Watch the World's Most Complete Stegosaurus Skeleton Being Assembled

By Andrew Liszewski on at

First discovered in Wyoming, the world's most complete Stegosaurus skeleton has found a new home across the pond at the Natural History Museum in London. And you can now watch the museum's curators and palaeontologists re-assemble one of the world's oldest and best-preserved jigsaw puzzles. The process originally took about four hours, but this timelapse of the entire assembly will demand just 24 seconds of your limited attention span.

The museum's new Stegosaurus is only missing its left arm, part of its tail, and a small assortment of other bones (including toes) that have been easily recreated using information from other specimens. But visitors will be hard-pressed to tell what's authentic and what's a recreation on this dinosaur, and shouldn't care given it's the most complete of the six Stegosaurus skeletons in the world, and the only Stego in a public collection outside the United States. [Natural History Museum]