T. rex discoverer visits the Museum
October 07, 2003
Hear the exciting stories behind the discovery of the T. rex, Sue, and those who tried to claim her as their own at presentations on Oct. 11 by South Dakota paleontologist, Peter Larson. Larson, who has found more T. rex specimens than anyone else in the world, was part of the fossil-hunting team that discovered Sue, the largest and most complete T. rex skeleton ever found. Joining him will be Kristin Donnan, an investigative reporter who was sent to uncover the true story behind Sue during the legal wrangling over her discovery. Their presentations include "Finding Tyrannosaurus Rex: How it's Done," from 10 to11 a.m. and "Sue: The Story Behind the Story," from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Larson and Donnan will sign copies of their book, Rex Appeal: The Amazing Story of Sue, the Dinosaur That Changed Science, the Law, and My Life from 3 to 4 p.m.
Called the Indiana Jones of paleontology, Larson has excavated seven Tyrannosaurus rexes and hundreds of other dinosaurs, providing the raw materials for his new scientific theories on everything from dinosaur gender to elusive ideas about the behavior of extinct creatures. Founder and president of the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, the largest private fossil facility in the world, Larson has placed fossils in virtually every major natural history museum in the world, and has had an unparalleled impact on the fields of paleontology and the law, having fought the federal government in the largest, most publicized criminal trial over fossils.
Writer Kristin Donnan has won several journalism awards though the South Dakota Press Women's Association, as well as the prestigious Bush Artists Fellowship. Her writing career includes a science and health editorship at McCall's and a role investigating controversial legal cases for NBC's Unsolved Mysteries. A decade of research into the saga of Sue led to an unexpected twist in her future, a special magazine series on collecting dinosaurs, and her honorary membership in the ranks of amateur paleontologists.
Larson's and Donnan's talks are in conjunction with the exhibit, A T. rex Named Sue, at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art through Jan. 18, 2004.
For more information, call 343-6151.