Hope you’re enjoying the posts by the Episcopal High School students working with us this spring. Here is the first post by Andrea Hickman….
Byline: Andrea Hickman
Hey everyone, I’d like to open by saying that this is the first post of a series I’d like to call Behind the Scenes at Discovery. In this sequence of posts, I’ll be showing you some of the most interesting artifacts located throughout the Discovery Communications building in Silver Spring, MD.
Here we have Discovery Rex, who stands in the lobby and, despite the realistic looking picture, is not a real fossil.
Discovery Rex is actually a mold of the real fossil named Stan, who was discovered in South Dakota in 1987 by paleontologist Stan Sacrison. The excavation of the bones wasn’t started until 1992, but shortly following its excavation, the skeleton was finally named Stan for its explorer. After much investigation and careful observation, scientists discovered clues through the bones that told them more information about Stan’s life and surroundings, from what he ate to his injuries.
To this day, Stan remains the most complete T. Rex skeleton available to science, as he is composed of 65% bone. Currently, Stan’s home is the museum at the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research located in Hill City, South Dakota.
Check out these 5-minute video segments and the Black Hills Institute, if you’re interested in learning more about dinosaurs, and feel free to look up any information that interests you in your Discovery Education account!