FROM THE EDUCATION DESK
Another beautiful day in Woodland Park! Take a ride and come up and see Spring just starting and of course we hope you will stop and see us here at the Dinosaur Resource Center to see what is new. Isn’t Daylight Savings Time wonderful? I am just loving it!
Five million people are expected to see Dippy over the next two years at venues ranging from the Welsh assembly to Norwich Cathedral. Dippy is the Diplodocus skeleton which for more than a century has amazed and inspired visitors to the Natural History Museum in London. Ask people to name museum exhibits in the UK and chances are that Dippy will top their list. Dippy lived in the wetlands of North America around where Wyoming is roughly 155 million years ago. In 1905 a cast of a Diplodocus skeleton was donated by businessman Andrew Carnegie, based on the original specimen in the Carnegie Museum in the USA. You would have to be an expert to tell, but Dippy is not a real skeleton. It’s a model made from Plaster of Paris, based on the skeleton unearthed in Wyoming in 1898. It is one of 10 replicas around the world and it was sent to Canada to be mounted on a new support frame. Every two years or so museum experts use specialist equipment to clean the 292 bones that make up Dippy. It takes two days to clean the cast and make sure it is maintained for future generations to enjoy. The only significant change in all these years is the introduction of anatomically correct hands at the front of the animal. Previously Dippy had two sets of back feet.
On Feb. 9, 2018 the cast of Dippy was unveiled at the Dorset County Museum on the first stage of an eight stop tour of the UK. Dippy will eventually return to London and the cast will always remain a part of the national collection. It has been suggested that the people’s favorite be cast in bronze and put in the front gardens of the South Kensington institute. Most of the molds still exist, so it would be possible.