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This is "Dippy", a replica of the 150 million year old fossilised bones of a Diplodocus carnegii skeleton, here in Glasgow's Kelvingrove Gallery as part of his/her nationwide tour of the United Kingdom.

Dippy may well be 21.3 metres (70 feet) long but the little girl on the right with the red dress and bright green boots doesn't seem too impressed. It takes more than a big dinosaur to scare a Glaswegian!

The genus Diplodocus was first described in 1878 by Othniel Charles Marsh. The fossilised skeleton from which Dippy was cast was discovered in Wyoming in 1898 and acquired by the Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, for his newly-founded Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. The bones were soon recognised as a new species, and named Diplodocus carnegii.

King Edward VII, then a keen trustee of the British Museum, saw a sketch of the bones in 1902 and Carnegie agreed to donate a cast to the Natural History Museum as a gift. Carnegie paid £2,000 for the casting in plaster of Paris, copying the original fossil bones held by the Carnegie Museum.

Dippy has been on display in the Natural History Museum, London since 1905 until beginning its national tour of British museums in February, 2018.

ISO 250, 1/30 sec at f/4, focal length 24mm.

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