Sue Hendrickson

Sue Hendrickson was born on December 2, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois. She grew up in the suburb of Muster, Indiana. She was the second of three children, with an older brother and younger sister. She loved going to school and had a thirst for knowledge. She also read endlessly and was never satisfied. She is a famous paleontologist and marine archaeologist.

When Sue was young she often looked at the ground when she walked. She liked to poke around in wired bins in the alley. One day she found a small brass perfume bottle; that was the start of her interest in buried treasure, she still has that bottle.

Her mother wanted her to join the swim team so she did. She won lots of races but she hated competition. In her last year of high school she got a chance to live with her uncle in Florida. When Sue got in Florida it didnít turn out the way she wanted it to. She then moved to California. She became interested in tropical fish and moved back to Florida where she taught herself to dive. Sue also made a rescue when a friend called her and told her there was a ship stuck in a coral reef.

She became interested in fossils when she visited an amber mine in the mountains of the Dominican Republic and saw an insect preserved in amber. She was fascinated by the insect, it looked like it had just been put in amber but it was really 23 million years old.

Sue Hendrickson made an amazing discovery in 1990 in South Dakota, she discovered the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil; it is named Sue! She stumbled across this bone pile while other men were fixing a flat tire. It was her greatest discovery ever because the fossil is so complete that they have found out so many new facts about the dinosaur. Some of the facts are that the T. Rex could only run 8 to 15 miles per hour and it had a wishbone similar to a birdís. If you want to see it you can go to the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois.

Not only did she discover Sue, she wrote a book, My Life As An Explorer (Hunt For The Past).

As you can probably tell Sue Hendrickson is an amazing woman who made one of the greatest discoveries in paleontology.

Image courtesy of http://sue-hendrickson.net/gallery.asp

For more information:
http://sue-hendrickson.net/ 
http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=2280
http://www.icfw.org/Sue_Hendrickson.htm
http://dinosaurs.about.com/od/famouspaleontologists/p/suehendrickson.htm 
http://www.fmnh.org/sue/ 

By Jack and Owen, fourth grade, 2009

Last modified 06/08/2009

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