Dinosaur Dippy on tour at Kelvingrove

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A good end to the school’s February break might be a trip millions of years back in time.

Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is displaying The Natural History Museum’s cast of Dippy the Diplodocus (carnegii) named after Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish philanthropist, who acquired the bones in 1898 for his Pittsburgh museum.

The original skeleton, from which the cast was taken, was discovered by railroad workers in Wyoming, USA  and it was billed as, ‘most colossal animal ever on Earth.’

Taking a close-up look at Dippy’s plaster of Paris vertebrae, first displayed in London in 1905, is an experience never forgotten.

Last Sunday many children stood transfixed below it, some trying to compare it to small models they were holding.

After more than 110 years on display in London, the Natural History Museum announced that Dippy would be going on a tour of the UK.

Dippy arrived in Kelvingrove on January 22 and will be there until May 6 when he moves to Newcastle-on-Tyne.

King Edward VII saw a sketch of the Diplodocus while visiting Carnegie at his Scottish castle.

He remarked how much he’d like a similar specimen for the animal galleries of the Natural History Museum.

Carnegie obliged by commissioning a replica cast of his dinosaur.

Dippy is one of 10 replicas of the original D. carnegii in museums around the world, including Paris, Berlin, Vienna, and Moscow.

The 292-bone skeleton arrived in London in 36 packing cases. It was unveiled to the public four months later in a lavish ceremony for 300 people, on Friday May 12 1905.

Diplodocus was first described as a new type of dinosaur in 1878 by Professor Othniel C Marsh at Yale University.

The species lived sometime between 156 and 145 million years ago and belongs to a group called sauropods, meaning ‘lizard feet.’

Entrance to the museum is free for all in a side gallery Scotland’s Spitfire floats above the displays.

Dippy, the Diplodocus, dwarfs people at Kelvingrove, and they appear as a blur due to the five seconds the shutter was open. 25_c07dippyontour01

Scotland’s Spitfire LA198 which flew with 602 City of Glasgow Auxiliary squadron between 1947 and 1949. 25_c07Scotland’sspitfire01