Fossils, G-Men, Money, and Museums

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Science  08 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5485, pp. 1695-1696
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5485.1695

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Tyrannosaurus Sue The Extraordinary Saga of the Largest, Most Fought Over T. rex Ever Found. By Steve Fiffer. Freeman, New York, 2000. 248 pp. $24.95. ISBN 0-7167-4017-6.

Fiffer offers a lively account of the 20th-century bone war that culminated with a record-breaking auction for a fossil. The competing factions included commercial fossil hunters, an ambitious prosecutor, armed law enforcement officers, a Native American tribe, academics, major museums, and corporate giants.