He’s Back! Smithsonian’s T. Rex Returns to DC

After nearly five years, T-Rex is back in the nation's capital

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The dinosaur hall at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History closed in 2014 for a five-year renovation. When the hall closed, some of the fossils were taken to Ontario, Canada, where they were positioned into "dramatic, new and more scientifically accurate poses," the Smithsonian says.
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The new 31,000 square-foot hall, which will be called The David H. Koch Hall of Fossils—Deep Time, will include one of the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons ever discovered.
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The Smithsonian says the new dinosaur and fossil hall required extensive renovations. Interior walls were removed, columns were relocated and windows were updated to allow for more natural light in the space. The T. rex skeleton will be the centerpiece of the hall.
Smithsonian Institution
In its new pose, the T. rex is seen devouring a Triceratops. "Each meal Tyrannosaurus killed or scavenged helped keep populations of some species in check and provided leftovers for others," the Smithsonian said in a press release.
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In addition to the T. rex skeleton, the hall will feature more than 700 specimens, including dinosaurs, plants, animals and insects, the Smithsonian says. Some of the specimens have never been on display before. The David H. Koch Hall of Fossils—Deep Time will open June 8, 2019.
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