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VIDEO: Denmark gets its first dinosaur

See the giant 17-metre sauropod Misty – the star of the Zoological Museum's largest-ever exhibition – get assembled in under a minute in this timelapse video.

VIDEO: Denmark gets its first dinosaur
Misty can be seen beginning on October 1st. Photo: Summers Place Auctions/Statens Naturhistoriske Museum
The Zoological Museum is set to begin its largest ever exhibition, Precious Things, and the star of the show will be Denmark’s first ever complete dinosaur skeleton. 
 
The 17-metre ‘Misty’, a diplodocus that the Natural History Museum bought for 4.3 million kroner at a London auction in December, will be the centrepiece of the exhibition. 
 
Precious Things will display objects that are usually held behind closed doors or in the museum’s archives. 
 
Along with Misty, the exhibition will feature the recently-uncovered trove of Charles Darwin specimens, one of only two dodo skulls in the world, a sperm whale skeleton and the museum’s oldest stuffed mammal, a maned wolf. 
 
 
“We have 14 million objects in our collections, brought back from scientific expeditions around the world over the last 400 years,” the museum’s creative director, Joakim Engel, said. 
 
“Many of the objects are absolutely unique, but some are included simply because they are incredibly beautiful or especially fascinating. The most spectacular single object is, of course, Misty, but there will definitely be something for everyone – young and old alike,” he added.
 
Misty’s skeleton arrived at the museum on September 15th and was carefully assembled by staff in advance of the exhibition open. The museum condensed the entire delicate process to just 45 seconds in the below timelapse video.
 
 

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Museums, art galleries and zoos reopen in Denmark

Museums and zoos began reopening in Denmark on Thursday, as the country decided to accelerate its exit from lockdown and health officials said the spread of the new coronavirus was slowing.

Visitors come to the ARoS art gallery in Aarhus, which opened on Friday after two months' closure. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix
The original plan for Denmark was to keep museums, zoos, theatres, cinemas and similar attractions closed until June 8.
   
But after a deal was struck in the country's parliament late Wednesday they were instead allowed to open immediately.
   
“It was pure cheer. Finally, we can get started,” Peter Kjargaard, director of the Natural History Museum of Denmark, told broadcaster DR.
   
Kjargaard added that he was excited to show off the museum's new dinosaur exhibit, even if it wouldn't be ready for another month.
   
But not all museums reopened their doors on Thursday. Some said they would start receiving customers over the weekend or next week.
   
Under the deal agreed in parliament, the Danish border remains temporarily closed, but starting next week the list of exceptions allowing travel to Denmark will be expanded to include permanent residents of all the Nordic
countries and Germany wanting to visit relatives, loved ones, or homes they own in Denmark.
 
   
High school students will also begin returning to classrooms shortly.
   
Also on Wednesday, the Danish health agency SSI, which operates under the health ministry and is responsible for the surveillance of infectious diseases, released a report indicating the spread of the disease seems to be slowing, even as the country had started opening up.
   
SSI said that as of May 18 the infection rate, or reproduction rate, was estimated at 0.6, compared to 0.7 on May 7.
   
A reproduction rate of 1.0 means that one person with COVID-19 infects on average just one other, while a rate of below 1.0 indicates that the spread is declining.
   
On April 15, the country started reopening pre-schools and resuming classes for the youngest primary school children — under strict social distancing and hygiene guidelines.
   
Danish middle schools followed suit this week.
   
Another report this week by SSI, however showed that only one percent of Danes carried antibodies for the virus, raising concerns that the country could be vulnerable to a new wave of the virus.
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