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Mississippi’s prehistoric past

894d9-fossilsMillions of years ago, Mississippi was completely under water. That’s why you can sometimes find stone imprints of sea creatures and other fossils.

Paleontologist George Phillips, who works at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, said the state is fossil-rich. Last fall, he discovered a 70-million-year-old dinosaur bone in New Albany. The thigh of a duck-billed dinosaur (hadrosaur) is almost a yard long.

“There are so many people who are happening up on these things at construction sites,” said Phillips, adding that most Mississippi kids find fossils in country driveways filled with gravel that typically date to the Paleozoic era, some 420 million to 350 million years ago.

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  1. Before I was born they found the fossil of a whale on my great grandmother’s property. It remained in storage for years and years, but I believe it’s on display at the natural science museum now.

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