Rep. Miller Welcomes New T. rex to Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History

Apr 15, 2014

Rare T. rex dinosaur skeleton is one of the most complete ever discovered

The skull of the T. rex skeleton known as the Wankel T.rex 
Photo courtesy Museum of the Rockies

Harrison Township, MI – Chairman of the Committee on House Administration, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), issued the following statement on today’s arrival of the new T. rex skeleton to be added to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH): 

“Today begins an exciting new chapter for one of the nation’s most beloved museums, the National Museum of Natural History.  This T. rex dinosaur skeleton is an incredible rare find, and there is no better place to display it than at the NMNH where individuals of all ages from around the world can marvel at one of the most famous and largest carnivores to roam the earth, at no cost.  I look forward to the opening of the museum’s new dinosaur hall, and offer my sincere congratulations to the NMNH Director Kirk Johnson and museum staff for their efforts in bringing this fossil to the Smithsonian.” 


T. rex arrives in Washington, DC.
Photo courtesy of the National Museum of Natural History

Background:
The new Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, known as Wankel T. rex, will be part of the Natural History Museum’s new dinosaur hall exhibit scheduled to open in 2019.  It was discovered in 1988 by Montana rancher Kathy Wankel, and is one of the most complete T. rex fossils with 80-85% of the skeleton recovered.  Prior to joining the Smithsonian’s collection, the T. rex owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was on display at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, MT.  For more information: http://www.mnh.si.edu/

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