Sue the Tyrannosaurus Rex has been an iconic artifact at Chicago’s Field Museum for 18 years. Displayed on the main floor of the building, Sue stands 13-feet tall at the hip, according to The Field Museum’s website.
Having started her dismantling on Monday, February 5, Sue is moving from her home in Stanley Field Hall to be relocated to The Griffin Halls of Evolving Planet floor.
Her move is a result of the museum acquiring the world’s largest discovered dinosaur that will be assembled and taking her place in the Stanley Field Hall. To put into perspective the new dinosaurs size, Sue measured to be 40.5 feet long from snout to tail and the newest dinosaur, a titanosaur, stretches 122 feet long. To imagine it’s enormous size, 122 feet is longer than two accordion CTA buses from end-to-end.
(Photo courtesy of wikipedia.com)
Sue was discovered by paleontologist Sue Hendrickson, who from which the t-rex got her name, in 1990. The dinosaur is the largest, most extensive and best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever found with over 90% of its bones being recovered. The fossil was auctioned off in 1997 and bought by The Field Museum for $7.6 million. This is the highest amount ever paid for a dinosaur fossil, according to Steve Fiffer.
It officially went on display in 2000 with over 10,000 visitors admiring the fossil at its opening. Over the past 18 years, hundreds of thousands of museum goers have seen Sue stand tall on the main floor of the Field Museum.
The new dinosaur found is a titanosaur that was found in Argentina. This dinosaur may be new to the museum, but is believed to be 102 million years old. The move is being made possible by a $16.5 million gift from Ken Griffin, the richest man in Illinois, according to The Chicago Sun Times. The monetary gift came from his charitable fund, “one of the largest private contributions ever to a Chicago museum,” according to a Field news release.
The Field Museum will be offering free admission to Illinois residents throughout the entire month of February, allowing museum goers to see the dismantling of Sue publically. If you want to stay updated with Sue’s whereabouts, you can follow her on Twitter @SUETheTrex or follow the hashtag #SUEOnTheMove.