World’s Most Popular Dinosaur Gets New Look at Chicago MuseumSkill Level 4, Published on: Jan 07, 2019
In the early 1990s, scientist Sue Hendrickson discovered the world's largest Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur skeleton. It was found in rock formations in the American state of South Dakota. The skeleton is known as Sue, in honor of Hendrickson.
Visitors to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago have been able to see Sue since 2000. However, for most of 2018, Sue was nowhere to be seen. Instead, experts spent 10 months working on and adding to the world-famous skeleton.
Jaap Hoogstraten is the Field Museum's director of exhibitions. He says museum workers have learned new things about the skeleton’s shape since 2000.
"Since 2000, we've made discoveries about the pose. We've added the gastralia, which are the belly ribs, which changes the outline of Sue quite a bit…”
Hilary Hansen is the Field Museum project manager.
"I didn't really realize that Sue weighed nine tons in real life. Really, adding this gastralia, these belly ribs, really changes the profile for Sue, and you can get a sense of how formidable and imposing it must have been to share an environment with this animal."
Hansen adds that Sue's newly opened exhibit changes our understanding of the animal itself. It also helps show visitors Sue's natural environment and place in history.
"What we're trying to do is bring together everything about Sue that was all over the Field museum into one space so that our visitors can see this as a one-stop shop for all things Sue."
The Field Museum usually welcomes over one million visitors a year. But Hansen expects that number to increase because of the new Sue exhibit. She said the museum is expecting up to 10,000 visitors each day in the first weeks of 2019.
Read the following vocabulary with your teacher.
exhibition (n.) - an event at which objects such as works of art are put out in a public space for people to look at; a public show of something
belly (n.) - the part of an animal's body that contains the stomach
rib (n.) - any one of the curved bones of the chest that connect to the spine
formidable (adj.) - very powerful or strong; deserving serious attention and respect
imposing (adj.) - very large or impressive
museum (n.) - a building in which interesting and valuable things such as paintings and sculptures or scientific or historical objects are collected and shown to the public
Answer these questions about the article.
- What is the name of the dinosaur?
- Since when she is on display for visitors?
- What did museum add to the skeleton?
- How many visitors per day museum expects when Sue is back?
Make a sentence.
Make sentences using these words.
belly, rib, imposing, museum
Have a discussion on following questions.
- Have you ever been to a museum with dinosaurs?
- Would you like to go?
- Is it important to research ancient times?
- What can we learn from that?