Raleigh, North Carolina – The North Carolina Museum of Natural History announced on Tuesday the first exhibit of its kind to come to Raleigh, which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Currently, the museum has an extremely rare discovery – the remains of a young man T-Rex and a Triceratops who were found buried together in Hells Creek, Montana.
The two dinosaurs may have been due to their deaths.
“This is essentially a murder mystery that the scientific team must unravel,”
The remains were discovered about 10 years ago, but are thought to be about 67 million years old. Zano and the museum joined about five years ago when their team first saw the specimens in a warehouse on Long Island, where they had gone to auction but were not sold.
Zano said this was the first time in history that a T. rex has been restored to 100%. The Triceratopsit is also almost entirely in its full form and both specimens even contain dinosaur skin prints.
“These specimens are virgins,” she said. “Each bone is in its natural position, as it was when the animal died.”
In the fall of 2022, life-size fossils will be on display as part of the museum’s permanent collection. Even after the start of the exhibition, scientists will continue to study fossils for years to find out what could have happened to the dinosaurs that day.
“In fifty or 100 years, people will be able to come back and learn more about what we exhibit through modern technology,” said Roy Campbell, director of the museum’s exhibits and digital media.
According to Campbell, the main purpose of the exhibition is to inspire future scientists by explaining technologies and how they are used to learn more about dinosaurs.
“It’s an unfolding story,” Campbell said. “When people look at these patterns in 2022, it’s just the beginning. Science begins here, in this museum, when we begin to uncover and decode the history locked in these fossils. It will change constantly for many years to come.”
The new exhibition, which opens in two years, will be called SECU Dinolab and is sponsored by the Civil Servants Credit Union Foundation.
Campbell said the wait would be worth it as the museum prepares the dinosaurs for the public.
“They are colossal, especially Triceratopssaid Campbell. Since he was young when he died, T. rex is smaller, but Campbell said in its full form that it is “far more beautiful than any other display he has ever seen.
“There is a lot of excitement in the museum,” he said. “But the real payoff is when we see the general public coming in, because this is their museum. When we manage to share the treasures, that’s the most exciting part.”