For Indians coming to London for the summer, there is something new to see — an exhibition which opens on Friday at the Natural History Museum, “Titanosaur: Life as the biggest dinosaur”, and runs until January 7, 2024.
How do you describe something so big and possibly the stuff of nightmares?
“It’s so big, we had to reinforce the floor (of the atrium),” said Prof.Paul Barrett, the museum’s senior dinosaur specialist.The Daily Mail tried to scare its readers with evocations of Jurassic Park: “Forget the terrifying T-Rex or Dippy the Diplodocus — there’s a new beast in town.”
The headlines added: “Earth’s biggest EVER dinosaur goes on display at London’s Natural History Museum: Enormous 121 foot-long titanosaur weighed 57 tonnes when it roamed our planet 101 million years ago.And the Natural History Museum’s new dinosaur is the heaviest animal ever to walk Earth.”
The BBC reported: “A colossus has landed in London: A cast of what was one of the biggest animals ever to walk the Earth is now on show at the Natural History Museum.
“Patagotitan was a dinosaur that lived 100 million years ago in South America.
“The museum has brought over not just a representative skeleton but some of the real fossil bones first discovered in Argentina in 2014.”
The replica skeleton is on loan from Argentina’s Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio.
The museum is a bit more scientific: “For the first time ever in Europe, Patagotitan mayorum, the most complete giant dinosaur ever discovered, will be on display at the Natural History Museum.Around four times heavier than Dippy the Diplodocus, 12 metres longer than Hope the blue whale, and one of the largest creatures to ever walk the Earth, Patagotitan is set to be the UK’s new dino star.
“Titanosaur: Life as the biggest dinosaur is a temporary exhibition which will take visitors on a journey across the life of a giant titanosaur – from the elusive egg laid in its nest millions of years ago, to evidence of a fearsome predator that took a bite out of its tail in a fight for survival – as we learn how a creature of this immense size could ever survive, and thrive, on Earth.
“While it’s not yet known exactly when or how Patagotitan became extinct, we know that most dinosaurs were wiped out 66 million years ago — proving that no matter your size, every creature on Earth is vulnerable to extinction.”