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( June 26, 1997)
SDSM& T MUSEUM OF GEOLOGY TO DIG FOR JURASSIC DINOSAURS AND OTHER FOSSILS NEAR SUNDANCE THIS SUMMER
The SDSM& T Museum of Geology will be excavating for Jurassic Dinosaurs and
primitive mammals at a field site near Sundance, Wyoming, during two field sessions this summer. Dr. James Martin, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology for the SDSM& T Museum of Geology, will lead the scientific excavation for Camarasaurus and Allosaurus, as well as tiny primitive mammals, at this important paleontological site.
The first field session at the Sundance site will be held June 30 - July 11. A second two- week session will follow from July 14 - 26. The public can participate on a limited, space- available basis in these exciting field digs sponsored by the Dinosaur Society and the SDSM& T Museum of Geology. The excavations this summer will focus on the neck and skull of Camarasaurus, whose skeleton SDSM& T scientists have been excavating the past four years. Dr. Martin and his associates will continue excavating along the neck of the skeleton, hoping to find a skull at the end of this dinosaur’s “ fishing pole” neck.
At this site near Sundance, SDSM& T paleontologists have discovered the jaw of a very primitive mammal unlike any which has been previously found. They also will be looking for more Stegosaurus and a number of small carnivorous dinosaurs, as well as Diplodocus, Barosaurus, and Brontosaurus.
Space for public participation in the field dig is limited. Participants will be in small groups working closely with the involved scientists. Participation in the digs also may be taken for academic credit. To register for this field paleontology session or obtain additional information, individuals should contact Dr. Philip Bjork, SDSM& T Museum of Geology, at 1- 800- 544- 8162, ext. 2467, or e- mail ( pbjork@ msmailgw. sdsmt. edu).
( Editor: If you are interested in doing an on- site story, call Darrell Sawyer, SDSM& T Public Information Manager, at 605- 394- 6082, to make specific arrangements.)
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