Bone Hunt

A reporter's week in the wilds of Montana

By Sid Perkins, 15:55 PM April 15, 2008

"I think I've found something!" The call rang out from across the quarry. Suddenly, a dozen or so would-be paleontologists—myself included—shifted their mental focus from the small zones of rock immediately in front of them to a new center of attention. Having spent the last few hours using hand tools to grub our way through crumbly rock with little tangible result, we found the idea that someone had actually found something to be exciting indeed.

Nate Murphy, the paleontologist in charge of ...

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