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The Durham Museum in Omaha is exhibiting “A T. Rex Named Sue."

Recent discoveries have helped to understand the history of the Tyrannosaurus rex, the tyrant king from its origin from small, fuzzy carnivores to one of the largest predators ever to walk the earth.

New analyses have helped to understand the eyes, nose, brain, claws, jaws, teeth, and legs to create a better picture of how T. rex lived, fed, and fought.

With the aid of fossils of young tyrants, scientists can reconstruct the changes in growth and behavior that Tyrannosaurus went through during its life. With new information about the dinosaurs, other animals and plants that shared its environment, much more is known about how the last of the giant dinosaur predator ruled North America at the end of the age of dinosaurs.

A Tyrannosaurus Rex named Sue is currently on display at the Durham Museum in Omaha, with a skeleton that is 42 feet long and 12 feet tall at the hips, inspiring 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.

Visitors can 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, the museum says.

The skeleton is more than 90% complete by bulk, meaning scientists have recovered more of each bone than for any other T. rex. The bone count totals 224 of the 321 known bones.

The exhibit continues until Sept. 8.

The museum is at 801 So. 10th, Omaha, NE 68108. The phone number is (402) 444-5071 and the website is HERE.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/24/2013
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