(Neb.)-Fleshing Out the Agate Mammals: A Talk At Fort Robinson Friday
(HARRISON)-On Friday, August 8th, paleontology intern Daniel Traub will talk to visitors at Fort Robinson State Park near Crawford about fossils that have been found at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument. “Putting Flesh to the Bones: A Discussion about Agate Mammals” will be presented at Sutler’s Store at 7:00 p.m.
Traub has been working as a paleontology intern at Agate Fossil Beds this summer. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Traub grew up in California and is now enrolled at Albion College, a small liberal arts college in Michigan. Traub has followed a passion that developed when he was a little boy and that passion is paleontology, the study of evolution through fossil evidence. With a double major in biology and geology, and a minor in paleontology, Traub’s goal is to work in academia, doing research at a university or museum. Traub says, “I can’t think of a trip of mine that hasn’t included a stop at a road cut, dirt covered extremities and heavy use of my rock hammer.”
Before interning at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Traub spent time with the Museum of the Rockies in Montana, the Field Museum of Chicago, and the California Academy of Sciences. At the Museum of the Rockies, he spent the summer with their field crew in the small town of Rudyard, Montana, digging cretaceous era fossils. With the FieldMuseum, he worked both at the museum facility and in the field near Kemmerer, Wyoming, on common fish in the Green River Formation. At the California Academy of Sciences, he worked with invertebrate fossils. All of this experience has aided him this summer in his contributions addressing the paleontological resources at Agate Fossil Beds.
Traub’s primary concern is the same as that of the National Park Service; to preserve and protect amazing fossil sites for the public and for future scientific study.
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument is located 22 miles south of Harrison, or 34 miles north of Mitchell on State Highway 29, then east on River Road for three miles to the visitor center. The visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park’s two trails are open from dawn to dusk, and admission is free. For more information, go to www.nps.gov/agfo or visit Agate Fossil Beds on Facebook.
--Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
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