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Largest T. rex skeleton ever found is making a move

The specimen will be updated and moved upstairs to a private suite opening in 2019. The changes are part of an overhaul to the lakefront museum's main hall.

A Tyrannosaurus rex fossil that's been on prominent display at Chicago's Field Museum is being moved to make room for a cast of the biggest dinosaur ever discovered. Reported on Feb. 5, 2018. (Credit: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

CHICAGO — The largest Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found is on the move.

Chicago's Field Museum began dismantling the skeleton named Sue on Monday. Crews are preparing to move the display to a new exhibit and bring in a cast of an even larger dinosaur.

Sue has been in the spacious Stanley Field Hall since 2000. Sue's handler, Bill Simpson, says that despite being the largest T. rex ever found, Sue looks puny beneath the 70-foot-high (21-meter-high) ceiling in the museum's main hall.

Simpson says Sue will appear in a new exhibition space in 2019, in a second-floor gallery, where it'll look better.

Sue is making way for a cast of a titanosaur, a plant-eating dinosaur that's three times the length of the T. rex. Its neck will stretch up to the second-floor balcony level.

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