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One of the world’s largest and most complete T-Rex fossils to go on display at Melbourne Museum

Victoria, the largest and most complete T-Rex fossil ever discovered, will go on display at the Melbourne Museum with her own dedicated exhibition






One of the largest and most complete T-Rex fossils ever discovered will go on display at the Melbourne Museum in Victoria, Australia, in June 2024.

The T-Rex, also known as ‘Victoria’, will be the star attraction in an interactive exhibition that will transport visitors back 66 million years to the Cretaceous period when T-Rex roamed the Earth.

The state-of-the-art exhibition, entitled ‘Victoria the T-Rex’, is scheduled to open on June 28, and will combine real fossils with AR, holographics, film and multi-sensory installations to showcase the life cycle of the T-Rex.

Discovered in South Dakota, US, in 2013, Victoria measures 3.6m (11.8ft) tall and 12m (39ft) long.

A team of four palaeontologists, led by Melbourne Museum’s senior curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology, Dr. Erich Fitzgerald, spent a week assembling the fossil.

The skeleton consists of 199 bones, including a well-preserved skull, making up more than half of the original animal's remains.

“To have anywhere between 50 to 70% of the skeleton consisting of the original fossil bones is extraordinary,” Fitzgerald told The Guardian.

“We rarely have more than about 10 to 15%.”

Victoria’s real skull, weighing a colossal 139kg (306lbs), is too heavy to be mounted on the body, so will go on display in a separate showcase, with a replica used in the recreation of the skeleton.

Described as the “biggest and best” T-Rex specimen ever to be shown in Australia, Victoria joins Horridus, the world’s most complete Triceratops fossil, which has been on display at Melbourne Museum since 2022.

‘Victoria the T-Rex’ will run at Melbourne Museum until October 20, 2024. Tickets start from AU$14 (US$9.31, €8.67, £7.35) for museum members, AU$18 (US$11.97, €11.14, £9.44) for children, AU$22.50 (US$14.96, €13.93, £11.80) for concessions and AU$32.50 (US$21.91, €20.13, £17.05) for adults.

Victoria was discovered in 2013 and is the world’s largest and most complete T-Rex specimen ever uncovered   CREDIT: NEON GLOBAL



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One of the world’s largest and most complete T-Rex fossils to go on display at Melbourne Museum

Victoria, the largest and most complete T-Rex fossil ever discovered, will go on display at the Melbourne Museum with her own dedicated exhibition





One of the largest and most complete T-Rex fossils ever discovered will go on display at the Melbourne Museum in Victoria, Australia, in June 2024.

The T-Rex, also known as ‘Victoria’, will be the star attraction in an interactive exhibition that will transport visitors back 66 million years to the Cretaceous period when T-Rex roamed the Earth.

The state-of-the-art exhibition, entitled ‘Victoria the T-Rex’, is scheduled to open on June 28, and will combine real fossils with AR, holographics, film and multi-sensory installations to showcase the life cycle of the T-Rex.

Discovered in South Dakota, US, in 2013, Victoria measures 3.6m (11.8ft) tall and 12m (39ft) long.

A team of four palaeontologists, led by Melbourne Museum’s senior curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology, Dr. Erich Fitzgerald, spent a week assembling the fossil.

The skeleton consists of 199 bones, including a well-preserved skull, making up more than half of the original animal's remains.

“To have anywhere between 50 to 70% of the skeleton consisting of the original fossil bones is extraordinary,” Fitzgerald told The Guardian.

“We rarely have more than about 10 to 15%.”

Victoria’s real skull, weighing a colossal 139kg (306lbs), is too heavy to be mounted on the body, so will go on display in a separate showcase, with a replica used in the recreation of the skeleton.

Described as the “biggest and best” T-Rex specimen ever to be shown in Australia, Victoria joins Horridus, the world’s most complete Triceratops fossil, which has been on display at Melbourne Museum since 2022.

‘Victoria the T-Rex’ will run at Melbourne Museum until October 20, 2024. Tickets start from AU$14 (US$9.31, €8.67, £7.35) for museum members, AU$18 (US$11.97, €11.14, £9.44) for children, AU$22.50 (US$14.96, €13.93, £11.80) for concessions and AU$32.50 (US$21.91, €20.13, £17.05) for adults.

Victoria was discovered in 2013 and is the world’s largest and most complete T-Rex specimen ever uncovered   CREDIT: NEON GLOBAL



 



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