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16 05, 2024

Amazing Ichthyotitan Jawbones Go on Display and Hollywood Comes to Bristol

By |2024-05-16T22:18:01+01:00May 16th, 2024|Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Movie Reviews and Movie News|0 Comments

The recently described Ichthyotitan jawbones are going on display and Everything Dinosaur sponsors a film all about dinosaurs.  Everything Dinosaur is proud to announce that they will be sponsoring the internationally acclaimed documentary “WHY DINOSAURS?” when it comes to the UK. Four special screenings have been announced – London, Sheffield, Bristol and the Lyme Regis fossil festival.

The special screenings will take place next month (June 2024), and the Bristol event has been scheduled to coincide with the giant jawbones of Ichthyotitan going on display.

The "Why Dinosaurs?" movie poster.

Four special screenings of the award-winning documentary “WHY DINOSAURS?” in the UK.  Everything Dinosaur is one of the sponsors of “WHY DINOSAURS?”.

Ichthyotitan Jawbones

The Bristol screening will take place on the evening of Wednesday June 5th. It will be hosted by The Bristol Aquarium. The fossilised remains of the giant marine reptile Ichthyotitan will be on display at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, to coincide with this exciting event.

To read Everything Dinosaur’s blog post about Ichthyotitan: Ichthyotitan a Huge Triassic Marine Reptile.

Dr Dean Lomax, the lead author of the scientific paper was busy this week helping to install the Ichthyotitan jawbones in their new home.

Installing the Ichthyotitan jawbones.

The Ichthyotitan jawbones going into their display case.  A curious Megaloceros looks on as the team installs the fossil bones. Picture credit: University of Bristol.

Fragmentary bones representing part of the jaw of an enormous ichthyosaur were found along the Somerset coastline. The first discovery was made by Paul de la Salle in 2016. Father and daughter Justin and Ruby Reynolds discovered more material in 2020. The bones are from a Late Triassic ichthyosaur estimated to have been about the size of an extant Blue Whale!

Commenting on the film and fossil display, Dr Dean Lomax stated:

“As an 1851 research fellow here at the University of Bristol, I wanted to bring the film to the city and give people an opportunity to walk the red carpet and watch this exciting dinosaur movie. Moreover, I’m very excited to say that the bones of the recently announced Ichthyotitan, the giant ichthyosaur co-discovered by then-11-year-old Ruby Reynolds and announced last month [in April], will also be on display at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, to coincide with the screening of “WHY DINOSAURS?”.

Ichthyotitan jawbones on display

Dr Dean Lomax, Ruby Reynolds, Deborah Hutchinson, Carol Skiggs, Justin Reynolds and Paul de la Salle inspect the new Ichthyotitan exhibit. Picture credit: University of Bristol.

The website of Dr Dean Lomax: British Palaeontologist Dr Dean Lomax.


The Bristol screening of “WHY DINOSAURS?” will take place on the evening of Wednesday June 5th.

This award-winning documentary follows dino-obsessed teenager James Pinto and his father on a global search to try to understand why people are fascinated with the Dinosauria. In their quest they interviewed more than sixty-five experts from various fields related to dinosaurs, including leading scientists and artists among Jurassic Park fans.

The documentary explores themes from museum displays to blockbuster films. It attempts to discover what fascinates us about these prehistoric creatures. James Pinto, who narrates the film, explained:

“This movie explores the myriad ways in which people connect with dinosaurs, providing a unique look into the lives and careers of those who study them.”

As one of the world’s leading suppliers of dinosaur and prehistoric animal models, it was only fitting that Everything Dinosaur should become involved with this amazing project.

Dinosaur fans lucky enough to attend the Bristol screening will have a rare opportunity to meet and interact with palaeontology experts.  Kallie Moore, the co-host of PBS Eons, Jessica Lippincott of the Wyoming Dinosaurium Project, and acclaimed palaeontologist, author and presenter Dr Dean Lomax, who is also a scientist at the University of Bristol will be in attendance.  Dr Lomax is interviewed in the documentary and is also an Executive Producer.

