T. rex skeleton coming to Smithsonian museum in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton will arrive at The National Museum of Natural History in April.

Officials say the skeleton will make its way from Montana to Washington on April 15 to be featured in the museum's new 31,000-square-foot national fossil hall. The hall will open in 2019. The current hall will be closed on April 28 for renovations.

During renovations the public will be able to see dinosaurs and fossils in other exhibits, according to officials. The museum just unveiled "Tyrannosaurus rex: Say Hello to the Nation's T. rex!," featuring a cast of the incoming dinosaur's skull in the Constitution Avenue lobby.

According to a press release from the museum, "In June 2013, the museum reached a 50-year loan agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to transfer the new T. rex skeleton, formerly on loan to the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Mont., to the Smithsonian. The rare fossil was found in 1988 by Kathy Wankel, a rancher from Angela, Mont., on federal land near the Fort Peck Reservoir in eastern Montana. The T. rex was excavated in 1989-90 by a team led by paleontologist Jack Horner. The skeleton is one of the most complete T. rex specimens ever discovered, with 80-85 percent of the skeleton recovered."

The T. rex was supposed to arrive in D.C. in October 2013 for the National Park Service's National Fossil Day on the National Mall but the trip was canceled due to the federal government shutdown, say officials.


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