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Stan the T.rex

Please note due to event bookings some of our galleries will be closing early:

Thursday 5 May – Living Worlds gallery will close at 4:30pm

Tuesday 10 May – Living Worlds gallery will close at 3pm

Thursday 12 May – Living Worlds gallery will close at 3pm

Stan’s also hosting a number of upcoming weddings so please be aware the Fossils gallery will be closed on the following dates from 3pm
Saturday 30 April
Saturday 14 May

Saturday  21 May

Saturday  9 July
Saturday  16 July
Saturday  30 July
Saturday  12 August
Saturday  19 August 
Saturday  3 September

Saturday  1 October
Saturday  22 October

No visit to The Manchester Museum would be complete without seeing our terrific Tyrannosaurus rex, our very own Stan!

Named after Stan Sacrison, the amateur palaeontologist who discovered the skeleton, Stan the T. rex was excavated by the Black Hills Institute in 1992.

The fossil remains were found in an outcrop of Badlands (rough terrain) near Buffalo (South Dakota) in the USA.

Using a Bobcat ( a small earth moving machine), a jackhammer, picks and shovels the excavation removed the rock, known as overburden, above the fossil.

After this Knives, scribes and brushes were used to expose the fossil bones and teeth while glues and other chemicals were applied to stabilize and preserve the suface of the fossils and to keep them stable.

Before removal of the fossils, each one was drawn on a 'map' using a grid set over each section of the site.

The fossils were then covered with aluminium foil and encased in a field jacket, layered burlap (sack-cloth) and plaster, so they could be moved without breakage.

All excavated material was then transported to the lab for specialised cleaning, called preparation.

Stan The T. Rex

The head of Stan the T. Rex

The fearsome face of Stan the T. Rex.

Your visit wouldn't be complete without seeing those sharp teeth up close!