Details of the 4 "Why Dinosaurs?" screenings.

Details of the four “WHY DINOSAURS?” screenings.

Sue and Mike from Everything Dinosaur will be attending the Sheffield screening on June 1st.

Tickets for Dinosaur Fans

The event at the Bristol Aquarium will commence at 6pm with a red-carpet reception with the film documentary starting around 7.15pm. The evening will conclude with an engaging question and answer session giving the audience an opportunity to delve deeper into the making of the documentary and the scientific wonders it explores.

Producer, editor and filmmaker Tony Pinto was excited to be bringing this amazing project to the UK.  He went onto state:

“It isn’t the traditional computer-generated dinosaur reconstructions and celebrity-narrated prehistoric documentary. Instead, we introduce the genuine voices of working palaeontologists, science communicators, artists, and dinosaur fanatics to tell a brief history of palaeontology and explore the world’s fascination with dinosaurs in popular culture.”

Everything Dinosaur sponsors film documentary screenings.

Everything Dinosaur is one of the sponsors of the UK screenings.

Tickets are available from £15 to £20. This fantastic event promises to be a thrilling journey into the age of dinosaurs, appealing to enthusiasts of all ages.

For tickets visit: “WHY DINOSAURS?” – Buy Tickets.

10 05, 2024

The New CollectA Deluxe Velociraptor will be in Stock Soon

By |2024-05-10T14:18:08+01:00May 10th, 2024|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

The new for 2024, CollectA Deluxe Velociraptor dinosaur model will be in stock soon.  A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented that the first new for 2024 CollectA figures will be arriving shortly.  The model has been created to mark the centenary of the formal scientific description of the first Velociraptor species (Osborn, 1924.)  The first Velociraptor species was V. mongoliensis. A second species was named and described in 2008 (V. osmolskae).

A spokesperson from the UK-based mail order company confirmed that the CollectA Deluxe Dearc pterosaur figure along with the 1:100 scale Dreadnoughtus models were arriving first.  In addition, the set of mini-sauropod models will also be stocked shortly.  The new 1:6 scale Velociraptor will be available later in the year.

The new for 2024 CollectA Deluxe Velociraptor model.

The new for 2024 CollectA Deluxe Velociraptor figure in lateral view. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

The CollectA Deluxe Velociraptor Model

The new dromaeosaurid figure features some new anatomical features associated with this type of dinosaur.  This model has a propatagium on each forelimb. A propatagium is a fold of skin associated with the wing of volant birds. It is a soft tissue structure that unites the wrists and shoulders. It helps with the wing flapping motion. Scientists think that this structure may have first evolved to help these terrestrial animals make sharp turns yet remain balanced and stable as they ran.

To watch a short video review of the new Velociraptor figure: CollectA Deluxe Velociraptor Video Review.

A close-up view of the new CollectA Velociraptor dinosaur model.

The new Velociraptor model has an articulated lower jaw.  The propatagium can be seen on the model helping to form the leading edge of the wing.  Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the range of CollectA Deluxe prehistoric animal figures available from Everything Dinosaur: CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Animal Figures.

Scent Glands

The beautiful figure has also been given a pair of scent glands, either side of the cloaca.  Velociraptor was an animal that lived in a desert environment.  It probably lived in packs and had an extensive territory.  It may have used scent marking to define territory and to delineate individual status within the pack.  Many extant birds have scent glands.  Reptiles such as crocodiles have scent glands as well.  The CollectA design team have speculated that Velociraptor used scent marking too.

With such a big tail to waft any fragrances about, it does make sense.

The CollectA Velociraptor model in dorsal view.

The shape of the figure suggests an agile pursuit predator.  The big tail with its extensive surface area could have helped to disperse scent on the desert wind.  Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur confirmed that the CollectA Deluxe Velociraptor model would be in stock soon.

