Kids can keep fossil finds at Norman museum dig

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