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Ankylosaurus Dig

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65 million years ago, Tyrannosaurus and other giant theropods ruled the Earth. Or did they? Was there a worthy opponent? The answer is Ankylosaurus, a tank-like herbivore dinosaur armed at its tail with a vicious club that could break bones.

I decided to honour this magnificent animal by building an excavation set. Next to the Ankylosaurus fossil, the set includes two palaeontologists working on it. As tools I have chosen a hammer, a crossbar and a bucket with white plaster to stabilize fragile parts of the fossil. The dig needs to be documented accurately, which is why a camera is also included, and of course, a streamer to stop unwary people stumbling onto the fossil, even though you might think you can't miss it. This set should be a fun introduction to field work.

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