CollectA Deluxe Velociraptor dinosaur model.

The CollectA Deluxe Velociraptor model. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Visit the award-winning Everything Dinosaur website: Everything Dinosaur.

9 05, 2024

Tyrannosaurus rex Was Not as Clever as a Primate According to New Research

By |2024-05-07T12:48:53+01:00May 9th, 2024|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Palaeontological articles, Photos/Pictures of Fossils, Teaching|0 Comments

New scientific research has challenged the findings of a 2023 study that concluded T. rex may have been as clever as a primate. How smart was T. rex? That is a fascinating question, one that body and trace fossils cannot really answer. The idea that the Dinosauria were slow, lumbering, stupid giants has largely been debunked. However, scientists have continued to puzzle over their cognitive abilities.

In April 2023, Everything Dinosaur blogged about a controversial study by Dr Suzana Herculano-Houzel from the Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University (Tennessee). Doctor Herculano-Houzel postulated that Tyrannosaurus rex had around 3 billion cerebral neurons. The Brazilian neuroscientist implied that this super-sized predator had cognitive capabilities that matched primates.

Titus the T.rex exhibit. A T. rex skeleton on display.

The spectacular Titus the T. rex exhibit at Wollaton Hall.  How smart was T. rex?  A newly published paper challenges an earlier study that postulated that this theropod was as clever as an extant primate. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

The earlier paper proposed that large theropods such as Tyrannosaurus rex were long-lived, and remarkably intelligent.  It was postulated that these animals had “macaque or baboon-like cognition”.

To read Everything Dinosaur’s blog post about this paper: How Big was a T. rex Brain?

Challenging Established Views About Dinosaur Intelligence

The research challenged established views on dinosaur biology and inferred behaviours.  In addition, the earlier paper raised questions about whether neuron count estimates could benefit research on extinct animals in general.  However, a team of international scientists, including Dr Darren Naish (University of Southampton), have refuted these claims.  In a study published in “The Anatomical Record”, the researchers conclude that Tyrannosaurus rex was probably about as smart as a modern crocodile.

Their work reaffirms older theories about the intelligence of large theropods. Soft tissue structures like dinosaur brains rarely survive as fossils. Scientists can use endocasts, moulds made of the brain cavity to estimate brain size and structure. This is imperfect. For example, in extant crocodilians the brain only occupies about a third of the cranial cavity. In mammals and birds nearly 100% of this cavity is occupied by the brain.  By revisiting Herculano-Houzel’s (2023) work, the researchers identified several crucial discrepancies regarding interpretation and analysis of data.

Dr Herculano-Houzel probably overestimated the size of the brain of T. rex. It was assumed that the brain filled the whole of the endocranial cavity. In essence, the brain size of T. rex was modelled on mammals and birds, but this new study suggests crocodilians are a better analogy.

How smart was T. rex?

Blue: olfactory bulb and tracts, Green: pallium (homologous to the mammalian cerebral cortex), Orange: cerebellum, Yellow: diencephalon and optic tectum, Violet: brain stem. Olfactory structures, pallium and subpallium comprise the telencephalon. The overlay in grey indicates extinct taxa, the brain morphologies of which are estimated. The brain morphology of extinct ornithodirans is similar when compared to living reptiles. Picture credit: Caspar et al.

How Smart was T. rex?

The data used by Dr Herculano-Houzel was found to be inconsistent. For instance, brain size estimates had included other structures that are located in the cranium, but not part of the brain, the olfactory bulb for example. In addition, the earlier study had used a mixture of both juvenile and adult tyrannosaurs.  The use of not fully mature animals in the study could have led to inaccurate results.

The team revised the estimates of encephalisation and telencephalic neuron counts in the Dinosauria.  For large-bodied theropods in particular, this study estimated significantly lower neuron counts than previously proposed.  Their phylogenetic modelling indicated a neuron count for T. rex at between 250 million and 1.7 billion neurons.  Although the data spread was substantial, the results modelled reflect the neuron counts found in extant crocodilians.  This dataset did not produce neuron counts approaching those found in primates.

