Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, world’s most expensive fossil, gets a new home

Stan, the world’s most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, was sold for $31.8 million in 2020. highest price ever paid at auction for a fossil.
The sale was controversial and the buyer was never revealed. Paleontologists it was feared that the 67-million-year-old fossil was lost to science.
Earlier this year, some thought that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was its new owner when a T-Rex skull appeared behind him during the broadcast of the final ManningCast show of that year’s NFL season.

However, it turned out to be a replica.

Now the mystery is finally out. The 39-foot (11.7-meter) long T. rex will be the main attraction of a new natural history museum expected to open in 2025 in Abu Dhabi.

The Abu Dhabi Natural History Museum, which is currently under construction, will be located in the Saadiyat Cultural District, which will also host the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Guggenheim Museum Abu Dhabi.

“Now that Stan has a new home at the Abu Dhabi Museum of Natural History, this 67 million year old dinosaur will be cared for by experienced scientists and will continue to contribute to education and research and inspire future explorers.” Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi says in a press release.
Murchison meteorite The sample will also be included in the collection of the new museum. He crash-landed in Australia over 40 years ago and kept The oldest material found on Earth.

A sample of the Murchison meteorite will be on display at the Abu Dhabi Natural History Museum, which is expected to open in 2025. Credit: Department of Culture Abu Dhabi

Steve Brusatte, professor and personal chair of paleontology and evolution at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Geosciences, said it was “wonderful” that Stan would be on display in the museum.

“This is a new museum, so it does not yet have a heritage of research and conservation, and I hope that Stan will become a permanent part of his collection and will be available for researchers to study and the public to view forever.” he said by email.

“There are not many natural history museums in the Middle East, so Stan has a chance to become an ambassador for dinosaurs, paleontology and science. collections of an oligarch or other obscenely rich person who never again saw the light of science or the eyes of the public.

Standing 13 feet (4 meters) tall, Stan is made up of 188 bones, making it one of the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeletons in the world.

The first of its bones was found in the Hell Creek Formation, which spans parts of Montana, North and South Dakota, and Wyoming, in 1987 by Stan Sacrison, the amateur paleontologist for whom it is named.

Initially misidentified as Triceratops bones, they lay untouched until 1992, when visiting paleontologists realized their true origin.

It then took over 30,000 hours of manual labor to excavate and restore the skeleton. Researchers have since discovered that Stan suffered a neck fracture in life, after which two of his vertebrae fused together.

There are also traces of stab wounds on its skull and one rib that may have been inflicted by another Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Stan must have weighed between 7 and 8 tons – about twice as much as a modern African elephant – and his longest teeth are over 11 inches (28 centimeters) long with serrated edges.

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