Oldest stegosaurus skeleton to be shown in Krasnoyarsk

 02/24/2014, 14:06
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Oldest stegosaurus skeleton to be shown in Krasnoyarsk
Sergei Krasnolutsky, frame from NTV video, photo from dinosaurs.afly.ru

An ancient stegosaurus skeleton will be displayed at the Krasnoyarsk Local History Museum. Museum staff say it is the oldest stegosaurus skeleton ever found in the world at 165-170 million years old, and announced a competition to find the best name for it, Sib.fm’s correspondent discovered on 21 February.

The oldest stegosaurus skeleton ever found was discovered ten years ago by palaeontologist Sergei Krasnolutsky in a coal mine near the town of Sharypovo in the Krasnoyarsk Territory. Restoration of the Jurassic period skeleton took eight years.

Not all the stegosaurus bones were found, which is why missing triangular plates on the stegosaurus’ back, some leg bones and the skull had to be restored from plastic for the exposition. Archaeologists were unable to determine the sex of the dinosaur.

«This is the only 165-million-year-old stegosaurus skeleton in the world. It’s the only stegosaurus in Russia,» said museum employee Tatyana Zvykova.

The Krasnoyarsk Local History Museum announced a competition to find the best name for the stegosaurus, in cooperation with newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda. Voting is due to end on 24 February; the name Gozik is currently leading. The skeleton will be first shown at the museum on 25 Feburary, next to a plaque indicating the name and the person who proposed it.

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