The story of the first Tyrannosaurus rex in Europe
The find was first offered to museums in the USA and Canada – without success. It was therefore a lucky coincidence, especially for scientists, that businessman and private collector Niels Nielsen was looking for a T. rex skull at the time. Together with his friend, Jens Peter Jensen, he acquired the deep black predatory dinosaur, one of the best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex specimens worldwide. The sons of both owners lent their names to this extraordinary fossil – Tristan Otto.
Images: Carola Radke, Hwa Ja Götz (Museum für Naturkunde Berlin), Linus Esch
Text: Linda Gallé, Uwe Moldrzyk, Mathias Paul (Museum für Naturkunde Berlin)