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L.A.'s Natural History Museum previews new Tyrannosaurus rex display

January 19, 2011 |  1:10 pm


The Natural History Museum, Los Angeles County offered a sneak peek Wednesday of the Tyrannosaurus rex display that will serve as the centerpiece exhibition of its new Dinosaur Hall, which opens in July.

Click here for an interactive on L.A.'s Natural History Museum Consisting of three life-size T. rex specimens, the display will offer viewers a chance to see the predators at different stages of their growth cycle, from baby to full-grown adult. The display will feature the specimen affectionately known as Thomas (right, in the photo above) who is one of the most complete T. rex specimens in the world. Thomas was excavated between 2003 and 2005 in southeastern Montana.

The baby T. rex (center) is believed to be the youngest known T. rex in the world, according to the museum.

A spokeswoman for the museum said that the real T. rex skulls will be on display separately in a glass box from the exhibit, and that the heads on the bodies will be replicas. The T. rex exhibit is in the museum's renovated 1913 Building.

The new Dinosaur Hall is part of the museum's larger, $135 million upgrade of its campus. The museum said it has raised more than $84 million, or 62% of its goal.


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-- David Ng

Photo: The new Tyrannosaurus rex display at the Natural History Museum in L.A. Credit: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County