Was it only 1990 when the largest Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton in existence was discovered? Fossil hunter Sue Hendrickson found the monster in the Hell Creek Formation in South Dakota, where presumably it had added to the general hellishness millions of years previously, and proudly named the reconstructed bones after herself. And so a T-Rex named Sue will be on exhibit at the Museum of Science and History in late May. Come on, you know you want to see it. Details after the jump
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The most ferocious dinosaur that ever lived is on its way to the Museum of Science & History. At 42-feet long, 12-feet tall and 3,500 pounds, Sue is the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered. The exhibit, A T. rex Named Sue, will open at MOSH Memorial Day Weekend, May 26, 2012.
A replica cast of the actual T. rex is the keystone piece of this traveling exhibition on loan from The Field Museum in Chicago. The exhibit will also include a dig pit, video footage, and free-standing interactive exhibits. Guests will be able to touch casts of Sues arm, rib, tail bone and teeth; peek into the cretaceous world through the eyes of a T. rex and a triceratops, and manipulate a model of Sues jaws to demonstrate how her gigantic jaw muscles slammed shut on prey. MOSH will also present special programming to complement the exhibit, including dinosaur-themed summer camps, a camp-in and special speakers.
Sues namesake, fossil hunter Sue Hendrickson, unearthed Sue in 1990 in the Hell Creek Formation near Faith, South Dakota. In 1997, the Field Museum purchased the 65-million-year-old fossil at auction for $8.4 million, setting the world record for the highest price ever paid for a fossil. Only four T. rex specimens containing more than 60% of their original skeleton have been found. Sue is at least 90% complete - only a foot, one arm, and a few ribs and vertebrae are missing.
Sues discovery ranks as one of the most important fossil finds ever, with tremendous educational value for scientists and the general public. The Tyrannosaurus rex is the most widely recognized dinosaur in the world. Although it was first named almost a century ago, much remains to be understood about this remarkable carnivorous animal. With its extraordinarily powerful jaws and massive serrated steak-knife teeth, T. rex still dominates popular perceptions of the Age of Dinosaurs.
A T. rex Named Sue will be on display at MOSH May 26 through September 23, 2012. This exhibit was created by the Field Museum, Chicago, and made possible through the generosity of McDonalds Corporation. Locally, the exhibit is sponsored by Scott-McRae Automotive/Duval Dealers, Dr. Harry G. Lee, WJCT, The Florida Times-Union and Jax4Kids.
The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) is located at 1025 Museum Circle near Friendship Park. MOSH, first chartered in 1941, inspires the joy of lifelong learning by bringing to life the sciences and regional history. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 3 through 12, military and seniors. There is no admission fee for children 2 and under or museum members. Admission is $5 on Fridays. For more information, visit www.themosh.org.