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The rain and wind hit as expected on Wednesday, creating a rude awakening around 4:00 a.m. for the crew camping at the Cedar Mountain Dinosaur Project site. The storm did, however, cool down the 100 degree temperatures experienced Tuesday to a less-miserable 85 degrees on Wednesday.

Four complete jackets were loaded onto the trucks for transport back to the Museum late in the afternoon. As rain started coming down again around 5:00 p.m., the crew worked frantically to jacket two more bundles of bones for delivery. As the project nears its end, it's important to retrieve as much of the specimens as possible, enabling researchers to piece together a part of history.

One DMNS staff person, who helped out at the site for a couple of days, called the excavation an "eye-opening" experience. "I certainly give the volunteers and paleontology staff a lot of credit for the work they do. It is fun, exciting, and interesting in one way--but the conditions are certainly miserable in another way."

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