A close-up view of the Rebor T. rex Tusk figure.

A close-up view of the detail on the head of the Rebor T. rex Tusk dinosaur model.  Although this theropod was a formidable predator, its intelligence may have been overestimated. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.


Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

The image (above) shows a close-up view of a 1:35 scale model of a Rebor Tyrannosaurus rex.

To view the Rebor range of prehistoric animals available from Everything Dinosaur: Rebor Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Figures.

Brain Size May Not Represent the Best Measure of Cognitive Abilities

Furthermore, the researchers reviewed the suitability of neurological variables such as neuron numbers and relative brain size to predict cognitive complexity, metabolic rate and life history traits in dinosaurs.  They concluded that these measures are not helpful when trying to assess the cognition of extinct creatures.

The team stated that trying to gauge the cognitive abilities of dinosaurs without close living analogues is extremely challenging.  Neuron numbers might be considered a minor component in an assessment of intelligence and much more work is required to build a robust framework to better understand the level of cognition in extinct animals.  In addition, the team concluded that given the depiction of dinosaurs in the popular media, researchers should acknowledge the limitations of the presented inferences to allow their audience to delineate between reasoned conclusions and speculation.

So, when it comes to calculating how smart was T. rex?  Scientists have yet to devise robust models to explore dinosaur intelligence.

Everything Dinosaur acknowledges the assistance of the open-source paper (Caspar et al) published in the journal The Anatomical Record in the compilation of this article.

The scientific paper: “How smart was T. rex? Testing claims of exceptional cognition in dinosaurs and the application of neuron count estimates in palaeontological research” by Kai R. Caspar, Cristián Gutiérrez-Ibáñez, Ornella C. Bertrand, Thomas Carr, Jennifer A. D. Colbourne, Arthur Erb, Hady George, Thomas R. Holtz Jr, Darren Naish, Douglas R. Wylie and Grant R. Hurlburt published in The Anatomical Record.

Visit the award-winning Everything Dinosaur website: Dinosaur Models and Toys.

8 05, 2024

Happy Birthday Sir David Attenborough Ninety-Eight Years Young!

By |2024-05-07T15:14:31+01:00May 8th, 2024|Dinosaur Fans, Famous Figures, Main Page|0 Comments

Today, May the 8th is the ninety-eighth birthday of Sir David Attenborough.  Sir David can be described as a “national treasure”.  Naturalist, biologist, campaigner and broadcaster his work has spanned eight decades.  Back in 2023, we experimented with artificial intelligence (AI) to compose a birthday message.  Chat GPT was employed to compose a suitable piece for our blog.

To read last year’s birthday message: Happy 97th Birthday Sir David Attenborough.

Twelve months on, and AI continues to develop at a remarkable pace.  For this year’s birthday message, we have utilised the AI chatbot aggregator Poe ( which provides users with access to a variety of AI tools and chatbots.

The AI Birthday Message

Happy 98th Birthday! Today, we celebrate not only another year of your remarkable life but also the immeasurable contributions you have made to our understanding and appreciation of the natural world. Your unwavering commitment to conservation and your extraordinary storytelling have touched the hearts of millions, leaving an indelible mark on the collective consciousness.

Sir David Attenborough.

Still enthusing about the natural world, the remarkable Sir David Attenborough.

Through your captivating documentaries, you have taken us on awe-inspiring journeys, unravelling the wonders of our planet and shedding light on the urgent need to protect its fragile ecosystems. Your voice, filled with passion and knowledge, has served as a beacon of hope, reminding us of our responsibility as stewards of this magnificent Earth.

Your tireless efforts to raise awareness about climate change, biodiversity loss, and the importance of sustainable living have inspired a global movement. You have sparked conversations, ignited curiosity, and empowered countless individuals to take action, making a real difference in the fight to preserve our planet for future generations.

