The impressive skeleton of a Triceratops specimen from some 66 million years ago, the largest of its kind ever discovered on the planet, 26 feet long (8 meters) and 10 feet high (3 meters), will go on display starting May 26 next . In a museum in Florida.
The skeleton of this Triceratops, nicknamed “Big John”, was found in South Dakota and is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as “the largest ever discovered”, the Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa on the West Coast lists on its website But said Florida, where the exhibition will be held.
“Big John” was acquired at auction in 2021 by businessman Siddhartha Pagidipati, who paid $7.7 million for the skeleton of Saurian, which is “5–10% larger than any other known Triceratops” to date .
“As a child, I was fascinated by the dinosaurs that roamed the earth. Now everyone will have the chance to see and experience in person what their world was like 66 million years ago at this museum.
The immersive dinosaur exhibit, added Glazer Children’s Museum, will transport visitors back to the Late Cretaceous with “Big John” at the center of this “innovative exhibit” with tunnels and “transparent domes.”
“What makes dinosaurs an enduring and universal source of fascination is their ability to bridge the gap between generations,” museum president and CEO Sarah Cole said in a statement.
Cole expressed his excitement at the idea that “these seemingly mythical creatures roamed our planet long ago,” so “getting up close to a fossil as remarkable as ‘Big John’ can tell us a lot about the world around us.” arouses awe and curiosity in me.”
The skeleton, which preserves more than 75% of the original bones, was buried in the Hell Creek geological formation in South Dakota and belongs to a specimen of Triceratops, which roamed the planet during the Cretaceous more than 66 million years ago. Was.
Its skull is 6.6 feet wide (2 meters) and its tail would extend past the three-point line if its horns were placed under the net of a basketball hoop, the statement said.
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 to bring it to the Glazer Children’s Museum, where it will be on display for nearly three years, Pagidipati said.
“Big John” was discovered in 2014 by Walter Stein, founder of PaleoAdventures, a South Dakota company that mines fossils for commercial sale.
Stein was “hoping that an American museum would buy it, but 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. The Tampa Bay Times reported, “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.