Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History to display U.S. Army Corps T. rex from Montana’s Museum of the Rockies

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Museum of the Rockies at Montana State University today announced an unprecedented agreement to showcase a famous Montana Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton at the National Museum.

The Wankel T.rex will be on display in the National Museum’s new paleontology exhibit scheduled to open in 2019. The skeleton is one of the most complete T.rex specimens ever discovered, with 80-85 percent of the fossilized bone recovered. At the conclusion of the 50-year loan, the fossils will return to Montana.

“Montana’s breathtaking and timeless landscape is home to some of the world’s greatest natural treasures,” said U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana. “The Wankel T. rex is an eternal testament to the legends that once roamed Montana’s vast lands, and it is the perfect match for one of the world’s most famous natural history museums.”