“Field Museum Introduces Maximo Messaging” by S.M. O’Connor

The Field Museum of Natural History announced today, Wednesday, May 8, 2019 that it had launched Message Máximo to allow the public to chat with Máximo the Titanosaur online or via text message by dialing 70221. Máximo is a cast of a Patagotitan mayorum, which was a genus of Titanosaur sauropod dinosaurs that lived near the end of the Cretaceous period that ended approximately 69,000,000 years ago.  A farmer named Aurelio discovered a Patagotitan mayorum femur in 2010.  Last year, the Máximo cast was assembled in Stanley Field Hall.  It replaced SUE the Tyranosaurus rex, which moved upstairs to The Griffin Halls of Evolving Planet.  SUE’s new exhibit gallery and Máximo are both part of the Griffin Dinosaur Experience.

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Figure 1 Caption: One of my wee nieces chatted with Máximo.  His answers may have been generated by a computer program, not a dinosaur ghost (much to her disappointment), but it’s a lively way to impart knowledge about the Patagotitan mayorum.

fieldmuseum_maximo-383 Photo by Lucy Hewett, © 2018 Field Museum

Figure 2 Credit: Lucy Hewitt, © The Field Museum Caption: In this picture of Stanley Field Hall, we see Máximo the Titosaur, Carl Akeley’s Elephant Group, the head of a pterosaur model, and one of the hanging gardens.

The Field Museum has over 30,000,000 artifacts and specimens.  Over 150 scientists, conservators, and collections staff members work there.  The Field Museum is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its foundation.

Open 364 days a year (every day but Christmas Day) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the last admission time normally being 4:00 p.m.  Please note The Field Museum will close early at 4:00 p.m. (with last entry at 3:00 p.m.) on Thursday and Friday (May 9, 2019 and May 10, 2019) for the sixty-eighth annual Members’ Nights.

The address is 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60605.  The phone number is (312) 922-9410.  The Website U.R.L. is https://www.fieldmuseum.org/.

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