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Using satellites to find bones

Anemone’s Wyoming dig on NC Science Now


Posted on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by UNCG Research.

Dr. Robert Anemone, head of UNCG’s Department of Anthropology, and Anemone’s student Ashley Bryant spoke with North Carolina Science Now’s Frank Graff about their fossil dig this summer in the Wyoming badlands. See the segment online on the UNC-TV website, or tune in to North Carolina Now tonight at 7:30 p.m. on PBS. The piece features extensive video footage from the dig.

Anemone and his team have uncovered caches of Eocene-era fossil mammals in the Great Divide Basin, which spans over 10,000 square kilometers. They are pioneering the use of GPS technology, including a small drone, to pinpoint specific dig sites most likely to yield fossils based on geographic features. So far, their fresh approach to fossil hunting is serving them well, making their search much more efficient.

Learn more about their fascinating new techniques at http://science.unctv.org/content/dinosaur-gps.