A Look at the Field Museum’s New Biggest Dinosaur

Big changes are coming to Chicago's Field Museum -- literally.

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The new dinosaur is a cast made from the fossil bones of a giant, long-necked herbivore from Argentina that’s part of a group of dinosaurs called titanosaurs, officials said.
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From snout to tail, it stretches 122 feet long, longer than two accordion CTA buses end-to-end.
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It will be so tall that visitors on the Museum’s second-floor balcony will be eye-to-eye with the creature, which will be housed in the Museum’s Stanley Field Hall.
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Visitors will be able to touch the titanosaur cast and walk underneath it, making it the only one in the world museum-goers are able to touch and only the second ever to be on display.
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Along with the cast of the titanosaur skeleton, there will also be some of its real bones on display, including an 8-foot-long thighbone.
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SUE will also receive a series of scientific updates, including the addition of her "gastralia," a set of bones that look like an additional set of ribs stretched across her belly.
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“T. rex had a bulging belly—it wasn’t sleek and gazelle-like the way you might think from looking at SUE now without her gastralia,” Associate Curator of Dinosaurs Pete Makovicky said in a statement. “We’ll also update her body stance, so she’ll be walking rather than skulking, her arms will come down a little, and we’ll readjust her wishbone.”
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SUE will come down from her current mount in February 2018, and will be unveiled in her new home in the spring of 2019, the museum said.
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