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MOTE on the Mall

devonianThe Cornell-affiliated Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth (MOTE) will bring a 380-million-year-old Fossil Dig Pit to the first USA Science and Engineering Festival on the Mall in Washington, D.C., Oct. 23-24. Visitors to the festival will have the chance to dig through 380-million-year-old shale from the Ithaca area to hunt for fossils.

Central New York is filled with fossils from the Devonian Period (about 350-400 million years ago), and it’s quite common to find them at parks or in backyards. These fossils can tell us a great deal about what life was like millions of years ago and about the geology of our landscape.

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