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Press Release - Public invited to Bring Fossils, Rocks to ND Heritage Center for Identification on National Fossil Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 1, 2014
Contact: Jeff Person, 701.328.2803
or Becky Barnes, 701.328.1954

Public invited to Bring Fossils, Rocks to ND Heritage Center for Identification on National Fossil Day

BISMARCK -- Attention avid diggers and casual explorers! Do you have an interesting find, but you’re not quite sure if it’s something big? North Dakota paleontologists will be at the North Dakota Heritage Center, Bismarck, on Wednesday, October 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to see if your find could be the next big discovery.

The public is invited to bring possible fossils or rocks to have them identified by paleontologists, or to gain a greater understanding of fossils and their educational value. Hosted by the North Dakota Geological Survey and the State Historical Society of North Dakota, the National Fossil Day event will be held near the Dakota Dinomummy display.

“From young children to those young at heart, this is a great opportunity for the community,” said Paleontologist Becky Barnes. “Bring in those pesky bones lying around your house, and we’ll try to help you figure out what they are. Fossils are a window into the past, a time-machine that you can hold in your hand.”

Paleontologists will discuss why it’s important to continue to study and preserve fossils.

“Celebrating North Dakota’s prehistoric past is part of National Fossil Day,” said Paleontologist Jeff Person. “Be transported back in time to when Tyrannosaurus rex roamed North Dakota and giant sea monsters swam in North Dakota’s seas or to when mastodons and mammoths trumpeted across the plains.”

National Fossil Day is being promoted by the National Park Service as well as the American Geological Institute as a part of Earth Science Week.

“The North Dakota Geological Survey is happy to be a partner in National Fossil Day,” said Person. “This is a coordinated event where local museums and both state and national parks across the country are focusing on celebrating and promoting the stewardship of our natural history.”

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