Natural History Museum's Diplodocus Sacked and Replaced by Blue Whale

By Gary Cutlack on at

The massive diplodocus replica that has stood inside the Natural History Museum since 1979 is being disassembled and moved on, so the entrance hall can host an equally enormous blue whale skeleton instead.

The museum's director thinks this is a good thing because the diplodocus was a cast and not a genuine collection of bones -- but the blue whale will be a real, dead old thing, able to have modern eco-concerns attached to it. Those hoping to impress a child will still be able to see another replica of the dino, with the museum hoping to build a spare one to roam freely outside -- and looking at taking the current cast on a tour so it can be seen around the country.

The 82-foot whale skeleton is being shifted from the museum's current mammals section, where it's been since the 1930s. [Telegraph]