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19 06, 2024

New Nanmu Studio Velociraptor Figures from Everything Dinosaur

By |2024-06-20T12:21:56+01:00June 19th, 2024|Everything Dinosaur videos, Nanmu Studio Models|0 Comments

The new for 2024 Nanmu Studio Velociraptors are in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  To celebrate their arrival, Mike and Sue of Everything Dinosaur created a YouTube short.  Sue is holding the Blood Knight figure, whilst Mike highlights the White Queen articulated model.  The two team members demonstrate the product packaging and comment on the quality of the figures.  Nanmu Studio intends to bring out more articulated dinosaur figures later this year (2024).  For example, there are plans for an articulated Carnotaurus model.

The Nanmu Studio Zero-Set Easy Motion Velociraptors each have twenty-four points of articulation.  They are supplied with a transparent support stand and each figure has a flexible tail.  Customers will also receive a free Everything Dinosaur Velociraptor fact sheet with purchases.

Video credit: Everything Dinosaur

Visit the Everything Dinosaur YouTube channel for more videos: Everything Dinosaur on YouTube.

The New Nanmu Studio Velociraptors

The two new Nanmu Studio Velociraptors measure approximately thirty-five centimetres in length.  Depending on the pose chosen, the model height is around thirteen centimetres.  Nanmu Studio does not declare a scale for these articulated dinosaur models.  However, based on these measurements we estimate that the models are in 1/6th scale approximately.

To view the range of Nanmu Studio figures in stock at Everything Dinosaur: Nanmu Studio Dinosaurs.

Nanmu Studio articulated Velociraptor models.

The beautiful packaging of the Nanmu Studio Velociraptor figures. The Blood Knight packaging (top) and the White Queen packaging (bottom). Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Mike from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We enjoy seeing videos sent into us by customers.  There are plans for us to make more Instagram Reels and YouTube shorts that highlight the models and figures we have in stock.  We hope our customers find these videos helpful and informative.”

To view the extensive range of dinosaur and prehistoric animal models and toys in stock, take a look at Everything Dinosaurs award-winning website: Dinosaur Models and Toys.

15 04, 2024

New CollectA Deluxe Polacanthus Model Video Review

By |2024-04-15T17:57:21+01:00April 15th, 2024|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases, Product Reviews|0 Comments

Everything Dinosaur team members have completed their review of the new for 2024 CollectA Deluxe Polacanthus model.  Their video review is now live on the Everything Dinosaur YouTube channel.  The video is approximately twenty minutes in length.  It provides a comprehensive overview of the new CollectA figure and highlights the extraordinary details seen on this new armoured dinosaur model.

Video credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Review of the CollectA Deluxe Polacanthus

The YouTube video review explores how our perceptions regarding this armoured dinosaur have changed.  Named in 1865, this dinosaur was further described in 1887 (John Whitaker Hulke).  The Hungarian polymath Franz Nopcsa was tasked with creating a museum exhibit of this dinosaur in 1905.  He had little fossil material to work with and it has been speculated that Nopcsa based his reconstruction on Stegosaurus.  This taxon had been described earlier from much more complete fossil material.

Studying Polacanthus and the connection with Stegosaurus.

Nopcsa’s 1905 reconstruction of Polacanthus foxii seems to have been heavily influenced by the Stegosaurus taxon.  Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

The influence of Stegosaurus on Polacanthus foxii is discussed in the video review.  This might explain why a lot of early reconstructions of Polacanthus show it with the narrow skull of a typical stegosaur.  The comparison with Stegosaurus may have led to the interpretation of the dermal armour, it being placed on the back of the animal in two, parallel rows.

Illustrations of Polacanthus foxii.

The 1905 reconstruction of Polacanthus foxii by the very talented Baron Nopcsa strongly influenced how Polacanthus was depicted for over a century. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Video Contents

The Everything Dinosaur Polacanthus video has been helpfully split into different segments.  Each segment deals with a different aspect of the model or highlights an area of research.

