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Natural History Museum to take ffles Museum of Biodiversity that is now considered an endangered species. The 7-storey LKCNHM resembles a dark greyish cliff and was designed to imitate the cliff vegetation of Singapore’s offshore islands, along with plants and trees that were found on those cliffs. Visitors can also expect to see a mangroveto-freshwater swamp display, a phylogenetic garden, and some soft landscapes featuring local flora. Along with the current collection of preserved specimens, the LKCNHM will feature the skeletons of three dinosaurs found in western United States, which date back to the Jurassic Period about 155 to 148 million years ago. These bones belong to a group of sauropod dinosaurs. They had incredible long necks and were some of the longest creatures ever to walk the earth. It is believed that one of the sauropods is a juvenile measuring around 12m long while the other two were adults that were twice that length. Having been only recently excavated in 2007, 2008 and 2009, these dinosaur bones are said to be extremely rare as the entire skeleton was

Artist impressions of the LKCNHM Photo from nus.edu.sg

Artist impressions of the LKCNHM Photo from nus.edu.sg

80% complete at the time of discovery. Trapped under the earth for millions of years, it is likely that the pressure of tons and tons of rocks and sediments would have crushed most of the skeletal structure. The LKCNHM will expand the museum’s capacity for research and learning in the areas of biodiversity. Prof. Leo Tan, Director of Special Projects at the Faculty of Science said: “We can do much more when the [museum] opens [to the public].” Certainly, NUS students can get admitted free

Prof. Leo Tan Wee Hin, Director (Special Projects), Faculty of Science, showing a range of well preserved birds Photo by Philip Lee

of charge and more modules pertaining to biodiversity will require visits to the LCKNHM. The LKCNHM is expected to be open to the public in 2014. It is still making efforts to raise money to fund this project. Currently, the project is in its third phase and is still seeking donors to make the LKCNHM a world-class museum. Interestingly, the new museum derived its name from the very first Chancellor of NUS, Lee Kong Chian. He was also founder of the Lee Foundation,

which donated $25 million into this project. So far, $46 million has been raised to build a museum that houses Singapore’s historic natural history collection.

The RIDGE - March 2013 Issue  
The RIDGE - March 2013 Issue  

March 2013 issue of THE RIDGE - the largest student-run magazine in the National University of Singapore

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