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24 February 2024

155 million year old dinosaur 'live' at Dubai Mall

155 million-year-old Dinosaur at Dubai Mall. (Mustafa Kasmi)

By Staff

One of the largest creatures to walk the earth 155 million years ago has found a new home in The Dubai Mall.

Emaar has unveiled its latest attraction, a colossal exhibit of the Late Jurassic Period dinosaur at the mall’s Grand Atrium, which is set to attract visitors from far and wide.

Featuring a long tail sweeping behind, and an equally slender long neck rising eerily high as if bracing for battle, the prehistoric dinosaur stands at an impressive, 24.4 metres long and 7.6 metres high.

A dedicated team of staff is on-site to provide visitors with interesting insights into the displayed dinosaur, the discovery of the fossil and the labourious and painstaking process that went into reconstructing it to its present form.

Nearly 90 per cent of the fossil’s bones are original. This skeleton characteristic is very unique in the history of paleontology, given that the most original Diplodocus longus skeleton finding, prior to this, had only 30 per cent of original bones from the overall found structure.

This dinosaur was earlier displayed at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, it is the first fossil bone mounted in an upright position.

 Quite remarkably, all the bones of the dinosaur on exhibit come from the same individual, giving it an unmatched completeness. Rated high in scientific integrity and beautifully preserved, there are no comparable specimens of this quality in any museum or private collections