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Tue 06 Jun 2006

Sue Hendrickson visits the Raffles Museum

Category : dinosaurs

5th June 2006 - The most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton is named Sue, even before scientists could be sure of its gender. The reason? Peter Larson of the Black Hills Institute told us that it was named after the person who found the first bones leading to the discovery of the world's most complete T. rex skeleton.

"The summer 1990 began in much the same way as the last summers I worked in South Dakota. Just two days before we were set to leave the site, a tire on our truck went flat. While the four others in the group left to get it fixed, I decided to stay behind. Throughout that summer, we had searched most of the cliffs in the area. But there was one spot I had never got the chance to visit. With the others gone, this was my chance.

I set out across the valley, accompanied, as usual, by my dog, Gypsy. She was my golden retriever and is a relative of Skywalker, the dog I have now. I walked around the base of the cliff with my head down, watching the ground. About halfway along, I noticed a few pieces of what looked like bones. Then I looked up. ItÕs difficult for me to put into words how I felt at that moment. There, about eight feet above my head, were three dinosaur backbones."

- Read more at Sue Hendrickson.net

We were honoured to receive Sue Hendrickson who was in town to conduct a Cafˇ Scientifique session, "Sue on SUE and other explorations" on Friday, 2nd June 2006 at the Singapore Science Centre as part of the Dinosaurs! exhibition.

Sue now resides in Honduras amidst hurricanes. She is quite the exporer, and you just have to google her name to find out why!


L-R: Caroline Tan, Karen Wong, Peter Ng, Sue Hendrickson, Tan Swee Hee in the Raffles Museum's Public Gallery on 5th June 2006.

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