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Montana T. rex fossil to move to Smithsonian museum

Montana T. rex fossil to move to Smithsonian museum

As thunder boomed and lightning illuminated their small camper, Kathy Wankel couldn’t help but think that after years of being buried, the few fossilized bones she and her family had dug up that day, and carefully swaddled in towels and an old sweatshirt, did not want to be moved.

April 05, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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More dinosaurs found in rare triceratops dig in northeast Wyoming

More dinosaurs found in rare triceratops dig in northeast Wyoming

NEWCASTLE, Wyo. — Somewhere south of Newcastle, amid the wide-open prairie and rolling hills, rests a mass grave. A femur here. A tooth there. A tip of a tail barely poking through the ground somewhere else.

August 25, 2013 12:00 am 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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Could new rules bury citizen paleontology?

Some kids grow up collecting baseball cards.

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Ferdinand V. Hayden

Ferdinand V. Hayden

Ferdinand V. Hayden was the first to discover dinosaur fossils in North America.

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Possible Hayden site

Possible Hayden site

Macalester College students research what may be the site where Ferdinand V. Hayden found what became the first dinosaur fossils in North America when he got off a steamboat near Judith Landing on the Missouri River.

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Searching a site

Searching a site

Macalester College students spread out across a hill in the Missouri River Breaks this summer to scour the ground and rocks for fossils.

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The family

The family

Kristi, Lucy and Ray Rogers often explore the Missouri River Breaks by canoe.

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Hayden's teeth

Hayden's teeth

These were some of the fossilized teeth that Hayden brought from Montana.

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Fossil camp

Fossil camp

Tents line a campsite along the Missouri River during a Macalester College research trip this summer.

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Vertebrate

Vertebrate

A vertebrate is embedded in a sidehill in the Missouri River Breaks. Fossils can often be found atop the ground because of how the river has eroded away the covering soil and rock.

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First dinosaur bones

First dinosaur bones

These are some of the first dinosaur bones found by Ferdinand V. Hayden when he scoured the Missouri River Breaks in 1855.

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Another Jurassic park?

Another Jurassic park?

ALLEN L. COOK SPRING CREEK PRESERVE, Wyo. – A century ago, fossil diggers descended upon tracts of short-grass prairie much like this one and tore into them with picks and shovels.

October 07, 2012 2:35 pm Photos

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Program on dinosaurs March 27 at NWC

POWELL, Wyo. — Cliff Manuel, chairman of the Bighorn Basic GeoScience Center in Greybull, Wyo., will present a public program about dinosaurs and other fossils that have been found in the Bighorn Basin on Tuesday, March 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Northwest College's Fagerberg Building, Room …

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Wyoming dig yields oldest North American primate

CASPER, Wyo. — Researchers have identified fossils found in Wyoming that they say are from the earliest known North American primate.

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Annual gem and mineral show is this weekend

Annual gem and mineral show is this weekend

Billings Gem and Mineral Club invites the public to “rock” with them at the Billings Hotel & Convention Center, 1223 Mullowney Lane, where the annual Gem and Mineral Show and Sale will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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Family helps unearth marine fossil

Family helps unearth marine fossil

GREAT FALLS — Sleeping on dinosaur sheets and taping up dinosaur posters in his room, Kellen Bradt dreamed he’d be a paleontologist when he grew up.

August 02, 2011 9:50 pm Photos

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Ruth Galloway returns in 'The Janus Stone'

“The Janus Stone”

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Out There: Fossilized charcoal smelled of ancient fire

Deep in the treeless Missouri River Breaks, the rugged gumbo knobs look melted, like the stub of a dirty candle burned too long.

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