Whilst reviewing some information on members of the Sauropoda we came across a photograph that we took of the Eofauna Atlasaurus shortly after stocks of this Eofauna Scientific Research sauropod model arrived at our warehouse.
Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur
The Eofauna Atlasaurus model was the first sauropod figure to be produced by this manufacturer, the Diplodocus replica (D. carnegii) was added to the range earlier this year. Team members recall taking a model outside and taking some pictures close to some ferns. This was an opportunity to highlight the striking colour scheme chosen for this African dinosaur.
Everything Dinosaur is planning to produce a short video highlighting the first of the new CollectA models for 2023 that have been announced. The video will be posted up on Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube channel and in this brief video more details on the first three models – Triceratops horridus -confronting, Hadrosaurus and Ceratosuchops will be provided.
Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur
Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube channel is packed full of informative videos reviewing new prehistoric animal models as well as lots of hints and tips to help model collectors. There are even a few competitions too!
Everything Dinosaur stocks a huge range of CollectA dinosaur and prehistoric animal models. The CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Triceratops horridus – confronting, the Hadrosaurus and the Ceratosuchops fishing replicas should be in stock at Everything Dinosaur in early 2023.
Earlier this week, it was announced that Rebor was introducing two replicas of the prehistoric crocodile Deinosuchus (D. hatcheri). The Rebor adult Deinosuchus models (Estuary and Swamp colour variants), will be stocked by Everything Dinosaur and we hope to have them in our warehouse in early 2023.
1/35 Scale Replicas of “Terrible Crocodile”
These beautifully crafted, 1:35 scale replicas of “terrible crocodile” have articulated jaws and will be supplied with the head and torso of an unfortunate tyrannosauroid theropod (Appalachiosaurus). The crocodilian, can be displayed with the remains of the dinosaur in its mouth.
Fossils of Deinosuchus are mostly associated with Upper Cretaceous deposits of the southern and south-eastern United States (Campanian faunal stage). However, fossil material associated with this genus has been found as far north as Montana and in Mexico. This large crocodile (distantly related to extant alligators), lived in the estuaries and swamps that lined the Western Interior Seaway. It lived on both sides of this Seaway (Laramidia and Appalachia), however, since the Rebor replica includes the remains of an Appalachiosaurus, the inference is that this is a representative of a Deinosuchus from the eastern landmass of Cretaceous North America.
Rebor Adult Deinosuchus Models
The Rebor Deinosuchus figures swamp and estuary are essentially the same figure, just the colour scheme for each model is different.
Deinosuchus Model Measurements
Each model is around 45 cm in length. If the declared scale is 1:35 this suggests a total length of this ancient predator at around fifteen metres. It has been difficult to calculate the size of Deinosuchus as the fossil remains are fragmentary. When first studied, it was suggested that skull material indicated an animal around fifteen metres in length, but this size estimate has been subsequently revised and a body length of approximately eleven metres for the largest specimens has been proposed.
Whatever the actual size of Deinosuchus, this apex predator was much bigger than any extant crocodilian.
Available in Early 2023
The Rebor adult Deinosuchus figures (swamp and estuary colour variants) are likely to be in stock at Everything Dinosaur early in 2023.
To enquire about these models and to join our no obligation priority wait list for these models simply: Email Everything Dinosaur remembering to state which Deinosuchus colour variant you would like (swamp or estuary).
It is time for Everything Dinosaur to introduce the first of the new prehistoric animal releases for 2023 from CollectA. Today, we list the first new CollectA models 2023. There have been lots of problems for businesses to contend with over the last two years or so. The global pandemic has had a severe impact on manufacturing and there are continuing difficulties with production schedules and logistics.
In addition, Anthony Beeson, one of the leading lights behind the design of the CollectA prehistoric animal model range, sadly passed away in April. His inspirational legacy lives on reflected in the huge range of prehistoric animal models and replicas that CollectA manufactures and thanks to Anthony’s dedication there are many more new figures to come.
CollectA today announces three additions to their Popular Age of Dinosaurs range.
Triceratops horridus – confronting (Age of Dinosaurs Popular) due to be available early 2023.
Hadrosaurus (Age of Dinosaurs Popular) due to be available early 2023.
