Nearly 30 years ago, a rancher in Montana discovered a dinosaur bone on her property. After thorough investigation by experts at  the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, the bones were identified as belonging to a Tyrannosaurus Rex. With the land owner's permission, the Museum of the Rockies and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers painstakingly unearthed the rest of the prehistoric predator over a period of two years.

This past Tuesday (April 15), the skeleton -- dubbed the Nation's T. Rex -- arrived at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. Over the next few years, the bones will analyzed, treated, then mounted and assembled before becoming one of the the centerpiece exhibits of the National Fossil Hall in 2019.

What's really cool about this story is that the Smithsonian Institution is located on the National Mall in Washington, DC, just a short distance from our Dino HQ offices in Rockville, Maryland. We look forward to visiting the Rex Room as soon as the skeleton goes on display!