On September 10, 2016
Natural History Museum "Naturalis
Biodeversity Cente" (Leiden, Netherlands) in cooperation with
Post, issued a Souvenir Sheet with
three personalized stamps
to commemorate "T. rex in town" event that took place between
September 10, 2016 and June 2017. Although issued by Netherland's
they were only available through their collectors shops at more than
twice their face value. Logo of the museum is
depicted on bottom-left corner of the sheet.
All stamps shows
reconstruction of Tyrannosaurus, named "Trix"
in honor of former queen Beatrix.
This is the
first ever full Tyrannosaurus
skeleton of Netherlands
and is the first and only T. rex permanently
exhibit outside of North America.
The story of Trix began in the summer of 2012 when
the museum's director, Edwin van Huis, expressed his ambition
to get Tyrannosaurus.
Researchers of Naturalis went on an expedition in the United States,
where almost a year later fossil of Trex was unearthed out
of the sandstone in Montana.
With the help of crowd
funding, the Naturalis Biodiversity
Centre, succeeded in excavating and buying this
unique prehistoric treasure at a cost of EUR 5 million.
On 23 August 2016, 250 passengers on a
O’Hare International Airport heard a surprising announcement while they
were waiting to board. They were told that they’d be flying to
Amsterdam with the 66+ million year old Tyrannosaurus. At an earlier press
conference, a group of representatives from the Netherlands and the US
unveiled a large Dutch passport for the dino
. Trix officially arrived
in Leiden a few days later and was welcomed to town with a celebration
featuring hundreds of local school children. A caravan that included a
marching band, a T. Rex parade float, TV naturalist Freek Vonk, and
paleontologist Anne Schulp led a lorry carrying the bones to a stage
set up in the city’s historic Beestenmarkt.
During its lifetime, the
dinosaur would have stood 4 – 5
metres tall and weighed 5,000 kilogrammes. The skeleton
measures 12.5 meters from nose to
tail and four meters from the hip down. According to
Naturalis staff, the dinosaur was likely a female and would have died
at about the age of 30 around 66 – 67 million years ago.
The skeleton contains about 80% of the bone volume,
that consists of
300 bones, 55 of which make up the huge skull and it is one of the most
found to date.
Missing bones reproduced by 3D printing. The 3D
are painted a slightly
different color so that visitor of the museum can see what part of the
skeleton was missing.
a museum it’s almost an advantage when you’re missing bones because in
a 3D print you can easily add a hole in the middle and run steel
through the inside of the print,” said Anne Schulp, head of T. rex
research at Naturalis. “So what we often do if we have one leg but not
the other is that we take the steel frame that supports the entire
dinosaur and hide it inside the lightweight 3D printed replica bones to
support the rest of the entire skeleton.”
Trix mounted in a unique
position, low to the ground pose
that will make her seem more dangerous and intense than other T.rex
skeletons in museums around the world, allows to visitor to see in eyes
of this dangerous prehistoric predator.
The pose was choose because Trix feature her actual
skull instead of a replica, which requires a substantial
amount of support that can’t be achieved with a more traditional pose.