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Ten thousand kilometres for a CT scan

[ June 2, 2015   //   ]

TNT has transported a Tyrannosaurus rex skull from the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research in South Dakota, US to the Fraunhofer EZRT research institute in Fuerth, Germany for a high-resolution CT scan.
The well-preserved skull, property of the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre (Netherlands) belongs to a 66 million-year-old female T. rex excavated in Montana in 2013 and acquired by Naturalis in 2014.
The 690kg skull (the rest of the skeleton is in a Durch museum) made the 7,800 km journey in a sealed 1.90-metre long wooden crate, by road for the 2,785km from South Dakota to JFK Airport in New York and by air to TNT’s Liege hub and then by truck to Fuerth. Regular status updates were provided throughout the journey. On the way back the skull will make a stopover in Amsterdam for a national TV show. The specially-branded TNT truck used for the transport is equipped with state-of-the-art tracking technology and driven by ‘special services’ drivers.

T-rex resized