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Diplodocus heading for Wales as it embarks on tour of UK.

THE Natural History Museum's Dippy the Diplodocus is today beginning a UK tour, which will eventually see it heading to Cardiff next year.

The British public will get the chance to see the giant model dinosaur skeleton outside London for the first time this weekend.

Dippy is beginning its three-year tour of the UK at Dorset County Museum in Dorchester.

It will be on display in Dorchester for three months before being shown at museums and cathedrals in Birmingham, Belfast, Glasgow and Newcastle, before heading to Wales.

Dippy will then be in Cardiff from October 19, 2019, until January 26, 2020.

It is estimated that five million people will see Dippy on its tour.

The 26m centrepiece has been on display since 1905 in the Natural History Museum in London, and never before has Dippy been publicly displayed outside the museum.

The cast, which is made from plaster of Paris and resin, is an example of the Diplodocus carnegii species that lived between 145 and 156 million years ago and roamed North America.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Feb 10, 2018
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