Trusted Service award, was introduced in 2020 and Everything Dinosaur has won the Platinum Trusted Service award every year that it has been available. Everything Dinosaur has been awarded top marks by Feefo four years in a row.

Tony Wheble, the CEO at Feefo, commented:

“This year has been a difficult one for so many businesses. I’m delighted to recognise thousands of our clients that have overcome various challenges to provide such high levels of customer service and satisfaction.”

Everything Dinosaur Has Won the Platinum Trusted Service Award Four Years in a Row

Platinum Trusted Service Award
Everything Dinosaur has won the prestigious Feefo Platinum Trusted Service award ever year that it has been offered. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Mr Wheble added:

“The Trusted Service Awards have always been about recognising companies that go way beyond the norm in customer service and in turn receive great feedback from delighted customers.”

To visit Everything Dinosaur’s award-winning website: Everything Dinosaur.

28 01, 2023

Everything Dinosaur Customer Newsletter

By | January 28th, 2023|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Newsletters, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page|0 Comments

Safari Ltd dinosaur models and the Mojo Fun Woolly Mammoth replica feature in the latest Everything Dinosaur customer newsletter. Everything Dinosaur team members like to keep customers informed about new products and company developments and a customer newsletter is emailed periodically. In the latest e-news mailing the Dino Dana Zuul armoured dinosaur replica is highlighted.

Dino Dana Zuul dinosaur model features in an Everything Dinosaur customer newsletter.
The Dino Dana Zuul armoured dinosaur features in the latest Everything Dinosaur customer newsletter. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur Customer Newsletter

The latest Everything Dinosaur customer newsletter also features the Dino Dana dwarf tyrannosaur replica Nanotyrannus and the colourful bone-headed dinosaur model Stygimoloch (Dino Dana Stygimoloch).

To request a subscription to Everything Dinosaur’s free customer newsletter simply: Email Everything Dinosaur.

The Safari Ltd Dino Dana Nanotyrannus and the Stygimoloch are featured in an Everything Dinosaur customer newsletter.
Two new Safari Ltd Dino Dana models feature in the latest Everything Dinosaur customer newsletter. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Albertosaurus and a Mojo Fun Woolly Mammoth

The other two models to feature in our January newsletter (2023), is the recently arrived Wild Safari Prehistoric World Albertosaurus dinosaur model and the Mojo Fun Woolly Mammoth figure.

Albertosaurus and a Woolly Mammoth.
The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Albertosaurus (left) and a new Mojo Fun Woolly Mammoth model (right). Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the extensive range of Safari Ltd dinosaur and other prehistoric animal models in stock at Everything Dinosaur: Wild Safari Prehistoric World Figures.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We send out newsletters to customers so that they can be kept informed about new additions to our stock and updated on developments at Everything Dinosaur. Our newsletter is free, and we do not share customer emails with anyone else, so our customers can have the assurance that they will not find themselves receiving lots of emails from companies that they never subscribed to”.

Mojo Fun Woolly Mammoth

Joining the Safari Ltd models in our latest newsletter is the Mojo Fun Woolly Mammoth model, an Ice Age figure that has received praise from model collectors since its introduction.

Mojo Fun Woolly Mammoth
The Mojo Fun Woolly Mammoth model is available from Everything Dinosaur.

To view the range of Mojo Fun prehistoric and extinct models available from Everything Dinosaur: Mojo Fun Prehistoric Life Models.

25 01, 2023

Zuul Dinosaur Model

By | January 25th, 2023|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

The new Wild Safari Prehistoric World Zuul dinosaur model is in stock at Everything Dinosaur. Team members have been busy contacting customers to let them know that this new armoured dinosaur model has arrived.

Zuul dinosaur model
The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Zuul dinosaur model in lateral view.

Zuul Dinosaur Model

The Zuul dinosaur model is one of four new figures to come into Everything Dinosaur from the Safari Ltd range. The other three models are the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Albertosaurus, and in the sub-brand “Dino Dana” a Stygimoloch and a replica of the controversial dwarf tyrannosaur Nanotyrannus.

