Luke Matthews

An exhibit 60 million years in the making

An exhibit 60 million years in the making

My friends at the Science Center of Iowa have once again brought another incredible exhibit for all of Central Iowa to see. “A T-Rex Named Sue” opens to the public on February 2 as part of your general Science Center admission.

Luke and Sue“Sue” is an exact replica of the original Sue that lives at the Field Museum in Chicago. She was discovered in the cliffs of the Cheyenne River in western South Dakota in the summer of 1990. It’s the most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever found on Earth.

And now she’s at the Science Center!

I had a great opportunity to get a sneak peek at Sue up close and she’s quite the beauty! She measures 42 feet long and stands 12 feet tall at her hips. She’s been placed in a hunched/running stance, so she would have actually been much taller.

In addition to this impressive skeleton, visitors to the Science Center will get hands on with several activities relating to dinosaurs including a very cool dig pit where young explorers can find their own dino-fossils. There’s also lots of fun programs and events that will be held by the Science Center while Sue is staying in Des Moines. You can find out more about them here.

Sue is sure to make dinosaur enthusiasts of all ages say “WOW!” You’ve got plenty of time to see her too! Sue will reside at the Science Center of Iowa until May 12.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Today in entertainment history: March 27

Fresh
beatles

A look back on Hollywood headlines of years past.

in Music

Ed Sheeran surprises newlyweds at wedding reception

Ed Sheeran performs at the 57th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, in Los Angeles.

Ed Sheeran surprised a pair of newlyweds at their wedding reception by singing Thinking Out Loud for their first dance.

in Music

Taylor Swift named among world’s greatest leaders in new Fortune poll

Singer Taylor Swift attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York.

Taylor Swift ranks two spots behind Pope Francis in a new Fortune.com poll of the World's Greatest Leaders.

in Entertainment

‘Downton Abbey’ to end after season six

This photo released by PBS and Carnival Film and Television Limited shows, from left, Lesley Nicol as Mrs. Patmore, and Sophie McShera as Daisy, in a scene from season four of the Masterpiece TV series, "Downton Abbey." As it returns for its much-awaited fourth season, it remains a series about elegance, tradition and gentility, and the pressures of preserving them. The show premieres Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9 pm ET on PBS.

Producers confirm that the next season of "Downton Abbey" will be the last.

in Music

Chris Daughtry heading back to TV

Chris Daughtry arrives at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles.

Former American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry is heading back to the small screen for the new TV series "Studio City."