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How to ship a dinosaur

 Image courtesy the Australian Museum.

Gina Fairley, How do you ship a dinosaur?, ArtsHub, 29 September 2016

Shipping a 13-meter dinosaur from Japan to Sydney sounds like a logistical nightmare, but that’s nothing. The museum needs upgrading to display it.

A life-size Tyrannosaurus Rex model was recently gifted to the Australian Museum (AM) by the international mega-company National Geographic. While such additions to a collection are wonderful news, in this case it also represented one very large problem.

‘You can solve any problem – it just takes a little more thought,’ said CEO and Director AM, Kim McKay.

In some ways, moving a dinosaur for a museum is as simple as wrapping it up, whacking it in a crate, and sticking it on a truck.

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