Fossil Find

Fossil Find

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Allen Cook owns a ton of land in Wyoming. 120,000 acres to be exact. He decided it was time to sell some of his land, but before he did that, he gave a wonderful gift to science.

Cook has decided to donate 4,700 acres to the University of Pennsylvania. The land is rich in dinosaur fossils. The land will be used as an educational site. Professors and students will be able to examine and analyze the hidden treasures. The land holds interests for a variety of fields including paleontology, archaeology, and geology.

The ranch is situated near the spot of one of our famous fossil discoveries. In 1899, a skeleton of Diplodocus carnegii (named so because the Carnegie Museum was a part of the discovery) was found. The skeleton, which was almost complete, is still a crown jewel of the Carnegie collection.

Although the land was donated to the University of Pennsylvania, it will be shared by three organizations including the University of Wyoming and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

[Photograph courtesy of Kevinzim, www.sxc.hu]

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