SUE the T. Rex Will Be Home In Time For The Holidays

Shannon Blum
November 12, 2018 - 10:51 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- SUE the T. Rex will be home for the holidays.

The Field Museum announced Monday that SUE, the world’s biggest, best-preserved, and most complete T. rex, will be back on display and better than ever at the Field Museum beginning Friday, Dec.21 - just in time for the holidays!

See SUE has been on a little vacation this past year, where they got some work done - in other words, SUE’s been undergoing updates to match the latest scientific research. And to show off those new updates, the museum has decided to move SUE into their own private suite!

“We’re excited to finally complete our decades-long plan to put SUE in a proper scientific context alongside our other dinosaurs and offer an experience that really shows off why SUE is widely considered the greatest dinosaur fossil in the world,” said Field Museum president Richard Lariviere.

SUE’s new home will be placed within the museum’s Griffin Halls of Evolving Planet. The new suite is 5,100 square feet and packed with interactive displays.

“SUE’s gallery will give visitors a glimpse of the world SUE lived in,” said Director of Exhibitions Jaap Hoogstraten. “It’ll include cutting-edge animations showing how SUE would have interacted with other dinosaurs and what the landscape would have looked like. People will also get to learn about SUE’s discovery and the things scientists have learned about SUE over the last few decades—there’ll be lots of new information and experiences that we weren’t able to get across with the old display.”

And it’s not just the room—SUE will actually be bigger than ever before, thanks to the addition of a set of bones that flummoxed scientists when the fossil was first found.

“When SUE was in Stanley Field Hall, a lot of people would say, ‘Aw, SUE’s smaller than I thought.’ This new gallery does a better job showing how imposing SUE would have been in real life. This is the biggest, scariest, and most impressive SUE’s ever looked,” Lariviere said.

According to  Pete Makovicky, the museum’s curator of dinosaurs, a set of bones were left out when SUE was discovered, because scientists did not know how they fit onto the skeleton. Due to research done in the last 20 years, it was discovered the set of bones were the gastralia, set to be placed across the abdomen - or belly bones. With gastralia added on, SUE will look a lot bigger.

And yes, the museum has asked visitors to please not body-shame the T. Rex. SUE is perfect just the way they are. And, yes, the museum uses the pronouns “they/them/their” as scientists do not know if SUE was male or female.

“We can’t wait to reintroduce SUE to the world,” said Hoogstraten. “SUE is the crown jewel of the Field’s collections, and now we’re finally showing them off the way they deserve.”

When reached for comment, @SUEtheTrex responded, “I’m just so proud of all the work the team has done to give folks the greatest holiday gift of all: Me.”

The Griffin Dinosaur Experience, made possible by the generous support of the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund, includes a special traveling exhibition, Antarctic Dinosaurs; Máximo the Titanosaur; updates to SUE the T. rex and the Griffin Halls of Evolving Planet; and new dinosaur education programs.