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October 2016 Newsletter

The leaves are so colorful now! This is a perfect time to enjoy their beauty and come and see what Woodland Park has to offer in this lovely fall month of October.
Paleontologists, Jason Love and Luke Tufts, from Burke Museum and the University of Washington (UW), were the first to notice the bones of this T.rex jutting out of a hillside. It was found in Montana’s Hell Creek Formation and has been dubbed the “Tufts-Love Rex”. About 20 percent of its body was intact, including a well-preserved skull. They were able to unearth roughly a fifth of the animal, including ribs, hips, jawbones and vertebrae. The skull is about 4 feet long. The scientists could see the right side of the skull from base to snout, including teeth. They think that the left side which is trapped in rock, is intact also. They will begin the process of removing the remaining rock in October. They feel that due to the size of its skull it was about 15 years old when it died.
The skull is currently encased in a plaster jacket which kept it intact during the move from Montana to the Burke Museum in Seattle. It will go on display, still in the plaster casing, for a quick look by the public before going into long term study by scientists beginning in October. Just separating the skull from the rock that surrounds it could take more than a year, the researchers said.
Gregory P. Wilson, a UW biology professor and Burke Museum curator feels it is one of the most significant specimens yet found, and because of its size, is sure to yield important information about the growth and possible eating habits of T.rex.
Geri Lebold
Education Director

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