Brace yourself, dinosaur fans. The National Museum of Natural History will soon be home to a nearly-complete skeleton of the iconic Tyrannosaurus Rex.
One of the largest carnivorous land animals ever to exist on earth, the 66 million-year-old specimen weighs 7 tons and is more than 38 feet long. This particular dinosaur is special because more than 85 percent of the bones were recovered intact — a rarity for the iconic species hailing from the late Cretaceous period. Only a handful of such specimens exist in the world.
Nicknamed the “Wankel’s Rex” in honor of rancher and amateur fossil hunter Kathy Wankle, who discovered the fossil on federal land in Montana in 1988, this dinosaur had been on display at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Mont., from 1990 to 2011. It will come as part of a 50-year loan from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.