Christy Somos, with a report by CTV Manitoba's President-in-Office Jill Macyshon
Published Friday, May 17, 2019 21:47 EDT
Last updated Friday 17 May 2019 10:20 EDT
More than 25 years after it was discovered, the largest Tyrannosaurus rex in the world is exhibited in Regina, Sask., Thanks to the efforts of a dedicated team of paleontologists who liberated the 67 million-year-old skeleton from the rock surrounding it.
"Scotty" – named after the festive bottle of scotch used to roast the discovery – was a T. rex that had a skeleton about 13 meters long and weighed more than 8,800 kilograms.
Scotty is now on display at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum and has so far had a warm reception.
"I think this is great for the city of Regina, for the province of Saskatchewan and our nation," says Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe. "It's really a world-class exhibition."
The first discovery in the early 1990s was Scotty enclosed in sandstone that took years of work to remove.
"This was incredibly unforgivable," said Tim Tokaryk, curator of vertebrate paleontology and professor of geology at the University of Regina. "We blew jack hammer and air hammer on the rock. It was just so difficult. I had a guy with a pickaxe and actually bent his shoulder shaft [on the rock]. "
Scotty represents an unusual life story about 67 million years ago, as paleontologists believe the dinosaur died at 30 years, which is quite advanced by T. rex standards.
Scotty's skeleton also offers clues to the harsh reality that even apex predators had to deal with during that time, exhibited bit marks, broken ribs, an infected jaw, and other injuries that would have been from other T. rex dinosaurs.
Currently, Scotty Saskatchewan puts on the scientific map – some paleontologists are happy to share.
"We have known that there are fossils in Saskatchewan for a hundred plus years," Tokaryk said. "But now we can show that we are at the high table of paleontology as well."