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7 12, 2022

Beasts of the Mesozoic 1:18 Scale Figures

By | December 7th, 2022|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

The new range of Beasts of the Mesozoic 1:18 scale, articulated dinosaur models are now in stock at Everything Dinosaur. This new range consists of three theropod figures and three, bird-hipped dinosaurs (ornithischian dinosaurs).

Beasts of the Mesozoic
The new for late 2022 Beasts of the Mesozoic articulated dinosaur models in 1:18 scale. Six figures in the series to collect. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Beautiful Packaging

The models in this new series are beautifully packaged and each figure is supplied with additional components to allow the dinosaur to be posed in a variety of ways. Each of the articulated figures measures approximately 10.2 cm in length (4 inches).

Beasts of the Mesozoic 1:18 scale figures
The product packaging for the new Beasts of the Mesozoic Velociraptor mongoliensis 1:18 scale figure (front and back view of the packaging). A fact card about Velociraptor has been incorporated into the product packaging. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Beasts of the Mesozoic

The Beasts of the Mesozoic range includes replicas of “raptors” and more recently a series of articulated horned dinosaur figures were introduced. The range of smaller, 1:18 scale figures consists of:

  • Velociraptor (V. mongoliensis) with 15 points of articulation.
  • Psittacosaurus (P. mongoliensis) with 11 points of articulation.
  • Linheraptor (L. exquisitus) with 15 points of articulation.
  • Dromaeosaurus (D. albertensis) with 15 points of articulation.
  • Protoceratops (P. andrewsi) – named in 1923 with 12 points of articulation.
  • Protoceratops (P. hellenikorhinus) – named in 2001 with 12 points of articulation.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur exclaimed:

“It is wonderful to get these amazing, articulated dinosaur figures into stock. Team members have been busy alerting customers who had enquired about them, they are certainly beautiful models – six of the best!”

The Beasts of the Mesozoic Range of Articulated Scale Models and Figures

To view the extensive range of Beasts of the Mesozoic articulated scale models and figures, take a look at this section of Everything Dinosaur’s award-winning website: Beasts of the Mesozoic Models and Figures.

6 12, 2022

Modern Lizards in the Triassic

By | December 6th, 2022|Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Palaeontological articles, Photos/Pictures of Fossils|0 Comments

A fossil specimen found in a cupboard at the Natural History Museum (London) proves that there were modern lizards in the Triassic. The Squamata (lizards and snakes), were thought to have had their evolutionary origins in the Middle Jurassic, but analysis of this previously undescribed specimen pushes back the origins of this Order by tens of millions of years.

The partial skull of the stem lizard shown in lateral view. Picture credit: David Whiteside, Sophie Chambi-Trowell, Mike Benton and Natural History Museum UK.

A Gloucestershire Quarry

The fossil was collected along with other reptile specimens from a quarry near to Tortworth in Gloucestershire, it was labelled “Clevosaurus and one other reptile”. Clevosaurus material, whilst not common, is well-known from Triassic-aged rocks from the south-west of England, particularly in Avon and Gloucestershire. Clevosaurs are members of an ancient Order of reptiles called the Rhynchocephalia, of which there is only one extant genus today, the Tuatara. Although they may resemble lizards, they are distinct and not members of the Squamata.

Fossil of a Modern Lizard
The whole specimen showing the skull (left) and skeleton (base of specimen). Picture credit: David Whiteside, Sophie Chambi-Trowell, Mike Benton and Natural History Museum UK.

X-ray Scans and Computer Models

At the time the fossil was collected, the technology did not exist to permit scientists to investigate the specimen in detail. Writing in the academic journal “Science Advances” the researchers conclude that based on the detailed X-ray scans (computerised tomography) of the fossil and the computer-generated models that resulted, the fossil represents a basal member of the reptilian lineage that would lead to modern snakes and lizards.

