The largest and most complete Tyrannosaurs rex fossil ever recovered, Sue the Dinosaur was discovered 30 years ago today. Paleontologist Sue Hendrickson found the specimen during an 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 to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, and she has been one of its most popular exhibits since debuting in May 2000.
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