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The ‘indescribable’ fun of digging dinosaurs in Utah

San Juan County, Utah — Jeanette Bonnell likes to play in the dirt. The 62-year-old retired human resources specialist is also pretty handy with a dentist’s drill.

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Finding beauty in the badlands of Makoshika State Park

Finding beauty in the badlands of Makoshika State Park

The Lakota Sioux stayed away from what is now Makoshika State Park, calling it “land of bad spirits” because of the shifting soil and massive horned skulls poking out of the rocks.

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'Montana Dueling Dinosaurs' fails to sell at N.Y. auction

'Montana Dueling Dinosaurs' fails to sell at N.Y. auction

NEW YORK — Two fossilized dinosaur skeletons, dubbed the "Montana Dueling Dinosaurs" because they appear forever locked in mortal combat, failed to sell Tuesday at a New York City auction.

November 19, 2013 1:26 pm Video Photos

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Badlands offer otherworldly park experience

Badlands offer otherworldly park experience

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, S.D. — The Badlands feel like they haven’t been spoiled by human hands.

August 11, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Tate Geological Museum looks for dinosaurs at historic Como Bluff

Tate Geological Museum looks for dinosaurs at historic Como Bluff

CASPER, Wyo. — Like many children, I grew up with an affinity for dinosaurs. Brontosaurs was my favorite. It was the biggest, an important superlative in my book, and its name started with a "B;" an important coincidence for a child whose name also began with a "B."

July 28, 2013 9:11 am Photos

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Small Ekalaka museum has some big aspirations

Small Ekalaka museum has some big aspirations

EKALAKA — By the time Kirsten Johnson and her colleagues finish cutting, shaping and painting the 120-plus vertebrae of the Mosasaur model taking shape in the Carter County Museum warehouse, the backbone of the giant sea reptile will be 30 to 35 feet long.

July 21, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Kirsten Johnson

Kirsten Johnson

Kirsten Johnson picks up some of the Mosasaur bones she has sculpted from foam for a display in the Carter County Museum.

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Nate Carroll looks at a fossil

Nate Carroll looks at a fossil

Carter County Museum curator Nate Carroll looks at a fossil in the museum’s workshop area.

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Derek Brouwer and Sabre Moore

Derek Brouwer and Sabre Moore

Derek Brouwer, left, and Sabre Moore work on a display case at the museum.

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Pieces of a spine carved from foam

Pieces of a spine carved from foam

Pieces of a spine carved from foam wait to be painted for a Mosasaur display at the Carter County Museum.

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Derek Brouwer prepares a display

Derek Brouwer prepares a display

Derek Brouwer, a recent graduate of Montana State University, prepares a display for the Carter County Museum in Ekalaka.

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Carter County Museum

Carter County Museum

Plans for the expansion of the Carter County Museum in Ekalaka are on display.

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Fossils and tools

Fossils and tools

Fossils and tools are stacked on shelves in the museum warehouse. The shelves were built by MSU students last summer.

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Hannah Pearce talks about the heritage garden

Hannah Pearce talks about the heritage garden

Hannah Pearce talks about the heritage garden she has built outside the Carter County Museum in Ekalaka.

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MSU student Kirsten Johnson

MSU student Kirsten Johnson

MSU student Kirsten Johnson uses a jigsaw to cut foam board to sculpt bones for a Mosasaur display in a workshop near the museum.

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Hannah Pearce holds radishes

Hannah Pearce holds radishes

Pearce holds radishes harvested from the garden, which was planted with seeds that would have been used by early settlers to the region.

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A chalk drawing in the workshop

A chalk drawing in the workshop

A chalk drawing in the workshop building near the Carter County Museum in Ekalaka shows the piece of the Mosasaur sculpture being built.

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Kirsten Johnson sculpts a rib bone

Kirsten Johnson sculpts a rib bone

Montana State University student Kirsten Johnson sculpts foam into a rib bone, left, for a Mosasaur display in a workshop near the Carter County Museum in Ekalaka. The center photo shows foam pieces with written identification. The photo at right shows foam pieces carved for a spine ready to…

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Artifacts are stored on shelves

Artifacts are stored on shelves

Artifacts are stored on shelves made by MSU graduates and students last summer at the Carter County Museum.

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Nate Carroll

Nate Carroll

Carter County Museum curator Nate Carroll looks at some of the specimens in the museum’s storage warehouse.

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