Whoa, it’s huge! Paleontologists recently discovered one of the largest skulls ever, belonging to a 15-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex (T. rex), in Montana. The 66.3 million-year-old skull was named “Tufts-Love Rex” after Burke Museum’s volunteers and discoverers Luke Tufts and Jason Love. The 1,134 kg and 1.2-m long skull is one of the largest and most complete T. rex skulls ever found. With only 15 skulls including Tufts-Love Rex that are in good condition, researchers are excited to study this skull because it provides special insight about the creature’s intelligence, bite power, and sensory structures, like ears.
Greg Wilson, a curator at the museum, hopes that the skull will attract more top paleontologists to study the T. rex. “I think it’s a real paradox that it’s the iconic dinosaur of toy sets and movies, but we have so few of them,” Wilson says. “But there are just not that many complete specimens compared to triceratops or duck-billed dinosaurs. We’re fascinated, but it’s still shrouded in mystery how that animal really lived and how it actually looked.” The plaster-wrapped skull will be on display until Oct. 2 at the Burke Museum.
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