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Dinosaur Discovery

The Sun Chronicle - Sunday, August 29, 1993

Dinosaurs rule day in Norfolk

By Rihcard P. Morin III
For The Sun Chronicle

Norfolk – "I found one! I found a Tyrannosaurus rex! I found one!" David, 5, cried out Saturday in the woods of the Massachusetts Audubon Society's Stony Brook Nature Center.

David, like a skillful paleontologist, unearthed the skeletal remains of a Tyrannosaurus rex from an erosion embankment along the trails of the center.

His exciting discovery was not the only one of the day, as other children unearthed the remains of a Protoceratops, a Hypsilophodon and two Ichthyosauruses.

The fossils were not real, but you couldn't tell that by the children's gleeful reactions. The cardboard replicas were all part of the "Dinosaur Discovery" program organized by Nancy Walker of Medway. "The program tries to educate children as to what paleontologists do," Walker said. "They see a picture in a book and this shows them the long process it takes to put together that picture of a dinosaur."

Walker has been organizing "Dinosaur Discovery" for several years and makes the cardboard fossils in her basement. Her interest in dinosaurs stems from her children. "I made my first dinosaur for an after-school program for my son. After I saw how successful that dinosaur was I started organizing this program," she said.

Walker, an occupational therapist and entrepreneur, also makes cardboard dinosaur fossils and information packets for elementary school classrooms.

The program is not only educational, it is fun, too. Jimmy Schafer, 6, of Franklin said he enjoyed "putting together the little pieces. We lost a piece of bone so that made it tougher."

After venturing into the field and finding the fossils, the children returned to their laboratory, the Nature Center's main building, to assemble the bones.

Several children and their parents spread the bones out on the floor and began assembling the remains like a jigsaw puzzle. After assembling the dinosaurs, the children traced the skeletons and painted their own rendition of the ancient creatures.

"Now remember some people think that dinosaurs are related to birds, and birds are colorful, so dinosaurs could be really colorful," Walker reminded the children and their parents.

The parents were having just as much fun as the children.

"We've been waiting over a month and counting down the days until today," said Darlene Beshansky of South Attleboro.

 

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