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「むかわ竜」 化石から復元された国内最大の全身骨格標本完成

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replica
複製(後出 duplicate も同意)
dinosaur
恐竜
skeleton
骨格
life-size
実物大の
fossilized
化石化した(後出 fossil は化石)
Hadrosaurid
ハドロサウルス科(の恐竜)
unearth
(地中から)発掘する(後出 excavate は発掘する)
geological layer
地層
resin
樹脂
mold
かたどる
model
(ここでは)標本
supervise
監修する
mayor
町長
restoration
復興
National ... Science
国立科学博物館
【写真説明】 unveil
発表する
A life-size replica of Japan's largest fossilized dinosaur skeleton is unveiled to the media in the town of Mukawa, Hokkaido, on April 11. (Mainichi)

Replica of Japan's largest dinosaur skeleton made   

MUKAWA, Hokkaido -- A life-size replica of Japan's largest fossilized dinosaur skeleton has been produced, according to researchers in this town where the original fossil discovery was made.

The replica of the plant- eating Hadrosaurid, nicknamed "Mukawaryu," is 8 meters long and 3.6 meters tall. It was created with duplicates of the actual fossils unearthed from a 72 million-year-old geological layer.

Resin was used to mold 212 fossilized bones excavated in the Hobetsu region of the town in 2003, and it took two years to complete the giant model.

"The replica is based on real fossils apart from the nose, waist and part of the tail. We can show an image of the dinosaur walking by the sea as it looks into the distance," said a Hokkaido University professor who supervised the project.

The town of Mukawa was heavily damaged in the September 2018 Hokkaido earthquake. Commenting on the achievement, Mayor Takenaka Yoshiyuki said, "The dinosaur model will help promote the restoration of the town."

The replica and the fossils are scheduled to go on display at the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo from July 13.

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