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Is this an Edinburgers vs Weegies ‘Proxy War’ being staged with dinosaurs?

I (hopefully) rubbished an article spotted recently where the writer used the recent Billy Connolly documentary (Made in Scotland) and one of its contributor’s comments to apparently suggest the rivalry between Glasgow and Edinburgh was serious, and ‘bad’ for various reasons.

I repeat that there may be a few bigots and or xenophobes for whom it is serious, but they’re people most of would never want to meet (and probably need counselling, or mental assistance), and the rest of just enjoy the back and forth this ‘rivalry’ permits.

But, two news articles had me thinking back to this.

After all, what are the chances that the two cities could each have chosen to have touring dinosaur exhibition visit them independently?

It’s like Cold War Russia and America in (North and South) Korea all over again!

The first I saw was ‘Dippy the Dinosaur’, and that was because I had already come across a shop set up in Kelvingrove to sell goodies in advance of the exhibition arriving there soon.

An iconic dinosaur skeleton cast is coming to Glasgow in the next stop of its UK tour.

Dippy the Dinosaur usually resides in the Natural History Museum where it takes pride of place in the central entrance hall, but has been on tour since February 2018.

So far, he has visited Dorset, Birmingham and Belfast and is due to arrive in Kelvingrove Museum on Tuesday, January 22.

A specially equipped van will transport the 26 metre long dinosaur cast.

The 292 bone structure has been dismantled, carefully packed into 16 crates and is now making its way by ferry to Kelvingrove Museum ahead of his big reveal.

So far, he has visited Dorset, Birmingham and Belfast and is due to arrive in Kelvingrove Museum on Tuesday, January 22.

A specially equipped van will transport the 26 metre long dinosaur cast.

The 292 bone structure has been dismantled, carefully packed into 16 crates and is now making its way by ferry to Kelvingrove Museum ahead of his big reveal.

As the UK tour hits the half-way point, Dippy will be in Glasgow until May 6 and is free to visit.

It is the first time he has been on public display outside of London and Glasgow is the only Scottish destination on the tour, which has already record-breaking numbers of visitors at the three previous venues.

Dippy the dinosaur is on his way to Glasgow as part of UK tour

Dippy About the Dinosaur

Dippy the Dinosaur Image Photopress Belfast

Dippy the Dinosaur Image Photopress Belfast

But wait…

Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland has one too!

Scotland’s most popular visitor attraction has secured a blockbuster international exhibition celebrating the world’s most feared dinosaurs.

The family tree of Tyrannosaurs over more than 100 million years will be explored at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Fossils, casts of specimens and models of the “T. rex” and its ancestors will go on display in Europe for the first time when the show, which was originally created by the Australian Museum in Sydney, arrives in Edinburgh in January 2020.

The exhibition, which will run for nearly four months, will also recall some of the most significant findings to emerged from Tyrannosaur research over the last decade, including the discovery of several new species.

Blockbuster Tyrannosaurs exhibition to roar into Edinburgh

Tyrannosaurs

Canadian T Rex Scotty Pic Via TheScotsman Article

Canadian T Rex Scotty Pic Via The Scotsman Article

Epic Battle?

Diplodocus  and T Rex

Unfortunately not – unless you’re still stuck on Edinburgh vs Glasgow, or Glasgow vs Edinburgh.

They may be dinosaurs, but did the ever meet or fight?

No. Diplodocus lived and died out long before Tyrannosaurus even existed at all. Diplodocus lived in North America during the Late Jurassic (155–150 million years ago), while Tyrannosaurus lived in North America during the Late Cretaceous period (68–66 million years ago), so it never happened.

However, if people brought them both back from extinction, I would suggest that Diplodocus would use their whip-like tails for defense even from Tyrannosaurus and would use their front legs and their heavy weight to crush a Tyrannosaurus to death. Tyrannosaurus, however, have strong jaws, so if Tyrannosaurus really lived in packs, they would hunt together to kill a very large Diplodocus if they had both lived together.

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