Huge model of Patagotitan dinosaur to go on display in London next year

28 November 2022, 09:38 | Updated: 28 November 2022, 09:39

Patagotitan mayorum
Patagotitan mayorum. Picture: Natural History Museum/D.Pol

By Emma Soteriou

London's Natural History Museum is set to host the biggest dinosaur it has ever put on show - one of the largest to walk the Earth.

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The Natural History Museum in London will host the dinosaur from next spring until 2024 in its European debut.

The titanosaur, Patagotitan mayorum, lived 100 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous period.

It would have been four times heavier than the museum's famous Dippy the Diplodocus - weighing in at 57 tonnes - and 37 metres long - 12 metres longer than Hope the blue whale.

The huge model will be exhibited in the Waterhouse Gallery, where there will also be a titanosaur egg.

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View of the impressive fossil skeleton of a Titanosaur
View of the impressive fossil skeleton of a Titanosaur. Picture: Alamy
Workers assemble the Patagotitan mayorum dinosaur skeleton in the US
Workers assemble the Patagotitan mayorum dinosaur skeleton in the US. Picture: Alamy

Professor Paul Barrett, a dinosaur expert at the Natural History Museum, said: "Patagotitan mayorum is an incredible specimen that tells us more about giant titanosaurs than ever before.

"Comparable in weight to more than nine African elephants, this star specimen will inspire visitors to care for some of the planet’s largest and most vulnerable creatures, which face similar challenges for survival, and show that within Earth’s ecosystems, size really does matter."

The cast of Patagotitan mayorum has been provided to the museum by the Egidio Feruglio Palaeontological Museum in Argentina.

Alex Burch, director of public programmes at the Natural History Museum, said: "We are so excited that Patagotitan, the most complete giant dinosaur ever discovered, is making its European debut here.

"Our fascination with dinosaurs provides the ideal opportunity to inspire and inform the next generation about the natural world, and empower them to act for the planet."