|If not Sue, then which Tyrannosaurus rex specimen is the most important to science? That title goes to the type (name-bearing) specimen that in biology serves as the comparative point of reference for a species. For T. rex that distinction is held by CM (Carnegie Museum) 9380, an incomplete skull and skeleton of an adult. Image modified from Osborn (1906).|
Regardless, it is a claim that will not snow the historians of the future who, with untarnished clarity, upon watching this screed upon a mote on the legal landscape, they will discover the thinnest of smokescreens intended to obscure the real issue that plagued vertebrate paleontology from the late Twentieth Century to the early Twenty-first Century, namely the sale of fossils by amateurs out of the hands of science. In that light, the overreach of the tagline is sufficient to impart a rose tint to the jadest cheek, present or future.