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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
( May 12, 1998)
DIG FOR DINOSAURS THIS SUMMER WITH SDSM& T MUSEUM OF GEOLOGY
Individuals interested in digging for dinosaurs have the opportunity to do so this summer with the SDSM& T Museum of Geology. Paleontologists from the Museum of Geology will be leading several field expeditions this summer to important paleontological sites in the Black Hills, western South Dakota, and along the Missouri River.
The public can register to take part in these digs on a limited, space- available basis. Participants will work in small groups with the involved paleontologists. The field digs also can be taken for academic credit. Each summer individuals from around the country travel to South Dakota to participate in field digs with SDSM& T’s paleontologists who are known nationally and internationally for their expertise.
Officials from the SDSM& T Museum of Geology will be conducting scientific excavations for Jurassic dinosaurs and mammals; Late Cretaceous dinosaurs; Miocene vertebrate mammals; Late Cretaceous marine turtles, mosasaurs, and plesiosaurs; giant pigs and rhinos in Badlands National Park; Pleistocene mammals, fish and birds; and many other fossils.
The dates, locations and brief descriptions of the various field paleo digs offered this summer by the Museum of Geology are as follows:
June 15 - 26 Late Cretaceous Dinosaurs and other vertebrates from northwestern South Dakota ( Drs. James Martin and Bruce Schumacher)
June 15 - 26 Giant Pigs and Rhinos in Badlands National Park - excavate a tangle of Archaeotherium and Subhyracodon in the classic White River Badlands ( Carrie L. Herbel)
July 6 - 17 Miocene Vertebrates of Flint Hill, a generous mixture of large and small
mammals in Bennett County, South Dakota ( Carrie L. Herbel)
July 6 - 17 Jurassic Dinosaurs and Mammals I near Sundance, Wyoming. The “ found” world of Camarasaurus and Allosaurus and tiny primitive mammals are present at this exciting locality. ( Dr. James Martin)
July 20 - 31 Jurassic Dinosaurs and Mammals II, the second excavation session at this important paleontological site described above ( Dr. James Martin)
August 3 - 14 Marine Turtles, Mosasaurs, and Plesiosaurs from the Late Cretaceous Excavations along the Missouri River near Chamberlain, South Dakota ( Drs. Gorden Bell, James Martin and David Parris) A follow up session August 17 - 28 is also available.
August 17 - 28 The Unwily Coyote Site, a series of fissure and cave deposits in the northern Black Hills that is producing camels, coyotes and a diverse assemblage of tiny vertebrates. The setting is especially conducive for field work. ( Dr. Philip Bjork)
Individuals interested in obtaining additional information about participating in the field digs can call ( 605) 394- 2467 or ( 800) 544- 8162/ ext. 2467; email pbjork@ msmail. gw. mail. sdsmt. edu; or write to Dr. Philip Bjork, Director, SDSM& T Museum of Geology, 501 E. St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701.
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