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A view of the outcrop (Michelle Coffey)

Dinosaur Dispatch: Day 14

The paleontology team bids a fond farewell to Wyoming’s Big Basin

After two weeks out in the field, we’re finally on our way back home. While breaking camp, I reflected over everything we did in these past weeks. From the excitement of discovering new sites, to the satisfaction of identifying an ancient crocodile tooth, this entire experience has definitely been interesting.

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Leaving Wyoming is a bit bittersweet. In some ways it feels like we’ve been here forever, but at the same time it seems like it’s been no time at all. Ruth expresses my own feelings so clearly, “I’m glad we’ve begun our journey home, but I’m going to miss the thrill of holding a bit of history in my hands.” I certainly never expected to be involved with this kind of work, but it has brought me a much deeper understanding of paleontology and science. I don’t know if I would do it again, but I feel so lucky to have been a part of this team and this adventure.

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