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Full-Size Dino to Greet Isaac Dickson Students

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- A 24-foot blast from the past will be greeting students at the new Isaac Dickson Elementary School.

It's a dinosaur skeleton mounted right inside the front doors and school officials say it dates back at least 65-million years.

It was donated by a private citizen.

The fossil is an adult Hadrosaur that was dug up just outside Buffalo, South Dakota.

"As far as I know, it is the only elementary school in the world that has a full-size mountain dino with a high percentage of original bone," Dr. Steve Nicklas with Paleo Prospectors said. "And if I'm wrong someone needs to call me, but I think that's the case."

To get an idea of just how large it is, the femur bone in the leg is about 4 feet long.

The new Isaac Dickson Elementary is set to open in August.

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