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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 8, 1999
MUSEUM OF GEOLOGY RECEIVES DONATION OF ONE OF LARGEST FOSSIL SHRIMP, CRAB & LOBSTER COLLECTIONS IN THE WORLD
An alumnus of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) has donated his fossil collection of fossil shrimp, crab, and lobster specimens to the Museum of Geology. Gale Bishop, Emeritus Professor at Georgia Southern University and Co- Director of St. Catherine’s Sea Turtle Conservation Program, has been collecting fossil decapods for over 25 years and has accumulated one of the largest decapod ( lobster, crab, and shrimp) collections in the world.
By donating his collection to the Museum, the fossils will be returning to their region of origin. The largest collections within the 22,000 specimen donation were discovered in South Dakota, with smaller collections coming from Texas, Montana, Georgia, and South Carolina.
“ This collection will be able to provide a significant contribution to research in decapod paleontology, and is a significant contribution to the Museum of Geology at the School of Mines further enhancing a center of excellence paleontology,” said Bishop.
Accompanying the 22,000 specimens at the Museum is an expansive library of information that includes 3,000 reprints and books on decapods, and the over 50 papers that were published about the collection. Scientists will be able to access the manuscripts, grant proposals, and over 3,000 negatives of fossil crabs.
Bishop grew up in Sioux Falls and earned his B. S. and M. S. in Geology from the School of Mines, and a Ph. D. from the University of Texas, Austin. It was while he was an undergraduate and worked in the Museum of Geology that his interest in decapod paleontology began. He helped salvage exposed fossils at Bump- Young Hill in the Cheyenne River Valley when Highway 44 was being constructed, discovering a large number of decapod fossils. For someone from South Dakota, Bishop was intrigued at how crab, lobster, and shrimp could have been present and abundant in South Dakota.
“ Working at the Museum while I was in school had a real impact on my life, and caused me to go into paleontology,” said Bishop. “ The spirit and collegiality of the South Dakota Museum of Geology paleontologists then and now have contributed significantly to my career and to many other careers,” he added.
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The decapod collection dates back to the Cretaceous Period between 130- 65 million years ago. The collection from South Dakota was discovered in what used to be the Western Interior Seaway that stretched from Montana and Colorado to eastern South Dakota and was between 500 and 1000 miles wide.
Bishop will be visiting the Museum of Geology during January – April, 2000. If you would like to arrange an interview with Bishop, contact the Office of University and Public Relations at ( 605) 394- 6082/ 2554.
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