Friday, April 3, 2009

Stanley Field Hall and Sue the T. Rex

When you walk into the Field Museum of Natural History, the largest room and main hall is called Stanley Field Hall.

Sue is the most complete and best preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton so far. It's 67 million years old, 13 m long, and 4 m high at the hips. It's named after the paleontologist who found it, Sue Hendrickson. Based on rings in the bones similar to tree rings, they have estimated this dinosaur to be about 29 years old when it died.

Statues are looking down over the floor from the four corners of the enormous central exhibit hall.

Two African elephants are frozen in battle at the center of the hall.

At the end of the hall is this artist's rendition of how Sue may have appeared in life, 67 million years ago.

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