Four new Safari Ltd dinosaur models.
Four new dinosaur replicas into stock at Everything Dinosaur including an Albertosaurus (left), a Stygimoloch (centre), a replica of the controversial tyrannosaur Nanotyrannus (right), and (top) the Zuul dinosaur model. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

The Gatekeeper of Gozer

The genus name was inspired by a monster that appeared in the 1984 film “Ghostbusters”, the horned monster being Zuul the Gatekeeper of Gozer. The species epithet combines crus (Latin) for shin or shank, and vastator (Latin) for destroyer, in reference to the beautiful sledgehammer-like tail club that was the first part of the fossil specimen to be discovered.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Zuul
The new Safari Ltd Zuul dinosaur model. A fantastic replica of a North American, Late Cretaceous ankylosaurid dinosaur.

To view the Zuul dinosaur model (whilst stocks last), and other prehistoric animal figures in the Safari Ltd range: Prehistoric Animal Replicas and Dinosaur Models (Safari Ltd).

24 01, 2023

Fans’ Choice Medusaceratops

By | January 24th, 2023|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page|0 Comments

Our thanks to Caldey who sent into Everything Dinosaur her drawing of the recently introduced Beasts of the Mesozoic Fans’ Choice Medusaceratops dinosaur model. It is a superb illustration of a very colourful, iridescent dinosaur.

Fans' Choice Medusaceratops
Caldey has sent Everything Dinosaur a drawing of the Beasts of the Mesozoic Fans’ Choice Medusaceratops. It is a fantastic drawing of a horned dinosaur.

Picture credit: Caldey

Fans’ Choice Medusaceratops

The Fans’ Choice Medusaceratops is a relatively new edition to the ceratopsian series in the popular Beasts of the Mesozoic articulated model range and it is the latest figure to have been drawn by Caldey. Previously, this young artist has drawn numerous models in the Beasts of the Mesozoic range.

Caldey has been inspired to produce several illustrations depicting figures from the Beasts of the Mesozoic ceratopsian series including Zuniceratops, Styracosaurus, Spiclypeus as well as the original Medusaceratops.

An illustration of Medusaceratops
An illustration of Medusaceratops in the original colour scheme. Picture credit: Caldey.

An Iridescent Dinosaur

The Fans’ Choice Medusaceratops proved a particularly challenging subject as this brightly coloured and highly detailed model has a coating of iridescent paint. Metallic pens were used to create this effect on Caldey’s drawing and she has skilfully reproduced the various different types of a scale associated with the figure. In addition, her use of tones has given the Medusaceratops a sense of depth and perspective.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We are grateful to Caldey for sharing her wonderful drawing with us. We think the illustration is fantastic, such amazing detail.”

Many of Caldey’s illustrations have been inspired by prehistoric animals depicted in the “Jurassic Park/Jurassic World” movie franchise, but she also likes to draw some of her favourite prehistoric animal models in her collection.

Our thanks to Caldey for sending in her Medusaceratops illustration.

To view the Beasts of the Mesozoic range of articulated dinosaur figures: Beasts of the Mesozoic Articulated Dinosaur Models.

23 01, 2023

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Albertosaurus

By | January 23rd, 2023|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

The new Safari Ltd Wild Safari Prehistoric World Albertosaurus dinosaur model is now in stock at Everything Dinosaur. A magnificent and colourful tyrannosaur.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Albertosaurus
Albertosaurus dinosaur model. The new Wild Safari Prehistoric World Albertosaurus figure.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Albertosaurus

This striking replica of a Late Cretaceous, North American member of the Tyrannosauridae family is a welcome addition to the Safari Ltd model range. This extensive model series already includes several T. rex figures and in 2021, a replica of Daspletosaurus was added to this range.

Albertosaurus dinosaur model.
Stalking amongst the model bricks, an Albertosaurus model, an excellent replica of a Late Cretaceous tyrannosaur from North America.

The model measures 25 cm long (10 inches) and that detailed head stands approximately 11.5 cm (4.5 inches) off the ground. A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented that the patterning on the model chosen by the designers would have helped to camouflage this large carnivore as it stalked its prey in the woodlands that were common throughout the Late Cretaceous landscape of northern Laramidia.

