7/5/2013

Today our endeavors started with a conference with Emi Ito concerning our writing styles for our final scientific paper. After valuable feedback we traveled to the Science Museum of Minnesota. Here we relived our childhoods as we walked among the fossil reconstructions of massive dinosaurs. I stood underneath the Pteranodon and looked up at its wingspan imaging its epic flight ;and stood next to the Tyrannosaurus imagining it chasing an injured Jeff Goldblum laying in the back of a jeep speeding down a road in Jurassic Park.
Next a new-found obsession, the Champosaurus, a toothed-lined-jaw carnivore that hunted in the swamps of a Cretaceous South Dakota. This creature was believed to chill near the surface of the swamp with only its nostrils exposed above water level, and when the opportunity arose it would launch upwards at its prey. The mummy at the museum was also quite a spectacle as was the tornado simulator and nearly being trapped in a tall grass maze in the gardens. A splendid end to our Minneapolis trip before our return to Fond du Lac. Image
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About Diana Dalbotten

Diana Dalbotten is the Director of Diversity and Broader Impacts for the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics and the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota; and for the Geoscience Alliance, a national alliance for broadening participation of Native Americans in the Geosciences.

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