RIPLEY - On Monday, April 20, the small gym at Ripley Central School was abuzz as amateur paleontologists intently listened to Neil Brown describe the specimens he brought to the school.
Brown, a geologist and co-founder of Dinosaurs Rock!, displayed museum quality fossils and castings including everything from a fossilized skull of a baby triceratops to a tyrannosaurus rex skull, a ten-foot casting of a mastodon arm, or front leg, several clutches of dinosaur eggs and even fossilized dinosaur poop.
Students were awed as Brown showed the group a dinosaur lunch - a fossilized dinosaur leg bone found on one of his digs with an embedded tyrannosaurus rex tooth. Dinosaur footprints and a giant scorpion continued to capture the students' attention.
Geologist and co-founder of Dinosaurs Rock! Neil Brown showed Ripley Central School students museum quality fossils and castings on Monday, April 20.
Faculty and students alike sprang to their feet as Brown walked between rows of students, allowing them to touch a real 12-pound dinosaur egg. Participants were a bit hesitant to touch the dino-dung, but in true elementary school style, laughed and touched as he continued with his presentation.
The morning concluded with students excavating sand blocks to discover their very own shark's teeth, fossilized bone fragments, semi-precious stones and various other million-year-old trinkets.
By all accounts, the Dinosaurs Rock! assembly was a "gigantic" success, and by some accounts, the best ever.