Nation's T. rex: The discoverers

James Di Loreto / Smithsonian Institution
April 15, 2014
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Wankel family with femur
James Di Loreto / Smithsonian Institution

On April 15, 2014, the National Museum of Natural History welcomes the Nation's T. rex to the Smithsonian Institution. The Tyrannosaurus rex specimen, on loan from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is the Museum's first nearly-complete T. rex skeleton, and will be the centerpiece of the Museum's renovated fossil hall slated to open in 2019. (From left) Kirk Johnson Ph.D., Sant Director, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution; Kathy and Tom Wankel, the individuals who discovered the T.rex in Montana in 1988; and Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, Chief of Engineers and Commanding General, United States Army Corps of Engineers. (Photo by James Di Loreto / Smithsonian Institution) 

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