The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs are a collection of sculptures of extinct animals (mammals & dinosaurs) in Crystal Palace Park.
The sculptures were commissioned in 1852 and unveiled in 1852 when the Crystal Palace was relocated from Hyde Park where the Great Exhibition took place.
They were the first dinosaur sculptures ever created, that predate even the publication of “Origin of the Species” by Charles Darwin.
Although inaccurate by what we now know about the various species on display through palaeontological and modern scientific methods, the sculptures represent the current scientific knowledge of the time.
The models were classed as Grade II listed buildings from 1973, extensively restored in 2002, and upgraded to Grade I listed in 2007.
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