The video segments are outlined below:

  • 0:00 The new CollectA Deluxe Polacanthus – a remarkable story.
  • 0:42 How closely does the CollectA Polacanthus reflect the fossil record?
  • 1:31 Subscribe to Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube channel.
  • 1:42 A single taxon?
  • 2:22 Discussing Vectipelta barretti.
  • 3:11 More armoured dinosaurs from the Wealden Group will be discovered.
  • 3:43 How Polacanthus got its spikes.
  • 4:45 The influence of Stegosaurus.
  • 5:45 Nopcsa’s restoration and its influence.
  • 6:42 The CollectA Deluxe Polacanthus model.
  • 6:54 Looking at the head of the Polacanthus figure.
  • 7:24 The neck and cervical armour.
  • 8:40 The spikes on the upper arm are explained.
  • 10:56 No spines on the back!  Here is why!
  • 12:53 The sacral shield.
  • 15:17 The fantastic tail.
  • 16:38 The scale of the dinosaur model.  Is it 1:20 scale?
  • 17:14 When will the CollectA Deluxe Polacanthus be available?
  • 17:47 The Everything Dinosaur Blog.
  • 18:16 Where to buy CollectA prehistoric animal models.
  • 18:41 Two brilliant dinosaur books!
Reviewing the new CollectA Deluxe Polacanthus figure - looking at the sacral shield.

The exquisite detail of the model’s sacral shield is discussed. It is an accurate representation of the Polacanthus holotype material. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

The image (above) shows a still from the Everything Dinosaur video review.  The astonishing detail on the model’s sacral shield is highlighted.  It accurately reflects the holotype fossil material (NHMUK R175).

Take a look at the CollectA Deluxe prehistoric animal models available from Everything Dinosaur: CollectA Deluxe Scale Prehistoric Animal Figures.

CollectA Deluxe Polacanthus video review - highlighting the spines associated with the humerus.

The video highlights some of the unique features of this new for 2024 Polacanthus figure. For example, the pair of defensive spines on the upper arm are discussed. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

When will the Polacanthus Dinosaur Model be Available?

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur confirmed that the new for 2024 CollectA Polacanthus figure was likely to arrive in the late spring.

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12 04, 2024

New CollectA Polacanthus YouTube Video Nears Completion

By |2024-04-12T15:41:00+01:00April 12th, 2024|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Photos/Pictures of Fossils, Press Releases|0 Comments

The new CollectA Polacanthus YouTube video is nearly complete. This video review will examine how accurately the model reflects the known fossil material.  A review of armoured dinosaur fossil specimens associated with the Wealden Group is continuing.  Isolated dermal armour fossils from southern England and the Isle of Wight may not necessarily represent the Polacanthus taxon.  With the arrival of a new CollectA Polacanthus figure this year, team members have taken the opportunity to create a short YouTube video outlining the changing perceptions regarding Polacanthus foxii.

How accurate is the new CollectA Polacanthus?

How accurate is the new for 2024 CollectA Polacanthus? In a new video Everything Dinosaur team members take a look at the science behind this new CollectA Deluxe scale model. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Reviewing the CollectA Polacanthus

Everything Dinosaur were fortunate to be sent an early prototype of the figure.  This figure has been used in our video review.  It is a 3D print, and it has been painted in accordance with the production figure’s approved colour scheme.  However, it is approximately the same size as the production model, albeit the model has two drainage holes located on its underside.

To view the current range of CollectA Deluxe prehistoric animal figures in stock: CollectA Prehistoric Animal Scale Models.

A spokesperson explained that as the material representing members of the Thyreophora was being reviewed, so it was likely that more taxa of British armoured dinosaurs would be erected.  The spokesperson outlined that the Thyreophora was a clade.  It consists of ornithischian armoured dinosaurs.  To date, three armoured dinosaur taxa are associated with the Wealden Group, these dinosaurs are:

  • Hylaeosaurus (H. armatus) named by Mantell in 1833.
  • Polacanthus (P. foxii) named in 1865.
  • Vectipelta (V. barretti) named in 2023.

To read Everything Dinosaur’s blog post about the scientific description of Vectipelta barrettiVectipelta Honours Natural History Museum Palaeontologist.

Polacanthus fossils.

Fragmentary and eroded armoured dinosaur fossils on display at Liverpool Museum. These fossils have been assigned to Polacanthus foxii. However, palaeontologists have become less confident over assigning armoured dinosaur fossils from the Wealden Group to a specific taxon.  Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Completing the CollectA Deluxe Polacanthus Video

The video consists of several pieces of narration including a short segment that explains the history of Polacanthus research.  In addition, the video highlights some of the confusing perceptions that arose following the first scientific reconstruction of Polacanthus in 1905 (Nopcsa).  Fortunately, the review of the figure has been concluded.  This section has proved to be the most difficult part of the video to create.  The work entailed undertaking an examination of the CollectA model and comparing it to the holotype fossil material.

