Seen The World's Largest, Most Well-Preserved Tyrannasaurus Rex Fossil


"The dinosaur's eloquent lesson is that if some bigness is good, an overabundance of bigness is not necessarily better."
--
Eric Johnston

I may not be a kid anymore, but I'm not letting that stop me from still being totally fascinated by dinosaurs. Growing up, no dinosaur was more popular than the
Tyrannosaurus rex (Latin for "tyrant lizard king"). In the summer of 1990, paleontologist Sue Hendrickson discovered a large fossil, and while they have no way of knowing whether this creature is male or female, they lovingly named it after her.

"Sue" is the world's best preserved, most complete and largest T. rex fossil ever discovered. She's 42 feet long and about 12 feet high at the hip. She is approximately 90% complete.

She is a permanent feature of
the Field Museum in Chicago as the museum purchased it for $8.36 million, the most ever paid for a dinosaur fossil.


Sue's skull is a replica as the real one is too heavy to be attached to the main hall's display. It's also easier for their scientists to remove and study the 500 pound skull because it's housed in a case upstairs.


Also in a separate case are a set of bones that go between the sternum and the pelvis called
gastralia. They look like ribs but the museum has a plaque that says not to call them that.


In addition to all the cool T-Rex stuff about Sue, there was an exhibit called
Evolving Planet dedicated to the different changes in the organisms that inhabit Earth. This was really great because there were a ton of real fossils like this 72 foot Apatosaurus excelsus (previously known as a brontosaurus).


Their display didn't just contain dinosaurs; there were also a ton of mammals as well like this
woolly mammoth.


The sheer quantity and quality of the fossil displays at the Field Museum are astounding. It's so impressive to see all the wonderful things they have there, and that's just a single exhibit. There are a ton of other great areas of the museum to see. The Egyptian section had an incredible number of mummies in it.


Even with all the great things to see at the museum, none quite capture the imagination quite as well as the extraordinary T. Rex in the main hall. Sue is an incredible sight to see, and I hope anyone that gets to visit the great city of Chicago gets the opportunity to check out this special piece of our planet's history.


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