Did you know that replicas of the skeleton of Diplodocus carnegii—most of them presented by Andrew Carnegie himself during the early 20th century—stand in major natural history museums in Berlin, Paris, Madrid, Vienna, Bologna (Italy), St. Petersburg (Russia), La Plata (Argentina), and Mexico City?
Until very recently, another replica—the first to be produced—was on display at The Natural History Museum in London.
At the turn of the 20th century, the United States’ large urban museums entered a frenzied competition to be the first to collect and mount a sauropod dinosaur. The American Museum of Natural History in New York was first across the finish line, completing a composite “Brontosaurus” mount in 1905. The Pittsburgh Carnegie Museum had a more complete sauropod skeleton (a Diplodocus) on-hand, but they had to wait until 1907 for a space large enough to exhibit it to be completed. Not to be outdone by his New York competitors, benefactor Andrew Carnegie commissioned nine (or ten, sources differ*) casts of the skeleton, which he presented to several cities in Europe and Latin America. The London replica mount was ready in 1905, mere months after the New York “Brontosaurus.”
Locations of the above photos, in order:
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, USA (original)
Natural History Museum, London, UK
Museum of Natural Science, Madrid, Spain
National Natural History Museum, Paris, France
University Museum of Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico
La Plata Museum, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Natural History Museum, Vienna, Austria
Humboldt Museum, Berlin, Germany
Museo Cappellini, Bologna, Italy
Unknown museum, St. Petersburg, Russia**
*There is another specimen in Munich, but it is not on display.
**The St. Petersburg copy was apparently destroyed when molds were made from the bones.
Last Friday I visited the Natural History Muesum in Vienna to see their Dinosaurs (I went there a few times before but only with my school and never got to see them) and my first impression was not to good after seeing the animatronic Allosaurus with heavy pronation and children jumping in front of it. Than I saw their Deinonychus.
While the armfeathers are a bit weird in comparison to the tail feathers which are really nice big single feathers and the face and legs could have a few more centimeters of fluff everthing else is done nicely. Round pupils, no pronation, feathers attached to second finger and beeing placed in a exhibition called “Why we feed Dinosaurs in Winter” together with Archaeopteryx and some little birds to explain dinosaur evolution and state that birds are dinosaurs.
If they could fix its arm feathers it would be nearly perfect. Anyway I would totaly count it as an Paleowin since many persons were blown away by the fact that birds are dinosaurs when they saw it and now I can saw “go to the muesum” when someone disbelieves me!
Im sorry for spelling and grammar mistakes english is my second language (anway my spelling in german is even worse but come on it´s a hard language)