A Dinosaur Named Sue
Interesting and/or little-known facts about a dinosaur named Sue, the world’s largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever discovered. She has been on display since 2000 in Chicago’s Field Museum. Since 1893, it is the city’s showcase and storehouse of mummies and other anthropological souvenirs, plus fossils and preserved plants and animals. The museum, with support from academic, business and philanthropic institutions, purchased the bones at auction in 1997.
How old and what is Sue’s size?
42 feet long and estimated to weigh, when alive, 18-20,000 lbs. The current fossil weighs 3,500 lbs. The skull and jaw alone weigh 600 lbs. Sue is also the most complete T-Rex fossil ever found, with almost 90% of its skeleton present. Sue is not only the biggest T-Rex ever known, she is the oldest, too. She was found in the Hell Creek Formation which is about 66-67 million years old.
Why is a T-Rex called Sue?
She was named for its discoverer, paleontologist Sue Hendrickson, who found Sue in 1990. On the morning of August 12, 1990, the Black Hills fossil hunter team’s Suburban broke down so Hendrickson decided to venture out on her own on Maurice Williams’ ranch where the team had spent weeks searching for fossils.
When the feds seized a T-Rex
Around 7 that morning, FBI agents and the National Guard arrived at the institute and seized Sue, the records related to the T-Rex, and other documents from the Black Hills Institute.”I go down to the office and there’s two FBI agents sitting there (saying), ‘You’ve stolen this from federal land and we’re coming here to seize this,’ ” Peter Larson said. It took days for the federal agents to load up the fossil and during that time, Hill City residents showed up to protest which attracted the attention of the national media. The “entire town of Hill City … was in mourning when they took that dinosaur away,” said Black Hills Institute’s office manager Marion Zenker. Even though the team had gotten permission and paid the landowner for the fossil find, Maurice Williams — who died in 2011 — had apparently changed his claim and said the fossil belonged to him, said Kristin Donnan, author of “Rex Appeal” and Peter Larson’s ex-wife. In addition, it turned out Williams’ private ranch was part of Indian Trust land, which further complicated who owned Sue.(Read more here)
Sue cost the museum $8.4 million.
In the end, Maurice Williams, who owned the ranch land, made $7.6 million from the eventual auction of Sue, who was put on display at Chicago’s Field Museum. Sue helped the museum draw $2.4 million in 2000, her first year there. Having the Dead Sea Scrolls on display the same year didn’t hurt. The museum drew 1.2 million in 2010, about average for a year without a new blockbuster exhibit.
Sue’s head isn’t real?
The head on Sue isn’t Sue’s head. The real one is up on a balcony overlooking the rest of her, in a display case. Reason: The original weighs 600 pounds and couldn’t be supported by the skeletal neck.
Watch this video of the head being treated – CLICK HERE
Watch this incredible story on Sue the T-Rex – CLICK HERE
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