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Montgomery College Now Has a Tyrannosaurus Rex in the Science Center Atrium in Rockville

MC is the only community college in the nation with a “Stan,” a 20-foot high, 35-foot long replica T. rex skeleton

A Tyrannosaurus rex now stands tall at the Science Center (SC) atrium on the Rockville Campus. The T. rex, named Stan, is a life-size replica of an actual Tyrannosaurus rex specimen found and excavated from the Hell Creek Formation in South Dakota in 1987 by Stan Sacrison. This T. rex was originally housed in the lobby of Discovery Communications, Inc. in Silver Spring.

Stan is a permanent acquisition made possible by a generous donation from Discovery Communications to the College. Stan is MC’s largest raptor. There are about 30 “Stans” displayed at museums and universities around the world.

“I expect him to be displayed for many years. Enough for numerous generations of students to marvel at him,” said Dr. James Sniezek, instructional dean, chemical and biological sciences at the College. “He is museum quality.”

Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, Science Center Atrium. According to Sniezek, SC is the only building on any Montgomery College campus with an atrium large enough to house Stan.

“Stan towers nearly 20 feet high and stretches close to 35 feet long… He is just massive!” Sniezek says. “Furthermore, the SC Building is perfect for Stan because several faculty members have science backgrounds in paleontology, geology, and early earth chemistry.”

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