'Sue the T. Rex' assembled in less than a day
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) —
One of the largest dinosaurs that ever lived, the Tyrannosaurus-Rex, is now at the Discovery Center of Idaho.
A replica of its skeleton is up and assembled after a crew worked around the clock. It took six men, lots of heavy machinery and ten hours of labor.
The dinosaur's name is Sue; the world's most complete, preserved "T.Rex" skeletons.
It was just past 5 o'clock when the final piece was in place for Sue.
"We've just been running, running, running and we're working really hard," said Ashten Goodenough, head of visitor services and events at the Discovery Center of Idaho.
The replica of the most complete T.Rex fossil was transported to Boise by three semi-trucks packed with more than 250 pieces of Sue's bones.
The largest crate weighing in over 2,000 lbs.
"Very large and very heavy, we had to strap a lot of them to a forklift actually to keep them from falling off. I knew that these were 53-foot trucks, but seeing them here in the parking lot and unloading them into this building is a lot larger than what I expected," said Wayne Hurzeler, who worked to assemble Sue.
The Discovery Center even had to do some renovations before she arrived.
"She’s going to take up the entire gallery. We had to remove our lighting grid and we had to widen some doors," said Hannah Schaeffer, director of operations for Discovery Center of Idaho.
Sue's home is The Field Museum in Chicago. The cast of her bones was made nearly 20 years ago so she could travel all over the United States.
"It's an exact replica that they actually took a cast of her bones. It's very precarious to carry around a 67 million-year-old fossil," Schaeffer said.
The exhibit is open to the public Jan. 21 until May 7.