In February of 2018, Sue - one of the most famous and scientifically important Tyrannosaurus rex specimens in the word - was moved from their original location in the main hall of the Field Museum in Chicago to a brand new, dedicated exhibition space in the Field's Griffin Evolving Planet dinosaur hall. To go along with it, a lot of new information learned in the nearly two decades since Sue went on display will be incorporated into the new mount. This includes a change in stance, and the incorporation of their gastralia, the basket of rib-like bones at the bottom of the belly.
Originally, Sue was expected to be off display until spring of 2019. Recently though, that all changed. Things are ahead of schedule in Chicago, and the new exhibition will formally be rededicated on Dec. 21. And we'd like to be there.
T.rex Road Trip (http://www.trexroadtrip.com
) is a project that started in 2016 with the focus of sharing dinosaur science, news, and lore, using Tyrannosaurus rex as a "gateway dinosaur", if you will. The website and Facebook page reaches over 1,000 people weekly, and our reach is increasing. We're also working on our first videos for our new YouTube channel.
We're asking for help to get us to Chicago for the big event. The Field has a special access event on Dec. 19 and 20 for members and media. We've applied for media access, and started getting our ducks in a row. But we can't do it without your help. The amount of our fund raiser will go toward covering the cost of plane tickets from Denver to Chicago, and hotel for the two nights of the stay. We're going to get the rest, including transportation, food, and all the rest. But we need the boost to get us out there.
We're still waiting to hear back from the Field on our access, and what we can do while we are there. But we're exploring some special and early access events for contributors, like live video walkabouts, and hopefully a Q and A with Field staff. Like Sue, this is going to be HUGE! And we can't wait.