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Published on Aug 30, 2011
Dinosaurs that have been extinct for millions years don't usually need fresh air, but the Museum of Nature & Science took one of theirs out for a walk today!
This is the neck of an Alamosaurus. It's been in the Museum's lab since it was discovered in Big Bend Park back in 2001. Since then the bones have been under preparation -- scraping and cleaning and being put back together.
Now that the lab work is almost done, the Museum staff needed to photograph all of the bones for scientific documentation, but didn't have the room indoors! So they loaded each piece onto a forklift and rolled it outside to line them all up in order. It's the first time they've been seen this way since they were inside a living animal!
Alamosaurus was a plant-eating dinosaur about twice the size of T. rex. It was about 80 feet long and weighed approximately 40 tons! Alamosaurus is the largest land-animal ever to walk North America. These pieces actually had to be airlifted out of Big Bend Park!
The complete Alamosaurus skeleton will be displayed in the new Perot Museum of Nature & Science in Victory Park when it opens in 2013. It will be the first complete Alamosaurus skeleton in the world. Some of the bones can be seen now at the Museum's current Fair Park location.