Since the 6th of June is T. Rex Trix on tour. She travels through Europe and to China. In 2019 Trix will be back in our new museum in Leiden.
We should have a T. rex!
T. rex in Town
In the summer of 2012 director Edwin van Huis expressed this ambition for the first time. But how to find a Tyrannosaurus rex en where to find it? Even so, we've been succesful. Researchers of Naturalis went on an expedition in the United States.
Eventually the researchers excavated the skeleton in September 2013 in Montana. Meanwhile the bones are carefully prepared. On friday the 26th of August 2016 T. rex Trx arrived in Leiden under supervision of paleaontologist Anne Schulp and biologist Freek Vonk.
The queen of the dinosaurs, 12 metres tall, 6000 kilo bones, muscels, claws and teeth, has faces until June 6th 2017 almost 300.000 visitors. Since June 6th is T. Rex Trix on tour through Europe and to China. In this period there are alternating expeditions in the entrance building of Naturalis. The rest of the museum is closed due to the renovation.
Tyrannosaurus rex is most famous, iconic and imaginative dinosaur of them all. He is one of the largest predators who walked on the earth, with razor-sharp teeth and most powerful bite ever. In relation to the rest of the body, the head was enormous. The forelegs are standing out the most. They stand in strong contrast with her large and powerful hind-legs.
The skeleton of T. rex contains 80% of the bone volume. All essential and high volume bones are in place. A number of smaller bones are missing. This places T. rex Trix in the top three ranking of the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons in the world. The quality of this fossil is unmatched by any other large T. rex find in the world.
T. rex on Tour
After Leiden, Trix is now on tour to Salzburg. Thereafter Trix will be from the 8th of November 2017 until the 26th of February 2018 in science museum Cosmo Caixa in Barcelona. From June 11 2018 until September 15 2018 the skeleton will be in the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris. The 66 miljon year old skeleton also travels to China. In the meantime Naturalis builds a new museum in which Trix gets a special place. In 2019 the museum will reopen.