Chicago’s Field Museum to add flying reptiles, gardens

 

Currently, visitors to Chicago’s Field Museum not only get to view the massive skeleton of T. Rex SUE, they can also view a 3D presentation about Sue’s discovery and excavation in South Dakota and what her life might have been like on Earth. Image courtesy of Field Museum

CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago’s Field Museum will soon be home to the touchable cast of a titanosaur, the biggest dinosaur ever discovered. But that’s not all

The museum said Wednesday that Stanley Field Hall also is getting a flock of life-size giant flying reptile replicas and a hanging garden. A Tyrannosaurus rex named SUE has occupied the hall and will be moved upstairs starting Feb. 4. The gardens, flying reptiles and titanosaur will start going up soon afterward. Final installation is expected in May.

The 122-foot-long titanosaur will take up a third of the museum’s main hall and its head will peek over a 28-foot, second-floor balcony. Two of the flying reptile replicas have wing spans of 35 feet. The gardens will be made of 3D-printed plastic and more than 1,000 live plants.

Visited by millions visiting the Field Museum, the crowd-pleasing T. rex named SUE is 67-million-years old. In an exciting 3D film experience, museum visitors can see what scientists have discovered about the colossal T. rex’s life story, from the time she was a hatchling till she grew to become a 7-ton ferocious beast. The film follows SUE as she hunts and swallows 100 pounds of flesh and bone in one bite. Her amazing story begins in the dusty badlands of South Dakota, where her fossilized bones were discovered and excavated by paleontologists.

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