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Tyrannosaurus Sue

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By halcamdad on
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Tyrannosaurus Sue by Steve Fiffer is an excellent book chronicling the discovery of the largest near complete fossilized tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever unearthed. The intial find was made by Sue Hendrickson, an amateur fossil hunter and scuba diver after whom the dinosaur was named. Peter Larson's institute in South Dakota performed the excavation on what was thought to be private land. The private landowner was paid and everything went off without a hitch.

Unfortunately, the landowner, the Sioux Nation and the Feds all got involved and the whole thing turned fiasco. The fossil was seized by the Federal government. It took years of battle in court to sort things out.

The political forces that drive science are amazing. As a scientist in another field, I know this to be true; however, I was floored by the bureaucracy surrounding Sue's discovery. I won't spoil the fun by revealing Sue's destination. Read on to find out. It's a great book offering insight into the political nature of science.