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Discover magazine features MSU paleontologist and field camp

December 3, 2009 -- MSU News Service


The December issue of Discover magazine contains an article about MSU paleontologist Jack Horner and the Snap Creek Camp in Eastern Montana. (MSU photo by Kelly Gorham).    High-Res Available

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BOZEMAN -- An article about Montana State University paleontologist Jack Horner and one of his dinosaur field camps is published in the December issue of Discover magazine.

The article, titled "Hell Creek, Montana, USA: Where the Dinosaurs are," was written by Boonsri Dickinson, a freelance journalist who joined Horner and his crew at the Snap Creek Camp in early July. Horner is Regent's Professor of Paleontology at MSU's Museum of the Rockies. The Snap Creek Camp is located near Jordan in the Hell Creek Formation of Eastern Montana.

A sidebar to the article lists several other stops that tourists might make around Jordan. Those include the Garfield County Museum, the Sand Creek Clydesdales Ranch, the Hilltop Cafe, the Hell Creek Bar, the Garfield Hotel and Fellman's Motel. Another sidebar mentions Baisch's Dinosaur Digs of Glendive as one of six other places in the nation or region where visitors can go to get their dinosaur fix.

"The dinosaur digging trip was the best trip I've taken for my job," the article's author said in an e-mail to MSU. "It was great to see Jack Horner at work in the field and to see how the students all worked together."

Horner said MSU runs the largest paleontology field program in the world. Bob Harmon from the Museum of the Rockies is the field crew chief. Graduate students oversee the science on the dig sites. Everyone else in the field -- usually MSU undergraduates or students from other colleges and universities around the world -- is a volunteer.

Discover is a monthly magazine that publishes science articles for a general audience.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu