World’s largest dinosaur fossil, Sue, is shifting to a new home to make room for a new, extremely large, dinosaur. Sue, the most iconic dinosaur, is currently residing at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago. Sue is a famous dinosaur across the world and has been the center of attraction for millions of children and adults.
According to researchers, Sue is the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex (T.rex) skeleton ever found. The giant dinosaur skeleton was brought to the Field Museum in the year 2000 and was reconstructed with about 90 percent of her bones intact. Now, time has come to move Sue to a new room upstairs. Sue’s place will be taken over by a giant titanosaur which is the biggest dinosaur fossil ever discovered. According to museum officials, the huge titanosaur is an herbivore and was discovered by paleontologists in Argentina.
The scientific name of the titanosaur is Patagonian mayorum and its overall length is almost 122 feet whereas Sue is around 40 feet long. So, you can imagine how massive is the new dinosaur which will be available for visitors in the month of June. Hilary Hansen, the Field’s Exhibitions Department project manager said that when SUE comes down at the end of the month their team would be making plans to bring in a cast of the largest dinosaur ever found, that is, the titanosaur. Hansen said, “We are de-installing the most iconic T-Rex fossil in the world. We’re moving SUE, bone by bone, into a brand new exhibition on the second floor completely devoted to SUE. Hansen further said that they will start with the foot bones and the base and after that, they will move to the tail. At present Sue is in the Central Hall of the Field Museum.
When the titanosaur comes in June, it will take up a third of the main hall with its head reaching over a 28-foot, second-floor balcony. The shifting of Sue started this Monday and it will take several weeks to completely take Sue to another room, as informed by the museum. The Field Museum is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and that is why it is undergoing several transformations. Sue will be moved to a new gallery upstairs that will open in spring 2019. Before that Sue will undergo a scientific upgrade, Scientists are going to add the gastralia to Sue’s skeleton.
Sue is active on Twitter and regarding her upcoming new home, she tweeted, “For years now, I have been pitching this to the museum. A room with a better defensible position against velociraptor attacks, and reduced exposure to possible meteorite collisions.” Finally, the mammals in charge have come to their sense.” Sue was discovered in the 1990s in South Dakota.