As we celebrate your 98th birthday, we are grateful for the wisdom and inspiration you continue to impart. Your dedication, resilience, and unwavering love for nature are a testament to a life well-lived. May this day be filled with joy, surrounded by loved ones, and may the year ahead bring you good health, happiness, and many more opportunities to share your invaluable knowledge with the world.

Happy birthday, Sir David Attenborough! Thank you for being a shining light in our quest to protect and cherish the beauty of our natural world.


We added a media image, a signed photograph of Sir David that we received some years ago.

Many Happy Returns Sir David Attenborough

These are changing times, our world is changing, and technology is changing too.  The genie is well and truly out of the bottle and AI is here to stay.  It will continue to have an enormous impact on our lives and on our planet.  Let us hope that technologies like artificial intelligence can help us develop strategies to combat climate change and to devise robust conservation strategies.

In the meantime, we continue to adopt processes and systems that increase the use of recycled materials in our business.  Furthermore, we have embarked on several projects exploring the adoption of more sustainable product packaging.  In addition, we are continuing to explore ways of reducing single use plastic within the model making industry.

We are sure Sir David would approve.

On that note, we wish you Sir, many happy returns.

Contact Everything Dinosaur to enquire about our environmental policy: Email Everything Dinosaur Team Members.

7 05, 2024

New Haolonggood Baryonyx Model (Wei Ding Guo) Reviewed

By |2024-05-02T15:17:40+01:00May 7th, 2024|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Product Reviews|0 Comments

Our thanks to dinosaur fan William who sent in a review of the Haolonggood Baryonyx model.  William chose to review Wei Ding Guo, the brown coloured Baryonyx.  William suggested that this model represented a female.  The blue colour variant (Shan Ting) probably represented a male.  Haolonggood have chosen to depict Baryonyx as a lithe and agile animal.  Both Haolonggood Baryonyx models have articulated lower jaws.

William praised the design team and suggested that these figures had been inspired by Dr Scott Hartman’s interpretation of Baryonyx walkeri.

Haolonggood Baryonyx Wei Ding Guo model.

A stunning image of the new for 2024 Haolonggood Baryonyx model Wei Ding Guo wading through some water.

The reviewer stated:

“I really like the brown colouration with the admixture of mottling. It is all very natural and the heavy claw on both hands is expertly done.”

The Haolonggood Baryonyx Model (Wei Ding Guo)

William had been on a special quest to obtain accurate models of Baryonyx. He suggested that the late William Walker, who discovered the holotype fossils, would have been proud to own these Haolonggood figures.  Both models measure twenty-six centimetres in length and stand nine centimetres high.  Haolonggood have proposed a scale of 1:35 for their Baryonyx dinosaur models.

This Haolonggood Baryonyx model was described:

“A most excellent and accurate example of the species to add to one’s collection.”


Haolonggood Baryonyx dinosaur model (Shan Ting).

The Haolonggood Baryonyx dinosaur model in the blue colour scheme (Shan Ting).

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the range of Haolonggood prehistoric animal models in stock: Dinosaur Models from Haolonggood.

Praising Everything Dinosaur

William very kindly praised Everything Dinosaur team members.

He stated:

“Now let me take the final moments of my review to give praise where praise is due to Everything Dinosaur.”

He thanked the team for their efforts sourcing such a huge variety of prehistoric animal figures and models.

Our thanks to William for his kind words and for his comments praising Everything Dinosaur.

Visit the award-winning and easy to use Everything Dinosaur website: Dinosaur Models, Figures and Toys.

