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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 26, 2000
DIG FOR DINOSAURS THIS SUMMER WITH SDSM& T MUSEUM OF GEOLOGY
Individuals interested in digging for dinosaurs have the opportunity to do so this summer with the SDSM& T Museum of Geology. Paleontologists from the Museum of Geology will be leading several field expeditions this summer to important paleontological sites in the Black Hills region.
The public can register to take part in these digs on a limited, space- available basis. Participants will work in small groups with the involved paleontologists. The field digs also can be taken for academic credit. Each summer individuals from around the country travel to South Dakota to participate in field digs with SDSM& T’s paleontologists who are known nationally and internationally for their expertise.
Officials from the SDSM& T Museum of Geology will be conducting scientific excavations for Late Cretaceous dinosaurs, Jurassic dinosaurs and mammals, marine reptiles, giant pigs and rhinos, marine turtles, mosasaurs, pleisosaurs, and many other fossils.
The dates, locations and brief descriptions of the various field paleo digs offered this summer by the Museum of Geology are as follows:
May 14- 27 Fossil Lake, Oregon – Fossil mammals, fish, and birds from the late Pleistocene on the historic trail of Professors Condon and Cope. This is an excellent opportunity for an introduction in vertebrate paleontology with Dr. Jim Martin.
June 19- 30 Family Paleontology – in Rapid City and surrounding areas. Here is an opportunity to learn more about fossils for families with young children. Register for 2- 5 days during this session. Field trips to nearby fossil sites, guided tours through local museums, and opportunities to dig and clean fossils are planned. Parent( s) must attend with child( ren).
July 10- 21 Jurassic Dinosaurs and Mammals - near Sundance, Wyoming. The “ found” world of Camarasaurus and Allosaurus and tiny primitive mammals are present at this exciting locality. Coordinated by Dr. Jim Martin.
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July 17- 28 Monster Marine Reptile - Go “ Cretaceous sea fishing” and excavate and document skeletons of fierce sea serpents and their prey on the prairie west of the Black Hills.
July 17- 28 Giant Pigs and Rhinos - in the Badlands National Park. Excavate a tangle of Archaeotherium and Subhyracodon in the classic White River Badlands.
July 31- August 11 Marine turtles, mosasaurs, and plesiosaurs - from the Late Cretaceous. Excavations along the Missouri River near Chamberlain, South Dakota. Led by Dr. Jim Martin and David Parris.
Individuals interested in obtaining additional information about participating in the field digs can call ( 605) 394- 2467 or ( 800) 544- 8162/ ext. 2467; email museum@ sdsmt. edu; or write to SDSM& T Museum of Geology, 501 E. St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701.
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