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( July 25, 1997)
LOCAL STUDENTS DIG FOR JURASSIC- ERA DINOSAUR FOSSILS WITH SDSM& T PALEONTOLOGISTS
Natalie and Jonathan Rush of Ottawa Lake went digging for Jurassic- era dinosaur fossils with paleontologists from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ( SDSM& T) Field Paleontology Program this summer. Natalie and Jonathan will be 6th and 8th graders respectively this fall at Whiteford School. Their parents are Laurie and Darrell Rush of Ottawa Lake.
Natalie and Jonathan also were filmed at the field dig by an educational media company which is producing a video on fossils and dinosaurs for middle school children. The video is expected to be released later this year.
Natalie and Jonathan received their hands- on, in- the- field fossil digging experience at an important paleontological site near Sundance, Wyoming. The excavation is directed by Dr. James Martin, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology for the SDSM& T Museum of Geology in Rapid City, South Dakota. The scientific excavation at this site has yielded Jurassic- era fossils from Camarasaurus and Allosaurus, as well as tiny primitive mammals. At this site SDSM& T paleontologists have discovered the jaw of a very primitive mammal unlike any which has been previously found. The excavation this summer focused on the “ fishing pole” neck of Camarasaurus, whose skeleton SDSM& T scientists been excavating the past four years.
SDSM& T’s field paleontology program attracts students, teachers and others from across the nation each summer. The public can participate on a limited, space- available basis. The SDSM& T Museum of Geology is a research and teaching museum with extensive exhibits of minerals and fossil collections. Its outstanding collection of fossils includes skeletons of dinosaurs, giant reptiles and fish from the Jurassic, Late Cretaceous and other geological ages.
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Photo Caption: Natalie and Jonathan Rush of Ottawa Lake dig for fossils at a Jurassic- era paleontology site being excavated by the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, South Dakota.
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