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    The mysteries of fossils, rocks and artifacts

    By Mason Jones and Marc Airhart
    Published: Jan. 17, 2012

    Twice a year people of all ages are invited to bring natural objects — such as fossils, rocks, gems and bones — and cultural artifacts — such as arrowheads — to Identification Day at the university’s Texas Memorial Museum. Experts in paleontology, geology and anthropology explain what each object is, how it was formed and about how old it is. The stories that emerge are often surprising.

    “It’s sort of like Antiques Roadshow,” says Pamela Owen, senior paleontology educator at the Texas Natural Science Center and chief organizer of the event. “We tell you all about them. We don’t do monetary appraisals, but it’s just as much fun, just as much excitement, because you never know what people are going to bring in.”

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      Tom Freeman UT Geology Ph.D. '62 said on Feb. 12, 2012 at 5:11 p.m.
      Rats! I lost the related site that shows half-dozen silhouettes that reveal the real person and his/her activity when clicked. Can you please direct me to the URL of that site? With thanks, Tom Freeman, Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri, Columbia email FreemanT@missouri.edu
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      Beverly Land said on Feb. 12, 2012 at 4:25 p.m.
      I have alot of fossils,and a egg of some sort. also a few rocks that seem to br meteorites, Ive collected for years and would love to find out what these are, Do you have a event in Dallas?
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