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Crystal Palace dinosaurs: how we rediscovered five missing sculptures from the famous park

By Mark P. Witton, Research Fellow in Palaeontology, University of Portsmouth
Ellinor Michel, Scientific Associate, Natural History Museum
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This summer sees our love for dinosaurs manifest in two major releases: the David Attenborough documentary Prehistoric Planet, and Jurassic World: Dominion. Such multi-million dollar projects are a far cry from the first attempts to bring dinosaurs to life in people’s imagination.

Perhaps the most famous of these took place almost 170 years ago at Crystal Palace Park, in south-east London, where over 30 life-sized sculptures of prehistoric animals, including dinosaurs, revealed extinct life to the public for the first…The Conversation


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