Albertosaurus fossils, specifically the nearly 1,150 fossil bones recovered from the Dry Island bonebed adjacent to the Red Deer River in Alberta, provide evidence that this theropod was gregarious and lived in packs.

The type species Albertosaurus sarcophagus was named and described by Henry Fairfield Osborn in 1905, the same year in which Osborn named and described the much larger, geologically younger but closely related Tyrannosaurus rex.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Albertosaurus.
The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Albertosaurus dinosaur model, now in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

To view the Wild Safari Prehistoric World range of dinosaur and prehistoric animal figures: Wild Safari Prehistoric World Theropod Models and Other Prehistoric Animal Figures.

22 01, 2023

Zuul Scale Drawing

By | January 22nd, 2023|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|1 Comment

As Everything Dinosaur prepares for the arrival of the new Safari Ltd prehistoric animal models and Dino Dana figures we have been finalising our Zuul scale drawing in readiness for adding this diagram to our armoured dinosaur fact sheet.

Zuul scale drawing.
Everything Dinosaur’s scale drawing of the armoured dinosaur Zuul. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Zuul crurivastator

Zuul (Z. crurivastator), was formally named and scientifically described in 2017 (Arbour and Evans). The fossil specimen, which is nearly complete was discovered in Judith River Formation sandstone sediments. The fossil material was purchased by the Royal Ontario Museum (Canada), and the Zuul specimen is on public display.

The genus name honours a fictional ghoul from the 1984 movie “Ghostbusters”. The research team, were reminded of the monster “Zuul the Gatekeeper of Gozer”, when studying the dinosaur’s prominent horns and ridges on the exquisitely preserved skull.

The species name translates as “destroyer of shins” a reference to the defensive tail club, that was preserved. Zuul remains the only member of the Ankylosaurinae to be known from a complete skull and tail club.

A recent research paper suggested that the tail club was used during intraspecific combat. Although tail clubs were probably used to deter predators, damaged osteoderms on the Zuul specimen suggested that these large herbivores indulged in ritual combat behaviours, perhaps over territory or in fights over mates.

To read Everything Dinosaur’s article about this study: Tail Clubs for Social Dominance.

Zuul Scale Drawing

Zuul is estimated to have measured around six metres in length and to have weighed around 2,500 kilograms.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We intend to send out a Zuul fact sheet with every model of Zuul we sell. We are committed to helping educate and inform. For the vast majority of the prehistoric animal models and figures we supply we include a fact sheet on that animal.

To view the range of Wild Safari Prehistoric World models available from Everything Dinosaur: Armoured Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models (Wild Safari).

20 01, 2023

Mojo Fun Woolly Mammoth

By | January 20th, 2023|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

The new Mojo Fun Woolly Mammoth model has arrived at Everything Dinosaur’s warehouse and this excellent prehistoric proboscidean has been made available to purchase on Everything Dinosaur’s award-winning website.

Mojo Fun Woolly Mammoth
The Mojo Fun Woolly Mammoth model is available from Everything Dinosaur.

Mojo Fun Woolly Mammoth

The Woolly Mammoth is one of two Ice Age figures to be added to the Mojo Fun “Prehistoric Life” range of figures. A Woolly Rhinoceros (Coelodonta antiquitatis) is due to arrive at Everything Dinosaur in a few weeks.

To view Everything Dinosaur’s recent blog post about the Mojo Fun Woolly Rhino figure: New for 2023 Mojo Fun Woolly Rhino Model.

The Woolly Mammoth model is an update on the previous Mojo Fun figure, we suspect that this earlier 1:20 scale Mammuthus primigenius model from Mojo Fun will now be retired.

The hair texture and details of the shaggy coat of this prehistoric elephant model have been praised by Everything Dinosaur team members.

Mojo Fun Woolly Mammoth
The hair texture on the new Mojo Fun Woolly Mammoth has been praised by Everything Dinosaur team members.

Mammuthus primigenius

A spokesperson for the award-winning, UK-based company stated that team members were most impressed with this Mammuthus primigenius replica.

The spokesperson added:

“There are lots of Woolly Mammoth figures and models available. It is always pleasing to see a manufacturer updating figures in their range and we congratulate the team at Mojo Fun for their amazing Woolly Mammoth and we look forward to the arrival of their Woolly Rhinoceros.”

