What’s Wrong with Sue?
The San Bernardino County Museum’s guest lecture series
continues on Wednesday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. when Dr. Elizabeth
Rega speaks on “Paleopathology of the Tyrannosaurus rex
called Sue.” The talk is structured for a general audience
and is open to the public at no charge.
Elizabeth Rega is an assistant professor of anatomy at Western
University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pomona,
California. She earned her Ph.D. in biological anthropology from
the University of Chicago.
She will discuss the life history of Tyrannosaurus rex as determined
from studies of one of the most complete fossils of the species
ever recovered. “Sue,” now at the Field Museum in
Chicago, died around 67 million years ago at the estimated age
of 28 years. Her fossil remains tell the story of broken bones,
infectious lesions, and arthritis. Was Sue accident-prone? How
does the gigantic size of some dinosaurs relate to their life
history? Put on your forensic investigation hat and find out what
- if anything - was wrong with Sue.
The museum’s guest lecture series has been organized to
bring regional historians, scientists, and specialists to the
museum to discuss research of particular interest to inland Southern
California. Upcoming speakers on fourth Wednesday evenings in
2005 include Sally McGill on the paleoseismology of the San Andreas
Fault (January 26); Don Lofgren on fossils from the Goler Formation
(February 23); Jonathon Corbridge on GIS for museums (March 23);
John Rotenberry on ornithology (April 27), Richard Minnich on
fire ecology (May 25), and Michael Lerch on archaeology (June
22). All guest lectures start at 7:30 p.m. and all are free to
The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street
exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. Parking is free, and the
facility is handicapped-accessible. For more information, visit
www.sbcountymuseum.org or call (909) 307-2669 / TDD/TTY: (909) 792-1462.