Magnificent skeleton of a specimen of Triceratops It dates to about 66 million years ago, the largest of its kind ever discovered on the planet.The statue, 26 feet long (8 m) and 10 feet high (3 m), will be on display at the Florida Museum through May 26.
The skeleton of this Triceratops, nicknamed “Big John”, was found in South Dakota and Listed in the Guinness Book of Records as “the greatest discovery ever made”The website of the Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa, on Florida’s west coast, indicated where the exhibit would take place.
“Big John” was acquired at auction in 2021 by businessman Siddhartha Pagidipati, who paid $7.7 million for the skeleton of Saurian, a specimen “5–10% larger than any other Triceratops known to date”.
“As a child, I was fascinated by the dinosaurs that roamed the earth. Now everyone will have the chance to personally see and experience what their world was like 66 million years ago at this museum, said Pagidipati, founder of brands including Talent.me, InventCorp and Freedom Health.
The immersive dinosaur exhibit, Glazer Children’s Museum added, will transport visitors back to the Late Cretaceous with “Big John.” as the axis of this “innovative specimen” with tunnels and “transparent domes”.
“What makes dinosaurs such an enduring and universal source of fascination Its ability to bridge the gap between generationsSarah Cole, president and CEO of the museum, said in a statement.
Cole expressed his excitement at the idea that “It appears that mythical creatures once roamed our planet“, so “getting up close to a fossil as remarkable as ‘Big John’ inspires awe and sparks curiosity about the world around us.”
Skeleton, preserving more than 75% of the original bonesIt was buried in South Dakota’s Hell Creek geological formation and belongs to a specimen of Triceratops, which roamed the planet at the end of the Cretaceous, more than 66 million years ago.
Its skull is 6.6 feet wide (2 meters) The statement added that if his horns were placed under the net of a basketball hoop, his tail would extend beyond the three-point line.
In addition, marks found on the back of the skull indicate various traumatic injuries, probably due to a very violent life.
“When we learned that ‘Big John’ was the largest triceratops ever found, we were very excited. likely to bringat the Glazer Children’s Museum, where it will remain on display for about three years, Pagidipti added.
“Big John” was discovered by Walter Stein in 2014. Founder of a South Dakota company called PaleoAdventures, which extracts fossils for commercial sale.
Stein “hoped there would be an American museum i will buy itBut no one came forward because of the cost of preparing the skeleton for display, as it was still largely covered by rock.
Italian fossil firm Zoic bought the skeleton, and its team spent much of 2021 carefully chipping away at the bones. “They sculpted, molded and 3D printed the missing pieces to complete the exhibit”But the specimen represents 75% of its original skull and 60% of its total skeleton, the Tampa Bay Times newspaper gathered.