Incredible time-lapse footage shows a 150million-year-old dinosaur being installed at London’s Heathrow Airport.
The 13-metre-long skeleton is located in Terminal 5 and is on show before being sold by the French auction house Aguttes, where it’s expected to sell for £2million.
It will remain in the terminal’s check-in area until early June and will be seen by millions of passengers – 4.5million over the Easter period alone.
Workmen at Heathrow Airport begin the task of assembling the 150million-year-old skeleton in Terminal 5
Crews worked quickly over the course of three nights to painstakingly assemble it bone by bone
The 13-metre-long skeleton is on show before being sold by the French auction house Aguttes
Footage taken of the skeleton’s installation shows how crews worked quickly over the course of three nights to painstakingly assemble it bone by bone.
Four cherry pickers were used so the team could place fossils at the top of the creature’s head and the tip of its tail with ease.
The skeleton has been described as completely unique as it shows significant impressions of the skin of the dinosaur.
A new scientific study has indicated it is the skeleton of a new species of dinosaur, a cousin of the diplodocus.
The skeleton will remain in the terminal’s check-in area until early June and will be seen by millions
Ross Baker, chief commercial officer at Heathrow, said: ‘What a sizeable welcome for families travelling this Easter.
‘We’re excited to see the “roar-some” reaction from our passengers, as they encounter this completely unique specimen before heading on their travels with loved ones.’
Archaeologist and special adviser to Aguttes auction house, Eric Mickeler, added: ‘This original skeleton is remarkable. It is currently the only diplodocus in the world with the imprint of its skin and therefore a world first.
The skeleton has been described as completely unique as it shows significant impressions of the skin of the dinosaur
‘The sheer size of dinosaurs awes people, they are immense, and that is part of their fascination for collectors.
‘Buyers look for big impressive aesthetically attractive and well-preserved examples. It is also a case of supply and demand.
‘There are very few found and so prices grow because there is a strong demand for them.’
The auction of the skeleton is set to take place in France in June.