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Fifteen Minutes of Fame by Sierra Deppe

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dino boneMany people have had 15 minutes of fame, and there are so many stories about it, but I’m here today to tell you about mine.

The story starts when I’ve just gotten to Beverly Triton Beach. Our entire group was walking down the trail to get to the dig site. The trail was beautiful, lots of trees and bushes. We finally got to the dig site after 5-10 minutes of walking. For a while, the only thing people were finding were oyster shells.

We were digging for about a half-hour to an hour when I hit something hard; it felt like a very big oyster shell. I continued to dig around it. It took about 5 minutes, but I finally got it out. It looked like a bone of some sort. I put it next to me and continued to dig thinking that there might be more. I was correct! I found about 30-40 bones. They all looked like they were from the same animal.

After I had been digging for a long time, I hit what seemed like the millionth bone. With a sigh, I started to dig it out. When I got it out I was about to put it in the now towering pile next to me without a second glance, but then I looked at it and saw that it was a skull.

An archaeologist walked over; his name tag said Jacob. “Hi there. It looks like you’ve got a bunch of bones, and all from the same animal, too. You want to bring them over to the examination table?” “Sure!” I replied.

Once the bones had been examined, it was confirmed, the bones were all from the same animal. The archaeologists that were at the site took the bones to a lab for more detailed examination.

A couple months later, I was reading a book about dinosaurs when I got a phone call. I answered it and the people on the phone were the archaeologists. They said that I had discovered a new type of dinosaur when I was digging at the site. The new dinosaur, to be placed in the Smithsonian Museum in D.C., would be called the Grakosaur.

Sixth grader Sierra Deppe, Central Middle School, Anne Arundel County, is a new paleontologist.