T. Rex going to Ore. for stay at Portland museum

AP News
Posted: Dec 10, 2009 8:55 PM

A skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex will spend much of 2010 along the banks of the Willamette River at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

The museum says the skeleton is that of a 40-foot-long predator dinosaur that weighed 7.5 tons and lived 66 million years ago.

The fossilized bones were dug up in the 1990s in South Dakota. They have been in private hands since then, most recently purchased this summer after a failed Las Vegas auction.

The name of the newest owner, described as eager to have the skeleton on display at a museum for the first time, has not been made public.

Museum President Nancy Stueber says the skeleton will be on display beginning Thursday through the end of the summer.