Plesiosaur Discovery at Charles M. Russell NWR
When most Montana residents and visitors hear the name Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, often their first thoughts turn to big game hunting.

During the fall archery season, a bow hunter searching for an elk on the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge found something he was not looking for: the fossilized bones of a rare prehistoric sea creature called a plesiosaur.

Dave Bradt of Florence, Montana notified the Refuge Headquarters in Lewistown of the discovery right away.

The find--and the subsequent excavation in July 2011--is scientifically significant and promises to add to our knowledge about the remote past in what is now Montana.
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