The long-necked, plant-eating dinosaur (from a group of the largest land-dwelling animals on Earth) will replace 40-foot-long Sue the T-Rex, who has greeted awe-struck dino fans since 2000.
Thanks to a $16.5 million gift from the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund, The Field Museum is receiving a cast of a Patagotitan mayorum, "a giant, long-necked herbivore from Argentina that's part of a group of dinosaurs called titanosaurs". While guests on the main floor will be invited to touch the titanosaur cast and walk underneath it. That's three times longer than Sue.
Sue will be removed from her current spot in February and make her debut in her own gallery in spring 2019, according to the Field Museum.
SUE has to change quarters, a move that has led to no small amount of snark from the T. rex's Twitter account.
Sue's replacement in the Stanley Field Hall, the titanosaur cast, is expected to be revealed toward the end of spring 2018.
Several users suggested SUE should run for governor, while others said it's good that she'll be moved somewhere "more SUEtable".
Her teeth were sharp, serrated and up to a foot long.
The most dramatic scientific change to SUE will be the addition of her gastralia-a set of bones that look like an additional set of ribs stretched across her belly.
The Stanley Field Hall that SUE now calls home has actually seen numerous exhibition fluctuations over the decades, with big shifts occurring in the mid-90s and again in 2000, with SUE, the Field noted.
"The Field Museum's never-ending goal is to offer the best possible dinosaur experiences". Along with the cast of the titanosaur skeleton, there will also be some of its real bones on display, including an 8-foot-long thighbone. Visitors will be able to watch as Sue is removed and the titanosaur is installed. "I'm happy we're going to fix and update this incredible fossil", said paleontologist Bill Simpson, who heads the museum's geological collections. Plus, he adds, while SUE's new, bulkier appearance might take some getting used to, "That's the way science works-we're always making new discoveries".