Thursday, August 11, 2005

On the dinosaur trail

Originally uploaded by stiber.

T-rex jaw
Originally uploaded by stiber.
After the museums in Washington, DC, the museums on the Montana Dinosaur Trail may be underwhelming. But, the various paleontological field stations won't be. There, you can see the real fossils, both those still in jackets awaiting extraction and cleanup and those already prepared. You can see all of the equipment used to prepare them and talk to someone who actually does that work. This is a great experience, very different than what you get at a museum. Federal and state highways in Montana are usually undivided and low traffic, and have a speed limit of 70 miles/hour, so with a little extra care, the field stations are as easy to reach as destinations on the interstates.

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