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Hundreds Come Out for Fossil Dig Day



October 19, 2012

Paleontologist Dr. Kenneth Lacovara continues to unearth enthusiasm for the Cretaceous Period—a time when much of our coastal lands were under water. Tri-state area residents came out in droves last Saturday for Fossil Dig Day at Lacovara’s world-class archeological site in nearby Mantua Township, New Jersey.

Over 1,000 residents had the opportunity to dig in designated areas; take home 65 million-year-old keepsakes such as clams, corals and shark teeth; and witness Drexel University graduate students discover a fossilized sea turtle. New Jersey State Senator Donald Norcross was in attendance, as well as many Mantua Township officials, including Mayor Peter Scirrotto and members of the Planning and Zoning Board and the Economic Development Board.

Less than a week later, Lacovara’s New Jersey dig site was featured on the Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet. The segment showcases various specimens collected from the site, which have been cleaned, sorted and preserved in Lacovara’s lab. Lacovara and his team have discovered nearly 2,000 fossils at the Mantua excavation site thus far.

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