From Smithsonian Magazine in the USA:
After 103 Years, the Natural History Museum Finally Gets Its Own Tyrannosaurus rex
The “Wankel Rex,” discovered in Montana in 1988, is one of just a dozen complete skeletons worldwide
By Joseph Stromberg
On October 16, a truck hauling some rather remarkable cargo will arrive in Washington, D.C. At the world’s most-visited natural history museum, workers will carefully unload boxes that carry the fossilized bones of the world’s most iconic dinosaur, the 66 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex. After a stay at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana, the 38-foot-long, 7-ton skeleton will live at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History for 50 years, giving millions of visitors the chance to appreciate its grandeur and sheer size firsthand.
“If you’ve ever stood next to a real T. rex skull, you’ll realize what a breathtaking thing it is: four feet long, with teeth the size of bananas,” says Kirk Johnson, Sant director of the museum and a paleontologist himself. “It is the most terrifying carnivore that’s ever lived on the planet. And it really makes you ponder what life would have been like with these things prowling the North American landscape.”
The loan comes after decades of attempts by the museum to acquire one of the dozen or so relatively complete T. rex fossils that exist worldwide. The specimen, officially designated MOR 555, is commonly known as “Wankel’s Rex,” because it was found in 1988 by amateur fossil hunter Kathy Wankel in Montana.
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