Fla. Museum offers 14th annual Thomas Farm fossil dig

February 25th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host its 14th annual “Pony Express” Thomas Farm Fossil Dig, themed “Hummingbird Challenge” from March 31 – April 3 and April 7 – 10. This year’s dig will focus on microfossils, with the hopes of uncovering a fossil hummingbird.

Participants will have the chance to discover hundreds of fossils at Thomas Farm, an 18-million-year-old site located in Gilchrist County that has already produced the remains of more than 60 species of extinct amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

David Steadman, the Florida Museum’s curator of ornithology, will lead the outings. The trips include dinner on Thursday through lunch on Sunday, beverages, complete access to the fossil site and its camping facilities, evening lectures by fossil experts on Friday and Saturday night, expert paleontologists and a chance to make scientific discoveries.

Registration is $275 per person and pre-registration is required. Each dig has a limit of 14 people. Participants must be 16 or older and accompanied by an adult if under 18. For more information visit http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/ponyexpress/pe_adventures.htm or call (352) 392-1721, ext. 464.

Writer: Kristin Ede
Media Contact: Paul Ramey, pramey@flmnh.ufl.edu