Fukui museum world's 1st to show Hesperosaurus in full-body skeleton


An actual full-body skeleton of the herbivorous dinosaur Hesperosaurus has been shown at a dinosaur museum in Fukui Prefecture in Japan in what has become the world's such display, according to the museum.

Assembly work on the 6-meter-long and 2.8-meter-tall dinosaur using fossils found in the United States in the 1980s was completed at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum in Katsuyama, Fukui, on Wednesday.

"A real Hesperosaurus is being featured only here. We want people to come and see the texture of these fossils," the museum's executive director, Yoichi Azuma, said.

The fossils of the dinosaur, known for its bony plate and four thorns on its tail, were discovered in the state of Wyoming. Hesperosaurus lived in the late Jurassic period, around 163.5 to 145 million years ago.

The prefectural government bought the specimen from Hayashibara Co., a biotechnology-related company in the city of Okayama, Okayama Prefecture, in 2015.


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