Christie Somos, with a report from the head of the Bureau of CTV Manitoba, Jill McKishon
Published Friday, May 17, 2019 21:47 EDT
Last Updated Friday, May 17, 2019 22:20 EDT
More than 25 years since it was discovered, the largest tyrannosaurus rex in the world is exposed in Regina, Saskatchewan, thanks to the efforts of a dedicated team of paleontologists who released the 67-year-old skeleton from the rock that it covers.
"Scotty" – named after the glorified bottle of wine used to toast the discovery – was T. Rex, who had a skeleton 13 meters long and weighed more than 8,800 pounds.
Scotty is now on display at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum and has so far received a warm welcome.
"I think this is wonderful for the city of Regina, for the province of Saskatchewan and our nation," said Prime Minister Saskatchewan Scott Moe. "It really is a world-class exhibition."
First discovered in the early 1990s, Scotty was packed in a sandbox that lasted years of removal work.
"This was an incredibly unforgivable terrain," said Tim Tokaryk, a curator of paleontology and a professor of geology at the University of Regina. "We pulled out the jack hammers and air hammers on the rock. It was so hard I had a man to use a pike and actually rolled on the ax [on the rock]. "
Scotty is an unusual portrait of life some 67 million years ago, as paleontologists believe that the dinosaur died at 30 years ago, which is quite advanced from the standards of T. Rex.
Scotty's skeleton also offers clues to the harsh reality that even the top predators had to deal with at that time period, showing bite marks, broken ribs, infected jaws, and other injuries that would have been caused by other T. rex dinosaurs.
For now, Scotty puts Saskatchewan on a scientific map – something paleontologists are delighted to share.
"We know that there are fossils in Saskatchewan for a hundred plus years," Tokarik said. "But now we can show that we are on the high table of paleontology."