A T.Rex named Blue stands near the entrance to the Feldspar Museum of Prehistory, jaws towering overhead as if to gulp down the visitor. At 16 feet tall and nearly 54 feet long from nose to tail, Blue is nearly 20% larger than Sue, the former record holder at Chicagos Field Museum of Natural History.
Discovered in 2013 in Canada's Dinosaur Provincial Park east of Calgary, Alberta, Blue was acquired by the Feldspar for the record price of $11.2 Million. It was only after the bones were undergoing analysis at the Prehistory Institute that scientists realized they had not only discovered soft tissue, but were able to sample real, honest-to-goodness dinosaur DNA.
While previous reports of dinosaur tissue proved to be either bio-film contamination or preservation errors, the FMPI's sterile archive center, based on NASA's Lunar Receiving Laboratory, enabled the reconstruction team to isolate entire DNA strands.
The most striking discovery was RGBNA pairs that allowed the paleo team to recover the skin coloration patterners. Previously, most dinosaurs were depicted in natural camouflage colors of greens and browns, similar to modern lizards and alligators. But, just as nature often dresses her species in bright colors, Blue turned out to be a very flamboyant tyrannosaur.
Blue's discoverer, Dr. Lindo Vaccariella, explained that "Blue is, in fact, not blue, but a bright, rusty red over all, not unlike the color of a redwood tree, with Bengal-tiger-like black and white stripes. This may actually have been a better color scheme for invisibility in the Jurassic forests where giant ferns and trees dominated the landscape."