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A nearly complete T-Rex skeleton arrives at the Smithsonian Museum

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 12:52 PM -

Here's a riddle for you. How do you ship a tyrannosaurus rex skeleton across the United States? You FedEx the T-Rex, of course!

At least that's how the Army Corps of Engineers got one of the best preserved dinosaur skeleton of all time to the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.


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A rancher made an unexpected discovery in Bozeman, Montana in 1988, and the nearly pristine skeleton became one of the largest and most complete specimens ever discovered.

It was excavated and remained in Montana...until now.

The dinosaur was divided into shipping crates and then packed into a FedEx truck and sent to Washington where it can inspire and educate future generations.

The animal's massive femur bone was unveiled for the crowd at the Smithsonian Museum Tuesday, which is closing the dinosaur hall that has existed since 1911 for renovations.

Still, visitors will be able to watch as the staff unpack, catalog and photograph the fossils in the new temporary "Rex Room."

The fully reconstructed skeleton won't be unveiled in the renovated exhibit until 2019.

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