A gift from an alumnus has enabled the Lapworth Museum of Geology to buy an exceptionally rare dinosaur leg bone.
The anonymous alumnus funded the purchase of the 1.2 metre femur bone from a mature Cetiosauriscus, a type of large sauropod dinosaur from the middle Jurassic period, 165 million years ago. Sauropods (well-known types of which include Brachiosaurus and Diplodocus) from England are virtually unknown and this belongs to a species only found in Northern Europe.
Jon Clatworthy, Director of the Lapworth, says: ‘The femur is a fantastic addition to the Lapworth Museum’s collections and we are grateful to the alumnus for his generous gift which allowed us to acquire the specimen. It fills a gap in the Lapworth’s collections, as large sauropod bones of this type are extremely rare in the UK. It will be invaluable, both as a display piece and educational tool, helping to demonstrate the size of these iconic animals.’
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It will be invaluable, both as a display piece and an educational tool.
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