Ceratosuchops fishing (Age of Dinosaurs Popular) due to be available early 2023.
New CollectA Models
Triceratops horridus – Confronting
CollectA have updated their Triceratops replica in their popular Prehistoric Life range. This is the second Triceratops horridus dinosaur model to be introduced by CollectA after the addition of the CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale T. horridus in 2022.
This latest ceratopsian figure from CollectA incorporates the latest scientific research on the iconic “three-horned face”, just like the previously introduced 1:40 scale replica. For example, this new Triceratops has large, prominent scales embedded in its skin, as demonstrated in the skin impressions associated with the T. horridus specimen nicknamed Lane, which is still being studied.
The colourful head is lowered as if this dinosaur is preparing to defend itself from an attacking theropod dinosaur such as Tyrannosaurus rex. Hence the model’s name – Triceratops horridus – confronting.
CollectA Hadrosaurus (H. foulkii)
The second new for 2023 CollectA figure is Hadrosaurus, a model of the first duck-billed dinosaur to be named and the first member of the Dinosauria to be described from fossils found in North America.
Unlike the first reconstructions of Hadrosaurus (H. foulkii), which depicted this herbivorous dinosaur as a biped, the new for 2023 CollectA Hadrosaurus figure is a depicted as a quadruped, although this robust dinosaur could probably rear up onto its hind legs when compelled to do so. The large scales on the neck reflect recent studies into Hadrosauridae skin texture and the CollectA model has been given a flash of yellow paint around its eyes and a colourful, bright pink snout reflecting current scientific thinking that this animal probably lived in social herds and relied on visual communication amongst herd members.
In contrast to the Hadrosaurus figure, a model of a dinosaur that was described nearly 165 years ago, the last of the trio of new CollectA figures we announce this week is a model of a dinosaur that was only formally described last year (2021).
Known from fragmentary fossils found on the Isle of Wight, Ceratosuchops has been assigned to the Spinosauridae family and although this large theropod was capable of hunting smaller dinosaurs, it probably specialised in catching fish. The new for 2023 CollectA Prehistoric Life Ceratosuchops has been posed as if it was lurking close to the water’s edge preparing to catch a fish. In the scientific paper published in September 2021 (Barker et al), the researchers noted the rugose nature of the posterior portion of the nasal bone and the raised bone associated with the preorbital. These features suggest that Ceratosuchops had bony ridges above its eyes, and these have been coloured bright orange as these features may have signalled the dinosaur’s health and maturity.
The CollectA Ceratosuchops fishing has an articulated lower jaw.
CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Popular Triceratops horridus (Confronting) – length 19.3 cm, height of headshield 7.3 cm.
CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Popular Hadrosaurus – length 14 cm, height 5 cm.
CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Popular Ceratosuchops fishing with an articulated jaw – length 24 cm, height 8.5 cm.
This trio of fabulous CollectA Popular Age of Dinosaurs figures are scheduled to be in stock at Everything Dinosaur in the early part of 2023. When we have more precise information about a delivery date to our warehouse, we will post up details on our social media platforms.
Have you ever had a problem inserting the tail piece into a dinosaur model, the latest Everything Dinosaur YouTube video demonstrates an easy fix using the new for 2022 Rebor Tusk T. rex dinosaur model. How to insert the tail piece into a dinosaur model without the fuss!
Rebor Tusk T. rex
The Rebor Tyrannosaurus rex Tusk King T. rex Requiem figure is supplied in two pieces and some construction is required. In our short video (duration five minutes forty-five seconds), we review the dinosaur model and demonstrate ways in which the tail can be securely inserted into the body piece with the minimum of fuss. No glue is required.
Check the Rebor Tusk T. rex box contents carefully. Both the Rebor Tusk and Kiss figures are supplied with a snap-together, three-piece support stand. The stand is quite compact and small, it could be overlooked amongst the model packaging. Assemble the transparent stand and carefully slide it home under the chest of your Rebor figure so that it provides additional support.
Why a Tail Piece?
Customers might ask why does the figure have a detachable tail? This is a sensible question to ask, and this is done so that Rebor can reduce the amount of packaging material required for each model. This helps to reduce the use of plastic, paper and cardboard, all part of Rebor’s commitment to the environment.
