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SUE the T. rex will go back on display at the Field Museum in December

SUE T. rex
Photograph: Jon Weinstein

Earlier this year, beloved skeleton SUE the T. rex was removed from its perch in the Field Museum's Stanley Field Hall, making way for Máximo, the 70-ton, 122-foot-long titanosaur that now looms over the institution's lobby. Thankfully, SUE isn't leaving the Field Museum—the dino is simply being relocated to the Griffin Halls of Evolving Planet, where the skeleton will be housed in a "private suite" that allows visitors to learn more about a time when SUE had some skin on her bones.

SUE's new home will open to the public on Friday, December 21 in a 5,100-square-foot space that's packed with interactive elements that survey all of the information that scientists have learned about the T. rex over the past few decades. The display includes new animations that depict what SUE may have looked like, the ways in which they likely interacted with other dinosaurs and the landscape that they inhabited.

If SUE looks a bit different, there's a good reason: a new set of bones called gastralia, which helped the giant creature breath, has been added to the skeleton's abdomen. According to the Field Museum's curator of dinosaurs Pete Makovicky, scientists weren't exactly sure where the gastralia bones fit into skeleton when SUE arrived at the museum, so they were omitted from the display. "Thanks to the research we’ve been doing on SUE for the last 20 years, we now know what they were for and where they should go,” Maokvicky said in a release.

Want to know what SUE thinks of their new home? You always can check in on the dinosaur's cantankerous Twitter feed ahead of the grand opening on December 21.

 

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