LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Naranjo Museum of Natural History Junior Rangers got a crash course in Paleontology on Tuesday.
The kids got to help Dr. Neal Naranjo uncover a possible foot belonging to a Therizinosaurus, otherwise known as the "leaping lizard." Dr. Naranjo used help from a diagnostic tech at Woodland Heights to CAT Scan a large mass he uncovered in Montana during a dig about three years ago. He said he hoped the scans would reveal if the mass was indeed the foot of a 68 million-year-old dinosaur.
"It's pretty cool because mostly it's my first CAT Scan that I've ever seen. It's real cool seeing the different eggs and what they look like and also the Therizinosaurus foot that Dr. Neal found," said Mason Baker, a 10-year-old Junior Ranger.
The kids also got to the see a dinosaur egg, and help Dr. Naranjo look at the scans of the fossil.
The Junior Ranger program is a way for kids to learn more about fossils and natural history. The program inspires young people with various activities focusing on paleontology, Dr. Naranjo said.