Support the Excavation of the KU T. rex in Montana
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About 66 million years ago, a juvenile female T. rex lived near what is now Jordan, Montana. From the healed scars on her bones, we know she had fights with other animals and survived. When this T. rex died on the floodplain of a river, its skeleton came apart, its bones dispersed, and they were buried and fossilized.
For three years, KU paleontologists, students and volunteers have been digging out the fossilized remains of this T. rex, and bringing the fossils home to KU. In June 2017, we want to send them back for more.
A complete skeleton of this T. rex would be 40 feet long and stand 13 feet high. So what have we recovered so far? Of the 300 bones in a complete skeleton of T. rex, we now have:
25% of the skull, including lower jaws
1% of a forelimb (claw)
60% of the pelvis
29% of the hind limbs (all but the tips of toes on one leg)
Be a part of the story for this T. rex by helping fund our next field season in Montana. Your gift will support:
Transportation and tools for the four-week expedition this summer
The work of undergraduate and graduate students who will gain the experience of a lifetime working side by side with our paleontologists
Renting a backhoe and hiring an operator to remove dirt on the cliff above the “bone zone” where the fossils are
Housing for students and staff working at the dig site
Preparation of the fossils for display in the KU Natural History Museum
Join team T. rex for KU: support the expedition to discover more of this fossil and bring it home to the KU Natural History Museum.
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This is your chance to say that you helped send a paleontology team from KU to Montana to collect a Tyrannosaurus rex — and bring it home to the KU Natural History Museum.
Did you know that Barnum Brown, the paleontologist credited with discovering a T. rex in the Hell Creek formation in the 1800s, was a KU alumnus? Help send a team of KU scientists and students to follow in his footsteps.
Imagine being a KU student who gets to go to Montana to bring back parts of a T. rex. Your gift will give students a field experience of excavating and preparing fossil material that they won’t forget.