Dinosaur 13

Synopsis: When Paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research made the world's greatest dinosaur discovery in 1990, they knew it was the find of a lifetime; the largest, most complete T. rex ever found. But during a ten-year battle with the U.S. government, powerful museums, Native American tribes, and competing paleontologists, they found themselves not only fighting to keep their dinosaur but fighting for their freedom as well.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Todd Douglas Miller
Production: Lionsgate Films
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

You go out in the field,

and you look up in the sky,

and you see the stars,

and some of that light

that's coming down to your eye

has been traveling

for millions of years.

So you look up, and you're

looking at the past,

and then you look down,

and you're looking at the past.

You know, those dinosaur bones

are, like,

millions of years old,

and that light left there maybe

at the same time that you're looking...

it's just you're kind of

sandwiched in that world,

and it's really...

really a wonderful place

being out in the field.

It was a brilliant story,

I mean, if you

didn't have to live it

like the Larsons did.

It's a good American tale.


it had a bad ending

for a couple real

brilliant paleontologists.

What does that

white line mean, Susan?

We'd been digging

at the Ruth Mason Quarry

since 1979.

The 1990 season,

I think we were

into the third month.

We'd been working north...

actually not working at

the quarry itself anymore.

We were actually prospecting

and looking for fossils.

We were looking for fossils

on Sharky Williams'

and his brother

Maurice Williams' ranch

and finding

some pretty cool stuff,

and we get up on August 12,

look outside the tent,

and it's foggy.

It's kind of a weird thing

to have fog on the prairie.

So we got kind of

a little bit later start.

We weren't in any big hurry,

because you couldn't see

very well,

and then went out to start

loading up the Suburban.

We have a 1975 Suburban

all rusted out.

And I look,

and the tire's flat.

So I say, "Oh, crap."

Well, almost flat.

Still had a little bit

of air in it.

So I go in the back

to get the spare tire,

and the spare tire's flat,

so I pull out the tire pump,

and the tire pump hose

is broken.

So we figure,

"I guess we better...

we better head in to town

while we still have

enough air in the tire

to get there."

We decided, well,

we're gonna have to go to town.

I'd been out there

for four of five weeks.

Going to town, that's okay.

I can take it easy

for half an hour,

an hour. That's fine with me,

but of course, Susan,

Susan just can't handle that.

You know, that's a waste

of time, right?

There was the flat tire.

I was like, "Great.

You guys go to town

and don't need me.

I've got this place

I want to look at."

Out there, you need landmarks

to find your way around,

and I said,

"Okay, it's foggy.

You can't see.

Make sure you don't walk

in a circle."

And, like, two hours later, I

was right back where I started,

and I could not believe it.

I just couldn't believe it,

'cause I was, like,

trying so hard to walk straight.

It was like...

I felt really stupid.

Believe it was the next day

we went back

with the video camera

and just kind of reenacted,

you know, how I found her.

Anybody who had any idea

what a fossil versus a rock was

would have seen it,

'cause there was

a lot of broken bones

dribbling down.

About eight foot

up the side of the cliff,

there were

three articulated vertebrae

and a couple other pieces

of bones sticking out.

From the debris pile,

I picked up scraps

that showed the hollowness

and took it with,

'cause I knew if I went back

to where they were working,

they wouldn't believe me.

We got back after

fixing the tire,

and we were at the dig site.

We were just finishing

up doing stuff,

and Susan comes up.

And she opens her hand,

and she's got two pretty

small pieces of bone,

only about this big,

in her hand.

And I'd never seen the inside

of a T. Rex vertebra before,

but I knew exactly that was

what she had in her hand,

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