4 05, 2024

Spotting Jurassic Fossils During a Trip to London

By |2024-05-04T13:02:05+01:00May 4th, 2024|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Geology, Main Page, Photos/Pictures of Fossils|0 Comments

Team members at Everything Dinosaur spotted some Jurassic fossils whilst on a recent trip to London.  It might be surprising to learn that you can see fossils in our capital city, but you can if you know where to look.  You do not have to visit a museum to see fossilised remains of prehistoric animals.  Many of the buildings in London are made from Portland stone.  This limestone, famed for its quality is quarried in Dorset. Dorset is famous of having much of the “Jurassic Coast” within it.  Other famous buildings are also constructed from limestone. These rocks too, also contain lots of fossils of marine invertebrates.

The Victoria and Albert Museum, also known as the V&A is built from limestone.  The front facade and the low walls surrounding the building are full of Jurassic fossils.  They are easy to spot.

Jurassic fossils preserved in Portland stone.

The stones used to build the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A Museum) in London contain fossils. The stone is probably similar to Portland stone from Dorset (southern England). Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Jurassic Fossils in London

The Museum was founded in 1852. Like many Victorian buildings in Britain, it was constructed from Jurassic limestone.  It is located in South Kensington, a short distance from the London Natural History Museum.

To read an article from Everything Dinosaur about fossil hunting in London: Fossil Hunting in London A Guide to Finding Fossils in the Capital.

These stones contain the fossilised remains of thousands of marine gastropods, brachiopods and bivalves.  These stones preserve a record of a devastating event.  An immense natural disaster such as a tropical storm or tsunami smashed a shallow marine habitat.  The shallow seascape took the full force of this natural disaster. The jumbled remains of the invertebrates can be clearly seen in the building stones.

The stones may also contain fragmentary remains of Jurassic ammonites.

Ammonite fossils (Dactylioceras).

A selection of ammonite fossils fragments of ammonites and other marine invertebrates can be found in stones used for building materials.  Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Visitors to London can find evidence of the destruction of an ancient marine ecosystem preserved in the buildings.

Visit the Everything Dinosaur website: Dinosaur Models and Prehistoric Animal Toys.

3 05, 2024

Popular Beasts of the Mesozoic Gorgosaurus and Feefo Reviews

By |2024-05-01T13:29:45+01:00May 3rd, 2024|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page|0 Comments

Everything Dinosaur team members came across a post on Facebook enquiring about the Beasts of the Mesozoic Gorgosaurus model.  A request had been made for views and opinions on this articulated dinosaur figure.  The UK-based mail order company had received several customer reviews regarding this tyrannosaur.  We were happy to share these reviews and to post them up onto the Facebook thread.

Beasts of the Mesozoic Gorgosaurus reviewed.

The Beasts of the Mesozoic Gorgosaurus is an exceptionally popular articulated tyrannosaur figure. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Popular Beasts of the Mesozoic Gorgosaurus

The Gorgosaurus figure has proved to be extremely popular amongst collectors since its launch.  The two customer reviews we shared on the Facebook thread had been collated by Feefo.  Feefo provides genuine customer reviews.  Both reviewers gave the figure five stars (top marks).

The first reviewer stated:

“Gorgeous colours, fine details, love how big this figure is.”

The Beasts of the Mesozoic Gorgosaurus model is in 1:18 scale.  It measures more than fifty centimetres long.

Beasts of the Mesozoic Gorgosaurus figure.

The Beasts of the Mesozoic Gorgosaurus libratus articulated figure inspired the illustration. The Gorgosaurus figures is scheduled to be part of the third wave of these tyrannosaur figures (September 2023).

To view the Beasts of the Mesozoic range of prehistoric animal figures: Beasts of the Mesozoic Dinosaur Models.

The second Feefo review that Everything Dinosaur added to the Facebook post stated:

“Five stars for the model for the paint application. Five stars for the sculpt work and style of the model. Size is nice. My only minor thing is the joints on mine are slightly too stiff but always recommend to heat gently with a hairdryer before doing too much posing to stop you breaking the joints. I definitely will be getting more from the range and would recommend them to collectors.”

It is always a pleasure to provide information to fellow dinosaur model fans.  We hope that the two Feefo reviews we posted were useful to the Facebook group members.

