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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Public Invited To Observe Active Dinosaur Excavation

Some of the world's most prolific dinosaur sites are located in eastern Utah, where ongoing research and excavation provide new clues about the fascinating creatures. The College of Eastern Utah provided the news release below, concerning a dinosaur dig near the town of Price.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Information:
Christine K. Trease
Director of Public Relations
CEU Prehistoric Museum
christine.trease@ceu.edu

Megan Crandall
Public Affairs Specialist
BLM Utah State Office
Megan_crandall@blm.gov

Dinosaur Discovery in Eastern Utah

PRICE, Utah — The College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum recently discovered a partially articulated dinosaur on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land in eastern Utah.

A nearly complete theropod (meat-eating) dinosaur will be excavated through a collaborative effort between the College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum and the Bureau of Land Management Utah Price Field Office. This effort will provide a unique opportunity for the public to observe an active dinosaur excavation.

The public is invited to visit the excavation from Tuesday, May 4th through Saturday, May 8th. The site can be accessed from a graded, gravel road close to Price, Utah. Beginning on May 4, maps with driving directions may be picked up during regularly scheduled museum hours (9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week) in the lobby of the CEU Prehistoric Museum, located at 155 East Main Street, Price, Utah; or 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the BLM Utah Price Field Office, located at 125 South 600 West, Price, Utah.

This discovery exemplifies the rich paleontological region surrounding the College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum. Following excavation, the dinosaur will be prepared at the museum, where the public will also be able to observe the preparation process and speak directly with the fossil preparators. After excavation and preparation, the dinosaur will remain at the museum where it will be available for further study and research.

The College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum creates understanding and appreciation of natural and cultural processes that formed the geologic, fossil and prehistoric human records found in eastern Utah. We do this through educational and interpretive programs based upon our academic research, preservation programs, authentic exhibits, and the creative efforts of our staff and community.

The BLM manages more land – 253 million acres – than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.

The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

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