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CRYSTAL PALACE DINOSAURS

RESCUE MISSION TO HELP SAVE AN ICONIC DINOSAUR FROM EXTINCTION

After suffering damage to its jaw last May, Grade I listed ‘Meg’ the Megalosaurus, one of the world-famous Crystal Palace Dinosaurs, has been restored to its former glory.

We scanned the damaged heavy fragments from the creature’s face using our Artec 3D Leo to create a 3D model so that a replica ‘prosthesis’ could be made for the 167-year-old sculpture.

The rescue mission was supported by a ‘Here for Culture’ Culture Recovery Fund grant awarded to Bromley Council. It was great to assist Historic England, Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs and Taylor Pearce with the conservation of this internationally important sculpture.

Conservation specialists from Taylor Pearce paint the Megalosaurus ©Historic England

Conservation specialists from Taylor Pearce paint the Megalosaurus ©Historic England

Conservation specialists from Taylor Pearce replace the Megalosaurus' broken jaw ©Historic England

Conservation specialists from Taylor Pearce replace the Megalosaurus' broken jaw ©Historic England

3D model of the Megalosaurus' head

3D model of the Megalosaurus' head

Henry scans the broken fragments of the Megalosaurus' jaw with the Artec Leo

Henry scans the broken fragments of the Megalosaurus' jaw with the Artec Leo

Henry scans the Megalosaurus' sculpture with the Artec Leo

Henry scans the Megalosaurus' sculpture with the Artec Leo

The Megalosaurus sculpture was built in the Victorian era and suffered damage to it's nose and mouth ©Historic England

The Megalosaurus sculpture was built in the Victorian era and suffered damage to it's nose and mouth ©Historic England