On Tuesday, the rare Wankel T. Rex (well, T. Rex skeleton) ended its 4-day long road trip from Montana to its new home at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., where it will be on loan for 50 years.
The Wankel T. Rex was discovered on federal land in Montana, and it is a rare find for paleontologists. It's one of the most extensive and well-preserved T. Rex skeletons ever dug up.
So, what's it like taking a road trip with a priceless 38-foot long dinosaur skeleton? It was packed into 16 crates and loaded onto a 53-foot long semi that was lovingly decorated with dinosaurs and equipped to ensure proper conditions to preserve the bones. The T. Rex had a tracking number too, in case the GINORMOUS skeleton somehow disappeared into the oblivion that is FedEx Ground Shipping.
Unfortunately, the Smithsonian exhibit featuring the Wankel T. Rex won't open until 2019, and until then they only have a significantly less badass plaster cast of a T. Rex skeleton. In the meantime, though, if you've got a boner for dino bones, try visiting Sue (another practically perfect T. Rex skeleton) at her home in Chicago's Field Museum. Ain't she a beaut?