The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Tuesday, March 19, 2019


Greatest dinosaur fossil in the world gets a new private suite at the Field Museum
Visitors gaze at SUE’s fearsome skull. SUE’s head is detached from the rest of their mount because it’s the most frequently researched part of the T. rex. © Field Museum, photo by Martin Baumgaertner.


CHICAGO, IL.- SUE, the world’s biggest, best-preserved, and most complete T. rex, is back on display and better than ever at the Field Museum as of Friday, December 21, 2018. SUE is now up to date with the latest scientific research and is in a new “private suite” that shows what SUE’s world was like.

“We’re excited to finally complete our decades-long plan to put SUE in a proper scientific context alongside our other dinosaurs and offer an experience that really shows off why SUE is widely considered the greatest dinosaur fossil in the world,” says Field Museum president Richard Lariviere.

SUE’s new home is within the museum’s Griffin Halls of Evolving Planet, which, along with Máximo the Titanosaur and the newly reimagined Stanley Field Hall, is part of the Griffin Dinosaur Experience and was funded by the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund. The new suite is 5,100 square feet—bigger than a professional basketball court—and packed with interactive displays that show what scientists have learned about SUE over the years. A narrated light show highlights specific bones on SUE’s skeleton, revealing everything from healed broken ribs to a jaw infection that might have ultimately killed the dinosaur. “SUE’s skeleton is so complete and so well-preserved, it’s been a treasure trove for scientists. Studying it has shown us everything from how fast T. rex would have been able to run to how quickly a baby T. rex grew up,” says Jaap Hoogstraten, Director of Exhibitions. “The light effects will let us point out the details that make SUE one of the world’s most important scientific finds.”

In addition to highlighting the fossils that led to these discoveries about what T. rex was like, the new suite brings those facts to life with digital animations by Atlantic Productions projected onto six 9-foot-tall screens set up behind SUE, forming a panorama. The animations show SUE hunting an Edmontosaurus, fighting a Triceratops, and even pooping. “It’s one thing for scientists to be able to figure out how an animal would have moved or hunted based on clues in its fossilized skeleton, but with these animations, we’re able to show our visitors what that would have actually looked like,” says Hoogstraten. “The animations look so real, and scientists checked every detail—if you want to know how T. rex really looked and behaved in its habitat, this is probably the best way in the world to learn.”

Before the new gallery was built, SUE was displayed in the museum’s main Stanley Field Hall away from the other dinosaurs and with minimal signage. “When SUE was in Stanley Field Hall, a lot of people would say, ‘Aw, SUE’s smaller than I thought.’ This new gallery does a better job showing how imposing SUE would have been in real life. This is the biggest, scariest, and most impressive SUE’s ever looked,” says Lariviere.
And it’s not just the room—SUE is actually bigger than ever before, thanks to the addition of a set of bones that flummoxed scientists when the fossil was first found. “T. rex had a set of bones across its abdomen called gastralia—they’re like belly ribs, and they helped T. rex breathe,” says Pete Makovicky, the museum’s curator of dinosaurs. “When SUE was discovered, scientists didn’t know exactly how the gastralia fit onto the skeleton, so they were left off. Thanks to the research we’ve been doing on SUE for the last twenty years, we now know what they were for and where they should go.” With gastralia added on, SUE looks a lot bigger. (Please, do not body-shame our T. rex. SUE is perfect just the way they are. And, yes, “they” is correct there—scientists don’t know if SUE was male or female, so in the spirit of scientific accuracy and LGBTQ inclusivity, we’ve transitioned to singular “they/them” pronouns instead of calling SUE “she” or “her.”)

“We can’t wait to reintroduce SUE to the world,” says Hoogstraten. “SUE is the crown jewel of the Field’s collections, and now we’re finally showing them off the way they deserve.”





Today's News

December 26, 2018

Greatest dinosaur fossil in the world gets a new private suite at the Field Museum

Toulouse opens museum dedicated to the pioneers of flight

Exhibition celebrates Julio Le Parc's extraordinary gift to The Met of 24 works

Exhibition is the first to present the extensive Marcel Duchamp holdings of the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

The Siberian unicorn lived at the same time as modern humans

Warhol's films play a starring role in the Whitney's retrospective

Exhibition offers a comprehensive survey of Katarzyna Kobro and Wladyslaw Strzeminski's life and work

First Paul Klee exhibition in Canada since 1979 on view at the National Gallery of Canada

Darwin's giant ground sloth skull pieced together and scanned for the first time

Surfer's ear points to ancient pearl divers in Panama

Centro Culturale Candiani exhibits over 70 works from the Hermitage in St. Petersburg

Exhibition at Tilton Gallery includes work from circa 1970 through the 1990s by John Outterbridge

Cantor Arts Center presents Josiah McElheny's monumental installation, Island Universe

Perot Museum unveils a world first VR app that explores a cave few have ever visited

Galerie Ron Mandos to represent Esther Tielemans

The Jeu de Paume presents a collection of photographs by Koen Wessing

Exhibition at Werkbundarchiv Museum der Dinge questions the modernist design vocabulary

Exhibition offers a view of the permanent collections of the Liege Museum of Beaux Arts

Mucem opens exhibition of works by Mohammed Kacimi

Exhibition at Massey Klein explores the distinct use of material and process by three artists

Fotohof exhibits the work of Eva Maria Ocherbauer

Secretary David Skorton to depart the Smithsonian

International arts non-profit Ruya Maps launches

Exhibition at MAGMA gallery presents a broad and concrete vision of urban abstractionism

Best Make Acoustic Guitar

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Historic show marks 350 years of Rembrandt, the 'first Instagrammer'

2.- Kimbell Museum Acquires Cranach Masterpiece

3.- Exhibition presents the most outstanding works from the Princely Collections

4.- MIMA opens an immersive and playful exhibition called "DREAM BOX"

5.- First exhibition of its kind pairs classic cars and Postwar paintings

6.- New Bouguereau exhibition at Milwaukee Art Museum explores artist's popularity in Gilded Age America

7.- Superstar designer Karl Lagerfeld dies at the age of 85

8.- Paul Gauguin's artistic innovations installed in tropical setting reflecting their inspiration

9.- Major gift to The Met of Peter Doig's modern masterpiece Two Trees

10.- Monet - Reinventions of Impressionism in a new large-scale exhibition



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez


Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful