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Rare, complete T. rex skeleton arrives at Smithsonian -- by courier

A bronze replica of the Nation’s T. rex towers over Montana State University’s Museum of the Rockies (Photo courtesy of Kirk Johnson, Smithsonian Institution)

A bronze replica of the Nation’s T. rex towers over Montana State University’s Museum of the Rockies (Photo courtesy of Kirk Johnson, Smithsonian Institution)

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It's one of the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons ever discovered, and after a 48-hour road trip, its bones arrived safely at Washington D.C.'s the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History today. The newly named "Nation's T. rex," will be the centrepiece of the museum's new dinosaur hall.

"By coming to the Smithsonian, serving as an ambassador for palaeontology to eight million people a year, it's really a representative fossil in a lot of ways," Dr. Matthew Carrano, the Curator of Dinosauria at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, told Carol.

Kirk Johnson of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution and Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick of the United States Army Corps of Engineers unveil the femur bone of the "Nation's T. rex." (Photo courtesy of James Di Loreto, Smithsonian Insitution)


The T. rex bones travelled 3,700 km from Bozeman, Montana to Washington, D.C., in 16 custom crates, in a special climate-controlled truck. They were monitored by constant satellite surveillance.

Hear Carol's interview with Dr. Matthew Carrano by selecting the "Listen" button above.

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