The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is prepping and analyzing a significant group of fossils from the Jurassic Mile -- a secret dig site in Wyoming.
This summer, a museum-led research team uncovered 15 tons of fossils. They are now at the newly opened Jurassic Paleo Prep Lab in the museum to be cleaned and prepped, while visitors can watch and ask questions.
Paleontologist Dr. Jenn Anne says the lab will allow scientists to learn more about the Jurassic period.
“So one of the neat things about the Jurassic Mile is that we don’t just have dinosaurs,” Anne says. “We have kind of a nice sampling of what the Jurassic looks like. So we have dinosaurs, we have footprints, we‘ve got plants and we get to really look at the ecosystem and see what was going on in this particular area.”
The museum had to make an additional lab because the fossils are so big. It signed a 20-year lease with the owner of Jurassic Mile and will continue expeditions at the dig site.