Few things in history capture human interest more than dinosaurs. For many, they conjure images of gigantic, fearsome and mysterious beasts who once inhabited the Earth. But now they’re gone. However, one enormous Tyrannosaurus rex continues to roam the Earth, and her name is Sue.
Sue is the star of A T. rex Named Sue, an exhibition created by the Field Museum in Chicago. The exhibition features a multitude of digital and hands-on exhibits that allow museum visitors to explore Sue’s past and the field of paleontology. The centerpiece of the exhibition is Sue, a 42-foot-long, 12-foot-tall, 3,500-pound cast of the original skeleton unearthed in South Dakota in 1990.
Sue is the largest and best preserved T. rex ever discovered. Only four T. rex specimens containing more than 60 percent of their original skeleton have ever been found. Sue is 90 percent complete — only a foot, one arm, and a few ribs and vertebrae are missing. The specimen was found by fossil hunter Sue Hendrickson in the Hell Creek Formation near Faith, South Dakota. In 1997, the Field Museum purchased the 65-million-year-old fossil at auction for $8.4 million, setting the record for the world’s highest price ever paid for a fossil.
A T. rex Named Sue will be on exhibit at The Discovery from May 27, 2017 through January 15, 2018. The exhibition was created by the Field Museum, Chicago, and made possible through the generosity of McDonald’s Corporation. Major support for the exhibition at The Discovery is provided by The Charles N. Mathewson CLAT Number One, The Charles N. Mathewson CLAT Number Two, The Bretzlaff Foundation, the Clarence & Martha Jones Family Foundation, Charles and Margaret Burback, David and Judy Hess, and Matt and Lydia Meyer.
Admission to The Discovery is $12 for adults, and $10 for children age 1-17 and seniors (65+). Admission on Wednesdays after 4 p.m. is just $5 per person, and the museum is open until 8 p.m.
To learn more about Sue and the exhibition at The Discovery visit nvdm.org.
By: Patrick Turner, The Discovery