The CollectA Polacanthus YouTube video review should be live on Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube site in a few days.

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9 04, 2024

The New PNSO Aymen the Spinosaurus Dinosaur Model

By |2024-04-22T09:48:31+01:00April 9th, 2024|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page|0 Comments

Everything Dinosaur team members have created a YouTube short that features the new PNSO Aymen the Spinosaurus dinosaur model.  This short video, which lasts less than sixty seconds, permits us to show the figure and some of the accessories included in the box.  The size of the model can be appreciated when it seen being held by a person.

Video credit: Everything Dinosaur

PNSO Aymen the Spinosaurus

This new PNSO figure depicts Spinosaurus aegyptiacus as a biped.  It reflects a lot of the recent scientific research undertaken on this enigmatic theropod.  Our video shows the figure as well as the replica Spinosaurus skull that accompanies it.  We also show the pack that contains the information booklet and the Spinosaurus posters.

The model measures 32.5 cm long.  The height of that carefully crafted sail is 14 cm.  PNSO have declared a scale of 1:35 for their Spinosaurus figure.

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

Aymen the Spinosaurus is supplied with a transparent support stand.

The new Aymen the Spinosaurus is supplied with a transparent support stand. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture (above) shows the PNSO Aymen the Spinosaurus dinosaur model in anterior view.  The figure is supplied with a helpful clear, plastic support stand.  In addition, it is supplied with a replica Spinosaurus skull, twenty colour posters and a forty-eight-page, full-colour booklet.

Everything Dinosaur on YouTube

Team members are committed to helping educate and inform customers about prehistoric animal models.  Our YouTube channel contains hundreds of videos.  There are model reviews, updates on Everything Dinosaur and model collecting hints and tips.

The Everything Dinosaur YouTube channel: YouTube Videos About Dinosaur Models.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented that they hoped that dinosaur model fans would find the video useful.

They added:

“We congratulate PNSO for their new Spinosaurus figure.  We hope our short video proves informative.”

Everything Dinosaur is an award-winning, UK-based company that specialises in the supply of prehistoric animal models and figures.  The company has its own warehouse, and it supplies prehistoric animal figures and other merchandise to customers all over the world.

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27 03, 2024

The New PNSO Spinosaurus Model – Video Review

By |2024-03-29T09:13:12+00:00March 27th, 2024|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Product Reviews|0 Comments

Everything Dinosaur team members have produced a short, informative YouTube video review of the new PNSO Spinosaurus model.  This video provides viewers with plenty of opportunity to view the Spinosaurus figure.  In addition, the narrator summarises some of the recent research that led PNSO to revamp their Spinosaurus.

Aymen the PNSO Spinosaurus Video Review

 

Video credit: Everything Dinosaur

The video is under six minutes in length (duration 5:47).  The first part of the video introduces the PNSO Aymen the Spinosaurus figure, whilst the bulk of the remainder of the recording examines some of the findings from recently published scientific papers.

PNSO Aymen the Spinosaurus.

Striding across the landscape but with water close by, the new for 2024 Aymen the PNSO Spinosaurus dinosaur model.

A Model Range that Reflects Changes in the Spinosauridae

The PNSO range of prehistoric animal figures includes several examples of spinosaurids.  Most of the spinosaurid figures the company has produced to date represent the giant Spinosaurus aegyptiacus.  However, PNSO did introduce a model of the controversial spinosaur Sinopliosaurus in 2022.

PNSO Deinocheirus and Sinopliosaurus

The two, new for 2022 PNSO model arrivals (early November 2022), the PNSO Jacques the Deinocheirus (top) and (bottom) the Chongzuo the Sinopliosaurus figure. The free Sinopliosaurus fact sheet can be seen underneath the boxes. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Spinosaurus Video Script

Details of the script will be published in a separate blog post.  However, the YouTube video has been divided into useful and helpful chapters.  These are listed below:

Video Contents:

  • A new Spinosaurus model – the Aymen the Spinosaurus figure is introduced.
  • The PNSO Spinosaurus – overview of the model.
  • Subscribe request.
  • The science behind Spinosaurus – starting with the 2014 scientific paper (Ibrahim et al).
  • A “River Monster”!  A quick review of the 2020 study (Ibrahim et al) that reported on Spinosaurus caudal vertebrae.
  • Was Spinosaurus aquatic?  An examination of the question as to whether Spinosaurus aegyptiacus was aquatic, semiaquatic or mainly terrestrial.

