‘Stan the T. rex’ finds its home at the Abu Dhabi Museum of Natural History

Stan the Tyrannosaurus

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The famous ‘Stan’, a 39-foot-long Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton that sold at a Christie’s auction in New York for a record US$31.8 million in October 2020, will be on display at the Abu Dhabi Museum of Natural History, the Department of Culture and Tourism — Abu Dhabi announced on Wednesday.

Known as Stan the T. rex, this 67 million year old dinosaur is one of the best preserved and most studied fossils of this iconic late Cretaceous predator.

It was discovered in the early 1990s in South Dakota and displayed at the private Black Hills Institute of Geological Research for over two decades.

Hundreds of replicas of T. rex from the bones of the fossil have been made and displayed in museums around the world. The T. rex went on sale at Christie’s New York in 2020 and fetched US$31.8 million, the highest price ever paid at auction for a fossil.

Since the auction, its whereabouts have occupied the minds of scientists, collectors and the general public around the world.

In early 2022, actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson talked about his T. rex skull during his virtual appearance on ESPN’s ManningCast, leading some to speculate he was the “mystery buyer” of the dinosaur.

He later took to Instagram to refute the idea, saying “My love, respect, fascination and curiosity for paleontological and archaeological science runs deep – what if I was the proud owner of the true STAN, I certainly wouldn’t keep it. In my office. I would keep it in a museum, for the world to appreciate, study and learn from it.

The mystery has been solved with the announcement from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Stan’s skeleton was fully assembled and reassembled in Abu Dhabi, video from the Department shows.

Renderings of the Abu Dhabi Natural History Museum

Courtesy of Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism

The Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi, currently under construction and due for completion in late 2025, has also acquired a 7 billion-year-old specimen of the Murchison meteorite, which crashed in Australia more than 40 years ago.

“Natural history has a new home in Abu Dhabi. A new museum that tells the story of our universe through some of the most incredible natural wonders known to mankind,” said Department Chairman Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak. culture and tourism, in a press release.

“These are awesome gifts from nature that we are proud to share with the world, unlocking millions of years of knowledge to not only advance scientific discovery, but also to inspire our children to protect the future of our planet. “, he added.

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