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Home Museums Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure

About Dippy

The Diplodocus skeleton, known affectionately as Dippy, was cast from the type specimen found in America.

The Diplodocus skeleton, known affectionately as Dippy, was cast from the type specimen found in America.

Diplodocus was first described as a new type of dinosaur in 1878 by Professor Othniel C Marsh at Yale University. The species lived sometime between 156 and 145 million years ago and belongs to a group called sauropods, meaning 'lizard feet'.

When railroad workers unearthed the fossilised bones of a Diplodocus in Wyoming, USA in 1898, newspapers billed the discovery as the 'most colossal animal ever on Earth'.

Scottish-born millionaire businessman Andrew Carnegie heard the reports and set out to acquire the bones as a centrepiece for his new museum in Pittsburgh.

During the reconstruction of the skeleton at the Carnegie Museum, experts discovered subtle differences from the two other Diplodocus species known at the time, Diplodocus longus and Diplodocus lacustris.

The new species was named Diplodocus carnegii in honour of its owner.

King Edward VII saw a sketch of the Diplodocus while visiting Carnegie at his Scottish castle and remarked how much he'd like a similar specimen for the animal galleries of the Natural History Museum. Carnegie obliged by commissioning a replica cast of his dinosaur.

It was first unveiled in London to the public in London in1905. Dippy quickly became a star, and has since featured in newspaper cartoons, news reports and even played starring roles in film and television.

He is now on his first ever tour of the UK and we are delighted to welcome him to Glasgow! He will take pride of place in the Kelvingrove Centre Hall and - the full 292-bone skeleton in its displayed pose is an impressive 21.3 metres long, 4.3 metres wide and 4.25 metres high!

Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure is being brought to visitors by the Natural History Museum in partnership with the Garfield Weston Foundation, and supported by Dell EMC and Williams & Hill.