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Lone Star Adventure: Mosasaur Dig


This week's Lone Star Adventure takes us out into the field with the FBI, the Fossil Bureau of Investigation. FOX 4's Richard Ray recently went digging for dinosaurs with the Dallas Paleontological Society at a local site in Garland that has yielded an enormous Mosasaur.

A creek bed in Garland has given up the fossilized remains of a huge aquatic reptile called a mosasaur, a fearsome predator that once dominated the shallow sea that covered Texas approximately 3 million years ago. Bit by bit, the specimen was painstakingly removed by members of the Dallas Paleontological Society and their Fossil Bureau of Investigation.

The Dallas Paleontological Society is one of the best and most active in the country. It's a joint project with Southern Methodist University and the Heard Museum in McKinney.

A Garland resident found the mosasaur in the Fall of 2007 and the Dallas Paleontological Society has been working on getting it out of the creek bed since March of 2008. Dozens of workers, both professional and amateur, have devoted about 600 man hours over the last 2 1/2 years to remove the remains. It's the biggest project the group has ever taken on and something they never could have done without the help of dedicated volunteers.

At the Heard Museum, other members of the Dallas Paleontological Society are doing even more painstaking work on preparing the fossilized bones of the 35-foot long creature. The museum already has another mosasaur skull that was found at Lake Lavon. They plan to combine that skull with this latest find into one exhibit.

For more information please visit the websites for the Heard Museum and the Dallas Paleontological Society.

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