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Curse of T. rex

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In 1990, a group of fossil hunters in South Dakota found a nearly complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, touching off a controversy that involved law, science, ethics, and media attention. One debate centered on who owns the skeleton. Another dealt with whether commercial fossil hunters should be allowed to remove and sell fossils from public land. A third issue focused on whether scientists should have access to significant fossil finds, no matter where they are discovered or who finds them. This program, profiling the story of a dinosaur nicknamed Sue and the commercial fossil hunter who found her, raises these issues and questions surrounding Sue's discovery and the criminal investigation that ensued.

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