For the first time ever in Europe, the Natural History Museum will showcase the titanosaur cast, Patagotitan mayorum, which it claims is one of the largest creatures to have ever walked the Earth.
The cast of Patagotitan mayorum has been provided to the Museum by the Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio (MEF), Argentina.
Showcased at the Natural History Museum from next Spring, the cast is four times heavier than the ever-popular Dippy the Diplodocus, and 12 metres longer than its ‘Hope the blue whale’ exhibit.
It is the most complete gigantic dinosaur ever discovered, the museum claims, and will be placed in the nine-metre-high Waterhouse gallery.
? COMING SOON #Titanosaur: Life as the Biggest Dinosaur, our new #exhibition opening 31 Mar! Step into the world of Patagotitan mayorum, one of the largest creatures ever to have walked the Earth.
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Dr Alex Burch, Director of Public Programmes at the Museum added: “Our fascination with dinosaurs provides the ideal opportunity to inspire and inform the next generation about the natural world, and empower them to act for the planet.”
Prof. Paul Barrett, science lead on the exhibition said the cast is comparable in weight to more than nine African elephants.
“[T]his star specimen will inspire visitors to care for some of the planet’s largest and most vulnerable creatures, which face similar challenges for survival, and show that within Earth’s ecosystems, size really does matter.”