A world’s first complete fossil skeleton of a prehistoric reptile studied by scientists that was thought lost forever, has been re-discovered as researchers uncovered marine reptile casts. These casts, although replica copies of the actual fossils, can still provide palaeontologists with valuable information.
The fossilised remains of an ichthyosaur that was probably excavated by Mary Anning and named “Proteosaurus”, was destroyed in a German bombing raid in World War II. It had been assumed that this historically significant fossil had been lost to science, however, palaeontologists have identified two plaster casts held in collections outside of the UK, which reveal important new data. The casts were discovered by Dr Dean Lomax, a palaeontologist and Visiting Scientist at the University of Manchester, and Professor Judy Massare, from the State University of New York, Brockport, USA.
Dr Lomax in collaboration with renowned palaeoartist Bob Nicholls recently produced a book which looks at the astonishing direct evidence indicating the lives and behaviours of long-extinct animals that can be found in the fossil record. The book entitled “Locked in Time” can be found here (search on the website for author Dean Lomax): Columbia University Press.
Found in 1818
The ichthyosaur fossil was discovered in 1818 at Lyme Regis, Dorset, and almost certainly found by the famous pioneering palaeontologist Mary Anning. Named “Proteosaurus” the specimen was acquired by a prolific collector, Lt-Col. Thomas James Birch, who sold it to the Royal College of Surgeons, London in 1820, to raise funds for Mary Anning and her family who were struggling to pay their rent.
The fossil discovery came at a time when academics were beginning to scientifically study prehistoric animal remains, the sciences of geology and palaeontology were developing. Ichthyosaur fossils had been found earlier, but there was disagreement as to what the specimens represented. Each new fossil find was adding important information to the debate and the 1818 specimen was the most complete ichthyosaur skeleton found to date. It was examined by Sir Everard Home, a highly respected British surgeon, who published his findings in the journal of The Royal Society in 1819.
Unfortunately, the fossil was completely destroyed by a German air raid in May 1941, when the Royal College of Surgeons in London was bombed.
An Important Role in Establishing Palaeontology as a Scientific Discipline
Dr Dean Lomax commented:
“When research on this fossil was published, it was still more than twenty years before the word “dinosaur” would be invented. This and other early ichthyosaur finds sparked a major interest in collecting more of these curious, enigmatic creatures. The discoveries and research on ichthyosaurs played an important role in establishing palaeontology as a scientific discipline.”
Dr Lomax and Professor Massare have collaborated on numerous projects and have made several important discoveries whilst studying historic fossil collections. For example, in 2015, their research led to the naming of Ichthyosaurus anningae, the first, new Ichthyosaurus species to be named in nearly 130 years.
In 2016, whilst examining the marine reptile collection housed at the Peabody Museum (Yale University), Massare and Lomax found an extremely old replica cast of an ichthyosaur, which was subsequently identified as the first-known cast of the fossil studied by Sir Everard Home. Up until this point, there was no record of any casts of this significant ichthyosaur fossil.
The Museum Assistant in vertebrate palaeontology at the Peabody Museum, Daniel Brinkman explained:
“Peabody curatorial staff assumed that the specimen was a real ichthyosaur fossil and not a plaster cast painted to look like the original fossil from which it was moulded.”
The Yale University cast was purchased by Yale Professor Charles Schuchert, as part of a substantial collection of fossils from the estate of Frederick A. Braun, a professional fossil dealer, however, very little else is known about the cast. It is not known when Braun acquired it, or who made the cast.
The Berlin Discovery
In 2019, Dean Lomax visited the Natural History Museum in Berlin (Germany) to study their fossil collection and was surprised to find a second cast of the 1818 ichthyosaur. This replica was in much better condition than the Yale cast.
The scientific head of collections at the Natural History Museum (Berlin), Dr Daniela Schwarz commented:
“When Dr Lomax visited our collections, he kept asking me for information about this cast and I couldn’t help him very much because of missing records and labelling of the specimen. So, when I learned about the outcome of his detective work and that this important specimen’s cast now rested in our collections for more than a century, I was really stunned! This discovery once more demonstrates the necessity to carefully preserve also undetermined and casted material in a natural history collection for centuries, because in the end, there will always be someone who discovers its scientific value!”
