Saturday, November 17, 2007

Dinosaur bones are actual thing

A 140-million-year-old pile of bones that had been lynching around Richmond, Ind., since the 1960s is now a completely assembled Allosaurus fragilis pestering the Cincinnati Museum Center's Museum of Natural History and Science. It’s the facility's first dinosaur skeleton assembled from actual bones. Cincinnati’s allosaurus was a meat-eating, birdlike dinosaur by sickle-shaped, serrated teeth. It roams the earth during the Jurassic Period. It was not fully grown-up, however at 25 feet long and 9 feet tall, it almost certainly weighed at least a ton. Fully grown, it would have been more or less doubles that.

It was three years work that begins with take out the last bones from rock. The allosaurus is generally real bones, but not 100 percent some bones were absent, so we borrowed the actual thing from Yale, made cast and then sent them back. But the bones we cast were of the similar size specimen and from the similar quarry, so they're as similar as you can get.


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