Meet Zuul: The new dinosaur destined for the Royal Ontario Museum


Today was a really exciting day. It was a key step in the process of preparing our brand new armoured dinosaur, Zuul crurivastator and a key step in exhibiting this
amazing new dinosaur to the public. Oh wow. The skeleton was found in 2016,
but the skeleton is truly spectacular. It is the most complete skeleton of a tail-clubbed armoured dinosaur ever found. It was the first one that had a complete head
and a complete tail club and is remarkable for the level of
preservation, not just of the bones but of other tissues, soft tissues,
which are usually not preserved. Zuul is preserved in a block that is
over 30,000 pounds and this is great for science because
the entire trunk of the dinosaur is completely intact, as it was found and as it was preserved. But dealing with a block that
weighs more than four pickup trucks, it’s a monumental task for any paleontologist
and any technician and in fact this is the work that we paleontologists
who study the bones, leave to the professionals. We’re here at Research Casting International, which is the premier dinosaur preparation,
exhibit-building company in the world, and they’ve been working to reveal
the body of Zuul to the world for the first time and that includes scientists like myself. Come over here.
This is all skin of the dinosaur. Wow, oh my gosh. Yeah, it’s really, really incredible
and these are armoured plates of the dinosaur, so that, covered the back. So they’ve prepared the dinosaur’s belly
which was face up in the field, but the back has never been exposed and in order to clean the rock free of the skin and the bones. They had to flip over this almost 30,000 pound specimen and what they did, it was really genius actually. The block was much thicker than it needed to be.
It was over four feet high. And what they did, was they actually cut the block in half horizontally and then they welded a metal frame around and then flipped the dinosaur off the top of this huge block of rock. And thankfully, even though there were some dramatic moments, everything went better than expected and the dinosaur is safe and sound, flipped over and ready for the preparers to work over
the next three months to finish the cleaning of the bones and get this dinosaur on display for December. [Clapping and cheers]

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