Aymen the PNSO Spinosaurus reflects some of the latest scientific research.

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24 03, 2024

PNSO Aymen the Spinosaurus Video Review

By |2024-03-26T10:18:13+00:00March 24th, 2024|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

Everything Dinosaur will be posting up shortly onto the company’s YouTube channel a brief video review of the PNSO Aymen the Spinosaurus dinosaur model.  In the video, we shall take a close look at this new Spinosaurus figure.  In addition, we will be summarising some of the recent research on this remarkable theropod.

Aymen the Spinosaurus video titles.

Everything Dinosaur intends to post up a short YouTube video highlighting the new PNSO Aymen the Spinosaurus figure and discussing some of the recent scientific papers published on Spinosaurus aegyptiacus and its near relatives. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

The PNSO Aymen the Spinosaurus Figure

The PNSO Aymen the Spinosaurus figure is supplied with a replica of a Spinosaurus skull.  Inside the packaging, customers will find a forty-eight-page, colour booklet and twenty Spinosaurus posters.

To view the range of PNSO prehistoric animal models and figures available from Everything Dinosaur: PNSO Age of Dinosaurs Models.

This spectacular Spinosaurus is also supplied with a clear, plastic support stand.

Aymen the Spinosaurus is supplied with a transparent support stand.

The new Aymen the Spinosaurus is supplied with a transparent support stand. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Scientific Papers and Published Research

Spinosaurus aegyptiacus has been the subject of increased scrutiny over the last decade or so.  The debate regarding the lifestyle and the behaviour of this carnivorous dinosaur has been intense.  Palaeontologists are divided as to whether Spinosaurus was an aquatic animal, mainly terrestrial or perhaps semiaquatic.  It possesses several characteristics that suggest adaptations for life in the water.  However, whether this animal could dive and remain submerged remains controversial.  Indeed, papers have been published which conclude that Spinosaurus would have been unstable in water.  Its unusual body shape and huge dorsal fin could impede this animal’s ability to stay upright when it was swimming.

The Everything Dinosaur Aymen the Spinosaurus YouTube video summarises some of the scientific papers.  It is likely that the Spinosaurus lifestyle debate will continue indefinitely.  The absence of articulated fossil specimens hampers research.

The Everything Dinosaur YouTube channel: Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube Channel.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented that the video will show the new Spinosaurus figure.  The video would also provide a summary of the research over the last ten years.

The spokesperson added:

“Our plan is to provide a brief overview of the recent scientific papers.  We intend to outline the findings of some of the studies that have been undertaken following the influential 2014 paper by Ibrahim et al published in the journal Science.”

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

19 03, 2024

The New CollectA Polacanthus and the Sacral Shield

By |2024-03-25T14:02:18+00:00March 19th, 2024|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

The CollectA Polacanthus model will be in stock at Everything Dinosaur soon. Only one species is currently assigned to this genus (P. foxii). In the past, several species were erected. However, a formal review of armoured dinosaur fossils associated with the Wealden Group (Raven et al 2020) clarified the placement of ankylosaurian fossil material. Much of the fossil material has now been assigned to other taxa or declared too indistinct to be confidently assigned at the genus level.

The 2024 CollectA Polacanthus Model

The new for 2024 CollectA Polacanthus figure reflects the recent review of the British Wealden Group ankylosaurs. It represents the very latest scientific interpretation of this iconic dinosaur which was named in 1865.

CollectA Deluxe Polacanthus..
The Polacanthus figure shows countershading on the underside and the design team have moved away from the typical brown and rust red colouration associated with the Ankylosauria. This figure reflects some of the latest scientific thinking concerning this taxon. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the range of CollectA Deluxe (scale models) in stock: CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Deluxe Figures.

The Polacanthus Sacral Shield

This dinosaur is famous for its shield of armour located over the hips. This is referred to as the sacral shield or sometimes the pelvic shield. In the holotype the sacral shield measures 108 cm in length. It is approximately 90 cm wide. Most descriptions of the raised bosses and dermal armour associated with the sacral shield refer to four rows of osteoderms on each side of this pelvic shield. These features do not seem to be present in the holotype fossil material.

