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Massive dinosaur skeleton coming to Copenhagen

A 17-metre diplodocus costing 4.3 million kroner will be the prize exhibit at the new Natural History Museum

Misty will tower over the museum's guests (Photo: Anders Drud, Statens Naturhistoriske Museum)

December 10, 2013

by Peter Stanners

A gigantic dinosaur named Misty is moving to Denmark after it was bought at a London auction two weeks by the Natural History Museum.

The complete 17-metre skeleton of a Diplodocus cost 4.3 million kroner and was secured through a grant from Det Obelsk Familiefond.

“We think it is important that Denmark’s Natural History Museum owns a dinosaur [...] so when we were suddenly given the opportunity to give the Natural History Museum this early Christmas present, we jumped at the chance,” fund chairman Christen Obel said in a press release. “Misty is an iconic and fascinating item and will surely create value for the museum for many generations.”

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Iconic exhibit in new museum
The Natural History Museum is run by the University of Copenhagen and Misty is expected to be exhibited in the new facilities that are planned near the Botanical Gardens in central Copenhagen.

By November the university had raised 650 million kroner of the 1.2 billion kroner the new facilities are expected to cost.

Misty's 17-metre-long skeleton is around ten times the height of an average person (Photo: Raimund Albersdoerfer)


University of Copenhagen rector Ralf Hemmingsen said that the dinosaur was a “steal”.

“Together with the museum’s unique collection of whales, Misty will be an icon in coming exhibits at the Botanical Gardens. But how or when depends on whether the financing for the planned museum is secured,” Hemmingsen said.

Accidental find
Misty was discovered in the US state of Wyoming in 2009 by the children of the German palaeontologist Raimond Albersdörfer.

Albersdörfer was in the midst of another dig and encouraged his sons to try their own luck in a nearby location.

They returned in the evening telling him that they had found a bone that was so large that they could not carry it. Albersdörfer immediately helped his kids uncover the amazing find. 

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