My T. Rex Is Bigger Than Yours
Who has the most impressive and imposing Tyrannosaurus rex? Not the Smithsonian, on this National Fossil Day. See who does.
The dinosaur in question, fondly known as the Wankel rex, was due to arrive today, shipped off from the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana, for a ceremonial greeting at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. That warm welcome is delayed until the spring.
Even amid the other victims of the federal shutdown, the Wankel rex truly deserved fanfare. The skeleton is one of the most important Tyrannosaurus rex fossils ever found.
To date, fossil hunters have excavated roughly 50 T. rex skeletons, ones anywhere from 5 to 80 percent complete. (That's not counting all the isolated bones and teeth that have turned up.) That's actually quite impressive, making T. rex remarkably well represented by fossil standards.