Parts Of The Skull Began To Break Away And Wash Down Toward The Hips

shoulder bones that Kathy had dug away at.

The crew exposed the tops of the bones and began digging around the outer boundaries of the fossils, searching for bones and fragments that might have been scattered. Pretty soon, in a matter of a few days, we had a pretty clear idea of the layout of the skeleton, and it looked amazingly complete.

The body ended up on its left side, the neck arched back in death rigor. That's how most animal skeletons look, because the muscles of the neck and tail contract, curling up the body before those muscles and tissues decay. Even curled up, and without much of its tail, this was a huge skeleton, the biggest one I'd ever excavated. Looking at this animal gave us all chills. We were seeing more of T. rex than any living thing had seen in 65 million years. The skeleton was spread across an area of almost four hundred square feet and would have stretched more than thirty feet if the parts were joined together as in life.

To figure out all we can about how and where this animal died we'd need to sift through the debris for all kinds of fossils and study the lay of each bone from maps after the animal was completely excavated, something we haven't done yet.

And for this T. rex, we'll never know how it died. But right away we could tell something about where it was

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