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Diplodocus carnegii Archives
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The specimen forming
most of the reconstructed skeleton on exhibit was discovered in 1899 and
was vital in establishing Carnegie Museum's place in the collection
and study of dinosaurs. Andrew Carnegie was so delighted with "Dippy" that
he presented plaster casts of the skeleton to major museums around
the world, and these casts of Diplodocus currently stand
in museums on four continents. In Dinosaurs in Their Time, Dippy was remounted in a posture that is line with current scientific
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July 14, 2005 (2.2 Mb .avi file, 15 seconds)
Day! Larry dismantles the
old exhibit platform and Brian prepares the sacrum for shipping
in its special crate. As Diplodocus moves on to the
next stage of restoration in New Jersey, the work effort
shifts to T. rex.
13, 2005 (3.4 Mb .avi file, 25 seconds)
Brian takes the working platform apart. Once that is
out of the way, Larry and Paul remove the last of the steel support
structure from the original mounting.
11-12, 2005 (3.7 Mb .avi file, 27 seconds)
While waiting for the special shipping crate, the
crew prepares T. rex for disassembly. Now that the
steel container has arrived, we can finish this job. As T. rex looks
on, the crew custom-fits the crate and removes the last fossil
bone from Diplodocus.
27, 2005 (3.8 Mb .avi file, 28 seconds)
It's a busy day. Brian extends the work platform again
so that the last three vertebrae can be removed along with the
pubis and ischia. The crew’s work on Diplodocus is suspended for about two weeks while they wait for a specially
designed container to support the sacrum.
24, 2005 (2.8 Mb .avi file, 21 seconds)
Three more vertebrae are removed and packed up; Brian
extends the work platform beyond the sacrum (pelvic bone). Notice
how each bone is put directly into its shipping crate, which is
then closed up right there on the platform.
23, 2005 (4.1 Mb .avi file, 30 seconds)
The steel supports that held the ribs can now be removed
and once this is out of the way, the crew begins taking off the
vertebrae. They manage to remove and crate four today. The white,
pillow-looking objects that appear halfway through the day are
bags of styrofoam peanuts.
22, 2005 (3.5 Mb .avi file, 26 seconds)
The left scapula is removed; later the work platform
is extended to provide room for the crew to work on the rest of
the dinosaur. In the background, note the shipping crates lining
up for tomorrow's and Friday's work removing the vertebrae.
21, 2005 (3.9 Mb .avi file, 28 seconds)
Phil's crew removes and crates two leg bones (left humerus,
right femur), and the right shoulder blade (scapula).
20, 2005 (4.0 Mb .avi file, 29 seconds)
Diplodocus moves to center stage. Phil's crew
successfully braces the platform and steel support frame to handle
the stress of the move. Now they begin the difficult work
required to disassemble the heavier fossil bones.
16-17, 2005 (3.7 Mb .avi file, 27 seconds)
While in the process of removing the lower leg bones,
the crew are visited by local media who take some pictures. The
last of the bones that can safely be removed without the crane
are now packed away.
15, 2005 (3.2 Mb .avi file, 24 seconds)
Work resumes on Diplodocus. Larry and Paul remove
the back feet and strengthen the existing framework supporting
the body. They remove the lighter fossil bones and then, as
with Apatosaurus, move Diplodocus to the
middle of the room, where the crane can help lift the heavier pieces.
26, 2005 (2.7 Mb .avi file, 19 seconds)
The rest of the tail is removed. The disarticulation
is halted at this point, and work begins on Apatosaurus.
2005 (2.9 Mb .avi file, 22 seconds)
A crane is erected to handle the weight of the heavier bones
in our largest dinosaurs, Diplodocus and Apatosaurus.
April 13, 2005 (3.9 Mb .avi file, 28 seconds)
Larry and Paul remove the ribs.
12, 2005 (4.1 Mb .avi file, 29 seconds)
The cast steel that supported Diplodocus' head
and neck is removed as well as more of the tail.
8-11, 2005 (4.0
Mb .avi file, 30 seconds)
The rest of the neck and part of the tail are removed.
Mb .avi file, 29 seconds)
Bones are removed from the head to the first half of the neck.