Rare T. Rex Skull Arrives At Seattle Burke Museum

Posted: Aug 19 2016, 6:28am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 19 2016, 6:31am CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Rare T. Rex Skull Arrives at Seattle Burke Museum
Paleontologists prepare to remove a Tyrannosaurus rex skull from a fossil dig site in northern Montana and transport it to the Burke Museum at the University of Washington. Credit: Dave DeMar/Burke Museum/University of Washington

The Burke Museum has received a T.rex skull as a novel display item.

It weighs approximately 2500 pounds. Also the length of this object of interest is 4 feet. The T.Rex skull is a source of extreme curiosity among all the staff and administration of Burke Museum in Seattle.

This most intact of samples arrived at the museum in the form of a large chunk of solid rock. Yet the museum caretakers have confirmed the fact that it contains a T.Rex skull. 

On Saturday, this plaster-bound massive object will go on display in the museum’s lobby. In the month of October, a group of experts will start the endlessly complex process of uncovering the fossilized remains from the surrounding rock, soil and rubble.

This is not only a backbreaking task but painful to say the least. Termed the Tufts-Love Tyraannosaur, this beast was hauled in from Montana via a truck.

According to a paleontologist, this was a big discovery for everyone at the Burke Museum and overall for the general population of the State of Washington. It was the fruitful result of a collaborative effort made by scientists and researchers.   

In May of last year, bones could be seen protruding from the top of a hill by Tufts and Love. It was a region in Montana replete with fossils.

All the signs were there that the bones belonged to a T.Rex. Tufts and Love, who were not paleontologists, notified the Burke Museum of this find. More than 35 professionals got to work unearthing the buried skull from the top of the hill in Montana.

Besides the skull, at least 20% of the rest of the ancient animal’s bones were also spotted. The team will return to the site in 2016 for a more thorough search. There are more bones buried in there somewhere.  

The feeding schedule and jawbone strength of this T. Rex will be known with the passage of time as the fossilized remains are uncovered. Also the exact cause of its death will become common knowledge.

Some of the history of this fearsome beast has already become a part of present day facts. It was 40 feet long from head to tail. Also it was 20 feet tall.

The T.Rex was a 15 year old saurian that died 66 million years ago. That places its extant period about 300,000 years before the mass extinction event that wiped the dinosaurs off the face of the planet. 

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