About a year ago, the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research achieved the seemingly impossible by raising S$46 million within six months so as to ensure that a new natural history museum for Singapore will be built. This natural history museum to be built, to be known as the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, will be the first museum in the Southeast Asia region to be built with public donations and an endowment fund.
It seemed destined, that through a series of unexpected coincidences, the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR) was given a very special chance to purchase genuine and near complete fossils of a family of three gigantic sauropod dinosaurs. One of the three dinosaurs is a teenage dinosaur which is pretty rare to come by. The educational and research value of acquiring these dinosaurs will be immense given that the fossils are near complete and this is a family group of dinosaurs with a juvenile.
What is Diplodocus? According to wikipedia, the Diplodocus "was a very large long-necked quadrupedal animal, with a long, whip-like tail."
Here is an appeal by the RMBR Fundraising Committee: "Please help to bring the dinosaurs to Singapore" - the Raffles Museum's Diplodocus Family appeal. If you find this cause worthy, please support this appeal. I am sharing this appeal here because I find this cause worthy, though I have no direct affiliation to the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research.
In addition, please find some snippets that I had gotten from a public talk titled From Whence We Came: The History and Future of Singapore's Raffles Museum.
|Two real vertebrae of a Diplodocus, and a replica of the skull.|
Updates (on 15 Aug 2011): Purchase of three dinosaurs at risk (source: Straits Times, 14 Aug 2011, by Tan Dawn Wei)