Stegosaurus skeleton unveiled at England's Natural History Museum
Dinosaur's skeleton is more than 90% complete, only missing left arm and base of tail
The world's most complete Stegosaurus skeleton was unveiled at England's Natural History Museum on Thursday.
The 2.9-metre tall and 5.6-metre long skeleton is more than 90 per cent complete. Scientists are only missing the dinosaur's left arm and the base of its tail.
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Adult Stegosaurus can be up to nine metres long, which leads scientists to believe this is neither an adult nor a baby dinosaur. But they aren't able to determine the dinosaur's exact age.
The skeleton was discovered at Red Canyon Ranch in Wyoming in 2003. Paleontologists spent 18 months digging out the bones.
The museum acquired the skeleton 10 years later, and researchers have been working on it since the bones arrived in December 2013.
Scientists are using data from measurements, photographs and scans of the skeleton to better understand the dinosaur's evolution and behaviour. Although scientists have been aware of the Stegosaurus for more than 130 years, they lack in-depth knowledge about its biology.
He is most interested in how the Stegosaurus, which was a herbivore, ate, saying its tiny teeth "look like they would be pretty useless for chewing."
He's also excited to find out the dinosaur's weight, which could lead to other interesting discoveries, like how much it needed to eat.
The Stegosaurus lived during the late Jurassic period between 144 and 156 million years ago in the U.S. Although it was large and slow, its powerful spiked tail helped it fight off predators.
The Stegosaurus will be on permanent public display at the London museum.