Are there dinosaur reconstructions in New York City’s Central Park?

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No, but there used to be dinosaur reconstructions in New York City’s Central Park. In 1868, sculptor Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins (1807–1889), who made the sculptures at Crystal Park in England, was commissioned to make several dinosaur reconstructions in Central Park. According to reports, Hawkins tangled politically with “Boss Tweed” and his gang; Tweed smashed the models and threw them in the park’s lake. All that is left are the drawings of the dinosaurs. There are other reports, too, concerning these dinosaur reconstructions. Some say the dinosaurs are buried under the park, but the original story remains the most accepted.


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