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Fascinating time-lapse footage shows a 155 million-year-old dinosaur skeleton installed at Heathrow

Fascinating time-lapse footage shows a £2million skeleton of a 155 million-year-old dinosaur being installed at Heathrow Airport

  • The 13-metre skeleton is located in the check in area at Heathrow’s Terminal 5
  • It was assembled over three nights and will be on show until the end of June 
  • The skeleton is due to be auctioned off in France and is expected to bring £2m 

Incredible time-lapse footage has shown how a £2million skeleton of a 150 million- year-old dinosaur has been 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.

It will remain in the terminal’s check in area until early June and with 4.5million passengers expected to travel through Heathrow over Easter, they will all get a chance to see the extinct beast.

Work men 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

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

The 13-metre long skeleton is on show before being sold by the French auction house Aguttes

Footage taken of the installation of the skeleton shows how crews worked quickly over the course of three nights to painstakingly assemble it bone by bone.

Four cherry pickers were also used so the team could place the fossils at both the top of the creature’s head and the tip of its tail.

The skeleton has also 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 and is a cousin of the diplodocus.

The skeleton will remain in the terminal's check in area until early June and with 4.5million passengers expected to travel through Heathrow over Easter, they will all get a chance to see the extinct beast

The skeleton will remain in the terminal’s check in area until early June and with 4.5million passengers expected to travel through Heathrow over Easter, they will all get a chance to see the extinct beast

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.’

While 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 also been described as completely unique as it shows significant impressions of the skin of the dinosaur

The skeleton has also 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.

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