Studying the Ichthyosaur Fossil Replicas
Studies of both casts have shown that they were made at two different times. The Yale cast might even be a very old cast made when the ichthyosaur was still in the possession of Lt-Col. Thomas James Birch.
Professor Massare said:
“In Home’s 1819 article, he illustrated the original skeleton. This drawing by William Clift was the only visual evidence we had of the ichthyosaur. Now, having two casts, we can verify the reliability of the original illustration by comparison with the casts. We have identified a couple of bones that Home missed, and found a few discrepancies between the drawing and the casts.”
This new study has been published today in the journal, Royal Society Open Science, one of the journals of The Royal Society, which ironically published the original paper on the discovery of the ichthyosaur fossil back in 1819.
Explaining the decision to publish in Royal Society Open Science, Dr Lomax stated:
“When we discovered the casts, we felt compelled to submit our research to The Royal Society, especially because they had played a major role in publishing the first accounts of ichthyosaurs in the scientific literature over two hundred years ago.”
Professor Massare added:
“We hope that our discovery of these two casts might encourage curators and researchers to take a closer look at old casts in museum collections.”
Everything Dinosaur acknowledges the assistance of a media release from the University of Manchester.
The scientific paper: “Rediscovery of two casts of the historically important ‘Proteo-saurus’, the first complete ichthyosaur skeleton” by D. R. Lomax and J. A. Massare published in Royal Society Open Science.
The next video to be posted up on Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube channel will feature the popular Rebor Tusk T. rex 1:35 scale replica and in this video, we will demonstrate how to insert the tail piece in the body of the Tyrannosaurus rex.
Rebor Tusk T. rex
The new for 2022 Rebor Tyrannosaurus rex “Tusk” King Requiem is certainly a beautiful model. It is a fabulous 1/35th scale figure and in our short YouTube video we plan to look at the box contents, remind customers to take care not to lose the support stand that is supplied with this model and demonstrate how to insert the tail.
The techniques and methods we suggest in the video work for most prehistoric animal figures and for “Kiss” the counterpart T. rex figure that was introduced by Rebor at the same time as “Tusk”.
Transparent Plastic Stand
The Rebor Tusk T. rex dinosaur model is supplied with a transparent plastic support stand to help support this splendid tyrannosaur figure. In the video we demonstrate where to place the stand under the figure to ensure the model is stable when it is displayed.
Bipedal dinosaur replicas can have stability problems, especially if the figure is anatomically correct. In the “Tusk” models that team members at Everything Dinosaur have examined, the figures seem quite stable even when placed on the carpet.
To view the range of Rebor models and figures in stock at Everything Dinosaur: Rebor Models.
A highlight of the autumn is “All Hallows’ Eve” – Halloween. An opportunity to post up pics of some Halloween dinosaurs. It is time for some spooky stories, murderous monsters and scary skeletons, all harmless fun but 66 million years ago real monsters roamed planet Earth and one of the most frightening dinosaurs of them all was Spinosaurus, a giant carnivorous dinosaur that is thought to be the biggest meat-eating land animal that ever lived.
Our thanks to Caldey who sent in a picture of a spooky Spinosaurus holding a Halloween pumpkin.
Picture credit: Caldey
The “lion of the Jurassic” Allosaurus has joined in the Halloween fun and games, with Caldey sending into Everything Dinosaur a second picture of a Halloween pumpkin held in the jaws of a ferocious dinosaur.
Picture credit: Caldey
As we approach the “witching hour” we want to wish all our customers and readers a happy Halloween! “All Hallows’ Eve” is traditionally linked with demons and monsters and the fossil record is jam-packed full of very scary looking invertebrates and vertebrate specimens that would have been very much at home in the cast of a horror movie.
A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur thanked Caldey for sending in the cleverly composed Halloween dinosaur photographs and commented:
“We enjoyed looking at the dinosaur pictures and we appreciate the spooky lighting effect that Caldey has used to depict her Halloween dinosaurs.”
