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( July 16, 1997)
MECHANICSVILLE TEACHER DIGS FOR JURASSIC- ERA DINOSAUR FOSSILS WITH SOUTH DAKOTA PALEONTOLOGISTS
Russ Mollenauer of Mechanicsville, a teacher in the Henrico County School System, is spending part of his 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. Mollenauer is receiving 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. 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 is focusing 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: Russ Mollenauer views some of the many specimens in SDSM& T’s fossil repository prior to participating in the excavation of the Jurassic- era paleontology site under the direction of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, South Dakota.
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