In 1990, paleontologist Peter Larson and his team discovered the biggest and most complete T. rex skeleton ever recorded in the badlands of South Dakota. Named Sue – after Susan Hendrickson, the woman who initially found the first fossils – the skeleton became a major tourist attraction for Larson’s Black Hill Institute. But in 1992, the FBI arrived with a warrant and the National Guard – and confiscated Sue, claiming that the scientists had stolen her off private property. It seems everyone wanted a piece of Sue. Over the next 10 years, Larson’s team would have to fight in court, not only for their right to keep Sue but also for their own freedom.
Directed by Todd Douglas Miller, Dinosaur 13 was a crowd-pleaser at Sundance, where it debuted earlier this year. It was quickly picked up by Lionsgate and CNN Films, and it will open in theaters and VOD on Aug. 15.
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