Around 150 million years ago, it lumbered around an ancient subtropical forest in Wyoming, while keeping its spiked tail at the ready to swat any predator that dared cross its path.
And now today, ‘Sophie the Stegosaurus has a new home at London’s Natural History Museum, where its presence dominates the Earth Hall.
With 85 per cent of her skeleton intact, the specimen is the world’s most complete example of the recognisable dinosaur, famous for the huge plates cresting its back, and the four spear-like horns on the end of its tail.
Although museum scientists do not actually know the sex of their Stegosaurus, the specimen has been informally named Sophie after the daughter of the hedge fund manager whose donation of an unknown amount of money made the acquisition possible.
At 18 feet (5.6 metres) long and 9.5 feet (2.9 metres) tall, Sophie is relatively small compared with the largest of her species which measured up to (29 feet) nine metres. Poised on a small stage just inside the museum’s Exhibition Road entrance, with her tail up, front body lowered, and open jaws pointing at arriving visitors, the specimen brings the Cretaceous era alive…see more
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