The sacral shield on the new CollectA Polacanthus does reflect quite accurately the holotype material. For example, the largest bosses associated with the sacral shield of Polacanthus foxii are located in the corners at the distal end of the shield. These large bosses have been reproduced in the new CollectA figure.

CollectA Deluxe Polacanthus model in dorsal view.
A prototype figure photographed in dorsal view to show the detailed armour and the bosses on the sacral shield. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur explained:

“The sacral shield on the CollectA Polacanthus model does reflect the morphology of the holotype. The bosses and osteoderms present on the sacral shield of the model follow the layout as depicted in the 19th century lithographs. In addition, we think that CollectA were given access to additional images of the actual fossils. This helped the design team to recreate the model with a high degree of accuracy.”

The CollectA Polacanthus model in 1:20 scale is due to arrive at Everything Dinosaur later this year.

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7 01, 2024

Recommending a Favourite Dinosaur Book for Dinosaur Fans

By |2024-03-09T15:01:01+00:00January 7th, 2024|Book Reviews, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur videos, Famous Figures, Main Page, Palaeontological articles|0 Comments

Whilst preparing a YouTube video on the new for 2024 CollectA Deluxe Polacanthus model, we frequently consulted one of our favourite dinosaur books. “Dinosaurs of the British Isles” by Dr Dean Lomax and Nobumichi Tamura first went into print about ten years ago. It is a comprehensive overview of dinosaurs from Britain. Around a hundred different genera are discussed.

We like this informative book so much that we made a YouTube short about it.

A YouTube short about the book “Dinosaurs of the British Isles” by Dean Lomax and Nobumichi Tamura.

Video credit: Everything Dinosaur

Published by Siri Scientific Press this fantastic dinosaur book is available here: Siri Scientific Press.

When on the Siri Scientific Press website, just search for Dean Lomax and you will find the dinosaur book.

Recommending a Favourite Dinosaur Book

The book contains a foreword by the renowned British palaeontologist Professor Paul Barrett. It then outlines the early history of palaeontology in the UK highlighting the contributions of Mary Anning, the Reverend William Buckland and Richard Owen. Chapters are dedicated to different geological periods during the Mesozoic and the reader is taken from the Early Triassic to end of the age of dinosaurs.

Everything Dinosaur’s review of “Dinosaurs of the British Isles”: “Dinosaurs of the British Isles” Reviewed.

Dinosaur Britain - Dinosaurs of the British Isles.
A comprehensive guide to British dinosaurs over 400 pages.

Visit the website of Dr Dean Lomax: Dean Lomax British Palaeontologist.

“Dinosaurs of the British Isles”

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur explained that they were preparing a video on the CollectA Deluxe Polacanthus figure, and the book provided helpful information. “Dinosaurs of the British Isles” provides a unique account of dinosaur discoveries from the UK. The text and photographs of the fossils associated with Polacanthus foxii proved to be extremely helpful when devising the video script.

The new for 2024 CollectA Deluxe 1:20 scale Polacanthus is a remarkable dinosaur model. It challenges perceptions concerning this armoured dinosaur. The model is devoid of pre sacral spines and there are spines on the upper arm of the model. Everything Dinosaur team members set out to understand the science behind this prehistoric animal figure.

CollectA Deluxe Polacanthus.
The new for 2024 CollectA Deluxe 1:20 scale Polacanthus figure.

To view the CollectA Deluxe range of prehistoric animal models: CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Animals.

A Useful Dinosaur Book

The spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur praised “Dinosaurs of the British Isles” and commented:

“The book is ten years old, but it still provides a detailed overview of the history of British dinosaurs. The beautiful pictures of fossils, particularly those of Polacanthus and other armoured dinosaurs provided invaluable assistance as we prepared our Polacanthus video script.”

The spokesperson went onto add:

“We highly recommend this book, it provides the first, comprehensive account on the dinosaurs of the British Isles.”

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5 01, 2024

A New Nanotyrannus Video

By |2024-01-07T16:48:26+00:00January 5th, 2024|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

A new scientific paper published this week postulated that Nanotyrannus (N. lancensis) is a valid taxon. The study was published in the journal “Fossil Studies”. Several lines of scientific enquiry were explored, and the researchers concluded the fossil material ascribed to Nanotyrannus probably did not represent examples of juvenile T. rex.

