STATES CHRONICLE – The Field Museum in Chicago is currently displaying the fossils of a beloved T. rex that everybody is calling Sue. However, the dinosaur will no longer hold a place of honor in the museum, as a much bigger skeleton will steal its spotlight. A donor offered the museum a full-size Patagotitan mayorum, so the staff needed to make room for the massive specimen.
Sue’s spotlight will be stolen by a titanosaur
Sue used to be the attraction of the museum, but soon it will no longer be the most impressive specimen on display. The museum has recently received the full-size skeleton of Patagotitan mayorum, a huge titanosaur discovered in Argentina. Given its massive size, the great hall has no room for all the exhibits. Therefore, the staff had to clear it of other dinosaurs.
The titanosaur has an impressive size, measuring 122 feet in length. Therefore, it will have to occupy the entire Stanley Field Hall, and even reach up to the second story. Unfortunately for the beloved Sue, it will no longer have enough room to lie in the front hall. At the beginning of 2018, the staff will disassemble it, and move it to a different hall.
The biggest T. rex fossils
Sue is no regular specimen either. It measures 40.5 feet in length, making it the biggest T. rex in the world. However, the front hall wasn’t suitable for it, as it made it look smaller than people would have expected. Therefore, moving it to a different hall, such as in the Evolving Planet exhibition, Sue will be able to dominate the room and the other fossils.
The relocation will also bring Sue a new look. Its skeleton was first put up in 2000, but it lacks a group of bones. Back then, the museum curators were not sure where those bones should stay. Meanwhile, they figured it out, and the new Sue will look just like it should.
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