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Digging in the Desert

May 15, 2013

Research & Collections

The Department of Paleontology at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences has made it out to the desert to dig up some dinosaurs (among other creatures)!

Vince Schneider, the Museum’s Curator of Paleontology, and two of our loyal volunteers made the cross-country journey from Raleigh, North Carolina to Springerville, Arizona. They covered 2,100 miles in 32 hours on about 5 hours of sleep in an old, but reliable, van packed down with the necessary gear for our two-week dig in the desert. I, on the other hand, took the easy way out and caught a flight into Phoenix, where I met up with another one of our wonderful volunteers before undertaking the beautiful 4-hour-drive to Springerville.

Over the next two weeks, our team will be working a site known as the Placerias Quarry. This quarry is a bone bed; an area that has become the final resting place for…

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