The lead story of Sunday's Star-Trib travel section is about a travel opportunity in Wyoming where families can help dig for dinosaur bones. While time is dwindling down on this summer, it's a vacation destination to keep in mind for next year. BTW: I know the author of this story and warned her that too many trips like this might lead her kids to actually working for a museum!!!

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mdr says:

I read that story yesterday but was disappointed that the writer made no mention of the fact that the Wyoming Dinosaur Center houses the only archaeopterxy fossil (the Thermopolis specimen) viewable on the North American continent. It’s one of only 10 in the world, and from what I’ve heard is the only one on display that is the actual specimen and not a cast. Evidently, even the famous Berlin specimen displayed at the Natural History Museum in Berlin is a cast. You can see dinosaur fossils just about anywhere, but to see an actual archaeopteryx fossil is something very special. I know her story was about digging for dinosaurs, but Thermopolis is a long way to go without noticing one of the world's great fossils housed there. I did a post about this extremely rare fossil two summers ago.

posted on Tue, 08/18/2009 - 1:13am

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