Dinosaur Idol Crowned

The museum’s specimens will be far more lifelike than this © davidd

The winning contestant didn’t even have to sing once, which is great because it has been dead for many, many millennia. Mercifully for us, the new idol will not be heading out on tour and there are no contractual obligation albums in the offing.

Canada’s Museum of Nature has named the Ankylosaur as its “Dinosaur Idol.” Museum visitors voted for one of five dinosaurs, with the competition deciding which specimen will be the next one to get the attention of conservators and eventually be put on display.

The five specimens were collected from the area around Red Deer, Alberta starting in 1919, and were encased in plaster before being transported to Ottawa. All of them have remained in plaster for the better part of a century now. The process of removing the plaster and preparing the specimens is incredibly delicate and time consuming, which is why these dinosaurs have never been prepared for display.

The Ankylosaur specimen, which was nicknamed “Canadian Club” due to its vicious armour-plated tail, is expected to take about a year to prepare before it goes on display at the museum.

Find out more about this on CBC.ca

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Steph Spencer is a freelance travel writer from Canada who has been held captive by the travel industry for over 14 years. An incurable smart aleck, notorious purple fanatic, hat person, and ukulele player of questionable abilities, Steph explores the geeky side of travel on her blog A Nerd At Large, and dispenses random quirkiness on Google+ and as @ANerdAtLarge on Twitter. She truly believes that anything is possible with enough determination and copious amounts of chocolate.

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