T. Rex Sue Visiting UW-Fox Valley
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A life-size cast of the five-foot-long skull of “Sue,” one of the largest and most complete skeletons of Tyrannosaurus rex ever found, will be on exhibit at the Weis Earth Science Museum from September 30 through October 5.
“Sue” is named for amateur paleontologist Sue Hendrickson, who found the dinosaur in western South Dakota in 1990. Her skeleton is 90% complete, a rarity for dinosaur fossils. One of the largest T. rex known, “Sue” stands 12 feet tall at the hip and is 41 feet long. Many paleontologists think that Sue is a female dinosaur because of her large size.
The real skeleton of “Sue” is displayed at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. In 1997, “Sue” was purchased for the Field Museum at a cost of $8 million by a consortium including McDonald’s and Disney World.
The Weis Earth Science Museum, the Official Mineralogical Museum of Wisconsin, is located at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley at 1478 Midway Road in Menasha. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday from 10 am-5 pm, Friday 10 am-9 pm, Sunday 1-5 pm. For “Sue's” visit, the museum will also be open from 6:30-8:30 pm on Saturday, October 4. Groups, including school groups and Scouts, must register for a tour by calling 920.832.2868. For additional information, call 920.832.2925.