To view the extensive range of Mojo Fun prehistoric and extinct animal models available from Everything Dinosaur: Mojo Fun Prehistoric Life Models.

18 01, 2023

Brighstoneus Scale Drawing

By | January 18th, 2023|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

Team members at Everything Dinosaur have been busy preparing a Brighstoneus scale drawing in readiness for the arrival of the new for 2023 CollectA Brighstoneus dinosaur model. The first of the new for 2023 CollectA prehistoric animal figures are expected to be in stock in a few weeks. As we research and write our Brighstoneus fact sheet, a scale drawing was commissioned so that we could demonstrate the approximate size of this recently described dinosaur.

Brighstoneus scale drawing
The Brighstoneus scale drawing being prepared for the Everything Dinosaur Brighstoneus fact sheet that we intend to despatch with the CollectA Age of Dinosaur Popular Brighstoneus figure. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

To read Everything Dinosaur’s article from November 2021 about this new herbivorous dinosaur: New Hadrosauriform from the Isle of Wight.

Brighstoneus Scale Drawing

When scientifically described (Lockwood et al), Brighstoneus was estimated to measure around eight metres in length, and to have a body mass of approximately nine hundred kilogrammes, team members at Everything Dinosaur have attempted to reflect the animal’s size by using a silhouette of a human being to give a visual guide to scale. Readers can hopefully appreciate how our drawing represents the CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Popular model.

CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Brighstoneus Model
The CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Popular Brighstoneus dinosaur model. This ornithopod figure should be available from Everything Dinosaur in early 2023.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur, explained that they were looking forward to receiving this exciting new herbivorous dinosaur replica and confirmed that the first batch of CollectA prehistoric animal figures (with the exception of the 1:6 scale Stegouros and the 1:20 scale Koolasuchus), should be arriving at the company’s warehouse in a few weeks. The Stegouros and the Koolasuchus were due to be in stock later in the year (April/May 2023).

To view the CollectA Age of Dinosaurs range of not-to-scale figures: CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Popular Range.

17 01, 2023

Everything Dinosaur Wins Top Feefo Award

By | January 17th, 2023|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

Everything Dinosaur has won the Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award, an independent seal of excellence and company integrity. Everything Dinosaur has won this top Feefo award every year since this accolade was introduced.

Everything Dinosaur wins Platinum Trusted Service Award.
Everything Dinosaur wins Platinum Trusted Service Award for the fourth year running.

Platinum Trusted Service Award

Feefo established the Trusted Service Awards in 2014 to recognise brands that use the platform to collect verified reviews and receive exceptional feedback from their customers. Their highest award, the Platinum Trusted Service Award was introduced in 2020 and Everything Dinosaur has been awarded top marks by Feefo four years in a row.

These are unique awards because they truly reflect a company’s dedication to providing outstanding customer service by analysing feedback from genuine customers.

Tony Wheble, CEO at Feefo praised Everything Dinosaur and commented:

“A particular congratulations to Everything Dinosaur for winning a Platinum Trusted Service Award by providing great customer service consistently over a number of years. I look forward to seeing them continue to achieve next year and beyond.”

Customer Service Award

Everything Dinosaur’s dedication and commitment has also been recognised by the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce. The UK-based company won the “Excellence in Customer Service” award at the end of 2022.

Everything Dinosaur wins award for customer service.
Mike and Sue of Everything Dinosaur proudly show their certificate and trophy after winning the Excellence in Customer Service Award at the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Feefo

Feefo is a leading global customer reviews and insights platform. Feefo’s mission is to empower its clients to fully understand how their customers experience their product or service. Working with over 6,000 brands, Feefo is the world’s largest provider of verified reviews, helping brands understand customers by analysing verified reviews and providing insight into trends, needs and habits.

To see Everything Dinosaur’s customer ratings on Feefo: Everything Dinosaur on Feefo.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We are delighted to receive the Feefo 2023 Platinum Trusted Service Award for customer service, which recognises our hard work over the last three, challenging years. This award means a lot to us because it is based on feedback and reviews from our customers and, ultimately, keeping them happy is what we care about. We are committed to delivering the highest quality of service, so we will continue to listen, understand and respond to all our customers.”