One of the authors of the study is Dr Nicholas Longrich of the University of Bath. The other author is fellow palaeontologist Dr Evan Saitta, a PhD graduate of the University of Bristol and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago.

Everything Dinosaur team members created a short video to highlight this research.

Is Nanotyrannus (N. lancensis) a valid taxon? A new scientific study suggests that it is. Video credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Video credit: Everything Dinosaur

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Nanotyrannus Models

The debate surrounding the validity of Nanotyrannus is likely to continue. Indeed, this taxon has attracted controversy ever since it was first formally erected in 1946 (Gilmore). However, model manufacturers have produced Nanotyrannus figures. For example, in 2021 PNSO introduced “Logan the Nanotyrannus” and Safari Ltd have made a Dino Dana Nanotyrannus (see below).

Dino Dana Nanotyrannus dinosaur model.
The Dino Dana Nanotyrannus dinosaur model. Picture credit: Safari Ltd.

Dinosaur fans and model collectors can discuss the validity of this taxon and perhaps these tyrannosaurs can do battle with other tyrannosaur figures animals such as Tarbosaurus and of course Tyrannosaurus rex.

To view the range of Safari Ltd prehistoric animal models including Dino Dana figures: Safari Ltd. Wild Safari Prehistoric World.

T. rex Ontogeny

More than twenty Tyrannosaurus rex specimens have been described. Palaeontologists are aware that this dinosaur changed its body plan dramatically as it grew and matured. A juvenile T. rex had a proportionately much smaller head, a slender neck and longer legs than the adults. This change in body shape is so dramatic that in all likelihood, juveniles behaved very differently than mature animals. They also probably hunted in different ways.

It is as if adult and juvenile T. rex were different species. If this is the case, then juveniles occupied a very different niche in the ecosystem compared to the fully-grown tyrannosaurs. This helps to explain the confusion over the taxonomy of all the tyrannosaur specimens currently assigned to Nanotyrannus lancensis/Tyrannosaurus rex.

The scientific paper: “Taxonomic Status of Nanotyrannus lancensis (Dinosauria: Tyrannosauroidea) — A Distinct Taxon of Small-Bodied Tyrannosaur” by Nicholas R. Longrich and Evan T. Saitta published in Fossil Studies.

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18 12, 2023

Did Moros intrepidus Have Two Digits or Three?

By |2024-01-07T15:30:02+00:00December 18th, 2023|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

The Schleich Moros intrepidus model is now in stock at Everything Dinosaur. Everything Dinosaur team members asked their customers about the number of digits on this dinosaur’s hand. When first described (2019), this dinosaur was depicted in the media release notes with two digits. However, metacarpals and phalanges of this dinosaur are unknown. Hand bones and finger bones have not been found. So, we asked the question – did Moros intrepidus have two digits or three on each hand?

Team members created a YouTube video short exploring this topic.

Everything Dinosaur asks a question about the number of digits on the manus of the Late Cretaceous theropod Moros intrepidus. Did it have two digits or three?

Video credit: Everything Dinosaur

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Our thanks to all those fans, followers and customers who have expressed an opinion.

Schleich Dinosaur Models

The first four new for 2024 Schleich dinosaur models are now in stock. These models may not be that scientifically accurate. However, they are popular with young dinosaur fans as they are ideal for robust, creative play.

New Schleich dinosaur models (2024).
Five new Schleich dinosaur models and one repainted Brachiosaurus figure. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

The four new Schleich figures in stock (December 2023) are:

  • Moros intrepidus.
  • Allosaurus.
  • Concavenator.
  • Bajadasaurus.

To view the range of Schleich prehistoric animal models: Schleich Prehistoric Animal Models and Figures.

The Schleich Moros dinosaur model has two digits on each hand. However, other members of the Tyrannosauroidea superfamily had three digits per hand. For example, dinosaurs such as Guanlong (G. wucaii) and Proceratosaurus (P. bradleyi) are thought to have had three digits on the hand.

With palaeontology, one single fossil bone can change perceptions about a prehistoric animal. If the phalanges of Moros are discovered then scientists will have a definitive answer to this question (probably).

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