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( July 6, 1998)
SDSM& T MUSEUM OF GEOLOGY TO DIG FOR JURASSIC- ERA DINOSAUR FOSSILS NEAR SUNDANCE
The SDSM& T Museum of Geology will excavate for Jurassic- era dinosaurs and primitive mammals this month at an important paleontological site along Interstate I- 90 near Sundance, WY. Dr. James Martin, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology for the SDSM& T Museum of Geology, will lead two sessions, each two weeks in length. The first field session runs from July 6 to 17. A second session follow from July 20 - 31.
These field digs will focus on excavating adult and juvenile Allosaurus fossils that have been located at this site. Allosaurus, which means strange lizard, was a flesh- eating dinosaur from the Jurassic age ( 150 million years ago). Allosaurs were approximately 36 feet long and walked semi- upright on their hind legs. The teeth of Allosaurus are somewhat knife- like in contrast to the rounder teeth in its younger relative, Tyrannosaurus rex.
SDSM& T’s field paleontology program attracts students, teachers and others from across the nation each summer. The public can participate on a limited, space- available basis. To register for SDSM& T field digs or obtain additional information, individuals should contact Dr. Philip Bjork, SDSM& T Museum of Geology, at 1- 800- 544- 8162, ext. 2467, or via email: pbjork@ msmailgw. sdsmt. edu.
( Media Advisory: Julie Smoragiewicz, SDSM& T Director of University & Public Relations, will be visiting the Sundance field dig site this Friday, July 10th. Anyone interested in doing an on- site field dig story is welcome to call Julie directly at 394- 5146 or Darrell Sawyer at 394- 6082 to make specific arrangements to visit the site.)
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