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( July 31, 1998)
ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT DIGS FOR JURASSIC- ERA DINOSAUR FOSSILS WITH SOUTH DAKOTA PALEONTOLOGISTS
Bobbi Olson of Lake City 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. Bobbi is the daughter of John and Kandy Olson of Lake City and will be a freshman at St. Cloud State University this fall.
“ Going to field digs is an opportunity for me to get out in the world and have new experiences,” said Bobbi Olson in describing her reasons for participating in the field dig. “ It’s a lot of fun working outside digging with other people from all over. I think it’s a great experience, but it is only a hobby for me.”
Under the direction of Dr. James Martin, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology for the SDSM& T Museum of Geology, the field dig at this important paleontological site focused on excavating adult and juvenile Allosaurus fossils. 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: Bobbi Olson of Lake City works on excavating 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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