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Half the Story

By MarcTwang
Written September 13, 2014
An okay documentary. A little heavy on crappy old video footage and tracking shots of empty courtrooms. It's also very much slanted to the Larson's perspective. The government's actions and penalties were definitely heavy handed. But the doc doesn't delve into the increasing hostility of academic paleontologists toward commercial collectors, like the Larsons, The PhDs lobbied for recent legislation to restrict the collecting of fossils on government lands to academic institutions. I think the Larson case was meant to make an example. The doc sets up landowner Williams as the villain since he took a check, then welched on the deal. But the check, shown in close-up, reads payment was for a "theropod", not the T.rex the Larsons knew it to be. So these guys were not entirely honest. Sue wound up in a good home where the public can enjoy her and researchers can study her. The Larsons deserved a wrist slap, not to be slapped in jail.
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Dinosaur 13

By aluminumm0nster6
Written September 13, 2014
my heart hurt after this ****!
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Super movie

By tjhebditch
Written September 13, 2014
So how wrong some actions are
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It is true. You just can't make this stuff up.

By jtlyonsden
Written September 13, 2014
Great documentary! Organized and clear throughout with a great story. If you’ve ever wanted to find a dinosaur fossil, you must see this film. Everything that happens after the initial find is just irritating. A prime example of how our government can stymy scientific learning and research for what ultimately becomes a personal grudge. I already knew a bit of the story, but I had no idea the over-reach exercised by our federal government. My 10-year-old also loved it. Full of questions afterwards, which is always good.
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