Dippy

The tale of a museum icon

Paul Barrett, Polly Parry and Sandra Chapman

Meet Dippy, one of the world’s most famous dinosaur models, in this engaging tale of discovery and guide to one of the longest land animals ever to walk the Earth.

ISBN:
978 0 565 09259 7
Format:
Hardback
Price:
£4.99
Published:
March 2010
Size:
170 x 230 mm
Extent:
48 pp
Illustrations:
Colour throughout
Publisher:
Natural History Museum

Details

The 26-metre-long Diplodocus skeleton that dominates Hintze Hall (formerly the Central Hall) of the Natural History Museum is one of the world’s most famous dinosaur models. Known affectionately as ‘Dippy’ among Museum staff, it has fascinated and enthralled visitors since it was first revealed to an astonished public in 1905.

Dippy’s tale begins some 150 million years ago in the late part of the Jurassic period – the time from which the original fossil dates. Dippy is an exact plaster replica of the fossilized bones found in the badlands of Wyoming, USA. The story of how Dippy came to the Museum is one that involves danger and adventure in the harsh environment of the American Wild West, the generosity of an eccentric millionaire and the involvement of the British royal family.

Featuring delightful artworks and photographs, the book combines an engaging narrative with details of key dinosaur fossil finds and the latest research on Diplodocus anatomy and behaviour. It also reveals the emergence of Dippy’s importance to scientists, as studies on Diplodocus kick-started a renaissance in the understanding of the biology of the group it belongs to, the sauropods.

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Reviews

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"This brilliant book takes you on an adventure."

National Geographic Kids Magazine

"Brilliant book"

Dinomite Magazine

"We’re just dotty about the diplodocus."

The Field

Authors

Dr Paul Barrett is a researcher in the Palaeontology Department of the Natural History Museum, London. He is the author of National Geographic Dinosaurs and is a regular contributor to numerous books, journals and magazines on the study of dinosaurs.

Polly Parry is the Museum Archivist and Records Manager and has an in-depth knowledge of the building’s history, its collections and people.

Sandra Chapman works as a curator in the Palaeontology Department. 

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