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Dinosaur Dig

By Jean Boonstra

In season nine of Discovery Mountain, Gadget found a dinosaur bone belonging to the professor. Jake delivered the bone and stayed around to learn how an archaeological site can show that God created our world. 

Professor Z! Professor Z!” Jake called out. 

“Oh, Jake,” the professor answered with a sigh, “let me guess: you have another question for me?”

Jake smiled. “Can I lift the dinosaur bone out of the ground today?”

The professor knew that Jake was excited to uncover the T. rex bone. Everyone at the site had been talking about the discovery for days. “Yes, Jake, you can do it,” he answered kindly. 

Jake and the professor walked over to the dig site. The area was covered by a tent, and little flags marked the places in the ground where dinosaur bones had been discovered. They’d covered the T. rex bone in plaster to protect it, and now it was ready to lift out. 

“All right, Jake,” the professor cautioned. “Listen to my directions.” 

“I’m ready,” Jake answered.  

“Gently lift the bone, Jake. Be careful!” the professor said. 

“I’m being careful!” Jake answered, and triumphantly lifted out the dinosaur bone. The plaster covered and protected the fragile bone, and there was no mistaking it—it was a T. rex femur. 

“Set it down carefully,” the professor said. “Now, I need to measure the depth of the hole where we found it. Oh, dear!”

“Professor, what is it?” Jake asked, concerned. 

“Oh, I forgot my measuring tape!” the professor said, still looking again in his shirt pocket. 

“I’ll get it for you,” Jake said enthusiastically, jumping up quickly. 

Crunch! 

“Oh, no! This is a disaster!” Jake wailed, looking down. He almost couldn’t believe his eyes. He’d just stepped on the T. rex bone, and it was now broken in two. 

The professor wanted to holler, but then saw how terrible Jake felt. He put a hand on Jake’s shoulder and reassured him. “Jake, there will be other bones.” 

Looking at the broken T. rex femur, the professor noticed something unusual. “This is unusual,” he said, lifting the two pieces to look inside. “There appears to be soft tissue inside this bone!” 

The professor and others gathered around and looked at the bone. “This would mean that the bone couldn’t be millions of years old, as some people say,” someone commented. 

“We need to get this bone under a microscope,” the professor said hurriedly. He added, “Jake!” 

Jake, who was standing to the side with his head hanging, hardly looked up to reply. “Yes,” he barely answered, “I’m sorry that I ruined everything! The professor smiled. “Jake, you didn’t ruin everything. This might be the most important bone we’ve found yet,  and we didn’t know it until we looked inside!”  The professor wiped the dust off of his hands and reached out to shake Jake’s hand. “Thank you!”

Jake straightened up and with a grin, shook the professor’s outstretched hand.

“You’re welcome. Jacob P. Donovan, official dinosaur expert. Yes, indeedy.”