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

Chris Pratt apologizes in advance

Fresh
chrispratt

The star has offered up an early apology for any offensive remarks he may make while on his upcoming press tour for "Jurassic World."

in Entertainment

Tracee Ellis Ross gets honorary degree

Fresh
traceeellisross

The "Black-ish" star is now Dr. Ross.

in Entertainment

‘Tomorrowland’ takes top spot at box office on slow weekend

Fresh
14-overlay7

Disney's fantasy adventure topped the slow Memorial Day weekend box office with an estimated $41.7 million debut.

in Music

Akon launches solar academy in Mali

Fresh
akon

The Senegal native is launching a new project to teach engineers how to harness the power of the sun's energy.

in Music

Police investigating allegations B.B. King was poisoned

Fresh
bbking

Las Vegas homicide detectives have launched an investigation into circumstances surrounding the music legend's death.