Industrial action by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) will continue in November. The strike action will continue to disrupt the UK mail network and also delay the despatch of parcels overseas. Team members at Everything Dinosaur are working hard to try to mitigate the impact of this strike action on their customers.
A Statement from Royal Mail
Everything Dinosaur has received the following statement issued by Royal Mail’s management:
“The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has notified us they plan to call on their members who collect, sort and deliver parcels and letters to take six days of strike action in November. Royal Mail has well-developed contingency plans, but we cannot fully replace the daily efforts of our frontline workforce. We’ll do what we can to keep services running, but you should expect disruption when strike action is taking place.”
Royal Mail and the CWU – Facilitation
The CWU and Royal Mail have jointly agreed to engage with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), in a bid to resolve this current dispute. Both parties are working hard and wish to see a resolution, however, there are significant differences in their respective positions. A preliminary session took place on Tuesday 25th of October with a follow-up meeting on Thursday 27th of October. The planned strike action in November is still scheduled to go ahead.
What Does the Strike Action Mean for Postal Services?
The planned strike action scheduled to commence in November is different to the national strike action which had occurred previously. Different parts of the Royal Mail network will be affected on different days. The Communication Workers Union is taking industrial action in different parts of Royal Mail on different days of the week.
Royal Mail has summarised the impact these strikes are expected to have on services, in the table below:
Table credit: Royal Mail
Disruption to Delivery and Collection Services
Everything Dinosaur has numerous collections by Royal Mail scheduled each week. The nature of this industrial action means that our warehouse collections will be affected on one day during each week of strike action. Larger vehicle collections are more likely to be affected on 3 and 9 November and smaller van collections on 4 and 10 November. However, Royal Mail are unlikely to be able to provide us with advance notice as to which of our collections will be affected.
Delivery services will also be affected. UK Customers will not receive postal deliveries on either Friday 4th of November or Thursday the 9th of November.
Everything Dinosaur Working Hard to Help You
Everything Dinosaur has implemented contingency plans to help to minimise the inconvenience for customers, but with the on-going Royal Mail industrial action and strikes at UK ports the advice given in previous blog posts remains pertinent.
A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:
“We have an extremely good relationship with all the delivery companies that we work with, although we are beginning to see delays in parcel deliveries due to this industrial action. We have our own plans in place to help minimise any disruption to our customers, we are working weekends to ensure that orders can be despatched as promptly as possible, in order to reduce any delays. We do advise that it is best to shop early to avoid disappointment in the lead up to the festive season.”
Following a legal letter from Royal Mail, the Communications Workers Union (CWU) has called off the industrial action scheduled for the 2, 3, 4, 8, 9 and 10 of November. Royal Mail and the CWU are due to attend further talks on the 31st October (2022).
Feefo the independent ratings agency, reports very positive Everything Dinosaur customer feedback once again this month. In total as we near the end of October (2022), Everything Dinosaur has received twenty-nine customer service reviews and all of them rate Everything Dinosaur’s customer service as 5-stars. That is top marks for Everything Dinosaur.
Feefo and Google Reviews
In addition to the twenty-nine customer service reviews logged by Feefo so far this month (October 2022), there have also been over sixty product ratings recorded by Feefo. Product ratings are provided by customers who rate and review the various items that they have received from Everything Dinosaur. Over this period, all the product reviews recorded also awarded Everything Dinosaur top marks (five stars).
Over this same period Everything Dinosaur also received seventeen Google reviews, all of these were also 5-stars. As with Feefo reviews, team members read all the feedback that they receive and they do respond to them, providing additional information and thanking customers for taking time out of their busy day to leave a comment.
Receiving a Smiley Face
In a Feefo review from a UK-based customer received today, Everything Dinosaur team members were awarded a “smiley face”.
The reviewer wrote:
“Nice website, clear process, easy to shop and purchase. Item arrived quickly and was well packaged. Job done! Smiley face!”
Everything Dinosaur Customer Feedback
A spokesperson from the award-winning, UK-based mail order company commented that team members read every single review and that staff were grateful for all the customer service and product reviews that Everything Dinosaur receives. They also added that it was wonderful to have received a “smiley face” from a customer in their service review.
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