Sue celebrates 67 million -- and 10 -- years

A small group of tourists check out Sue, the tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001. (AP Photo/Charles Bennett)

May 26, 2010 2:00:47 PM PDT
The Field Museum is celebrating T-rex Sue's 10th anniversary since her unveiling. The largest and most complete dinosaur ever found was unveiled ten years ago this month. She is now 67 million and 10 years old.

Hard to believe, but T.rex Sue has now been thrilling dinosaur lovers at the Field Museum since May of 2000. Ten years and 16 million visitors later, she is going stronger than ever and starting May 26, it will be all dinosaurs all summer long.

A new 3-D movie tells the story of waking Sue in 3-D that takes viewers into the depths of millions of years ago and the world of T.rex sue.

Another highlight- Robo-Sue, the latest in animatronics. The creatures don't just roar anymore. They actually see visitors with hidden cameras in their heads.

"You walk in and the robots immediately size you up," said John McCarter, pres. The Field Museum. "They see and then they follow you as you walk by them. And if there's a group of you they will get more excited than if there's just one of you."

Molly Gannon is a big fan of T.rex Sue, but isn't sure she'd want to have been around when she was alive.

"No, not really. Because the dinosaurs would eat me," said Gannon.

For the last ten years geologists and dinosaur experts have been studying Sue extensively with the latest equipment. It's very interesting what they've found looking back in time sixty seven million years.

For instance, it was believed that slow moving T. rexes were scavengers. But that's not so.

"Given how fast Sue grew ... she was growing four and a half pounds a day at her maximum ... she probably had to have a ravenous appetite and so some of the ideas that T.rexes survived on scavenging alone probably wouldn't hold up," said Pete Makovicky, Curator of Dinosaurs Field Museum.

3-D scans show she had great eyesight and a keen sense of smell for hunting. But we still don't know the sex of what could be a boy named Sue.

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