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Video: Dancing Dinos Celebrate Sue The T-Rex Turning 26 (Plus 67 Million)

By Gwendolyn Purdom in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 12, 2016 7:38PM

After watching the delightful video the Field Museum released today celebrating star attraction Sue The T. rex's 26th "Unearth Day," we're pretty convinced we'll never be satisfied by a birthday party again unless it also features a squad of fancy-footed dancing dinos. Sue has earned the party: since she was discovered in South Dakota in 1990, she's remained the most complete T. rex skeleton out of the more than 30 that have been found. According to the Field Museum, Sue (who may or may not actually be female) died at 28, making her fossilized remains also the most geriatric specimen scientists have encountered. Plus, she looks pretty good for 67 million.

Sue famously has a controversial history. When paleontologist Sue Hendrickson stumbled across her famous find's bones, a battle was launched over who officially owned the specimen: The excavation team? The owner of the land? The Sioux Native American tribe? There was even a documentary about it. Eventually, Sue (the dinosaur, not the paleontologist) went up for auction and was purchased by the Field Museum and a group of others.

Aside from the twinkle-toed T. rex dance party, Friday's "Unearth Day" celebration included an online campaign to wish Sue well and the release of a rad Unearthing Day Spotify playlist, featuring Paula Abdul, Wilson Phillips and Public Enemy, released by Sue herself. And by "Sue herself," we mean whatever genius human runs her social media accounts. Seriously, if you aren't following @SUEtheTrex, do yourself a favor and get on that. See below for further proof:

Cheers to you, Sue. Here's to 67,000,026 more!