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Natural History Museum’s Earth Hall unveils historic specimen

The Natural History’s Museum Earth Hall will be transformed ahead of the Christmas Party season with a new specimen taking centre stage, a Stegosaurus stenops, the first complete dinosaur to go on display in the Museum in nearly 100 years.

The 150 million year old Stegosaurus joins the much-loved Dippy, the iconic  Diplodocus dinosaur displayed in the Hintze Hall since 1905, in the Museums’ prehistoric line up. Unlike Dippy, this is the real thing.  It is the world’s most complete Stegosaurus specimen and the only example in a public collection outside the USA. The rarity of the skeleton makes it the most significant dinosaur the museum has acquired since the 1980s.  

The specimen is similar in size to a 4x4 vehicle (nearly six metres long and three metres tall) and has over 300 bones. It was discovered in spring 2003 at the Red Canyon Ranch in Wyoming, USA by Bob Simon, who runs a dinosaur quarry on the ranch It took three weeks of excavation to bring the remarkable discovery to light.  

The Stegosaurus will reside in the Earth Hall, sitting in front of the Globe structure providing a dramatic centrepiece for events. With the Stegosaurus taking the place of the statues which were formally in the Earth Hall, event capacities will remain the same, 50 – 200 guests for a sit-down dinner and 100 – 500 for a standing reception.  

Simon Kershaw, Head of Events and Catering at the Natural History Museum, said;   “We’re delighted to welcome the dinosaur to the Earth Hall and are honoured to give organisers the opportunity to feature such a valuable, extraordinary specimen at their upcoming events. Our guests now have the choice to dine with two dinosaurs!”

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