Excavation Station Opens June 8th
Bring your little explorers to the Exacavation Station for a fossil dig of your own!
The Tyrannosaurus Rex has long commanded respect and sparked curiosity in the mind of the public, and Sue is the most famous T. rex of all. At 42 feet (12.8 m) long and 12 feet (3.66 m) tall at the hips, her skeleton inspires as much awe today as she did 67 million years ago.
Created by Chicago’s Field Museum, A T. Rex Named Sue explores how this remarkable creature interacted with its world and what we can learn from studying its bones.
WOWT and The Durham Museum invite your family to revel in the sheer size of a fully articulated, life-sized skeleton cast, look a cast of Sue’s skull in the eye, and experience Sue’s movement, vision, and sense of smell for yourself. Touch casts of Sue’s bones and diagnose pathologies that left their mark in Sue’s leg, jaw, and tail. Follow Sue’s sensational journey from the Cretaceous to the rock of South Dakota to the U.S. courts, and finally to the world. Learn about the technology used to prepare and study this very special fossil.
Sue was a Tyrannosaurus Rex that roamed North America approximately 67 million years ago. It was one of the last dinosaur species and one of the largest flesh-eaters to have ever inhabited the Earth. The “Tyrant Lizard King,” with its extraordinarily powerful jaws and massive serrated steak-knife teeth, still dominates popular perceptions of the Age of Dinosaurs. The T. Rex is named for Sue Hendrickson, who discovered the dinosaur near Faith, South Dakota during the summer of 1990 on a commercial fossil hunting trip.
As the most complete T. Rex specimen ever discovered, Sue has tremendous value for scientists and the general public. Previously, only a handful of partial T. Rex specimens had been found, none more than 60% complete. At 90% complete and exquisitely preserved, Sue is the most celebrated member of its species, permitting more detailed studies of the biology, growth, and behavior of T. Rex than had previously been possible.