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Peter Larson (born 1952) is an American paleontologist from the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research that led the team that excavated "Sue", one of the most complete specimens of Tyrannosaurus rex found to date. He also co-authored the book "Rex Appeal" which relates the story of how the U.S. Government took possession of the "Sue" T. rex skeleton following its excavation, and Bones Rock!, a book telling you tips and requirements on how to be a palaeontologist, with information on palaeontology's history. Larson as a result of the government seizure of property at the Black Hills Institute, from charges pertaining to paleontological work unrelated to the T. Rex find, was remanded to the federal penitentiary at Florence, Colorado for his conviction of two felonies and two misdemeanors.
Peter Larson was one of the first to work with T. rex bone pathologies, has worked to uncover sexual dimorphism in the chevron length of T. rex and is considered an overall expert on T. rex fossils.
He is currently president of Black Hills Institute of Geological Research Inc.
- Larson,Pand Frey,E. "Sexual Dimorphism in the Abundant Upper Cretaceous Theropod, T. rex." Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 12, Abstract 96, 3 September 1992.
- Larson, P. and Donnan, K. "Rex Appeal". Montpelier, VT: Invisible Cities Press, 2002.
- Larson, P. and Carpenter, K. "Tyrannosaurus Rex, the Tyrant King (Life of the Past)". Indiana University Press, 2008.
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