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PALEONEWS: fossil trove yeilds T rex
In this case, her loving care is directed toward the 65-million-year-old
bones of a Tyrannosaurus rex named "Monte," which promises to be among
the most complete examples of the mighty dinosaur ever found.
The bones recovered so far constitute less than 30 percent of the
animal, although four more recent discoveries (Wankel, Sue, Stan and
Z-Rex) have been 50 percent or higher. Sue, unearthed in 1990, had 95
percent of her bones and was sold for an astounding $8.36 million.
Sue is on display at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
Stan, who was 65 percent complete when unearthed in 1992, is now on a
highly successful tour of Japan.
Exactly where Monte was found is being kept secret to protect the
specimen. The Denver Post signed a confidentiality agreement that it
would not disclose the location other than to say it was in the
65-million-year-old Lance Formation, a 2,200-foot-thick formation in
east Wyoming composed of mud, clay and sand deposited by a huge river
about the size of the Mississippi or the Amazon.
Flying Goat Graphics
(Society of Vertebrate Paleontology member)