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Sue takes back seat to 70-ton dinosaur

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The almighty Patagotitan reaches 122 feet from head to toe.

The almighty Patagotitan reaches 122 feet from head to toe.

The almighty Patagotitan reaches 122 feet from head to toe.

Boris Marinets, '19, Staff Reporter

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“Is it Sue’s time to move over?”

This is the question everyone is asking. When questioned by “Chicago Tribune”,  Peter Makovicky, the museum’s associate curator of dinosaurs said,”We have this tremendous hall that sort of dwarfs, everything, even Sue.”

Sue will be replaced by the Patagotitan, a much larger plant eating dinosaur. The Patagotitan’s head reaches 28 feet high but is rather small, weighs close to 70 tons, and stretches 122 feet from head to toe. This is almost 7 times Sue’s bulk and stands two stories tall.

Chicago Tribune’s Pete Larson, one of the fossil hunters to locate Sue, said, “The Patagotitan is a new discovery and Sue’s been in the front for some time.”

The Patagotitan is estimated to be put up in a month, after Sue is taken down and relocated to her new home up stairs.

Sue is to be moved to a new exhibit being constructed specifically for her. She will be apart of the “Evolving Planet”.

Joey Immordino, ’18, has seen Sue and said, “Sue is like a staple for the museum, like a mascot.” Immordino is excited to see the Patagotitan because “change is good”.

Sue has been with the Field Museum for about twenty years. When Sue was first brought into the Field it knocked out the brachiosaur.

 

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