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Fossils found in New Mexico to remain in state

Created: 06/10/2014 7:28 PM
By: Eddie Garcia, KOB Eyewitness News 4

You've heard it before. New Mexico's unofficial nickname, "The Land of Entrapment."

Well, that wasn't always the case for our link to the past - genuine New Mexico fossils.   

We kept on shipping them away until we built the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in 1986.

"There's a famous quote with somebody saying, why do we need a natural history museum? We've already found the fossils in the state; they took them all to the Smithsonian. Well, that's not true," Charlie Walter of the New Mexico Land Office said.

Yeah, we're done with giving away our fossilized treasures.

The museum and the state land office put it in ink and made it official Tuesday. 

From now on, they stay right here. So, you can see what was stomping around your neighborhood back in the good old days.

And we have everything from ancient amphibians from Socorro County, dinosaurs from Union County, to a prehistoric camel jaw found in Rio Arriba County.

"We want to make sure that they don't disappear. That they're curated forever and that we use them to better understand the history of New Mexico," Ray Powell said.

So maybe "The Land of Entrapment" isn't such a bad thing after all, so long as our treasures stay here, too.


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