Christy Somos, with a report from the Head of Manitoba CTV Bureau 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 world's largest rex Tyrannosaurus was on display at Regina, Sask. Thanks to the efforts of a dedicated team of paleontologists who liberated a 67 million-year-old skeleton from the rock that wrapped it. .
& # 39; Scotty & # 39; – named for a bottle of celebratory scotch used for toast discovery – is T. rex which has a skeleton about 13 meters in length and weighs more than 8,800 kilograms.
Scotty is now on display at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum and has received a warm welcome so far.
"I think this is extraordinary for the city of Regina, for the province of Saskatchewan and our country," said Saskatchewan Prime Minister Scott Moe. "This is truly a world class exhibition."
First discovered in the early 1990s, Scotty was wrapped in sandstone which took years to remove.
"This is a very unforgiving place," said Tim Tokaryk, curator of vertebrate paleontology and professor of geology at the University of Regina. "We blew the hammer jack and hammer the air on the rock. That is very difficult. I have a man using a pickaxe and really bending the pick ax [on the rock]"
Scotty represented a depiction of unusual life around 67 million years ago, because paleontologists believed that the dinosaurs died at the age of 30, which was quite advanced according to the standard T. rex.
Scotty's skeleton also offers clues about the bitter reality that must be faced even by peak predators during that time period, showing bite marks, rib fractures, infected jaws and other injuries that may have come from other T. rex dinosaurs.
For now, Scotty puts Saskatchewan on a scientific map – something that paleontologists like to share.
"We know there are fossils in Saskatchewan for over a hundred years," Tokaryk said. "But now we can show that we are also at the peak of paleontology."