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By Tracie Mitchell
Staff Writer 

Researchers from three university return to the Big Horn Basin in search of tiny fossils


June 23, 2017

Tracie Mitchell

Lauren Gonzales makes a dirt slurry while David Birlenbach pours an already prepared slurry onto the screens to wash the dirt, in hopes of finding fossils, gathered from an area about 10 miles east of Worland at the Worland Riverside Rotary Park Thursday morning.

WORLAND – For the past couple weeks, people have been seen doing something strange on the edge of the Big Horn River in Worland's Riverside Rotary Park.

Those people are a crew of graduate and post doctorate students from the University of Florida, University of Minnesota, Duke University and the Florida Museum of Natural History and what they are doing is washing dirt taken from an area east of Worland in search of small animal fossils.

The crew is led by Johnathan Bloch, a researcher at the Florida Museum of Natural History, who has been coming to Worland for over 20 years in search o...

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