1. Fossil Furlough

    T-Rex Skeleton Stopped by Shutdown

    A man walks past a restored skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur ahead of the Dinosaur Expo 2011 at the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo on June 21, 2011. The exhibition will be held from July 2 to October 2.     AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Toru Yamanka/AFP/Getty

    It’s not just humans—or even living creatures—that are getting furloughed: a rare Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton is also suffering from the shutdown. The 68 million-year-old dino is one of just a few complete skeletons of the species and was set to be the centerpiece of a new exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. A sendoff party from the skeleton’s Montana hometown, which was planned for next Friday’s National Fossil Day, was canceled and the specimen’s arrival at the museum put off until next spring. Some creatures just can’t catch a break.

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