- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

HAYS, Kan. (AP) - A federal grant will allow Fort Hays State University to expand its paleontology studies research.

The university’s Sternberg Museum of Natural History recently received the three-year $116,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

Laura Wilson, curator of paleontology, says the grant will allow the museum to buy imaging equipment and to hire university students to work in the paleontology collection.

Wilson says specimen data, images, and geographical and temporal information eventually will be published online in research databases. They also will be used to develop Web- and classroom-based educational materials.

The Great Bend Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/294Uyqr ) that project will focus on fossils from an ocean that covered the middle of North America, including Kansas, 100 to 66 million years ago.

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Information from: Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, https://www.gbtribune.com

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