T. Rex is King
Friday 27 January 2023
09:00am - 05:00pm
Peter the T. rex has decided to extend his stay at Auckland Museum. Now, visitors will be able to get up close to one of the rarest, most complete T. rex skeletons until late 2023.
A T. rex skeleton is an incredibly rare sight in New Zealand and one containing real bones is even rarer, as most of the examples in museums are replicas. But what makes this example ultra rare is its stunning black colour, caused by mineral deposits on the bones.
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Measuring 12m in length and nearly 4m high, the skeleton, named ‘Peter’, is an awesome sight, posed in what would have been the T. rex’s hunting position.
Only four black T. rex have ever been found so this free, world premiere is a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed.
One of the most complete T. rex skeletons ever found, damage to Peter's bones reveals the fate of one of nature's most impressive predators.
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Discover the palaeontological study on a new specimen of Tyrannosaurus rex named Peter.