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'Nation's T.rex' arrives at Smithsonian

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 - 01:48

April 15 - The bones of a T.rex discovered in Montana in 1988, called 'The Nation's T.rex' by the Smithsonian are unveiled at the Natural History Museum in Washington. Gavino Garay reports.

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The right femur of a T.rex is unveiled at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington. The dinosaur roamed the Earth some 66 million years ago, but its remains arrived in Washington early Tuesday morning, following a cross-country road trip from Montana, via FedEx. Formerly, it was on display at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana. Director of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, Kirk Johnson: (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR OF THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM KIRK JOHNSON SAYING: "We're unveiling what is called MOR 555 also known as the 'Wankel Rex', also known as the 'Nation's T.rex'. It was a nearly complete Tyrannosaurus Rex, discovered in 1988 on the shores of the Fort Peck Reservoir in eastern Montana, and it lay in the ground, much as it had died, on the shores of a stream in Montana, just over 66 million years ago. It's preservation was so good that it ranks as one of the top-5 skeletons of Tyrannosaurus Rexes ever discovered." But the Smithsonian didn't originally discover the dinosaur. Tom and Kathy Wankel did while on a fishing trip with their family in 1988 in eastern Montana -- hence the dinosaur's other name, the 'Wankel Rex'. (SOUNDBITE) (English) KATHY WANKEL, STANDING WITH HER HUSBAND TOM WANKEL, WHO DISCOVERED T.REX 'MOR 555' TOGETHER IN 1988, SAYING: "We were just a farm couple with three little kids. We didn't think we had -- you know we weren't archaeologists, paleontologists, we didn't think we could get anyone to come and look. So we decided to take the bones out. And what it turned out to be, it was a little front arm bone and the shoulder blade of a T.rex, and we took it to the Museum of the Rockies, and they're the ones that came and excavated the whole thing." The T.rex will be on display to the public in 2019 in an exhibit that will undergo the most extensive renovation of any exhibition in the museum's history.

'Nation's T.rex' arrives at Smithsonian

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 - 01:48

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