Rex Appeal: The Amazing Story of Sue, the Dinosaur That Changed Science, the Law, and My Life

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When Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute discovered the world's largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton beneath a South Dakota butte in 1990, they had no idea that it would be the find of a lifetime. Sue, as the skeleton came to be known, would ultimately not only lead them to international recognition, but also pull them into a world of FBI investigations, Native American land claims, competitive paleontologists, and avaricious museum curators. This gripping story chronicles ...
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When Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute discovered the world's largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton beneath a South Dakota butte in 1990, they had no idea that it would be the find of a lifetime. Sue, as the skeleton came to be known, would ultimately not only lead them to international recognition, but also pull them into a world of FBI investigations, Native American land claims, competitive paleontologists, and avaricious museum curators. This gripping story chronicles the adventures of Larson and his group, explaining the art, technology, and politics behind one of the most successful group of T-rex hunters.
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"Riveting. A highly readable adventure story. Tough, if not impossible, for fossil fans to put down." —The Denver Post

"Provides the personal, behind-the-scenes drama that only someone who lived it could provide. Highly recommended." —Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931229388
  • Publisher: Invisible Cities Press Llc
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author


Peter Larson is the founder of the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research. His discoveries can be viewed at virtually every major natural history museum in the world. Kristin Donnan is a journalist and former editor at McCall's. They are the coauthors of Bones Rock! Everything You Need to Know to Be a Paleontologist. They both live in Hill Top, South Dakota.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Authors' Note xv
Prologue 1
1 A Dinosaur Named Sue 3
2 Past Finders and Three-Piece Suits 15
3 Free at Last 47
4 Sex and the Single Rex 77
5 A Body of Evidence 103
6 The Young and the Restless 149
7 Worlds Apart 183
8 A Mad Tea Party 219
9 The Verdict 255
10 Time to Breathe 267
11 Family Values 303
12 Life after Death 329
Epilogue 341
Appendices
A Extinction Timeline 353
B Key Events Timeline 354
C The Modern Bone War 358
D Tyrannosaurus rex Specimen Timeline 361
E Carnivorous Dinosaur Family Tree 362
F Tyrannosaurus rex Bone Diagrams 363
G Protest Posters 366
Glossary 369
Acknowledgments 379
Notes 385
Bibliography 391
Index 399
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