All About Dippy

Hi, I'm Dippy (Diplodocus carnegii if you'd like to be formal) and I hang around outside (and inside!) as the unofficial mascot of Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Dippy Statue, after unveiling

This photo was taken after the unveiling of my statue on July 7, 1999.

My Humble Beginnings

I was born during the late Jurassic Period and lived in what is now known as Wyoming in the United States. For most of my life I trudged around munching on the local flora. I grew to be 85 feet long and weighed a whopping 15 tons! Eventually I met my fate near the water, which, along with mud and other sediment, helped preserve my bones.

A mere 150 million years later I was discovered by a team of paleontologists lead by Dr. Jacob Wortman and shipped to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where my new buddies skillfully reassembled me and prepared me for display at Carnegie Institute (known today as Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Music Hall and Carnegie Library. I know, it's a big building!)

Dippy with scarves

I'm scarfy and I know it

I am proud to be a holotype, which means I am the specimen to which all other Diplodocus carnegii are compared. I've even become somewhat of an ambassador for the museum—replicas of my fossilized skeleton have been given as gifts to nearly one dozen museums in Europe and Latin America. Pretty nifty, huh?

If you'd like to find out more about where I came from and how I came to be, be sure to check out my online scrapbook!

What I Have Been Up To Lately

Nowadays most people know me from my fiberglass statue that stands on the grounds near the entrance to Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. Erected in 1999, I have happily posed for thousands of photographs, enjoyed countless hugs, and kept a watchful eye over my corner of Pittsburgh.

 

 

I also keep all my faithful followers on Facebook and Twitter up-to-date with the latest happenings here at the museum, along with fun facts and kooky anecdotes. If you're not already, head over to my Facebook page or my Twitter account and become a fan! There's more than enough room for all of you.

UPDATE

In Summer 2015 I was re-coated with a lustrous cover using the latest environmentally-friendly techniques. Come by and check out my sheen!