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T Rex Bigger Than Previously Thought
2011-10-13 13:21:31

Researchers said on Wednesday that the Tyrannosaurus rex grew faster and weighed more than previously thought. British and U.S. scientists used three-dimensional laser scans and computer modeling to "weigh" five T. rex specimens, including Chicago Field Museum's famous "Sue". "These models range from the severely undernourished through the overly obese, but they are purposely chosen extremes that bound biologically realistic values" study co-author Dr. Vivian Allen of the Royal...

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2011-09-20 11:01:42

  A graduate student from Montana State University is part of a team of researchers that revealed a new species of raptorial dinosaur to the public on Monday, the first definitive troodontid theropod discovered from the Late Cretaceous Period of North America in more than 75 years. MSU doctoral student Mike Knell, MSU paleontologist David Varricchio, three colleagues, and lead researcher Lindsay Zanno, from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and the Field Museum of Natural...

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2009-09-29 13:30:00

Sue, the world's most complete Tyrannosaurus rex specimen, which resides in the Field Museum of Chicago, may have been killed by a disease transmitted by parasites, rather than through a bloody battle, scientists reported Tuesday. The massive reconstructed fossilized remains, known as Sue, possess holes in the jaw, which scientists considered to be wounds from a clash with another dinosaur. However, scientists have published a new report that shows the 42-foot-long, 7-ton dinosaur may have...

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2009-01-25 15:03:38

Officials from the Seattle Science Center paid millions to show the fossil remains of one of the earliest known human ancestors, but the exhibit failed to produce the expected returns. President Bryce Seidl said on Friday the Pacific Science Center faces a half-million-dollar loss resulting in layoffs of 8 percent of the staff, furloughs and a wage freeze only halfway through the five-month exhibit. The museum spotlighted the 3.2 million-year-old fossilized partial skeleton of a species with...

2008-08-27 21:00:31

By Molly Collins dupageneighbor@@dailyherald.com As this winter drags on, it is hard to picture the Chicago area without any snow, but 300 million years ago that was the case. Illinois actually used to be a wetland located near the equator. If you want to travel back in time to discover more about our warmer past, the Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois is holding its Gem-Mineral-Fossil Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the "K" Commons...

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2008-05-07 10:35:28

Digital medical imaging and information technology from Carestream Health, Inc., is playing a key role in helping The Field Museum of Chicago discover and analyze secrets hidden within its world-class collections.Carestream Health has donated a computed radiography (CR) system that enables The Field Museum"”for the first time"”to capture, archive and share digital x-ray images from more than one million priceless specimens and artifacts in its Anthropology collection. The Field...

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2007-03-12 09:45:00

CHICAGO -- Aztec. Incan. Mayan. They're the most widely recognized ancient cultures of North, South and Central America, according to visitors surveyed by The Field Museum. But a new exhibit called "The Ancient Americas" shows that the Western Hemisphere was home to hundreds of diverse societies established long before European explorers arrived in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. The hunter-gatherers of the Clovis society of North America perfected a spear 13,000 years ago that could...

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2006-11-29 08:15:30

CHICAGO -- What do a T-Rex skull, two stuffed elephants and a meteorite from Australia have in common? They are among the more than 20 popular exhibits included in an adopt-an-artifact program begun this month by Chicago's Field Museum. Money raised from individuals or corporations will go toward the museum's endowment fund, now around $290 million, said Sheila Cawley, the museum's official in charge of the new sponsorship program. Donors get their names placed near the exhibit, a meeting...


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