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T. rex reconstruction: Canadian team readies skeleton for Smithsonian

A team of Canadian specialists is mounting a 66-million-year-old T. rex skeleton for a new, permanent display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Remarkable 66-million-year-old T. rex skeleton to be part of a new, permanent Smithsonian display

Sneak Peek: Reconstructing a 66-million-year-old T. Rex skeleton

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6 years ago
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Havard Gould shows how Canadian specialists are preparing a new dinosaur exhibit for the Smithsonian in Washington. 1:46

A team of Canadian specialists is busy preparing a peek into the distant past, mounting a 66-million-year-old T. rex skeleton for a new, permanent display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

The ambitious exhibit shows the Tyrannosaurus rex about to take a bite out of a lesser dinosaur, a Triceratops. The skeleton is one of the finest examples of a T. rex ever found.

The massive T. rex  involves tricky work to hold it in its dynamic pose. The fossils are both heavy and fragile, each piece requiring a custom-built "cradle" to hold it in place.

A specialist at Trenton, Ont.-based Research Casting International works on the support structure for the Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. (Havard Gould/CBC)
Research Casting International in Trenton, Ont., won the contract to prepare the exhibit for the Smithsonian, part of a massive museum makeover that won't be complete until 2019. The firm, one of a handful of companies that has the special skills to handle fossils, does work for museums around the world.

In a few months, work on this display will be finished and the skeletons dismantled for transport. The company has another 48 dinosaurs to work on while it waits for the renovations at the museum to be completed. 

(Watch the video of the restoration at the top of this page.)


 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Havard Gould

CBC News

Havard Gould is an award-winning journalist based in Toronto. He has reported from across Canada and the United States with special reports from London, Paris and Buenos Aires. He has, at various times, concentrated on politics and business. Now, however, his interests are almost unlimited. He can be reached through havardgould.com

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