The Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park is getting ready for another season of excavation work.
Superintendent Rick Otto says they just opened for another season.
He says interns are being trained on excavation techniques, so they can pick up where work ended last year.
“Two horse skeletons and a partial camel skeleton were located and came to light for the first time,” Otto tells Nebraska Radio Network. “The interns have a good start, so that any visitors now can see the complete skeletons, but yet they’re not quite finished.”
Otto says staff and interns are able to answer questions from visitors and explain their work.
“It’s a practical, hands-on internship, so good field experience, good work experience, something you can’t get in a classroom,” he says.
The fossils of mammals, turtles, and birds have been found at the 360 acre site in northeast Nebraska.
“Hopefully, there will be more new skeletons just right next to where the ones were located last summer,” Otto says. “That’s not unusual here, because the fossil skeletons are sometimes laying just side by side.”
The state purchased the site in 1987 and is run in partnership between the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the University of Nebraska.
The Ashfall site will be open daily beginning May 26th through Labor Day.
More information about visiting the site is HERE
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