April 15th

2014 – Nation’s T. rex arrives at Smithsonian

On this day in dinosaurs, the Nation’s T. rex arrived at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History ahead of its full unveiling as part of the much anticipated Hall of Deep Time, which will open to the public in 2019.

Remains of the “Nation’s T. rex” being unveiled at the NMNH / Smithsonian, USTREAM

The Smithsonian has long coveted an authentic fossil specimen of the world’s most famous dinosaur. Until recently, a cast replica of the beast (‘Stan’ to be precise) has been on display. But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has come to the rescue, loaning this Tyrannosaurus to the museum for at least the next 50 years.

This T. rex is nearly complete and was discovered in 1990 by Kathy Wankel. The big brute was known as the “Wankel Rex” for years, as it took up residence at The Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana. Now, it will become one of the showpieces in the Smithsonian’s grand pageant of life through the ages.

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