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The real skeleton of April the Tenontosaurus was bought by Manchester Museum in 1999 and she was mounted and displayed standing upright.
Over the past 15 years, Conservationists and Earth Sciences students from the University of Manchester have been carefully studying April’s bones to find out more about her. Using palaeontology skills and computer modelling, their research sheds greater light on how the skeleton would have been posed in life.
Not only this, but the old mount was damaging the 100-million-year-old skeleton and over 10,000 hours of careful conservation work is needed to restore the bones.
This is where you come in…
Play your part and help us bring April back.
We need your support to raise £10,000 to restore and display April so we can share her story with more people.
Every donation, big or small will make a huge difference. April would be an extraordinary addition to our Fossils and Dinosaurs gallery opening in February 2023.
We know that times are very difficult for many at the moment and our hope is that our displays bring visitors joy and that the new museum will be a warm and welcoming place where everyone belongs. Read about our mission and values and some of our projects to support local communities.
Thank you for your support!