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North Dakota Geological Survey announces public fossil dig dates

Emily Driscoll


Becky Barnes is pictured digging out a rib, next to a cast bone, her jug of sun tea, and supplies at a dig held near Bismarck. (Photo courtesy of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources)

“The North Dakota Geological Survey has announced dates and locations for the 2018 Public Fossil Dig.

Experienced and amateur diggers are welcome to attend one of the four sites across North Dakota: Dickinson area, June 25-29; Medora, July 12-15; Bismarck area, July 19-21, 23-28; and Pembina Gorge, Aug. 7-11.

“The Public Fossil Dig has been growing every year since it started,” said Clint Boyd, senior paleontologist and curator for the North Dakota Geological Survey. He urged anyone interested to register as quickly as possible starting at 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1.

After national media coverage last summer, like the New York Times story, “When Dinosaurs Roamed North Dakota,” people now travel thousands of miles to participate in the dig.

“We currently have a list of more than 300 people from all over the country eagerly awaiting information on the 2018 digs, and we anticipate registration filling up quickly,” said Ed Murphy, a North Dakota state geologist.

Boyd said there are still still have plenty of fossils to uncover. During the expedition, participants may expect to find T-Rex teeth, pieces of 30-million-year-old mammals, or undiscovered species.” (…) READ MORE

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Lurdes Fonseca

Assistant Professor and Researcher at University of Lisbon
Sociologist (PhD), Paleontologist (Researcher in Micropaleontology), Majors in Sociology and Biology, Minor in Geology. Main interests in Paleontology: Microfossils, Molecular fossils, Paleobiology and Paleoecology. (read more about me)