Barney, Eat Your Heart Out

The Field Museum in Chicago celebrates five years of Sue, the intact Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton

When Sue's skeletal remains were bought eight years ago by Chicago's Field Museum for $8.4 million, the biggest bucks ever spent on a dinosaur fossil, plenty of jaws of the human variety dropped. Sue, the largest and most intact Tyrannosaurus rex found anywhere, has proved to be the most marketable dinosaur on the planet. The museum last week celebrated Sue's fifth "birthday" (she was first unveiled in 2000) with theater performances, dino-size puppets and super-size cakes. Along with such merchandise as T shirts and a Sue backpack ($22.95), 14 new Sue-themed toys, including paintable figurines and magnetic sculptures, will soon go...

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