In a special event, a rare dinosaur specimen will be displayed today at a Cincinnati brewery. The gigantic skeleton is one of the three specimens of Galeamopus discovered so far.
A rancher in Montana discovered this specimen in 2000 when he saw the bones in his property. He announced the researchers with the Cincinnati Museum Center, and after four years of excavations, the dinosaur was ready to be pieced together. It took curators seven years to prepare the skeleton for display.
The dinosaur’s skeleton was 86% complete, making this discovery unique. Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, Glenn Storrs stated in an interview that:
“There are only three skeletons of this dinosaur known and this is among the best.”
18 Years of Preparation
Experts and scientists studied and prepared the specimen for almost 18 years and are now ready to put it on display.
The event ‘Jurassic Geist’ at the Rhinegeist Brewery will showcase the 50-foot-long skeleton in their main tap room. During the event, paleontologists from the Cincinnati Museum Center will talk with the visitors. The brewery will also present their last brew – Brittlebrain, at the event.
A new dinosaur gallery will open this November and today’s event supports the Cincinnati Museum Center. The new gallery will house Geleamorpus and other four dinosaur specimen in a 7,000-square-foot display.
Similar to Diplodocus, But a Different Species
This species of dinosaurs lived during the Jurassic period, had a long neck, and fed on plants like ferns or herbs. Galeamopus received its name in 2015. That’s because the specimens discovered before looked similar to Diplodocus, and researchers thought that the skeletons belonged to a smaller Diplodocus.
Even though this specimen is on display, researchers will continue to study it and understand more about the species. For example, the tail has some marks – and it could mean a carnivorous dinosaur attacked this Galeamopus.
In Switzerland, at the Aathal Museum, there is a 66-foot-long Galeamopus skeleton on display.
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