An extremely rare speaker Tyrannosaurus Rex The dinosaur skeleton first discovered in Montana has been put on display, but Americans who want to check it out for themselves could have quite the trip ahead.
Montana has a history of groundbreaking dinosaur discoveries.
The first dinosaur remains identified in North America were found there in 1854 near Judith Landing in the Missouri River Breaks National Monument.
Naturalist Ferdinand Hayden reportedly found the remains of what paleontologist Joseph Leidy determined to be a duck-billed dinosaur called “Trachodon”.
It is also the state where the world first identified T. rex was found in the Hell Creek area near Jordan in 1902 by paleontologist Barnum Brown.
The latest skeleton to make headlines, which has been named ‘Barbara’, is one of only three pregnant T. rex discovered. It will be on display at the Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, New Zealand, from Friday, December 2, 2022.
Barbara was discovered by Nate Cooper, Clayton and Luke Phipps, Chris Morrow and Katie Busch in the Hell Creek Formation in northeastern Montana, buried in 66 million year old sediments.
The excavation of the skeleton was a painstaking process that began with large earth-moving machinery, moving on to shovels, trowels, knives and finally to the meticulous and delicate work of brushes, which eventually uncovered the fossils. T. rex.
A pathological study conducted by eminent paleontologists indicates that the specimen was an adult female that was almost certainly gravid (bearing eggs or young). Scientists believe Barbara suffered a serious foot injury that may have limited her moments.
Without the ability to hunt prey, Barbara likely scavenged for food or was fed by other family members. T. rex pack. The fact that her injury healed suggests that she lived for a long time after being injured, but would most likely have had a pronounced limp. She was lucky to recover to the point of being able to mate.
Visitors to the museum will be able to see a healed metatarsal bone, which would probably have been the worst injury a massive animal like her could have suffered.
This is the first time that Barbara has been made available to the public. Its skeleton is known to feature many of the dinosaur’s largest bones in pristine condition, including the head and jaws.
Barbara is believed to be the eighth most complete T. rex never discovered (44.7% complete) and measures 11.7 meters long and 3.4 meters high.
Barbara will be displayed alongside the Auckland War Memorial Museum’s other major Tāmaki Paenga Hira print, Peter the T. rexin what will be the first time anywhere in the world that adult male and female T. rex will be exhibited together.
“It is an incredible blow for the Auckland Museum and all New Zealanders, to have a unique opportunity to see a man and a woman T. rex in the same space, at the same time. This spectacular exhibition will be the envy of museums around the world,” said David Gaimster, CEO of Auckland Museum.
Pleasemynews has contacted Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira for comment.