Modern lizards
CT scan showing the left side of the stem lizard head with bones in different colours beside the fossil showing the right-hand side. Picture credit: David Whiteside, Sophie Chambi-Trowell, Mike Benton and Natural History Museum UK.

This fossil indicates that the origin of lizards and snakes (Squamata) was much further back in geological time than previously thought.

The research team, led by Dr David Whiteside of Bristol University’s School of Earth Sciences, have named their incredible discovery Cryptovaranoides microlanius which means “small butcher” in tribute to its jaws that were filled with sharp-edged slicing teeth.

Explaining the significance of this research Dr Whiteside stated:

“I first spotted the specimen in a cupboard full of Clevosaurus fossils in the storerooms of the Natural History Museum in London where I am a Scientific Associate. This was a common enough fossil reptile, a close relative of the New Zealand Tuatara that is the only survivor of the group, the Rhynchocephalia, that split from the squamates over 240 million years ago. As we continued to investigate the specimen, we became more and more convinced that it was actually more closely related to modern day lizards than the Tuatara group.”

Life reconstruction of Cryptovaranoides. Picture credit: Lavinia Gandolfi.

Modern Lizards

Cryptovaranoides is clearly a squamate as its anatomy differs from the Rhynchocephalia. The braincase is different, it had different neck vertebrae and the anatomy of the shoulder girdle is more reminiscent of a modern lizard than a Tuatara. The scientists identified only one major primitive feature not found in modern squamates, an opening on one side of the end of the upper arm bone, the humerus, where an artery and nerve pass through.

Vertebrae of Cryptovaranoides.
X-ray scan of the skeleton, showing the backbone, the lower jaw, and limbs with resulting computer-generated image. Picture credit: David Whiteside, Sophie Chambi-Trowell, Mike Benton and Natural History Museum UK.

Other Primitive Characteristics

Analysis of the Cryptovaranoides material revealed that this crown squamate does have some other, apparently primitive characters such as a few rows of teeth on the bones of the roof of the mouth, but experts have observed the same in the living European Glass lizard and many snakes such as Boas and Pythons have multiple rows of large teeth in the same area. Despite this, it is advanced like most living lizards in its braincase and the bone connections in the skull suggest that it was flexible.

Co-author of the paper Professor Mike Benton (University of Bristol) added:

“In terms of significance, our fossil shifts the origin and diversification of squamates back from the Middle Jurassic to the Late Triassic. This was a time of major restructuring of ecosystems on land, with origins of new plant groups, especially modern-type conifers, as well as new kinds of insects, and some of the first of modern groups such as turtles, crocodilians, dinosaurs, and mammals.”

Cryptovaranoides skull and jaws
Modelling of the lizard skull with jaws. Picture credit: David Whiteside, Sophie Chambi-Trowell, Mike Benton and Natural History Museum UK.

Dr Whiteside paid tribute to the late Pamela L. Robinson who recovered the fossil from the quarry and did a lot of preparation work on the specimen, however, with no access to CT scanning technology, she was not able to perceive the significance of her discovery.

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

The scientific paper: “A Triassic crown squamate” by Whiteside, D. I., Chambi-Trowell, S. A. V., and Benton, M J. published in Science Advances.

5 12, 2022

Beasts of the Mesozoic Fans’ Choice Medusaceratops

By | December 5th, 2022|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

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
The amazing and incredibly detailed Beasts of the Mesozoic Fans’ Choice Medusaceratops dinosaur model. This figure is in approximately 1:18 scale and measures 30.5 cm in length.

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.

Beasts of the Mesozoic Fans’ Choice Medusaceratops
The amazing iridescent colours of the new Beasts of the Mesozoic Fans’ Choice Medusaceratops can be clearly seen in this left lateral view of the articulated dinosaur model.

Astonishing Artwork

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.

