“Never lose your curiosity about everything in the universe — it can take you to places you never thought possible.” — Sue Hendrickson, American Paleontologist and Marine Archaeologist —
The largest and most complete Tyrannosaurs rex fossil ever recovered, Sue the dinosaur was discovered 29 years ago today. Paleontologist Sue Hendrickson found the specimen during a commercial excavation trip in 1990 near Faith, South Dakota — and 17 days later the dinosaur’s bones were completely extracted from the ground. More than 90 percent of the 40-foot-long and 13-foot-tall skeleton was recovered — and it was eventually named after its discoverer, Sue Hendrickson. Five years later, a record-breaking $8.4 million auction sent Sue the dinosaur to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. More than a dozen museum workers spent more than 30,000 hours preparing the 250 bones of Sue’s skeleton for her exhibit, and Sue has been one of the Field Museum’s most popular exhibits since debuting in May 2000.