An extremely rare pregnant woman Tyrannosaurus Rex The dinosaur skeleton first found in Montana has been on display, but Americans who want to check it out for themselves may have quite a journey ahead of them.
Montana has a history of pioneering dinosaur discoveries.
North America’s first identified dinosaur remains were found there in 1854 near Judith Landing in Missouri River Breaks National Monument.
Naturalist Ferdinand Hayden is said to have found the remains of what paleontologist Joseph Leidy dubbed a duck-billed dinosaur called “Trachodon.”
It is also the state where the world’s first were identified t rex was found in 1902 by paleontologist Barnum Brown in the Hell Creek area near Jordan.
The latest skeleton to make headlines, christened “Barbara,” is one of just three pregnant t rex discovered. It will be on display at the Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira in New Zealand from Friday 2 December 2022.
Barbara was discovered by Nate Cooper, Clayton and Luke Phipps, Chris Morrow and Katie Busch in the Hell Creek Formation of northeast Montana, buried in 66 million year old sediment.
Excavating the skeleton was a laborious process that began with large earthmoving machinery before moving on to shovels, trowels, knives and finally the meticulously delicate work of paintbrushes that eventually uncovered the fossils t rex.
A pathological study by leading paleontologists indicates that the specimen was an adult female who was almost certainly pregnant (carrying eggs or young). Scientists believe Barbara sustained a serious foot injury that would have limited her moments.
Without the ability to hunt prey, Barbara likely either ate food or was fed by other members of her t rex Pack. The fact that her injury had healed suggests that she lived long after the injury, but most likely had a pronounced limp. She was fortunate to recover to the point where she was able to mate.
Visitors to the museum can see a healed metatarsal bone that would probably have been the worst injury a giant animal like them could have sustained.
This is the first time Barbara has been made available for public screenings. Their skeleton is known for having several of the dinosaur’s largest bones in pristine condition, including the head and jaw.
It is believed that Barbara is the eighth most complete t rex ever discovered (44.7 percent complete) and measures 11.7 meters long and 3.4 meters high.
Barbara is on display at the Auckland War Memorial Museum alongside Tāmaki Paenga Hira’s other major attraction, Peter the t rexwhich will be the first time anywhere in the world that adult male and female T. rex have been exhibited together.
“This is an incredible coup for the Auckland Museum and for all New Zealanders to have the unique opportunity to see a man and a woman t rex in the same room, at the same time. This dramatic exhibition will be the envy of museums around the world,” said David Gaimster, Managing Director of the Auckland Museum.
news week the Auckland War Memorial Museum has contacted Tāmaki Paenga Hira for comment.