Burpee finds more dinosaurs in Montana

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-115152153711074.jpg’, ‘Photo provided’, ‘One bone is of the triceratops orbital horn located right over the eye. To date, Burpee has found about 40 bones from various parts of the triceratops dinosaur, including foot bones, ribs, skull parts, horns and frill.’);
StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-115152155511074.jpg’, ‘Photo provided’, ‘The triceratoops frill bone forms the protective shield on the skull, found at the site dubbed ‘Homer.’ Burpee excavators will return in August to determine whether there are more parts to be discovered.’);

Could it be déjà vu? Burpee staff and volunteers have recently returned from the badlands of Montana with very exciting news. A site in the southeast part of the state, located about 4 miles from where Jane was discovered, may be another rare find for Burpee.

Scott Williams, Collections manager, will share all of the exciting detail at an Expedition Update, Thursday, June 29th at 6:30 p.m. at Burpee Museum’s Mahlburg Room.

“What we have so far appears to be about 40 bones from a young triceratops,” beams an elated Scott. “We have uncovered bones from all parts of the body so far, but plan to return in August to locate possible missing pieces.”

Scott’s entertaining talk will offer an overview of fossil prospecting, explain what it takes to dig up dinosaur bones and provide details about how and why this rare discovery would be the prefect compliement for Jane, Burpee’s juvenile T.Rex.

The Expedition Update will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The Fossil Prep lab will be open for viewing, and at 8 p.m., Scott will open a plaster jacket containing much of the triceratops frill that was brought home in the back of a Suburban.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Museum hours are: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children ages 3-17. (Admission is FREE for members and every Wednesday for the public.) Free parking is available at Burpee Museum at 737 N. Main St. or in Riverfront Museum Park parking lot directly next door at 711 N. Main St. For more info, phone 965-3433 or log on to www.burpee.org .

From the June 28-July 4, 2006, issue

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