Dubai Mall Displays 155 Million Year-Old Dinosaur


By Aarti Nagraj

Dubai developer Emaar has unveiled an exhibit featuring a 155 million year-old dinosaur in its popular Dubai Mall, it announced on Tuesday.

The Diplodocus longus, a late Jurassic period dinosaur, is 24.4 metres long and 7.6 metres high and features a long tail and a slender neck. Nearly 90 per cent of the fossil’s bones are original and it is on display at the mall’s Grand Atrium.

The exhibit, open for free viewing for the public, was assembled by an expert team of paleontologists, Emaar said.

Sourced through Khalid Seddiq, founder of Etihad Modern Art Gallery in Abu Dhabi, and previously only displayed at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the dinosaur is the first fossil bone mounted in an upright position.

The specimen was discovered in 2008 at the Dana Quarry in north central Wyoming and was found in the sleeping position. All bones unearthed were complete and in superb condition. More info