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UCMP's T. rex
A three-day celebration, September, 1517, 1995, marked the official unveiling of UCMP's free-standing mounted skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex in the Valley Life Science Building's Wallace Atrium. The "T. rex Expo" introduced the public to (1) the T. rex, (2) the Museum's new quarters in VLSB and (3) the research being done at UCMP. But the primary purpose was to thank all the donors who graciously supported the construction of this exciting acquisition.
The UCMP T. rex is a cast of a skeleton found by rancher Kathy Wankel on the shores of Fort Peck Lake in Montana in 1988. Matt Smith of Livingston, Montana, did the molding and casting of the bones.
Building a free-standing mount of a 40-foot skeleton wasn't easy. The skeleton had to fit inside a circular stairwell 20 feet across and had to be braced with an internal steel armature to guard against the earthquakes that northern California has been known to experience. It also had to be as biologically accurate as possible; an active pose was desired. A team of museum scientists and students, along with sculptors from Industrial Light and Magic, fulfilled all of these conditions with flair.
Click on any of the "slides" below to see how it was all accomplished. Also, see some dino art done by K-5 children in the Berkeley area, entries in a contest that was part of the "T. rex Expo," or learn more about the Tyrannosauridae.
Original T. rex Expo pages created by Ben Waggoner in 1995; other contributions to these pages by Rob Guralnick, Judy Scotchmoor, Dave Polly, Sergei Lavrov, Allen Collins, Greg Erickson, Tony Fiorillo, Anne Weil, Chris Bell, Mark Goodwin, Brian Speer and Pat Holroyd; modifications since 2000 by David Smith. "Slide" photos all by Mark Goodwin, © UCMP. Top T. rex skeleton photo by Dave Smith, © UCMP. Welding photo courtesy of Mark Goodwin(?), © UCMP.
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