For the first time since its discovery 18 years ago, a rare dinosaur skeleton is exhibited as the latest exhibition at the Cincinnati Museum Center
The rare dinosaur, known as Galeamopus, is one of the few three ever found. The skeleton was discovered in 2000 by a rancher in Montana who had alerted researchers to the Cincinnati Museum Center. The excavation process for the rare dinosaur lasted four years – seven more worked in the lab to prepare the Galeamopus for display.
Glenn Storrs, curator of vertebrate paleontology, said in an interview with the Cincinnati radio station WVXU: "It's an 85 percent complete skeleton, which is huge to find a dinosaur … it was an isolated carcass in the Jurassic was washed on a sandbank, so we found it isolated and most of the animal was there, most of it was articulated, so there's a lot of important anatomical information we can extract from this fossil. "
While we have a solid knowledge of a number The majority of this information comes from the study of older specimens – and this is only the third time that we have seen a Galeamopus. More important than the fact that it is extremely rare is the fact that it is almost complete – giving the researchers the tools they need to paint a pretty accurate picture of how this rare dinosaur has been on Earth could. 19659003] The Galeamopus is a type of sauropod, which essentially means that it is a long-necked dinosaur. During the Jurassic period, it was an herbivore that had eaten ferns and other plants. The name of the rare dinosaur was not established until 2015, when it was discovered that fossil remains discovered in 1902 were not a small species of Diplodocus.
"Recently, scientists have analyzed this specimen and found that it is not Diplodocus It is something new, hence the new name appeared," says Storrs. "Only three skeletons of this dinosaur are known and this is among the best."
At this point, scientists are learning even more about the rare dinosaur from the fossilized remains, and we expect to do so for a while, because we know very little about the organism because of its rarity.
The main goal with research at this current point is to learn more about the anatomy of various bones, the age and gender of the dinosaur, as well as the evolutionary history of the animal. This last part is particularly important, as it was found that the tail of the skeleton showed signs of an injury – perhaps after an attack by a carnivorous dinosaur.
For Storrs, his work was incredibly enjoyable after 18 years of study and excavation. "I was once told that as soon as you collect a sauropod, you never want to collect it again, and I agree with you …" But it's really exciting to see it in the ground, slowly emerging and then closing Coming to this point, it is accessible and accessible to anyone.
The rare dinosaur Galeamopus will be exhibited at the Rheingeist Brewery in August as part of the Curate My Community initiative and will then be transferred to the Museum of Natural History and Natural Sciences.