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A mystery dinosaur in the nation’s basement

October 3, 2018
The Washington Post /

When the new fossil hall at the National Museum of Natural History opens next June, it will show off hundreds of the Smithsonian’s finest prehistoric specimens, including the newly acquired star of the Late Cretaceous show, “The Nation’s T. rex.”

But just a tiny sliver of the museum’s 40 million fossils will be on display.

“You’re covering 3-plus billion years of life history, and there’s only so much you can pack in there,” said Hans-Dieter Sues, chairman of the museum’s paleontology department.

Here’s the story of a mysterious dinosaur that didn’t make the cut.