- Species: Tyrannosaurus rex
- Catalog Number: FMNH PR 2081
- Discovered on: August 12th, 1990
- Discovered by: Susan Hendrickson
- Discovered at: Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, South Dakota, U.S.
- Bulk Recovered: +90%
13 Sue (FMNH PR 2081) Tyrannosaurus Rex Facts
- Sue is the nickname for a famous Tyrannosaurs Rex fossil specimen.
- Sue was discovered by Susan Hendrickson on August 12th, 1990, at the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, South Dakota in the United States.
- Sue is one of the best fossilized Tyrannosaurs Rex specimens in the world.
- An estimated 90% of Sue’s bulk was recovered during excavation and recovery.
- The official catalog number for Sue is FMNH PR 2018.
- A huge legal dispute was fought over who owned Sue’s remains. It resulted in a long, drawn out court case and a raid by the FBI and the South Dakota National Guard.
- Sue was 40 feet (12.3 meters) long and estimated to have weighed between 9.2 and 15.4 tons (8.4 and 14 metric tons).
- Sue was estimated to be 28 years old around the time when it died and was considered the oldest know Tyrannosaurs Rex until the discovery of Trix in 2013.
- While Sue is the nickname of FMNH PR 2018, the actual sex of the specimen is unknown.
- Sue is on permanent display in the Evolving Planet exhibit at The Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois.
- The actual skull recovered could not be mounted on the exhibit, so a cast of Sue’s skull was used and the actual skull is on display separately.
- Sue holds the record for the highest amount paid for a fossil dinosaur. In 1997, The Field Museum in Chicago paid $8.3 million for Sue in an auction.
- Sue was unveiled to more than 10,000 visitors on May 17th, 2000, at The Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois.
Pictures of Sue (FMNH PR 2081)
A picture of Sue’s full body (Specimen FMNH PR 2081).
Credit: The Field Museum
A picture of Sue’s skull (Specimen FMNH PR 2081).
Credit: The Field Museum
A picture of Sue Hendrickson next to where she discovered Sue.
Credit: The Black Hills Institute
Additional Resources on Sue (FMNH PR 2081)
- Sue the Dinosaur Finds a New Home in Chicago – An excellent video on YouTube about Sue Specimen FMNH PR 2081.
- Sue @ Wikipedia – Find some wild facts about Sue the Tyrannosaurus rex on the Wikipedia website.
- The Secrets of Sue the TRex – Learn some cool facts about Sue the T-Rex on the Travel Channel website.
- Sue on Twitter – The Field Museum’s offical Twitter account for Sue Specimen FMNH PR 2081.