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Photos: Incredible Near-Complete Stegosaurus Skeleton

For the first time in nearly 100 years, the near-complete skeleton of a dinosaur will go on display at the Natural History Museum in London. The dinosaur, a stegosaurus, is only missing its left arm and the base of its tail, and will likely spur a handful of studies about the anatomy of the Stegosaurus stenops species. [Read full story on the stegosaurus skeleton

Wyoming find

Excavators found the stegosaurus (Stegosaurus stenops) at the Red Canyon Ranch in Wyoming. Stegosaurus roamed areas in the American West during the late Jurassic Period, about 155 million to 150 million years ago. (Photo credit: © The Trustees of Natural History Museum, London.)

Dinosaur graveyard

Researchers at the Natural History Museum laid out the stegosaurus bones before mounting them for display, which will open to the public on Dec. 4. (Photo credit: © The Trustees of Natural History Museum, London.)

Jurassic jaunt

An artist's interpretation of the stegosaurus, and the environment it lived in, during the late Jurassic Period. (Photo credit: © Natural History Museum, London/Nicholls |

Fearsome dino

The stegosaurus stands 9.5 feet tall (2.9 meters), 18.3 feet long (5.6 m) and has more than 300 bones. It's unclear whether it was a male or a female, but the specimen had reached young adulthood, the researchers said. (Photo credit: © Natural History Museum, London.)

Giant Plates

The name stegosaurus means "roofed lizard," because paleontologists initially thought that the dinosaurs' plates lay flat on its back, much like shingles on the roof of a house. Now, evidence suggests that the plates stood upright on the animals' backs and tail. (Photo credit: © Trustees of Natural History Museum, London.) 

Glowing green

A computer model of the stegosaurus. Researchers have been measuring, photographing and scanning the dinosaur since the bones arrived at the museum in December 2013. (Photo credit: © Trustees of Natural History Museum, London.) 

Stegosaurus feet

The skeleton is nearly complete, and includes the feet of the stegosaurus. The stegosaurus skeleton is now part of the museum's collection of 80 million specimens. (Photo credit: © Trustees of Natural History Museum, London.)

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As an associate editor for Live Science, Laura Geggel covers general science, including the environment, archaeology and amazing animals. She has written for The New York Times, Scholastic, Popular Science and Spectrum, a site covering autism research. Laura grew up in Seattle and studied English literature and psychology at Washington University in St. Louis before completing her graduate degree in science writing at NYU. When not writing, you'll find Laura playing Ultimate Frisbee.