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Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton pieced together for exhibition

The dinosaur will be on display in Glasgow from next week until the end of July.

The T-rex skull is unpacked ready for construction at Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall (Andrew Milligan/PA)
The T-rex skull is unpacked ready for construction at Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall (Andrew Milligan/PA)

A 39ft-long Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton which weighs the same as four Mini Cooper cars is being pieced together in Glasgow after arriving for the latest stop of its European tour.

Trix the T-rex is being housed in a bespoke, climate-controlled 600 square metre pavilion at the city’s Kelvin Hall.

It will be on display to the public from April 18 until July 31 in an interactive exhibition which also includes a painted reconstruction of the 5,000kg dinosaur.

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The skeleton was transported in a number of large crates (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The T.rex in Town tour started in September 2016 and has also visited Salzburg, Barcelona, Paris and Lisbon while waiting for a new home to be completed at the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre in Leiden, Holland.

More than 250 bones are being put together over three days by an expert team to complete the dinosaur, with 70% of them being real fossils and the remainder replicas.

Remmert Schouten, conservator at the Natural History Museum of the Netherlands, is in charge of fitting together all the parts.

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Fred Deurman, from the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, prepares to unpack Trix’s skull (Andrew Milligan/PA)

He said: “We’re looking at an extraordinary complete skeleton, in terms of palaeontology.

“We put that together and at the end you get the same skeleton you might have seen many times before, but it’s always in a different space and it has a different setting.

“Every time, it’s a surprise and a sense of awe.”

He added that Trix – believed to be a female – had scars on her jaw which were caused by another T-rex.

This could either be the result of a “scrap” or a “love bite”.

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Remmert Schouten of the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre in Holland works on constructing Trix (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Trix is one of only three T-rex skeletons in the world and it was discovered in Montana in the United States.

Meanwhile, the famous Diplodocus sculpture Dippy remains on display at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum across the road from the Kelvin Hall.

Neil Clark, curator of palaeontology at the Hunterian Museum, said the installation of Trix is almost like a dinosaur “homecoming” as ancestors of the T-rex have been discovered in Scotland – albeit they were 100 million years older.

He added: “Having a T-rex is obviously very exciting because everybody knows about T-rex.

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It will take the team several days to put Trix together before the exhibition opens next week (Andrew Milligan/PA)

“It’s one of the big fearsome dinosaurs – one of the first of the big fearsome dinosaurs – and we have one of the most complete skeletons.

“It’s a marvellous opportunity for anyone who’s got any interest in dinosaurs to come and visit.”

Tickets for the Kelvin Hall exhibition are available now priced £14 for adults and £8 for children, with family tickets costing £39.50.

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