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Tyrannosaurus Sue: The Extraordinary Saga of the Largest, Most Fought Over T-Rex Ever Found

Tyrannosaurus Sue The Extraordinary Saga of the Largest Most Fought Over T Rex Ever Found Over million years ago in what is now South Dakota a battle scarred Tyrannosaurus rex matriarch perhaps mortally wounded in a ferocious fight fell into the riverbed and died In her skeleton w

  • Title: Tyrannosaurus Sue: The Extraordinary Saga of the Largest, Most Fought Over T-Rex Ever Found
  • Author: Steve Fiffer
  • ISBN: 9780716740179
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Over 65 million years ago in what is now South Dakota, a battle scarred Tyrannosaurus rex matriarch perhaps mortally wounded in a ferocious fight fell into the riverbed and died In 1990 her skeleton was found, virtually complete, in what many have called the most spectacular dinosaur fossil discovery to date.And then another battle began a survival of the fittesOver 65 million years ago in what is now South Dakota, a battle scarred Tyrannosaurus rex matriarch perhaps mortally wounded in a ferocious fight fell into the riverbed and died In 1990 her skeleton was found, virtually complete, in what many have called the most spectacular dinosaur fossil discovery to date.And then another battle began a survival of the fittest free for all involving commercial dinosaur hunters, gun toting law officers, an ambitious federal prosecutor, a Native American tribe, jealous academics, an enterprising auction house, major museums, and corporate giants, all making their claim for the dinosaur named Sue Before it was over, there would be claims and counterclaims charges of checkbook polluted science, criminal larceny, and vengeful prosecutions and devastating prison terms And the gavel would come down on the largest ever 8.36 million auction price tag for a fossil, paid by Chicago s Field Museum, with help from Disney and McDonald s.Capturing the whole range of characters and issues embroiled in the fight for Sue, Steve Fiffer communicates both the excitement over Sue s discovery and the motivations, maneuverings, and absurdities of the various forces attempting to control her destiny.

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    1. Discovered by Sue Hendrickson and Peter Larson (president of the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research) in the wastelands of South Dakota, the largest T-Rex had survived millions of years, Sue’s last meal was some kind of platypus. She was also the subject of multiple lawsuits and a Sotherby’s auction. (She sold for millions and Larson could only participate from his house where remained under house arrest.) Larson wound up in prison, Sioux Indians claimed ownership, the government cl [...]


    2. I have a hard time explaining my reaction to this book. I was very aware of the battle over Sue, because I was living in the Black Hills at the time, and now that I'm in Chicago I make a point of stopping to see her every time I'm at the Field. It's so strange to read about all these people and places I know. And even though I was dinosaur-crazy as a kid, with this book I was impatient every time the author talked about the history of paleontology or the science of dinosaurs. I just wanted to fi [...]


    3. I listened to this on cassette tapes when it was new, so it's been a good long time ago, but it's stuck with me all those years. I remember enjoying it very much, and my enjoyment was enhanced by having seen the skeleton in person in Chicago. It was a window into something I knew nothing about - amateur dinosaur hunting.


    4. If you want a reason to be angry, this book will give you one. It chronicles the saga of the most fought over skeleton of T Rex ever found. In the hills of South Dakota, a small private institute spent resources and time of its founders and owners searching for fossils. Their primary aim was education, speaking, giving tours, hoping one day to establish a really nice museum in the town, and selling the fossils to museums all over the world. The institute didn't pay much to the founders and emplo [...]


    5. This started off so well. It was fun to read, because the author was so obviously enthusiastic about his subject, and he wants his readers to be too. He captures the common fascination we have with dinosaurs as kids and he shows that they really were worth every bit of it. Then the narrative gets twisted up in the legal bickering that followed the excavation and gets stuck there for the rest of book. This might not be the author's fault, but he fell hard and fast from "good" to "boring". I wish [...]


    6. I have been wanting to read this book since it was published. I finally saw Sue at the Chicago Field Museum and decided it was time to read it. I am very diappointed in this work. The author is not an impartial journalist at all. He may have interviewed several people involved, but he didn't consider the other viewpoints. I expected an unbiased look at the fossil of Sue and the court drama that followed. Instead, I read a book that stars Peter Larson as the hero against the system. Very poor wri [...]


    7. An interesting telling of the story behind the famous dinosaur known as "Sue" and now on display at the Field Museum in Chicago. Along the way, Fiffer includes stories of some of the collectors and paleontologists that have made finds and mistakes throughout history.The 3-star rating is due to the author's over-sympathetic portrayal of the Larsons. While I agree that the government abused their prosecutorial powers in this case; the Larsons' behavior, especially towards landowners, is very suspe [...]


    8. An engaging and accessible look at the unearthing of "Sue" the T-rex, and the ensuing (no pun intended) legal battles over her ownership. I only wish more time had been spent on the legal and ethical ramifications - particularly around Indigenous rights to fossils - and less on the stories of historical fossil collectors, some of which felt only tangentially related.



    9. The idea is a good one, and the book had promise. And yet - the promise was largely unfulfilled. The culprit is poor editting. This book could have been cut almost in half without losing much. Sentences and whole paragraphs plodded along, sometimes repeating an idea two and three times or excessively drawing out an explanation or argument. Ultimately, the author does tell the story of Sue - one of the greatest dinosaur finds - but the drama is lost and reading became a chore. Our family had visi [...]


