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Excavation and exploration across the American West.
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Travels during Proyecto Dinosaurios.
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Discovering the many facets of geoscience through visits to geologic sites. Learn more >
Community colleges are key targets to mitigate the severe under-representation of minorities in the geosciences. Proyecto Dinosaurios is a summer internship program that aims to build a network of cooperation between community colleges in the greater Los Angeles area and the Dinosaur Institute (DI), utilizing the collections and research expertise of the DI to engage underrepresented undergraduates in geoscience research. In the past, Proyecto Dinosaurios has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Ahmanson Foundation.
Proyecto Dinosaurios creates awareness about the professional possibilities within the geosciences and encourages students to pursue majors and graduate programs in paleontology or other disciplines within the earth sciences. Over all, Proyecto Dinosaurios provides a summer of hands-on experience in most aspects of the paleontological endeavor.
Designed to give participants the opportunity to experience and learn how paleontology is done in the field using appropriate tools and methodology, and experience the thrill of discovery. This includes understanding the local geology, prospecting, GPS data collection, and safe recovery of fossils. An important objective is to have the participants work side by side with professional paleontologists and see how fieldwork is done. All the fossil sites will emphasize vertebrate localities from the Triassic through to the Pleistocene. The instructors and assistants will coach the participants on what to look for and the best method for discovery, documentation, and collection of fossils.
Proyecto Dinosaurios is currently not accepting applications; however, check back for more details about future opportunities.