World’s Most Popular Dinosaur Gets New Look at Chicago Museum

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In the early 1990s, scientist Sue Hendrickson discovered the world’s largest Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur skeleton.

20世纪90年代初,科学家苏·亨德里克森发现了世界上最大的雷克斯霸王龙骨架。

It was found in rock formations in the American state of South Dakota.

它是在美国南达科他州的岩层中发现的。

The skeleton is known as Sue, in honor of Hendrickson.

这具恐龙骨架被命名为苏,以纪念亨德里克森。

Visitors to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago have been able to see Sue since 2000.

自2000年以来,芝加哥菲尔德自然历史博物馆的参观者们就可以观赏到这副恐龙骨架了。

However, for most of 2018, Sue was nowhere to be seen.

然而,在2018年的大部分时间里,苏都不对外开放参观。

Instead, experts spent 10 months working on and adding to the world-famous skeleton.

取而代之的是专家们花了10个月的时间对这具举世闻名的骨架进行研究和重新拼装。

Jaap Hoogstraten is the Field Museum’s director of exhibitions.

亚普·霍格斯特拉滕是菲尔德博物馆的展览总监。

He says museum workers have learned new things about the skeleton’s shape since 2000.

他说,自2000年以来,博物馆的工作人员已经对这具骨架的形状有了新的认识。

"Since 2000, we’ve made discoveries about the pose.

“自2000年以来,我们就已经对骨架的外观有了很多发现。

We’ve added the gastralia, which are the belly ribs, which changes the outline of Sue quite a bit…”

我们新增了腹膜肋,也就是腹部肋骨部分,这让苏的外观轮廓发生了很大的变化……”

The ribs themselves are not a new discovery.

腹膜肋本身并不是一个新发现。

They have existed since the fossil was recovered.

自从化石被发现以来,它们就一直存在。

But scientists only recently understood how they fit onto the skeleton.

但是科学家直到最近才知道它们是如何组装到骨架的哪个部分中的。

That understanding greatly changes what is known about the Tyrannosaurus rex.

这一发现极大地改变了人们对雷克斯霸王龙的认知。

Hilary Hansen is the Field Museum project manager.

希拉里·汉森是菲尔德博物馆项目经理。

"I didn’t really realize that Sue weighed nine tons in real life.

“我真没想到苏在现实生活中有九吨重。

Really, adding this gastralia, these belly ribs, really changes the profile for Sue,

真的,加上腹膜肋,这些腹部肋骨,真的改变了苏的形象,

and you can get a sense of how formidable and imposing it must have been to share an environment with this animal."

你可以感觉到和这种动物共处在一个环境下是多么地令人震撼。"

Hansen adds that Sue’s newly opened exhibit changes our understanding of the animal itself.

汉森补充说,苏重新与观众见面后会改变了我们对雷克斯霸王龙的认知。

It also helps show visitors Sue’s natural environment and place in history.

这还有助于向游客展示苏所生存的自然环境和其历史地位。

"What we’re trying to do is bring together everything about Sue that was all over the Field museum into one space

“我们现在想做的是把菲尔德博物馆里所有关于苏的东西都集中到一个空间内进行展览陈列,

so that our visitors can see this as a one-stop shop for all things Sue."

这样我们的参观者就可以一站式地进行参观。”

The Field Museum usually welcomes over one million visitors a year.

菲尔德博物馆通常每年接待100多万游客。

But Hansen expects that number to increase because of the new Sue exhibit.

但是汉森预计,由于苏的重新拼装后展览,这一数字还会增加。

She said the museum is expecting up to 10,000 visitors each day in the first weeks of 2019.

她说,博物馆预计在2019年的头几周,每天将接待多达1万名游客。

I’m Jonathan Evans.

乔纳森·埃文斯为您播报。

2019-01-09
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