155 million year-old dinosaur takes up new residence in The Dubai Mall

155 million year-old dinosaur takes up new residence in The Dubai Mall

Offering visitors a close-up look at a Jurassic Diplodocus longus

Image: The Dubai Mall

Dubai shoppers are in for the ultimate historic treat, as a 24.4 metre long Jurassic dinosaur finds a new home in The Dubai Mall

A huge dinosaur that roamed the earth 155 million years ago has found a new residence in The Dubai Mall. The newest attraction to the shopping and entertainment destination, which already boasts the title as the world's largest, has been introduced by Global property developer Emaar – which is also set to welcome the inaugural 'Dubai Festival of Lights' on March 20.

The colossal exhibit of the Late Jurassic Period dinosaur, a Diplodocus longus, is featured at the mall's Grand Atrium and is set to attract visitors for the free exhibtion with a trained team of guides from across the globe. The prehistoric dinosaur stands at an impressive 24.4 metres long and 7.6 metres high, with features including a long tail sweeping behind and an equally long neck.

An expert team of palaeontologists assembled the exhibit which will be free for public viewing. A dedicated team of staff will be on-hand at the exhibit to provide interesting details on the discovery of the fossil as well as the painstaking process in reconstructing it to its present form. It was originally discovered in 2008 at the Dana Quarry, near the quaint town of Ten Sleep in north Wyoming, USA – the specimen represents an adult that belongs to the family of Diplodocidae, and was found in the sleeping position. 

Almost 90 per cent of the fossil's bones are original – and what's even more remarkable is that all of the bones come from the same individual that provides an unmatched completeness...