The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is leading a dinosaur dig in Wyoming where Jurassic Period bones, plant fossils and trackways abound.
You might know Sue as a Twitter celebrity or a frightening keeper of the Field Museum in Chicago. The T. rex is one of the largest, most complete and well-preserved dinosaurs of its kind that humans have dug out of the ground.
Now the cast of the iconic Sue will make its way to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis from March 6 to July 25, 2021. It will roar alongside Bucky, the teenage T. rex that already resides at the museum. Thanks to the discovery of its furcula, or wishbone, scientists have learned more about dinosaurs’ relationship to birds.
Sue and Bucky already have more in common than their terrifying teeth and impressive stature. They were both named after the people who found them. Bucky, which measures about 34 feet long and 10 feet tall, was discovered in 1998 by rancher Bucky Derflinger. Sue Hendrickson found the larger dino, which is more than 40 feet long and 13 feet tall at the hip, in 1990.
The duo will be under the same roof and Sue’s unveiling will happen alongside a virtual dinosaur component that will be announced early next year. The Tyrannosaurus rex has long been among the most fascinating of dinosaurs because of its muscular build, heightened sense of smell and powerful jaws that annihilated prey. The carnivores lived about 66 to 68 million years ago during the Cretaceous period.
Sue’s visit will come as The Children’s Museum continues preparations to redesign the area around Dinosphere, using finds from its Jurassic Mile dig site in the Big Horn Basin in Wyoming. Sauropods from the Jurassic Period will stand along a walkway ramp, and fossils from the sea will populate a nearby Mesozoic Marine area. The museum expects to finish the upgrades in the spring of 2022.
After another summer of digging in Wyoming, scientists and preparators are unwrapping, cleaning and sealing more fossils in the museum’s expanded paleo prep lab. They’re examining back, rib and limb bones, among others. Most of the bones belong to an 80-foot-long sauropod, but experts know some belong to a different dinosaur.
Other summer finds include theropod teeth, the biggest of which mirrors the size of an adult’s thumb; footprints; an Ophthalmosaurus that will be a fixture in the marine area; and the vertebrae of small reptiles.
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