A bronze dinosaur statue: "the oldest and the newest" Volunteer

Edmontosaurus facts

(Edmontosaurus annectens)

The Edmontosaurus was a large, plant-eating, duck-billed dinosaur with powerful legs, hoof-like nails, and a leathery hide with zebra-like patterning on the tail. It could run on two legs or walk on four legs.

Lived: Late Cretaceous period, about 66-65 million years ago

Length: up to 40 feet long

Height: around 12 feet

Weight: 7,000-8,000 lbs.

Herbavore: Ate mostly pine needles and cones, twigs, fruits, and seeds

Interesting facts

Had up to 2,000 teeth

Know more about its color and soft tissue than most extinct animals thanks to the discovery of a dinosaur 'mummy'

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The University of Tennessee is welcoming "the oldest and newest" Volunteer, a life-sized, bronze dinosaur skeleton. The 24-foot long, 2,400 lbs. sculpture will greet visitors outside of the front entrance of the McClung Museum of Natural History.

"The dinosaur will be both an educational centerpiece and a symbol of the immense time depth of life on this planet," said McClung Museum Director Jefferson Chapman.

The skeleton represents an Edmontosaurus, a hadrosaur, or duck-billed dinosaur, that roamed the coastal plains of Tennessee between 66-65 million years ago.

Weighing as much as four tons, an Edmontosarus could reach reach 40 feet in length. An herbivore, they had hoof-like nails at the ends of powerful legs and a leathery hide with zebra-like striping on the tail, the university said.

The museum also houses actual hadrosaur bones, which zoo officials say are the only non-avian dinosaur bones found in Tennessee, in its "Geology and Fossil History of Tennessee" exhibit.

The actual skeleton used for the sculpture, though, came from a one found in South Dakota in 1995. Paleontologists believe that one died after being attacked by a Tyrannosaurus rex.

The university said it will host a contest to help name the sculpture. People are asked to submit their entries online by Nov. 8.

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