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Local Children Seek Fossils with Juniata Students' Help

(Posted October 13, 2003)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Children from Huntingdon and surrounding communities are invited to ?dig? the latest information on fossils with Juniata College geology students as part of ?Fossil Fest 2003? from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 19 starting from the Juniata campus.

The tour, aimed at children between six and 12 years old, is free and open to the public. Tour participants will visit several sites near the Juniata campus to look for fossils. ?All those who find fossils will be able to keep them,? says David Lehmann, associate professor of geology and sponsor of the Geological Society of America, the college?s student geology club.

The tour will leave at 2 p.m. from the Beeghly Library parking lot, which is on Moore Street across from the Brumbaugh Science Center. Parents will be asked to drive to the several off-campus sites, all of which are close to Huntingdon.

Tour participants will learn how fossils are formed as well as what the Huntingdon area was like when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. ?You?ll collect fossils of animals that lived in this area 150 million years before the first dinosaur,? Lehmann says.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.