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A dinosaur as a gift - Senckenberg exhibits Liaoningotitan skeleton in THE SQUAIRE

06.07.2018 | 13:01 Clock | Citywhispers
A dinosaur as a gift - Senckenberg exhibits Liaoningotitan skeleton in THE SQUAIRE

From now on, you can not only shop almost around the clock at THE SQUAIRE at the airport, there is also another truly gigantic highlight to discover here until probably April 2019. On Level 5 of THE SQUIARE West is a 12-meter-long and 6-meter-high skeleton of a Liaoningotitan, a plant-eating dinosaur. It is a belated gift for the 200th anniversary of the Senckenberg Society from the Paleontological Museum of Liaoning in China. At its temporary location, the long-necked dinosaur will spend the next few months as an ambassador promoting the renovation of the Senckenberg Natural History Museum in Frankfurt.

It is not the first dinosaur that the Senckenberg Naturmuseum has received as a gift: When it moved into its current museum building in 1907, Senckenberg had been given the famous Diplodocus, which now stands in the museum's atrium. Prof. Sun Ge, director of one of the largest Chinese research museums, took up this tradition and had a cast of the Lioaningotitan sinensis made for Senckenberg. With this gift, he acknowledges the longstanding very good cooperation with the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, which he would like to continue in the Liaoning area.

Senckenberg Director General Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Volker Mosbrugger is very happy about this gift: "Throughout Germany, we show the most dinosaur genera in our Frankfurt Nature Museum. The Liaoningotitan is now the twentieth". He is also grateful that THE SQUAIRE is giving the dinosaur a home for some time. "We hope the titan will advertise our Frankfurt museum's major remodeling efforts and perhaps gain a supporter or two for our project," Mosburgger says.

Truly gigantic 1.2 tons weighed the delivery of the Titan from China. The cast was delivered in three large wooden crates, consisting of around 100 individual parts, and took two days to assemble at THE SQUAIRE. At 12 metres in length, the Early Cretaceous Liaoningotitan sinensis is one of the largest of its group in China and is around 120 million years old. Dr. Bernd Herkner, head of the museum department at the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, highlights the special nature of the Liaoning site. "The Yixian Formation, which is also the source of the Liaoningotitan, has made new spectacular scientific discoveries possible in its diversity - especially because of the finds of feathered dinosaurs," Herkner said. "In addition to dinosaurs, fossil mammals, fish, spiders, beetles, dragonflies, remains of conifers and even flowering plants have been discovered here", he continues, calling the replica an enrichment of Senckenberg's dinosaur collection.

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