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Dinosaur bone on show after north-east discovery

Date Posted: 14/12/11

Dinosaur bone on show after north-east discovery

A dinosaur bone found in Sunderland will go on display at the city's museum so that it can be seen by others.

The football-sized vertebra is thought to belong to a ten-metre long Iguanodon, and it was found by a man who was digging among tree roots in his back garden.

Experts from the National History Museum have confirmed that the bone is from a dinosaur, and those staying in Newcastle hotels can see it on display at the nearby Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens.

"We're very grateful to our museum visitor for bringing this amazing find in to us; it will always remain a mystery as to how it found its way there, and if they hadn't been digging up their garden it could have lain undiscovered," said manager of the facility Jo Cunningham.

Earlier this month, the National History Museum announced that a new species of horned dinosaur had been discovered after a skull laid unnoticed in its collections for more than 90 years.

Posted by Louise Millard

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