Montana can lay claim to a remarkable archaeological find, that also happens to be very cool.  The new Tyrannosaurus rex fossil, nicknamed Tufts-Love Rex was discovered in Montana’s Hell Creek Formation with about 20 percent of its former body intact, including a very well-preserved skull.  The T. rex was found by paleontologists from Burke Museum and the University of Washington in Montana’s famous dinosaur-fossil haven.


The name is in honor of the volunteer paleontologists who first noticed bones jutting out of a hillside: Burke Museum’s Jason Love and Luke Tufts.  The researchers say they were able to unearth roughly a fifth of the animal, including ribs, hips, jaw bones and vertebrae.  So far, the scientists can see the right side of the skull — which is about 4 feet long from base to snout, including teeth.  They estimate that the T. rex was 15 years old when it died.

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