LEIDEN, THE NETHERLANDS, April 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Naturalis Biodiversity
Center, Leiden, The Netherlands, will excavate a Tyrannosaurus rex in Wyoming, USA. This excavation will take place from 29 April till 18
May in collaboration with the Black Hills Institute, Hill City, South
With the search for Tyrannosaurus rex, the King of the Dinosaurs, Naturalis wishes to bring the most popular,
imaginative and iconic dinosaur in the world to The Netherlands. It
will be the first original skeleton of a T. rex on display outside of the USA. In 2017, the newly renovated museum of
Naturalis will open its doors. The new exhibit will showcase a Dinosaur
exhibition demonstrating the diversity of these reptiles, in which T. rex will be the highlight.
Few fossils of T. rex are found, yet many questions remain unanswered. Using this fossil,
researchers of Naturalis can contribute to science by providing answers
to questions, new insights, or even new questions.
Naturalis came into contact with T. rex expert Pete Larson from the Black Hills Institute. He knew a place
where some fragmentary but nicely fossilized bones of a left foot were
found. Often those smaller bones of a skeleton are the first to be lost
and the fact that they were found together indicates that this new find
may include the rest of the skeleton. According to Edwin van Huis,
managing director of Naturalis Biodiversity Center, this is a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. "It is an unforgettable milestone in
the almost 200-year history of Naturalis."
The carnivorous king
Tyrannosaurus rex lived near the end of the Late Cretaceous Period, 67.5 to 66.0 million
years ago. It was one of the largest predators that wandered the earth.
An adult could be up to 13 meters long and have a weight of 4000 to
5000 kilos. So far, only two T. rex skeletons were found which are more than 50% complete.
Follow the excavation
The entire excavation can be followed online. Expedition members will
post their daily experiences on a news blog with text, images and film
on http://www.naturalis.nl, in both Dutch and English. This blog will also appear on the website
of http://www.nationalgeographic.nl (Dutch only).
Note for the editors
Press Conference on the 26th of April at 11 AM at Naturalis, Leiden, The Netherlands.
SOURCE: Naturalis Biodiversity Center
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