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Dinosaur 13

When paleontologists made the world’s greatest dinosaur discovery, the largest, most complete T. rex ever found, it was the beginning of a ten-year battle with the U.S. government, powerful museums, Native American tribes, and competing paleontologists, not only to keep their dinosaur but their own freedom.

Director: Todd Douglas Miller
Year: 2014
Time: 95 min

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Learn more about paleontology and the many branches of this intriguing scientific field. National Geographic Education offers extensive – and easily accessible – information through their website.

Read Rex Appeal: The Amazing Story of Sue, the Dinosaur That Changed Science, the Law, and My Life, written by Donnan and Larson. The book convinced director Miller to make DINOSAUR 13. 

Learn more about the work of The Paleontological Society – an international nonprofit devoted to advancing the field of paleontology – and the funding they provide prospective paleontologists with.

Become a part of the network of The Paleontology Portal that offers a wealth of information covering all aspects of the field, from fossil findings to institutions offering paleontology studies. 

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Interview With Peter Larson and Todd Douglas Miller

“As a human being, I like to look forward for the next great new thing, but as a paleontologist, I also look backward all the time. We look backward at Sue’s life and looking at her heel injuries and things that give us snapshots of moments in her life, if we get enough of them, we can put them back together.”

Read the full interview on the Movable Fest.

Field Museum Playing Dead Before Sue Auction

How exactly did the Field Museum of Natural History managed to fly in under the radar to snag the world’s most spectacular Tyrannosaurus rex specimen?

Find out  here. 

Don’t Believe the Anti-Government Tale

Read the Slate article critical of the message of DINOSAUR 13.

The Wilderness Act

Learn more about the act that created the US National Wilderness Preservation System and provided the means for Americans to induct unspoiled areas into the system.

Florida Fossil Hunter Gets Credit For Big Find

“It’s one of the most significant pieces of prehistoric art ever found in North America — a carving of a mammoth or mastodon on a piece of fossilized bone dating back to the Ice Age. An amateur fossil hunter found it several years ago in Vero Beach, Florida. Now, after three years of study, a team of researchers say they believe it’s authentic.”

Read or listen to the story on NPR. 

Tyrannosaurus Rex: King of the Dinosaurs

Aside from being one of the largest of the known carnivorous dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex — T. rex, for short — is the dinosaur that has arguably received the most media exposure.

Find out more about the fascinating dinosaur here.

New Tech for Ancient Fossils

The modern study of extinct animals is being driven by cutting-edge imaging technology, 3D modeling and virtual reconstruction and dissection—advancing our knowledge of the ancient animals but also of other species old and new. New imaging techniques are even allowing fossils to be virtually removed from surrounding rock; the resulting virtual bones can be easily shared and studied, or even printed.

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Top 10 Most Expensive Auction Items

“Apart from his soulful voice and swinging hips, Elvis Presley was known for his hair. So it’s perhaps no surprise that a strand from the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s pompadour — surreptitiously hoarded by his personal barber — would bring in more dough than hair from John Lennon ($48,000), John F. Kennedy ($3,000) and Beethoven ($7,300) combined.”

Here’s a look at some other pricey auction items.


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