THE Natural History Museum’s famous diplodocus replica has gone on display in Scotland for the first time.

The replica cast, made from plaster of Paris and resin and nicknamed Dippy, is on show at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow for the next four months.

It is an example of the Diplodocus carnegii species that lived between 145 and 156 million years ago and roamed

North America.

The species is named after the Scottish-born industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who financed the excavation of the skeleton of a diplodocus, on which Dippy is based, in Wyoming in the US in 1899.

Schoolgirl Emillie McQuade, pictured right, got the chance to add the last bone to the model before it went on public display. The 11-year-old, from Sunnyside School of Conservation, in Craigend, Glasgow, said she was “excited” to have the honour. She said of the structure: “It’s massive, it’s so big. It’s a really good opportunity for everyone to come here and see Dippy.”

Councillor David McDonald, chairman of Glasgow Life, said: “Kelvingrove gets 1.3m visitors a year. We think having an attraction like Dippy can only help boost those numbers.

The hope is this will spark people into seeing the rest of

the collection.

“There are more than half-a-million items in Glasgow’s natural history collection on display here but also on display at Nitshill, our museums resource centre, so there’s so much to see here at the Kelvingrove and across the rest of the city.”