The process was delicate, the job massive, but Paluxysaurus jonesi — the state dinosaur of Texas — is home.
The 60-foot skeleton’s journey from the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s DinoLabs to the museum’s Atrium was completed today with installation of the vertebrae and skull, said Rebecca Rodriguez, the museum’s executive director of marketing and communications.
Now crews start work on the base.
“We’ve had thousands of people watching this process over the past two weeks,” Rodriguez said.
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The job should by done and a barrier removed by July 7.
Paluxysaurus’s bones came from some four different dinosaurs on private ranch land in North Central Texas, along with cast foam pieces, according to a release from the museum. The dinosaur was more than six feet wide and nearly 12 feet tall at the shoulder.
The installation in the Atrium allows for a redesign of the dinosaur gallery, which is scheduled to reopen this fall, Rodriguez said.
For more about the museum, visit www.fortworthmuseum.org.