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The T. rex ?Sue? will be acquiring a new name soon, according to today?s press
Field Museum Plans Nationwide Contest to Re-Name Dinosaur
CHICAGO, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Field Museum announced today it will
discontinue using the name "Sue" for its recently acquired Tyrannosaurus rex
fossil. As part of a multi-year educational campaign surrounding the
dinosaur, the Museum plans to launch a nationwide "Name the Field Museum's T.
rex" contest beginning Tuesday, January 27.
The dinosaur was named "Sue" by The Black Hills Institute, a commercial fossil
dealer, in honor of Susan Hendrickson, who found the skeleton in 1990. The
Field Museum, with the help of corporate and individual donors, purchased the
65 million-year old T. rex on October 4 at Sotheby's auction house in New
York. Contributing sponsors for the T. rex acquisition include McDonald's
Corporation, Walt Disney World Resort, the California State University System,
and private individuals.
The Field Museum has tried unsuccessfully to reach agreement with the Black
Hills Institute over use of the name "Sue." The Institute claims ownership of
the name. Although The Field Museum believes there is no legal basis for this
claim, the Museum was concerned that continuing discussions and lack of
resolution would take time and attention away from important research and
"Throughout the country, people have been watching the developments involving
our acquisition and preparation of the biggest and most complete T. rex ever
discovered," said Laura D. Gates, Vice President of Museum Affairs for The
"The public can now participate in naming it, beginning a new chapter in the
story of this most unique dinosaur. Our contest will help move this exciting
project forward," she added.
The "Name The Field Museum's T. rex" contest will begin January 27 and run
through February 20, with the winner announced on or about March 12. The
contest is open to children in kindergarten through sixth grade during the
1997/1998 school year. Entries are limited to one per child. The grand prize
will be a brand new Compaq Presario computer system with advanced multimedia
features. In addition to other software, the computer will come with an
Encyclopedia Brittannica CD98 and dinosaur software. Field Museum dinosaur T-
shirts will be awarded to 100 runners-up.
Contest entrants should suggest an imaginative one-word name, not necessarily
a person's name. The entry should also include the child's reason for his or
her choice, written in 25 words or less. The entry will be judged on the
* How well the description of the name suggests a personality for the
T. rex - 25 points.
* How well the description of the name captures the special, one-of-a-kind
qualities of the T. rex - 25 points.
* How easy the name is for kids to pronounce - 10 points.
* How well the name appeals to people of all ages - 10 points.
* How memorable and lasting the name would be - 10 points.
* Overall creativity and appeal of the name - 20 points.
Contest entry forms and information about the T. rex are available from the
Museum's web site at www.fmnh.org, or forms can be picked up at the Museum's
Information Desk in Stanley Field Hall. In addition, contest entry forms will
be available in the following newspapers: The January 27, February 3 and
February 10 issues of the Chicago Tribune's Kid's News; the January 30 and
February 6 issues of the Chicago Sun Times, and Exito; and the January 31 and
February 7 issues of the Daily Defender.
The contest will kick-off a multi-year educational program by The Field Museum
and McDonald's in which educational materials covering the discovery and
importance of the T. rex will be distributed to schools nationwide.
In addition, the Museum is scheduled to open its new McDonald's Fossil
Preparation Laboratory in May. The lab will be a state-of-the art research
facility where Museum visitors can view the preparation of the T. rex. Some
of the dinosaur's bones will also be prepared by Field Museum scientists in a
second lab, scheduled to open this spring at Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt
Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
After the fossil is completely prepared, it will be mounted for display at The
Field Museum in the year 2000.
SOURCE Field Museum of Natural History
CO: Field Museum of Natural History