By Marshall Swearingen
MSU News Service 

Ancient fossils give MSU students hands-on research experience


August 16, 2019

MSU photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez

MSU paleontology undergraduate Isabelle Brenes maps the location of fossilized triceratops bones at a field site near Ekalaka on July 17.

For Montana State University undergraduate Isabelle Brenes, digging a triceratops out of a hillside in the badlands near Ekalaka in July marked only the beginning of a long, familiar process of readying fossils for study and display.

When she isn't volunteering on field digs with the Museum of the Rockies at MSU, Brenes, a senior majoring in paleontology in the Department of Earth Sciences in the College of Letters and Science, works at the museum as a fossil preparer, meticulously cleaning the preserved remains of dinosaurs and other ancient life.

"It's my dream job," said Brenes as she us...

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