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Montana T-rex fossil to move to Smithsonian museum

By The Associated Press
Published On: Apr 06 2014 12:02:09 PM MDT
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BILLINGS, Mont. -

A nearly complete fossilized skeleton of the Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur found in eastern Montana will be shipped this week to Washington, D.C.
    
The fossil is being taken from the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman to the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. There, it will be on loan for 50 years as the centerpiece of the museum's new 31,000-square-foot national fossil hall, which will open in 2019.
    
Kathy Wankel discovered the fossil while walking along the edge of Fort Peck Reservoir in 1988.
    
Because the dinosaur was found on public land, the bones are owned by the federal government.
    
The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1e34X5d) that Wankel and other family members plan to travel to Washington for the festivities planned there to welcome the fossil.