The shoulder bones are placed high on the body with a wide gap between them. Field Museum kept one set of disarticulated casts in its research collection. Original mount of Sue 2000. One preparation lab was at the Field Museum itself, the other was at the newly opened in Disney World in Orlando. Williams then decided to sell the remains, and contracted with to auction the property.
Once the preparators finished removing the matrix from each bone, it was sent to the museum's photographer who made high-quality photographs. Millions of visitors observed the preparation of Sue's bones through glass windows in both labs. Additionally, the rushing water mixed the skeleton together. She returned to camp with two small pieces of the bones and reported the discovery to the president of the Black Hills Institute,.
Sue was unveiled on May 17, 2000, with more than 10,000 visitors. The distortion and breakage seen in some of the bones in the back of the skull was likely caused by post-mortem trampling. In addition to photographing and studying each bone, the research staff also arranged for of select bones. The group was excited, as it was evident that much of the dinosaur had been preserved. The government transferred the remains to the , where the skeleton was stored until the penal and civil legal disputes were settled.
This has led to some calling Sue a non-binary icon. This is the highest amount ever paid for a dinosaur fossil. The cast skull was also lighter, allowing it to be displayed on the mount without the use of a steel upright under the head. During life, this carnivore received several injuries and suffered from numerous pathologies.
Williams later claimed that the money had not been for the sale of the fossil and that he had only allowed Larson to remove and clean the fossil for a later sale. As she was walking along the base of a cliff, she discovered some small pieces of bone. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. This damage subsequently healed though one rib healed into two separate pieces , indicating Sue survived the incident. The skull was 1,394 mm 54.
The shoulders are lowered and meet in the middle of the chest - bringing the arms closer to the ground. The dinosaur, through Sue's official and Field Museum press releases, uses the pronoun and identifies as , as the specimen's sex has not been determined. After a lengthy civil case, the court decreed that Maurice Williams retained ownership, because as a he was protected by the law against an impulsive selling of , and the remains were returned in 1995. While the rest of the group went into town to repair the truck, decided to explore the nearby cliffs that the group had not checked. Archived from on December 5, 2013.
The Field Museum Second ed. Parts of the skull had been crushed and broken and thus appeared distorted. A Dinosaur Named Sue: The Story of the Colossal Fossil. Curators: Behind the Scenes of Natural History Museums. She looked above her to see where the bones had originated, and observed larger bones protruding from the wall of the cliff. After the bones were prepared, photographed and studied, they were sent to New Jersey where work began on making the mount.
Director Todd Miller's documentary , which is about Sue's discovery and subsequent legal actions, appeared at the 2014. Subsequent study by Field Museum paleontologists found no bite marks. Scholars debate exactly how the animal died; the cause of death is ultimately unknown. By the end of the summer, the group had discovered bones and was ready to leave. He determined that the bones were from a T. Footage of the work was also put on the museum's website.
The real was not incorporated into the mount as subsequent study would be difficult with the head 4 m 13 ft off the ground. After the group completed excavating the bones, each block was covered in and coated in , followed by a transfer to the offices of The Black Hills Institute where they began to clean the bones. The proper furcula is mounted as well as the gastralia. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.