Blasdell, N.Y. (WKBW) – Hundreds dug for gold on Saturday … historic gold. Penn Dixie harbored over 900 fossil tombs, 924 to be exact. While it's still unofficial, Executive Director Dr. Phil Stokes that the total number of excavators has almost doubled the previous world record.
"It looked like everyone was totally engaged, I saw some really decent fossils being delivered, in fact we have the state paleontologist right now to verify each of these fossils for scientific value," Stokes said.
Diggers searched for remnants of animals that had lived 380 million years ago when West New York was flooded, according to Stokes. One of the most commonly found fossils was Trilobite, a distant cousin of the horseshoe crab.
Diggers were asked to turn around Everyone confirmed that the fossils were fossils or not, they could be returned to the dredgers to take them home.
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