Shutdown puts T. rex’s new stomping grounds on hold

BY newsdesk  October 7, 2013 at 6:58 PM EDT

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The near-complete T. rex fossil was due to be moved to Washington before the government shutdown. Photo by Flickr user Greg Goebel

A near-complete T. Rex fossil that was due to make Washington’s Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History its new home won’t be seeing the nation’s capital this year after all.
As a federal institution, the Natural History Museum’s doors have been closed since last week due to the ongoing government shutdown. With the length of the shutdown still in question, plans to move the fossil from its current residence in Montana in a cross-country road trip have been delayed until April.

The Smithsonian will host the dinosaur’s fossil for the next 50 years as part of a loan agreement. The museum plans to make the ancient predator the focal point of their new dinosaur hall, which is scheduled for a 2019 opening.