SOUTH LOOP — SUE the T. rex is back at the Field Museum with a swanky new “private suite.”
SUE had previously resided in the museum’s Great Hall, where the T. rex was installed in 2000. But the new suite has been in the works for more than a year and is meant to show more completely and accurately what SUE — the largest, most complete T. rex found — looked like and the world the dinosaur inhabited.
“This is the biggest, scariest and most impressive SUE’s ever looked,” said Field Museum President Richard Lariviere in a news release.
The 5,100-square-foot suite centers around SUE with lights highlighting the parts of the dinosaur’s body as a video explains how SUE might have lived, been injured and died. SUE’s stance has been changed and their gastralia bones — which went along the dinosaur’s abdomen — have been added to the exhibit to show how bulky a T. rex really was.
Videos show animations of other dinosaurs grazing, giving visitors a look into what the world might have looked like when SUE was alive.
“SUE’s skeleton is so complete and so well-preserved, it’s been a treasure trove for scientists,” said Director of Exhibitions Jaap Hoogstraten in a news release. “Studying it has shown us everything from how fast T. rex would have been able to run to how quickly a baby T. rex grew up.”
The exhibit also includes large art showing what a T. rex might have looked like in the flesh, a massive triceratops skull and fossils of plants.
SUE and their suite will be open to the public Friday.
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