Compare and contrast: Orange County vs. Eastern Montana

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Posted by Ballpark Frank ( on 18:19:58 05/30/18

In Reply to: I can understand the need to keep it low key posted by Dan M.


Cue the banjo music.

This discussion regarding the sea-going dinosaur prompted a memory of what a fellow that grew up in Eastern Montana told me about 8 or 9 years ago.

We were talking about fishing, and he was telling me about walleye fishing in a particular large body of water near where he lived. Somehow, the discussion morphed from fishing to how he and some of his friends used to find dinosaur bones protruding from the sides of coulees above this body of water. In one instance, he claimed that they found the entire skeleton of some stegosaurus-like critter. I asked him whether they ever told anyone about their find, and he said "No". I asked him why? He said they had seen what happened in other areas nearby, when dinosaur fossils were discovered. Apparently, the scientists would descend on the place, and subsequently, it would be cordoned off and secured in some way that would prevent public access. They did not want to lose access to their favorite fishing area.

Do you think this sort of find could be kept secret very long in a place as populous as Orange County (or even Bozeman, for that matter)?

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