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Anniston museum’s dinosaur exhibit draws huge crowd

ANNISTON (AP) — Huge crowds took a trip into the dinosaur era for the opening weekend of the Anniston Museum of Natural History’s exhibit of “Sue,” a precise replica of the full-sized Tyrannosaurs rex skeleton that has been a hit since unveiled in Chicago in 2000.

At least 1,500 visitors viewed the “A T-Rex Named Sue” exhibit Saturday and Sunday, said museum marketing director Margie Conner. About 30,000 are expected to see the exhibit, which runs until Jan. 6.

Sue, whose actual skeleton is still at the Field Museum in Chicago, stands 13 feet high at the hips and is 42 feet long from head to tail.

Conner said two exact replicas were made of the Chicago Sue, with the one now in Anniston on tour in North America and the other touring Europe and Asia.

The bones are described by the Field Museum as the largest, most complete and best preserved T. rex fossil yet discovered.

The Anniston exhibit includes interactives with scientific content from Field Museum paleontologists, along with touchable replicas, videos and other dinosaur-related material and information.

The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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