    10. Written by a journalist who also happens to be an attorney, Tyrannosaurus Sue: The Extraordinary Saga of the Largest, Most Fought Over. T. Rex Ever Found does an outstanding job of setting the scene for exploring the complex parallels between for-profit fossil collection outfits and the universities that cannot possibly pay property owners the collecting fees they increasingly demand and my home discipline of archaeology where private collectors are frequently pitted against professional archaeo [...]


    11. Tyrannosaurus Sue does have its problems. First of all, Steve Fiffer is quite pun oriented. This is funny the first few times, but then it just gets kind of annoying. Secondly, the author jumps around to different people, places, times, and events, and this can get a little bit disorienting. One minute I'm reading a paragraph about Tyrannosaurus Sue and the Larsons, and the very next paragraph is about a fossil hunter from 1869! Quite often I felt like I had whiplash due to all that jumping abou [...]


    12. In 1990, Sue Hendrickson and the Black Hills Institute made an amazing discovery. A Tyrannosaurs Rex fossil. Not just any T. Rex fossil, but the largest, most well-preserved and the most complete example of one ever found, which is still true today in 26 years later. It's a holy grail for paleontologists, so much could be learned from such an amazing specimen. And then the United States government ruined it. Just as the Black Hills Institute was performing the delicate process of preserving her, [...]


    13. My father recently completed his two-year term as president of the Dallas Paleontology Society. He discovered fossil hunting maybe ten years ago and has been hooked ever since. We live in north Texas, so the majority of fossils in our area are sea creatures — mostly ammonites — but through his work with DPS he’s helped excavate mosasaurs and even a mammoth. I have heard first-hand from him the difficulties of securing the rights to fossils. He’s done everything from navigate the complexi [...]


    14. I have seen Sue at Chicago's Field Museum on a number of occasions, but was completely unaware of the fossil's unbelievable back story. The chapters detailing the discovery and eventual sale of Sue were most interesting to me. The middle of the book reads like a legal textbook, with lengthy discussions and excerpts from the civil and criminal trials, which even as a lawyer I found a bit tedious, hence the three-star rating. The author also mixes in a lot of paleontological history which some mig [...]


    15. a great story over the ownership of the fossil TRex, Sue. already knowing the outcome (I saw Sue at the Field Museum this summer), I teared up reading how the eventual auction ended ("…in her new home on the shores of Lake Michigan."). however, I wasn't crazy about Fiffer's writing style. I would have much preferred to have read this same story but written by Laura Hillenbrand (Unbroken and Seabuscuit), or, Erik Larson.


    16. I'd recommend this book only to those who are really interested in this very unusual story of an amazing dinosaur. If you're a bit of an armchair paleontologist then, like me, you'll probably be entertained by the people side of Sue's story. It's a bizarre one for sure. I had heard of Sue and had some inkling of her unusual past and when I was lucky enough to actually meet her I had to pick up this book from the Field Museum to learn more.


    17. This details the legal battle for Sue, the most-complete (and, yes, most fought over) T-Rex skeleton ever found. The author seemed mostly sympathetic to Larson (the man whose organization found and excavated it) over all the other parties involved. It felt like an awful lot was left out and I could never quite immerse myself in it since my skepticism was on full throttle throughout the book. I still enjoyed it and now I want to go to Chicago.


    18. A great that combines an archeological adventure with a legal battle that crosses several courts. The true story of the discovery, contentious legal fight and ultimately the auction that brought the world's most complete T. Rex skeleton to the Field Museum in Chicago. A pretty balanced review of the drama that unfolded after the discovery of "Sue".


    19. A very entertaining read. Especially interesting how the book both eviscerates the government's efforts in this case without letting any of the other players off the hook. A great read for those who feel academia sometimes becomes a little too full of itself.


    20. Wonderful story of the fight over "Sue", the largest most complete (90%) tyrannosaurus fossil ever found. Discovered in 1990, confiscated by the US Government & finally sold at a Sotheby's auction in New York -- what's not to love?


    21. I listened to this book while working on a long stained glass project. It is a well written piece of journalism. The authors do a fine job of describing the many stake holders each putting forth their claim upon the fossil skeleton.


    22. When the book deals with the archeological dig and archeological information it is very interesting. When the book discusses the long, tedious, convoluted court cases which Sue's discovery births, as it were, the book makes conversation with my mother-in-law seem more interesting.


    23. This was a really interesting and readable story! It described in a simple manner the process of finding fossils and other topics in paleontology. It also told of the dramatic legal battle over Sue, the T-Rex fossil. I would recommend it.


    24. Rather dull legal maneuverings and nearly entirely one-sided treatment, though nice handling of auction sequence and final chapters. Could use some fact-checking - and photos to supplement (no pics within at all).


    25. I don't read non-fiction often, but I picked this up after an event at the local library. The story was very interesting and kept my attention enough to finish it, but I do wish it flowed better. It was good, but easy to put down at the same time. I hope one day to visit Sue!


    26. The story of tyrannosaurs Sue is very interesting. The writing style is not. I almost put the book down several times.


    27. I've been a dinosaur nut since I could talk, so this might not be others' thing. But it's a juicier read than it sounds; legal battles and broken promises, etc.


    28. Incredible journey of finding such a magnificent beast of the past and the intrigue of who it belonged too. All about money as you can imagine!


    29. Story of a T. Rex dug up in South Dakota; the people who found her, and the government's crusade to prosecute them.


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