Big things happen in Reno all the time, but none as big as this! A T. rex Named Sue, the blockbuster exhibition from The Field Museum in Chicago is now on exhibit at The Discovery in downtown Reno. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a life-size cast of Sue, the largest, most complete, and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered. From nose to tail, Sue is 42 feet long, and she’s 12 feet high at the hips.
“Sue is the Rosetta Stone for its species,” says Bill Simpson, head of collections for The Field Museum in Chicago, and one of the principal people who helped create the Sue exhibit. “It is the most famous fossil in the world.”
Sue is recognized as the 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 in the Hell Creek Formation, near Faith, South Dakota, by fossil hunter Sue Hendrickson. 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.
The exhibition also features a multitude of digital and hands-on exhibits that allow museum visitors to explore Sue’s past and the field of paleontology.
A T. rex Named Sue will be on exhibit at The Discovery through May 13, 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/sue.
By: Patrick Turner
VP of Marketing & Communications, The Discovery