The Everything Dinosaur website: Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Toys.

1 05, 2024

New Haolonggood Baryonyx Dinosaur Model Reviewed (Shan Ting)

By |2024-05-02T13:58:02+01:00May 1st, 2024|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Product Reviews|0 Comments

Our thanks to William for sending into Everything Dinosaur a review of a Haolonggood dinosaur model.  William chose to review one of his recent acquisitions.  The review concerns the Haolonggood Baryonyx dinosaur model (Shan Ting).  This is the blue coloured Haolonggood Baryonyx.

Haolonggood Baryonyx dinosaur model (Shan Ting).

The Haolonggood Baryonyx dinosaur model in the blue colour scheme (Shan Ting).

The Haolonggood Baryonyx model is shown in lateral view in the image above.  This was one of a pair of Baryonyx figures introduced recently by this Chinese manufacturer.  The second figure is known as Wei Ding Guo.  Our reviewer considered the blue colour variant to represent a male.

The Haolonggood Baryonyx Dinosaur Model (Shan Ting)

William explained that he really liked this dinosaur model, and he admired the figure’s details.  He added:

“The Haolonggood Baryonyx walkeri (Shan Ting) is a superb sculpt from the articulated jaw to the legs with their well-executed skin texture. I really like the blue colouration used to display to his mate.”

Dinosaur model fans and collectors have been praising the Haolonggood range.  The Baryonyx figures are popular, and it is great to see a new version of this spinosaurid.  Both Haolonggood models have articulated lower jaws.

To view the range of Haolonggood figures available from Everything Dinosaur: Haolonggood Prehistoric Animal Models.

William highlighted the thumb claw on the figure and commented that the design team at Haolonggood had done an excellent job. He explained that it had been a quest for him to find the most accurate representation of “Walker’s heavy claw”. Haolonggood seem to have favoured Dr Scott Hartman’s gracile restoration.

In summing up his recent purchase William stated he thought these Baryonyx models were worthy of being given to the late William Walker who discovered the Baryonyx holotype.

Our thanks to William for sending into Everything Dinosaur a review of the Haolonggood Baryonyx dinosaur model (Shan Ting).

Visit the award-winning Everything Dinosaur website: Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Toys and Models.

30 04, 2024

How to Find a Lost Dinosaur Soft Toy

By |2024-04-30T22:32:52+01:00April 30th, 2024|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Photos|0 Comments

At Everything Dinosaur, we try and help people.  We have been contacted in the past by parents, guardians and grandparents trying to trace lost dinosaur toys.  Over the weekend we were contacted via our Facebook page and asked for assistance in trying to find a lost dinosaur soft toy.  We appreciate how traumatic this can be for a child, to lose their favourite dinosaur teddy.  Whilst we ourselves may not be able to identify this particular piece of dinosaur plush, sometimes our many followers on social media can help out.

A Lost Dinosaur Soft Toy

We received the following Facebook message:

“Hi, please can you help? I’m trying to assist a lady who is desperately trying to find her daughter’s lost dinosaur soft toy.  He was lost a couple of months ago (in Kent UK).  He had been bought at a car boot fair and had no tags or labels so it has made our search hard as we have no background information to go on.  We have searched the local area where he was lost, posted on local, national and international Facebook groups, trawled through thousands of dinosaurs on-line in the hope of finding an exact replacement.”


A lost dinosaur soft toy.

Can you help to find this lost dinosaur soft toy? Picture credit: M. Martin.

The hand in the photograph helps to provide a scale.  This item of dinosaur plush would measure around thirty centimetres in length (twelve inches).  Examining the bead for an eye suggests that this is a manufactured item and not something created as a craft kit.  The seams indicate that this dinosaur soft toy has been machine stitched.

