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How Do You Dismantle a Dino? (Very Carefully)

We’ve learned a lot about dinosaur anatomy since displays of their bones were set up at The National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., “anywhere from the early 1900s through 1940s, 50s, and 60s.” As a part of a five-year renovation of the museum’s very popular Fossil Hall, the metal armature of an Allosaurus — a meat-eating dino from the Late Jurrasic period, 145-150 million years ago — will be repositioned to align with our current scientific knowledge.

In this National Geographic video, they document the start of that process: dismantling the dino.

As some dinosaurs leave to return, some are arriving for the first time. When the hall reopens in 2019, its centerpiece will be the Wankel Rex, discovered by rancher Kathy Wankel in 1988. With around 85 percent of the skeleton recovered, including the skull, it is one of the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex specimens ever found.

Watch it get packed up in Montana and arrive in DC:

In the archives: discovering a dino nest via Google Glass, Siats: The newly-discovered mega-predatory dinosaur, Dinosaur exhibitions: The facts and fiction over 160 years, and more videos from museums around the globe.


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