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Rargh! - Manchester Confidential Meets…Stan the T-Rex

Published on February 7th 2005.

It was with some trepidation that myself and Kelly set out from the Manchester Confidential offices to meet Manchester’s first T-Rex, affectionately known as ‘Stan’, hidden in the depths of the Manchester Museum.

Although we hang out with what could be construed as many dinosaurs already in Manchester, it’s not often we get to meet a real one so, donning Indiana Jones-style hat and whip (don’t get any ideas – Kelly), we embarked on our journey that would see us meet up with one of the Cretaceous period’s (that’s 65 – 85 million years ago folks) most famous hunters.

Braving student-infested streets, huge killer buses and tramp vomit eruptions along the way, we finally made it up to Oxford Road and into the gaping museum entrance. Managing to evade the receptionist, we escaped down the corridor (Doyouthinkhesaurus?), past the mummies and into the T-Rex’s lair.

With the exciting new exhibit towering over us, fans old and young will be thrilled with Stan which is 40ft long, with its hips alone 12ft high. The T-Rex would have weighed approximately 6 tons. There were already at least three jubilant kiddies dancing around Stan when we got there - if this was lunchtime 65 million years ago, they wouldn't have been dancing for long.

The cast of the most notorious man-eating predator of all time (apart from Lindsay) is taken from a 65% complete skeleton, which leaves Stan as the second most complete T-Rex ever found and was acquired from Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, one of the world’s leading palaeontological and earth science supply houses.

The University team returned from the US last year with 198 T-Rex pieces, and unveiled the chomper late last year. From studying the bones, the university has already learned that Stan survived a broken neck, most probably from an attack from another T-Rex. They know this because they found a gaping hole in the back of Stan’s skull – the same size and shape as a T-Rex’s tooth!

The addition of the T-Rex is a formidable coup for Manchester, with the Natural History Museum in London previously the only other UK museum to have one.

Stan facts:
Stan has 60 saw-edged, pointed teeth
Stan comes from the Theropoda group of dinosaurs

Admission to the museum is free so there is absolutely no excuse to NOT go and see Stan, he’ll get angry if you don’t……

Manchester Museum
Oxford Rd, Manchester
Tel: 0161 275 8788

For more detailed information on Stan's discovery, click here.

Tim Gough

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