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Kids can keep fossil finds at Norman museum dig

Gazette staff May 3rd, 2007


Kids attending the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History this weekend are going to dig this " literally: The museum is playing host to a family fossil-hunting field trip Friday and Saturday, and whatever participants unearth, they get to keep.

So, Mom, prepare to make room for a life-size trilobite display in the den.

At 7 p.m. Friday, Steve Westrop, the museum's invertebrate paleontology curator, will discuss the life-forms that once populated Oklahoma's ancient seas, and offer tips on identifying fossils.

Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, children 8 and up will leave the museum for a nearby site to search for fossils of the state's long-forgotten marine life.

Rocks at the site contain untold thousands of fossilized remains of animals estimated to be more than 480 million years old.

After a bring-your-own lunch, there's more digging to be dug before the group heads back to the museum in the afternoon.

Space is limited and preregistration is required at $95, covering both child and accompanying adult. Additional family members may attend for an extra $50 each, and museum members can receive a discount.

For more information, call 325-4712 or visit Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. "Rod Lott

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