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"Bone Digger" Interns Fuel Their Passion At Dinosaur National Monument
25th August, 2014
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Ben Otoo and Nicole Ridgwell are spending the summer living a dream as they scramble and climb among the remains of the long dead. These young paleontologists are photographing and mapping the world famous deposit of ancient bones at Dinosaur National Monument. Their work is part of a multi-institutional effort to bring together the vast historical and scientific information about this great dinosaur quarry and ultimately make it available on-line to both scientists and the public. With over 1,500 dinosaur bones to document, and each bone needing multiple photographs to show all the anatomical details, plus converting several large historic quarry maps with drawings of thousands of bones needing into electronic files, it is a busy, but satisfying season.

"I love the mapping project," said Nicole. "It is incredibly important and I get to feel like I'm a part of the rich paleontological history of Dinosaur. Climbing around on the quarry wall to get those photos is really fun and I enjoy hearing visitors asking the interpreters about what we are doing because it is great for them to see paleontologists doing work up on the wall."

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