Wildlife Refuge The Fort Peck Reservoir

SHRUNK TO THE LEFT, EXPOSING THE LAND BELOW WANKEL'S ISLAND, THE HILL

TO THE RIGHT WITH THE WHITE PATCHES OF'PLASTER on top.

those sediments exposed in the badlands near Jordan.

The Wankels know that well. They pulled their boat off the lake by a hilly sandstone island. Kathy and her kids began strolling up the hill. The slanting sun lit on a piece of bone, and Kathy caught the telltale glint. What she saw was a little ridge of bone sticking out of the ground. She started digging with a pencil to see how big a piece of bone she'd found. The more she dug, the larger the bone seemed to be. As Kathy recalls, soon she was just shaking all over, saying, "I've made a megafind, a megafind." She had a feeling this was something big, maybe a T. rex. In her experience, it was something big. And it turned out to be a megafind by anyone's standards.

Kathy had the good sense to stop digging and to bring the bones she'd found to a museum. Fortunately for me, she went to the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana, which has the biggest paleontology collection in the state. That's where I work. At Thanksgiving, Kathy and Tom drove that bone three hundred miles across the state to show it to someone at our museum.

People are bringing us bones all the time, and we're

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