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Clawing into the world of dinosaurs

Kids dig into paleontology at KU museum’s day camp

Caden Henry, 10, inspects a life-size reproduction of a claw from a Therizinosaurus, a 35- foot bipedal dinosaur with arms extending 8 feet. Caden was one of 11 youths who participated in the Dinosaur Detectives day camp Monday at Kansas University's Natural History Museum.

Caden Henry, 10, inspects a life-size reproduction of a claw from a Therizinosaurus, a 35- foot bipedal dinosaur with arms extending 8 feet. Caden was one of 11 youths who participated in the Dinosaur Detectives day camp Monday at Kansas University's Natural History Museum.

June 17, 2008

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Day camp caters to dinosaur detectives

Children roll up their sleeves in a dig for ancient fossils. A day camp at KU's Natural History Museum gave kids a chance to put all of those sandbox skills to use. 6News reporter Lindsey Slater has more. Enlarge video

Playing in a sandbox has never been more fun.

Eleven children took part in a day camp at Kansas University's Natural History Museum on Monday to learn all about dinosaurs and fossils.

"Campers spend the day excavating the dinosaur fossils," said museum educator Dawn Kirchner. "Digging for fossils isn't necessarily easy."

Some of the children want to be paleontologists when they grow up, and this was one way to try out their potential career.

"I've always been fascinated by dinosaurs," said camper Gabe McGee, 10.

"Some of (the fossils) were stuck to the bottom and then we found a bunch of little ones that we could take out and identify," said Ana Stanovicic, 8. "We have this big one that we're still trying to find out what it is."

The hands-on camp taught children about distinguishing dinosaur fossils, and the youths did fossil casting.

They also learned about how a fossil dig works and what kind of work they can expect in the paleontology world.

"I would go out to different countries and different regions and look for dinosaur bones," said Max Vincent, 9. "I think dinosaurs are really cool, and I think that maybe I can find something like DNA."

But the favorite part of the day? Getting dirty.

"Digging dinosaur bones," said Ana. "This was a lot of fun."

The Dinosaur Detectives day camp is one of six camps set for this summer at the Natural History Museum in Dyche Hall.

Others include geology explorations and aquatic biology.

For more information, visit the Web site www.nhm.ku.edu.

Comments

Beth Bird 6 years, 6 months ago

b3 - I didn't realize that people disputed the exisitance of dinos - What is your reasoning behind this?

J Good Good 6 years, 6 months ago

Great picture - Caden is an awesome kid!

BrianR 6 years, 6 months ago

Whew! I read the headline and thought someone found my high school yearbook.

gr 6 years, 6 months ago

You must be one of the rare few, b3, because I don't know any who don't believe in dinosaurs.Although, there may be an issue as to exactly what a dinosaur is. Is it dead, ugly, a big lizard, or in the Congo?

gr 6 years, 6 months ago

"What is your reasoning behind this?"Maybe b3 has no reasoning?

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