The Facebook message went onto state:

“The closest we’ve found is the “wild planet all about nature Velociraptor” which is out of stock everywhere and no luck on Ebay or Vinted etc.  I’ve only discovered tonight that your group exists but what better place to ask than a group of dinosaur experts and enthusiasts.  I don’t seem to be able to attach a photo in this message, but this poor little girl is still so sad and missing her lost friend so any help you could give us would be so gratefully appreciated. Thank you.”

A lost dinosaur soft toy.

A prized piece of prehistoric plush has been lost. Can you help identify this lost dinosaur soft toy. Picture credit: M. Martin.

Everything Dinosaur Team Members Try to Help

We have gone through our image database, but we could not identify the soft toy.  In addition, we have searched through all our catalogues and brochures that we have picked up at trade fairs.  However, we have not been able to identify this soft toy dinosaur.  It has no trademark or any other label.  Unfortunately, it resembles a generic theropod dinosaur so we can’t really define a species.  Furthermore, we have no idea of the age of this lost dinosaur soft toy.  Soft toy dinosaur ranges do change every few years.  Most ranges are replaced between three to five years.  However, some popular ranges can persist for longer.

Team members have helped reunite children with their lost dinosaur toys.  For instance, a few years ago we helped a little boy to find a red Spinosaurus soft toy that had been lost.

Large Spinosaurus Soft Toy

Large dinosaur soft toy, now retired but wanted by a little boy for Christmas.  Team members were able to assist with this problem.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We do appreciate the stress that a lost dinosaur soft toy can cause.  We have posted up an appeal on Facebook and we will utilise our other social media platforms.  Whilst the dinosaur looks quite generic, perhaps one of our customers will know it.”

To view the range of prehistoric plush currently in stock at Everything Dinosaur: Prehistoric Plush.

29 04, 2024

Preparing the Beautiful Natural History Museum Evolution Garden

By |2024-04-29T22:21:21+01:00April 29th, 2024|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Geology, Main Page|0 Comments

Whilst in London, team members took the opportunity to check on the progress of the London Natural History Museum’s evolution garden.  The five-acre site around the main entrance is being converted into a series of gardens for visitors.  A significant portion of the land is being developed into an evolution garden.  It will lead visitors through five hundred million years of Earth’s history.

Natural History Museum Evolution garden

Tree ferns have been planted to mimic typical flora of the early Mesozoic. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Evolution Garden at the London Natural History Museum

The garden will tell the story of life on Earth. Visitors walking through the site will be taken on a journey from the Cambrian to recent times. The journey will plot evolution during the Phanerozoic Eon (visible life).  From the Cambrian explosion through to the evolution of terrestrial life and the amazing dinosaurs.  The landscape will gradually fill with plants, trees, reptiles, birds and mammals including placentals such as Homo sapiens.

A new weatherproof cast of the Natural History Museum’s much-loved Diplodocus will feature.  It will take centre stage in a Jurassic garden filled with tree ferns and cycads.

A Diplodocus dinosaur model.

Natural History Museum Diplodocus dinosaur model (Dippy).

The picture (above) shows a Diplodocus model from the Natural History Museum model series. This range is due to be retired.

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To Immerse Yourself in Nature

The plan is to provide a natural space for visitors as well as providing information on our planet’s history.  Raised ponds will be available to permit access for all to pond dipping activities.  There will be several paths and lots of seating.  Visitors can immerse themselves in nature.

Natural History Museum Evolution garden

The huge slate and limestone walls of the garden take visitors on a tour of deep geological time. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We took the opportunity to see how work was progressing on the evolution garden.  The construction workers had planted most of the tree ferns. There was still a lot of work to do such as laying out the paths and getting into place the tactile exhibits.”

Natural History Museum Evolution garden

Work continues on the Natural History Museum Evolution garden. The gardens should be open to the public in the summer (2024). Picture credit; Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Despite the poor weather, the site continues to be transformed.  The gardens are due to be opened in the summer (2024).  By helping to explain changes that have occurred on our planet in the past and how life responded, we can plan for the future.

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