Just got an urgent email to make this public, it appears a dinosaur museum is about to destroy some dinosaur tracks!!!!
These are not the tracks that Randy photographed earlier, but they need preservation FAST. Please read this and voice your opinion.
Paleontological community action is urgently needed to preserve the important new discoveries at the St. George, Utah dinosaur track site. Many of you
are familiar with the "dinosaur sit site" which was announced last week (and was also featured on The Today Show on Sunday, March 29). This site
will be destroyed in the building of the new museum:
"Researchers made rubberized casts of this latest discovery - since construction crews tomorrow will begin tearing up the area to make way for St.
George's new one-point-two million dollar dinosaur museum. That building will eventually protect all the other tracks found at this historic
Sources close to the excavation have told me that removal of the rock at the top of the site has just started, but that workers are moving very slowly
in hopes of someone stopping this destruction.
The large latex peel that was made is too thin and needs to be stabilized first to have any chance of being a good replica. All of the latex stock in
town has been used (and they have been working by flashlight). Those who are trying to study the site need more time to finish mapping the area, as
they are finding more tracks as they clean. They also need time to finish a proper latex peel.
What is needed right now is for the city to ask for a variance to build closer to the roadside. This new, rare dinosaur trackway deserves protection
and study as a world-class site--and a time extension and zoning variance are critical.
Please write to the following key e-mail addresses to express your support for the protection of these scientifically unique and important tracks:
Martin Stephens, Speaker of the House, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wayne Harper, House of Representatives, Wharper@utah.gov
Kent Perkins, St. George Leisure Services Director, email@example.com
Dan McArthur, Mayor of St. George, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary Sanders, Community Arts, email@example.com
Edited by: Whyte Eagle at: 3/29/04 6:57 pm