There are a lot of famous residents of Downtown Chicago. Between the city’s several professional sports teams and a world-class theater district in The Loop,many famous people have called the city home over the years.
But what about dinosaurs? Many Chicago residents are familiar with our most famous resident dinosaur,a T. Rex by the name of SUE. SUE lives at the Field Museum in downtown Chicago near furnished rentals in the city. And while she was thought to be all alone,researchers recently found teeth belonging to a shark in the same dirt as SUE was found in. Finding the teeth in the same soil as SUE leads experts to believe that the 2-foot shark likely lived at the same time as SUE and was probably living in the water that SUE drank every day.
“This shark lived at the same time as SUE the T. rex. It was part of the same world,” says Pete Makovicky,the museum’s curator of dinosaurs. “Most of its body wasn’t preserved because sharks’ skeletons are made of cartilage,but we were able to find its tiny fossilized teeth.”
Nestled in between skyscrapers and business apartments in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago,the Field Museum has long been a sought-after destination for both residents of the city and tourists alike. Dinosaur fossils are just one of the many things people travel to the Field Museum for,and the new findings are sure to drum up some new support for the museum.
The findings are leading scientists at the Field Museum to believe that they might not have had it all correct when they made their initial assessments about where SUE might have lived when she died. Because of the watery implications of the findings,experts are currently starting from the beginning to get a better idea of SUE’s origins.