Watch the World's Most Complete Stegosaurus Skeleton Being Assembled

First discovered in Wyoming, the world's most complete Stegosaurus skeleton has found a new home across the pond at the Natural History Museum in London, England. And you can now watch the museum's curators and palaeontologists re-assemble one of the world's oldest and best-preserved jigsaw puzzles. The process originally took about four hours, but this timelapse of the entire assembly will demand just 24 seconds of your limited attention span.

The museum's new Stegosaurus is only missing its left arm, part of its tail, and a small assortment of other bones (including toes) that have been easily recreated using information from other specimens. But visitors will be hard-pressed to tell what's authentic and what's a recreation on this dinosaur, and shouldn't care given it's the most complete of the six Stegosaurus skeletons in the world, and the only Stego in a public collection outside the United States. [Natural History Museum]

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When I was a kid (5 years old in 1993, around the time Jurassic Park came out), I visited the Peabody Museum in Massachusetts with my dad. We were at the stegosaurus exhibit and I pointed out to my dad "hey, stegosauruses are only supposed to have 4 spikes!". The museum curator overheard me and was impressed. He said that when I turned 16, he could arrange for me to go out on a dino dig in Colorado. Sadly I lost interest in dinosaurs many years later and never got the opportunity. Just recently some other article triggered this old memory and I Googled it—- the Yale website does point out the possible inaccuracy of the 8 spikes.…