Apatosaurus, a genus of extinct suaropod dinosaurs, lived about 152 to 151 million years ago, during the early Tithonian age. Apatosaurus had an average length of 21–22.8 meters with an elongated neck and tail. The Museum’s Apatosaurus, collected in the late 1890s, was the first sauropod dinosaur ever mounted and went on display in 1905. For years, this Apatosaurus had the wrong skull. To this day, only one Apatosaurus has ever been found with its skull attached, but a cast of a skull found lying close to an Apatosaurus skeleton now sits on top this fossil’s neck.
Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs, one of two halls in the David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing, displays fossils from Saurischians—dinosaurs characterized by grasping hands, in which the thumb is offset from the other fingers.
The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), located at Central Park West and 79th Street, comprises of 28 interconnected buildings housing 45 permanent exhibition halls, in addition to a planetarium and a library, across 2-million square feet. The collections contain over 33 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, and human cultural artifacts. Founded in 1869, the museum opened in the original Victorian Gothic building designed by J. Wrey Mould in 1877. A southern expansion, a rusticated Richardsonian Romanesque by J. Cleveland Cady, extends 700 feet along West 77th Street and in 1936, John Russell Pope added the overscaled Beaux Arts entrance on Central Park West.
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