Visit Everything Dinosaur’s award-winning website: Everything Dinosaur.

16 01, 2023

Carboniferous Chimaeras were Suction Feeders

By | January 16th, 2023|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Palaeontological articles, Photos/Pictures of Fossils|0 Comments

Carboniferous chimaeras were suction feeders unlike their modern relatives such as the rat fish which are durophagous (feed on hard-shelled prey such as crabs, snails and molluscs). That is the conclusion of new research published this week in the academic journal The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

An Exceptional Three-dimensional Fossil

The research led by the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (MNHN) located in Paris, and the University of Birmingham has shown that an ancient relative of chimaeras, jawed vertebrates that are related to cartilaginous fishes (sharks and rays), fed by sucking in prey animals underwater.

An exceptional three-dimensional fossil of an ancient chimaera (Iniopera genus), has revealed new clues about the diversity of these creatures during the Carboniferous period.

Carboniferous chimaeras
The three-dimensional cast of the Carboniferous chimaera fossil (Iniopera) which helped the researchers to determine feeding strategy. Picture credit: University of Birmingham.

Carboniferous Chimaera

The fossil, from a genus called Iniopera, is the only suction feeder to be identified among chimaeras, and quite different from living chimaeras, which generally feed by crushing molluscs and other hard-shelled prey between their teeth.

Chimaeriformes are an ancient order of cartilaginous fish (Chondrichthyes) that are thought to have evolved in the Devonian. Most extant species are found at depths greater than two hundred metres, and some chimaera fish are restricted to extremely deep water (Bathypelagic Zone).

Most fossil and extant chimaeras are quite small, very few specimens exceed one metre in length. However, other prehistoric, cartilaginous fish that were distantly related to Iniopera grew much larger. For example, the Permian genus Helicoprion with its bizarre tooth-whorl jaw, which has been estimated to have grown to around eight metres in length.

Helicoprion scale drawing
As Everything Dinosaur prepares for the arrival of Haylee the Helicoprion model from PNSO a scale drawing of this Permian fish has been commissioned. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Although models of prehistoric fish from the Chondrichthyes Class are rare, PNSO have included two prehistoric shark figures (O. megalodon and Cretoxyrhina) and a replica of Helicoprion.

To view the PNSO prehistoric animal model range in stock at Everything Dinosaur: PNSO Age of Dinosaurs Models and Figures.

Identifying a Suction Feeder

Commenting on the significance of this study, lead researcher Dr Richard Dearden (University of Birmingham) stated:

“Being able to identify Iniopera as a suction feeder sheds light on the diverse role of chimaeras in these early ecosystems. In particular, it suggests that in their early evolutionary history, some chimaeras were inhabiting ecological niches that are now monopolised by ray finned fishes – a far cry from their modern life as specialised shell-crushers.”

The cartilage skeleton of these fish are rarely fossilised and the Chondrichthyes tend to be underrepresented in the fossil record. The skeletons that are preserved tend to be crushed flat and distorted so interpreting them is notoriously difficult. However, by studying the tooth shapes and diverse body plans, palaeontologists were already aware that extinct forms were far more varied than their living counterparts.

3-D Imaging Techniques

Using advanced 3-D imaging techniques, the researchers reconstructed the head, shoulder and throat skeleton of the Iniopera fossil. They then estimated the location of major muscles and found the anatomy was poorly suited to durophagous feeding. Instead, the researchers believe the animal was more likely to have used the muscle arrangement to expand the throat to take in water and a forward-pointing mouth to orient towards prey.

Suction feeding is a technique used by many animals that live underwater. It involves generating low pressures in the throat to pull in water and prey. To do this effectively, the animal needs to be able to rapidly expand its throat, and point its mouth forward towards prey items. Numerous different aquatic jawed vertebrates, such as ray-finned fishes and some turtles have evolved specialised anatomies to help them feed in this manner more effectively.

The suction feeding theory is also supported by fossilised Chimaeriformes that have preserved stomach contents. Small arthropods have been found in association with the body cavity of several specimens and their relatively entire state suggests suction feeding as the method of prey capture.

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

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