12 July 2009

New dig season begins

Today’s Back Issue comes to us, once again, from the richly detailed Dinoland U.S.A. in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. As it appears we have come to The Dino Institute just as they are beginning a new research year. While many of the names and characteristics are familiar to those who have seen quotes from the research staff throughout Dinoland U.S.A., there are a few surprises buried throughout the article. The article, New dig season begins, can be read in its entirety below.

The Dino Institute would like to welcome a new dig team for the season. This year promises to be one of best ever with the return of Dr. Bernard Dunn as Dig Team Leader. Dr. Dunn spent nearly all of last year excavating fossils in China, and he was sorely missed at The Boneyard. He obviously missed The Boneyard as well, for when asked what he thought of China, Dr. Dunn growled, “Nothing like the smell of Florida dirt to welcome you home.” While still a young boy, Dr. Dunn was a member of the very first dig team that developed our now famous Boneyard.

Among those joining Dr. Dunn again this year is Dr. Shirley Woo, who has had a long and distinguished association with The Boneyard research program. Also serving as a principle researcher will be Dr. Eugene McGee. Dr. McGee joins us from the Institute of Paleo-aquatic Studies, where he is well known for his radical ideas – most notably his theory that the Loch Ness Monster is real, and is in fact an Elasmosaurus. We look forward to many interesting lectures by him.

Our graduate students this year will be Mark Rios, Jenny Weinstein, and Sam Gonzales, who was born right here at The Boneyard!

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