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June 29, 2012

By Trish Weaver

Research & Collections

Temperatures in Raleigh are about to top the one hundred degree mark and I’ve bought some new underwear. This can only mean… It’s fossil squid hunting season! Time to get Kraken! Tis the season once again to hop into Mr. Peabody’s WABAC (pronounced way-back) Machine, also known as Dan’s car, and to travel back in time ~80 million years to the Late Cretaceous. This year’s squid hunt will take us into the field in North Dakota, Manitoba, Kansas, and into the paleontology collections at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Squid migrate and so will we.

If you’ve been paying attention in biology and geography class, you might think I’m crazy… buying new underwear to look for squid on dry land. Not the ideal environment for squid and “seriously Trish …wouldn’t a harpoon be more effective than new underwear?”

But remember we’ve set WABAC Machine to the Late Cretaceous. A…

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