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Re: DubaiDino

From: Ben Creisler

Because of the DML's restrictions on discussing commercial sale of
fossils, it's a bit tricky to talk about the history of this specimen.

The stripes are fancy lighting effects. This photo is actually from a
few months back when it first went on display. You can see more
details in a video that includes the lighting effects (on YouTube).


For the curious, you find more info about the specimen through Google
with "Sleeping Beauty" and  "Amphicoelias brontodiplodocus" as it was
identified by the people who excavated and sold it.

Turning this high-quality specimen with real fossil bones into a
decoration for a mall rather than a specimen available for scientific
study in a museum seems rather regrettable...

On Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 4:08 PM, Dan Chure <danchure@easilink.com> wrote:
> Are the white stripes on the skeleton lights?
> Dan
> On 6/3/2014 8:00 AM, Richard W. Travsky wrote:
>> with picture
>> http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-27680520
>> A competition to find a name for a giant dinosaur skeleton on display in a
>> Dubai shopping centre has just been won by a local bank manager.
>> Dinosaur enthusiast Johara Al Bayedh's winning suggestion was DubaiDino,
>> one of three names she submitted to the organisers via the #NameTDMDino
>> hashtag. "It's just amazing to have a giant dinosaur fossil in Dubai," she
>> tells The National newspaper. "It's not just educational, but will make
>> people imagine how the world was back then," she adds. The competition
>> attracted more than 6,000 entries.
>> The Diplodocus longus is 24m (78ft) long and 7.6m tall. The skeleton was
>> found in Wyoming in 2008. Archaeologists think it is more than 155 million
>> years old and, with about 90% of the original bones intact, it is one of the
>> most complete fossils of its type yet found. [...]
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