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( July 31, 1998)
RENO RESIDENT DIGS FOR JURASSIC- ERA DINOSAUR FOSSILS WITH SOUTH DAKOTA PALEONTOLOGISTS
Melissa Zemora of Reno spent part of her 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. Zemora, who is the daughter of Sharon Winder of Reno, received hands- on, fossil digging experience at an important paleontological site near Sundance, Wyoming.
“ I wanted to experience something new and different,” said Melissa Zemora, when asked why she decided to participate in the field dig. She is a business major at Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington.
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: Melissa Zemora of Reno works on a fossil she excavated at the Jurassic- era paleontology field dig site directed by the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, South Dakota. ( Photo Courtesy of SDSM& T University & Public Relations)
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