Stunning Fans' Choice Medusaceratops Artwork
The stunning box art associated with the new Beasts of the Mesozoic Fans’ Choice Medusaceratops (M. lokii) figure. A stunning illustration of a Late Cretaceous horned dinosaur. Picture credit: 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.

To view the exciting range of Beasts of the Mesozoic models and figures available from Everything Dinosaur: Beasts of the Mesozoic Models and Figures.

4 12, 2022

Natovenator A Semi-aquatic Dinosaur?

By | December 4th, 2022|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Palaeontological articles, Photos/Pictures of Fossils|0 Comments

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.

Natavenator a semi-aquatic dinosaur
Natovenator polydontus life reconstruction. This dromaeosaurid dinosaur may have filled an ecological niche similar to that of extant diving birds today. Picture credit: Yusik Choi.

Natovenator polydontus

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.

To read Everything Dinosaur’s blog post about Halszkaraptor: The Remarkable and Diverse Maniraptora.

Natovenator A Semi-aquatic Dinosaur?

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.

Natovenator a semi-aquatic dinosaur
A skeletal reconstruction (known bones in white) and comparison of the sloping ribs in N. polydontus with extant diving birds. Natovenator lived approximately 68 million years ago (Maastrichtian faunal stage of the Cretaceous). Picture credit: Lee et al with additional annotation by Everything Dinosaur.

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.

Dromaeosaur Diversity

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.

2 12, 2022

Beasts of the Mesozoic Adult Triceratops “Steelhorn”

By | December 2nd, 2022|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

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 beautifully painted Beasts of the Mesozoic Triceratops “Steelhorn” figure. A wonderful, articulated model of a famous horned dinosaur.

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).

Beasts of the Mesozoic Adult Triceratops “Steelhorn”
The Beasts of the Mesozoic Adult Triceratops “Steelhorn” in lateral view. A fantastic articulated figure with twenty points of articulation. The figure is supplied with an Everything Dinosaur Triceratops fact sheet and interchangeable metal effect brow horns.

“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.

Beasts of the Mesozoic Adult Triceratops “Steelhorn”
The Beasts of the Mesozoic Adult Triceratops “Steelhorn” model measures an impressive 45.7 cm in length when measured from the tips of the brow horns to the end of the articulated replica’s tail. The model measures approximately 18 inches long.

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.”

To view the Beasts of the Mesozoic range of figures and replicas available from Everything Dinosaur: Beasts of the Mesozoic Articulated Models.

1 12, 2022

Dragon Soul Spinosaurus 2.0

By | December 1st, 2022|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

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.

Dragon Soul Spinosaurus 2.0
The limited-edition Nanmu Studio Dragon Soul Spinosaurus 2.0 (Deterrence Statue) is in stock at Everything Dinosaur (whilst stocks last).

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.

To view the range of Nanmu Studio models and figures available from Everything Dinosaur: Nanmu Studio Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Figures.

Nanmu Studio Dragon Soul Spinosaurus 2.0 (Deterrence Statue)
A Nanmu Studio Dragon Soul Spinosaurus 2.0 (Deterrence Statue) ready to be despatched. The paperwork included in the box is the customer packing list and the free Spinosaurus fact sheet that Everything Dinosaur sends out with Spinosaurus model orders. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Dragon Soul Spinosaurus 2.0

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 display base for the Dragon Soul Spinosaurus 2.0 figure
The stunning Dragon Soul Spinosaurus 2.0 polystone display base.

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.

30 11, 2022

New CollectA Marine Reptile Models for 2023

By | November 30th, 2022|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

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.

New CollectA Marine Reptile Models for 2023
The next video to be posted up on Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube channel will be a review of the recently announced new for 2023 CollectA Shastasaurus and the 1:40 scale Mosasaurus models. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

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.

To visit Everything Dinosaur on YouTube (we recommend you subscribe): Everything Dinosaur on YouTube.

CollectA Marine Reptile Models

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.

