Christy Somos, with a report from Managing Director Managing Director Jill Makischon
Posted Friday, May 17, 2019 21:47 EDT
Last Updated on Friday, May 17, 2019 22:20 EDT
More than 25 years after it was discovered, the largest tyrannosaurus in the world is exposed in Regina, Sask. Thanks to the efforts of a special team of paleontologists who released the 67-year skeleton from the rock,
"Scotty" – named after the letter of the holiday used for the toast of the discovery – is T. rex, which has a skeleton about 13 meters in length and weighs more than 8,800 pounds.
Scotty is now exposed to the Saskatchewan Royal Museum and has so far had a warm reception.
"I think this is great for Regina, Saskatchewan and our nation," said Saskatchewan's Prime Minister Scott Moe. "This is really a world class exhibition."
For the first time discovered in the early 1990s, Scotty was surrounded by a sandstone that took years of work.
"It was an incredibly incongruous land," says Tim Tocarick, curator of the paleontology of vertebrates and professor of geology at the University of Regina. "We blew hammers and air hammers on the rock. It was so hard. I had a guy who used a kink and actually tilted the ax [on the rock]. "
Scotty presents an unusual image of life about 67 million years ago, as paleontologists believe that the dinosaur died at the age of 30, which is well advanced to the standards of T. Rex.
Scotty's skeleton also offers clues about the harsh reality that even the greatest predators had to deal with during this period of time, showing signs of bites, broken ribs, infected jaws and other injuries that might have been from other dinosaurs T. rex.
For now, Scotty puts Saskatchewan on the science map – something paleontologists are happy to share.
"We know that Saskatchewan has fossils for a hundred years plus," Tokarick said. "But we can now show that we are at the height of paleontology.