Public fossil dig

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Imagine having the chance to uncover dinosaur fossils roughly 66 million years old.

That's what a group did right here in North Dakota, with the help of several paleontologists.

Uncovering and preserving fossils is 12-year-old Reagan Lee's dream job. Wednesday she was able to live it.

"I've always liked dinosaurs and I just saw my first fossil and I loved it," said Reagan Lee, Illinois.

Lee and her father are among others at the first public dig in the area south of Bismarck. It's a spot North Dakota Geological Survery paleontologists have had their eyes on.

"Eventually after a lot of hard work came into this little area and went from finding nothing to just bone everywhere," said Clint Boyd, senior paleontologist at North Dakota Geological Survey.

Instead of finding one bone in this location the group is uncovering dozens of bones from different species.

"We've got dinosaurs like Triceratops, the three horn dinosaur, duck-billed dinosaurs like Dakota that you can see at The Heritage Center. We're also finding isolated teeth from T-Rex," said Boyd.

Boyd is thankful for people who help their work and says there's no better way to learn what they do than trying yourself.

"Wow there's something from millions of years ago, one of the first people to see it and dig all around it," said Madison Meyer, Minnesota.

The dig will run until Saturday at the site. Lee says she hopes more people become interested in paleontology.

Most of the fossils uncovered at the site so far are being donated to the State Fossil Collection. Boyd says they're thankful for the landowner's cooperation.