New CollectA Marine Reptile Models
New CollectA models for 2023. The 1:40 CollectA Deluxe Mosasaurus (top), and the Age of Dinosaurs Popular ichthyosaur replica Shastasaurus (bottom).

To view the current stock of CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Popular models available from Everything Dinosaur: CollectA Prehistoric Life/Age of Dinosaurs Popular Models.

To view the range of scale models and figures made by CollectA: CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Life Models and Figures.

A spokesperson for the award-winning mail order company stated that team members were looking forward to receiving stock of these two excellent marine reptile replicas.

29 11, 2022

Nanmu Studio Parasaurolophus Corpse

By | November 29th, 2022|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

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).

Nanmu Studio Parasaurolophus corpse.
The remarkable polystone sculpture entitled Nanmu Studio Dragon Soul Parasaurolophus (Nutcracker Soldier) is in stock at Everything Dinosaur (whilst stocks last).

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.

Nanmu Studio Parasaurolophus (green)
The new for 2022 Nanmu Studio Nutcracker Parasaurolophus dinosaur model in the green colour variant. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

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.”

Nanmu Studio Parasaurolophus Corpse Replica
The stunning Nanmu Studio Parasaurolophus Nutcracker Soldier polystone replica. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

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.

Nanmu Studio Parasaurolophus Corpse
The Parasaurolophus corpse model box. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the extensive range of Nanmu Studio models and replicas in stock at Everything Dinosaur: Nanmu Studio Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models.

28 11, 2022

Everything Dinosaur wins Customer Service Award

By | November 28th, 2022|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

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.

Everything Dinosaur wins award
A Papo green Styracosaurus dinosaur model poses in front or the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce trophy for excellence in customer service awarded to Everything Dinosaur. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

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.”

Visit Everything Dinosaur’s user-friendly and multi-award-winning website: Everything Dinosaur.

A very big thank you to all our customers, you are roarsome!

27 11, 2022

PNSO Sinopliosaurus Review

By | November 27th, 2022|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Product Reviews|0 Comments

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 Sinopliosaurus model.
The broad, deep tail can of Sinopliosaurus can be seen on this image of the new PNSO dinosaur model.

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.

William stated:

“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

Sinopliosaurus drawing commissioned by Everything Dinosaur
Everything Dinosaur’s commissioned Sinopliosaurus illustration. This drawing will feature on the Sinopliosaurus fact sheet that the company is producing. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

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.

PNSO Chongzuo the Sinopliosaurus dinosaur model.
PNSO are adding a second member of the Spinosauridae family to their mid-size model range. Joining Essien the Spinosaurus is Chongzuo the Sinopliosaurus.

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.

PNSO Chongzuo the Sinopliosaurus model measurements.
PNSO Chongzuo the Sinopliosaurus measures 29.3 cm long and stands 8.5 cm high.

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.”

Model Measurements and Dimensions

Scale: 1:36.
Length: 11.7 inches.
Height: 3 inches.

Packaging and Accessories:

  • Clear, plastic support stand.
  • Illustrated 64-page booklet.
  • A3 colour poster.
  • QR code to a video link.
PNSO Chongzuo the Sinopliosaurus has an articulated jaw.
PNSO Chongzuo the Sinopliosaurus has an articulated jaw. The genus was originally erected under the presumption that the fossil material including isolated teeth represented a pliosaur (marine reptile).

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.

Sinopliosaurus fusuiensis/ Siamosaurus suteethorni

Classification:
Superfamily: Megalosauroidea.
Clade: Megalosauria.
Family: Spinosauridae.
Subfamily: Spinosaurinae.
Genus: Sinopliosaurus/Siamosaurus.

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.

Weight: 1.1 Tonne.
Length: 30 Feet.
Height: 14.8 Feet.

The reviewer concluded by exclaiming:

“PNSO have given us an example of Spinosauridae perfection with Chongzuo the Sinopliosaurus”.

Our thanks to William for providing a comprehensive review.

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