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What’s 42 feet long, travels either by container ship or three (3) 53′ tractor trailers…”A T.rex named Sue.
“Sue” has traveled the world and this week she arrived at the Montshire Museum in Norwich Vt. She will be on exhibit in the Upper Valley from May17 through September 7. The exhibit combines thrilling science, engaging educational activities, and blockbuster appeal in one of the most successful U.S. traveling exhibitions ever.
At 42 feet long (12.8 m.) and 12 feet high at the hips (3.66 m.), Sue is the largest, most complete, and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered, and a dramatic, life sized skeleton cast is the centerpiece of this exciting exhibition.
One of the largest flesh-eaters to have ever inhabited the Earth, Sue was a Tyrannosaurus rex that roamed North America about 67 million years ago. The “Tyrant Lizard King,” with its extraordinarily powerful jaws and massive serrated steak-knife teeth, still dominates popular perceptions of the Age of Dinosaurs. This T. rex is named for Sue Hendrickson, who discovered the dinosaur near Faith, South Dakota, during the summer of 1990 during a commercial fossil hunting trip.
Sue was purchased by The Field Museum in Chicago for $8.4 million USD, to ensure that Sue would be preserved for future generations of scientists and visitors. It took The Field Museum preparators more than 30,000 hours preparing the more than 250 bones and teeth in Sue’s skeleton and making exact, fully articulated replicas so that people around the world would have the opportunity to view and study Sue.
As the most complete T. rex specimen ever discovered, Sue has tremendous value for scientists and the general public. Previously, only a handful of partial T. rex specimens had been found, none more than 60% complete. At 90% complete and exquisitely preserved, Sue is the most celebrated representative of its species, permitting more detailed studies of the biology, growth, and behavior of T. rex than had previously been possible.
More information about the Monsthire exhibit made be found at: http://www.montshire.org/. More Information about “Sue” or The Field Museum may be found at: http://www.fieldmuseum.org/about/traveling-exhibitions/t-rex-named-sue.