A 13 metre skeleton of a 155 million year old diplodocus will be exhibited from the first week of April, before being sold by the French auction house Aguttes for an expected £2million.
Heathrow will see over 4.5million passengers travelling through the airport over Easter and Terminal 5 passengers will have the chance to step back in time to experience this historical figure.
The unique skeleton shows significant impressions of the skin of the dinosaur, never before discovered on this dinosaur type, with a new scientific study indicating the skeleton is from a new species and is a cousin of the diplodocus.
Ross Baker, Chief Commercial Officer at Heathrow said,
What a sizeable welcome for customers travelling this Easter! We’re excited to see the ‘roar-some’ reaction from our passengers, as they encounter this completely unique specimen before heading on their travels with loved ones.
Archaeologist and special adviser to Aguttes Auction house, Eric Mickeler said,
This original skeleton is remarkable. It is currently the only diplodocus in the world with the imprint of its skin and therefore a world first.
The sheer size of dinosaurs awes people, they are immense, and that is part of their fascination for collectors. Buyers look for big impressive aesthetically attractive and well-preserved examples. It is also a case of supply and demand. There are very few found and so prices grow because there is a strong demand for them.
Scott Pawley, Managing Director of Global Travel Management said,
Heathrow is the most popular international departure airport for our business travellers and I am sure they will welcome the opportunity to see a monster up close and personal.
We help thousands of passengers a day with their journeys to, from and through the airport. Although we typically only deal with humans.
If a diplodocus wanted to book a flight, we would recommend one of our competitors who usually have skeleton staff and are a bit like dinosaurs.
Contact your GTM Account Manager the next time you need to fly from Heathrow Airport.