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article imageOp-Ed: Dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum, London Special

By Tim Sandle     Jul 28, 2013 in Travel
London - The Natural History Museum in London boasts an impressive collection of dinosaur remains. These have been collected together in a special exhibition.
The Natural History Museum in London is a museum exhibiting a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history. It is one of three large museums on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, the others being the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The museum is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 70 million items within five main collections: botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology and zoology. The museum is a world-renowned centre of research specialising in taxonomy, identification and conservation. Given the age of the institution, many of the collections have great historical as well as scientific value.
The Natural History Museum opened in London in 1881.
The Natural History Museum opened in London in 1881.
One of the most famous and certainly most prominent of the exhibits — affectionately known as Dippy — is a 105-foot (32 m) long replica Diplodocus carnegii skeleton, situated within the central hall.
The first dinosaurs appeared about 230 million years ago and for the next 160 million years the Earth belonged to these ancient reptiles. The Museum has an impressive display.
One of the impressive models is of an Allosaurus. The name "Allosaurus" means "different lizard"
Allosaurus  a dinosaur that lived 155 to 150 million years ago during the late Jurassic period.
Allosaurus, a dinosaur that lived 155 to 150 million years ago during the late Jurassic period.
Some of the smaller types of dinosaurs are also on display. What is impressive with the collection is the attention to detail in terms of posture.
A collection of smaller dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum.
A collection of smaller dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum.
Dinosaurs have always been an extremely varied group of animals!
The collection also contains some of the more 'familiar' dinosaurs, such as the Stegosaurus. The name means "roof lizard" or "covered lizard" in reference to its bony plates.
Stegosaurus   a genus of armored stegosaurid dinosaur.
Stegosaurus, a genus of armored stegosaurid dinosaur.
Other parts of the collection includes fossilized horns:
Dinosaur horns on display in the museum.
Dinosaur horns on display in the museum.
There is also an interesting part devoted to the consideration of what color and texture a dinosaur's skin would have been, as shown with the model below and artist's interpretation of roaming dinosaurs.
Imagining the skin of a dinosaur.
Imagining the skin of a dinosaur.
An artist s depiction of dinosaurs wandering the planet.
An artist's depiction of dinosaurs wandering the planet.
The exhibition also allows visitors to imagine what it was like to see baby dinosaurs hatching from giant ovoid eggs.
Dinosaurs hatching from eggs. The word dinosaur means  terrible lizard .
Dinosaurs hatching from eggs. The word dinosaur means "terrible lizard".
No dinosaur display would be complete without an appearance from the fearsome T-Rex. Tyrannosaurus means "tyrant lizard". Tyrannosaurus rex was one of the largest land carnivores of all time.
The largest known Tyrannosaurus rex skulls measure up to 5 feet (1.5 m) in length.
The largest known Tyrannosaurus rex skulls measure up to 5 feet (1.5 m) in length.
The dinosaur display is impressive, but it forms only one small part of the museum's collection. If you are ever in London, the museum is one of the top places to visit.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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