"World's Largest Fossil Dig" happening in Hamburg on Saturday

Posted at 6:48 PM, Aug 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-25 21:45:00-04

Buffalo is home to the #1 Fossil Park in the United States. Penn Dixie Fossil Park claims that title for their accessibility, education program, safety and of course-- the millions of fossils people can find. 

"The layer of rocks that has the fossils is probably 100 feet deep," Dr. Phil Stokes, the Executive Director of Penn Dixie Fossil Park said. "We have only scratched the surface in the 25 or so years that we have been here."

People can find ancient trilobites, brachiopods, corals and other crab like organisms throughout the 54 acres of saturated fossil land. 

Dr. Stokes says that this area of land used to be an ocean where the organisms lived and the climate was tropical some 350 million years ago. 

This weekend the Fossil Park will set a Guinness World Record for the largest amount of people digging for fossils in one area. There are over 900 diggers signed up to participate. 

The fossils are pretty easy to find in the shale rocks. The park will stay open until the final Sunday in October. Check out the websitefor more information. 


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