Three Decades of Membership
– The Tyrannosaurus Rex
Our animatronic T.rex turns 30 this year (Happy Birthday!) and has been a member since we opened the Oakland Building in 1991. Let’s appreciate this large, loud and in charge dinosaur by taking a look at when it was discovered, how its posture was determined and why it may be anatomically incorrect (gasp!).
Interestingly, all the fossils mentioned below in this timeline, with the exception of the tyrannosauroids from China, were found in the Hell Creek Formation near Jordan, Montana. This is where our very own Fossil Prep Lab volunteers dig up fossils to be reconstructed at the Science Center.
The T.rex has many stories to tell. See our favorite T.rex making a home at the Science Center and see how his friends in Dinosaur Park made the long trek here as well.
So, is the T.rex model at the Science Center accurate?
The answer is…maybe! Paleontologists are hard at work to uncover more fossils and analyze them for clues that will lead them to further answers about the soft tissues of dinosaurs. In the meantime, swing by our old friend in the Ecology & Environment Gallery and get your selfie with him. He always enjoys the company, especially during lunch.