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Paleontology

SD paleontologist studies long-neglected dinosaur

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A paleontologist at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is adding to scientists’ understanding of a dinosaur that had long been ignored.

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Possible complete mammoth skeleton found in Idaho

Possible complete mammoth skeleton found in Idaho

AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho — A portion of a Columbian mammoth skull and tusks have been uncovered in southeastern Idaho, and experts say a rare entire skeleton might be buried there.

October 27, 2014 5:19 pm Photos

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Feathered meat-eating, 6-foot dinosaur found in Montana

Feathered meat-eating, 6-foot dinosaur found in Montana

EKALAKA — Another major dinosaur fossil has been found in Carter County.

November 30, 2013 6:00 am Photos

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MSU paleontologist wins lifetime achievement award

BOZEMAN — Montana State University paleontologist Jack Horner is being honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.

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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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'Dueling Dinos' found in Montana to be sold in NYC

NEW YORK — Two fossilized dinosaur skeletons found on a Montana ranch in 2006 are coming up for sale in New York City.

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Top experts talk at Dino Shindig

EKALAKA — For more than 100 years, paleontologists from the country’s most renowned institutions have been culling the fertile geologic formations of Carter County, uncovering some of the world’s most prized fossils.

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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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