This rare fossil was found in 1988 by Kathy Wankel, a rancher from Angela, MT, on federal land near the Fort Peck Reservoir in eastern Montana. The T. rex was excavated in 1989-90 by a team led by paleontologist Jack Horner. The skeleton is one of the most complete T. rex specimens ever discovered, with 80-85% of the skeleton recovered.
The skeleton will be the centerpiece of a new paleontology exhibit scheduled to open in 2019 in the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. It's predicted that at least 7 million people a year will view the Wankel T. rex. The fossil left Bozeman for good last Friday in a customized FedEx truck, complete with a T. rex image and the slogan, "Delivering History: the Nation's T.rex."