Have you heard about Sophie the Stegosaurus?

Did you know that the world’s most complete stegosaurus skeleton is on display from today at the Natural History Museum in London?

The skeleton is more than 90% complete and was found in Wyoming in the USA. There are only about six stegosaurus skeletons in the world and the skeleton on display at the Natural History Museum is the most impressive example.  How exciting that it’s now in the UK!

Although it’s impossible to tell whether the dinosaur is male or female it has been named Sophie in honour of the daughter of one of the key donors who made it possible for the museum to acquire the dinosaur.

When I was growing up the stegosaurus was one of my favourite dinosaurs.  I loved their spiky tail and bony plates on their back. I even had a little model version.  Although, I’m now much, much older I still think the Natural History Museum is one of the most magical places on earth especially as there is a huge cast of a diplodocus in the entrance! And, it’s not just the exhibits … the building itself is one of the most impressive I’ve ever seen.

There is a wealth of information about Sophie on the Natural History Museum website.  There is even a little video showing the scientific work undertaken before the skeleton was put together for going on display. Click here to be taken directly to the Stegosaurus page on the website.

Of course, we always have dinosaurs in our range from jigsaws to watches and keyrings.  We even have a stegosaurus watch!  Click here to see our dinosaur range.

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