Mosh Lecture: Barry Albright Discusses T Rex "Sue"

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Thursday night, June 28, UNF professor and paleontologist Dr. Barry Albright will give a special presentation in the Museum of Science of History?s Bryan-Gooding Planetarium on the science and mystery behind Sue, the largest, most-complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered. Join us after the jump for more exciting details.

Albright is currently the lecturer and lab instructor of Earth Science in the Department of Physics at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.  He received a BS in oceanography from Florida Institute of Technology, a MS in geology from Louisiana State University, and a Ph.D. in geology with an emphasis in vertebrate paleontology from the University of California, Riverside.  Prior to his employment at UNF, Dr. Albright was Curator of Geology and Paleontology at the Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff.  Dr. Albright conducts geological and paleontological field research in Utah, Oregon, and Mongolia. In addition to studying dinosaurs, marine reptiles, and mammals, he also analyzes the magnetic properties of fossil-bearing sedimentary rocks to accurately determine the age of prehistoric animals.
Albright’s presentation at MOSH will introduce visitors to the T. rex species, explore Sue’s controversial discovery, and unlock the scientifically significant secrets of the nearly complete skeleton.

Part of the MOSH After Dark Series - More information and ticket prices here

You should know these facts for your next trivia night:

*Dinosaurs evolved from a group of crocodile-like reptiles formerly called thecodonts.
*The word fossil comes from the Latin word fossilis, which means “dug up.”
*The first T. rex was unearthed in Montana by Barnum Brown in 1902.
*T. rex lived closer in time to the first humans (60 million years apart) than it did to the first dinosaurs (160 million years apart).
*It took six fossil hunters 17 days to get Sue out of the ground; it took ten preparators two years to clean and repair her bones.
*A T. rex skeleton is made up of more than 250 bones. Sue was found with most of those bones. She’s missing only a foot, one arm, and a few    
  ribs and vertebrae.
*Only two complete T. rex forelimbs have ever been found—and Sue’s is one of them!
*Sue’s legs are enormous, but her arms are the size of a human’s—so short they couldn’t even reach her mouth. No one knows how T. rex  
  used those tiny forelimbs.
*Sue’s razor-sharp teeth were continually shed and re-grown during her lifetime.

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