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( July 31, 1998)
BATON ROUGE RESIDENTS DIG FOR JURASSIC- ERA DINOSAUR FOSSILS WITH SOUTH DAKOTA PALEONTOLOGISTS
Kathy and Jim Heaslip of Baton Rouge spent two weeks this summer digging for Jurassic- era dinosaur fossils with paleontologists from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ( SDSM& T) in Rapid City, South Dakota. The Heaslips received hands- on, fossil digging experience at an important paleontological site near Sundance, Wyoming.
Coupled with a general interest in paleontology, the enthusiasm and comments of a friend of Kathy’s prompted the Heaslips to travel to South Dakota and participate in the field excavation. Under the direction of Dr. James Martin, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology for the SDSM& T Museum of Geology, the field dig focused on excavating adult and juvenile Allosaurus fossils 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.
Each summer SDSM& T’s field paleontology program attracts students, teachers and others from across the nation. The public can participate on a limited, space- available basis. To obtain additional information about SDSM& T’s field paleo program, 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.
Photo Caption: Jim and Kathy Heaslip of Baton Rouge work on excavating the Allosaur fossils discovered at the Jurassic- era paleontology field dig site under the direction of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, South Dakota. ( Photo Courtesy of SDSM& T University & Public Relations)
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