Stan the T-Rex, the world’s most expensive fossil, coming to Abu Dhabi! When the Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi opens in 2025, the 67-million-year-old dinosaur fossil will be one of the main attractions.
BREAKING: I tracked down Stan, the T. rex that vanished after it was sold for $31.8 million in a record 2020 auction. It's going to be in a huge natural history museum being built in Abu Dhabi, the UAE's capital.https://t.co/GfUGwUNYkZ
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The almost 12m-long fossil was unearthed in South Dakota in 1987 and sold at auction for $31.8 million in 2020. Stan is one of the most well-preserved T-Rex skeletons ever discovered. Stan is said to be the most reproduced dinosaur fossil in history, with an estimated 60 million duplicates in existence.
“The Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi will become an important part of the Saadiyat Cultural District,” said Dr Mark Beech, archaeology unit head at the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi (DCT). “It will take its place amongst the top natural history museums in the world, committed to public education and developing and sharing scientific research.”