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Penn Dixie certified for World's Largest Fossil Dig

A large archeological dig of gray land and diggers in green t-shirts and black shorts
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Some 1,000 diggers and volunteers participated in the world's largest dig on Aug. 25, 2018.

Nearly three years in the making, Penn Dixie is now a Guinness World Record holder.
The Blasdell fossil park and nature preserve now holds the official record for World's Largest Fossil Dig.

Penn Dixie Director Keith Wesolowski said getting certified by the Guinness World Book of Records presented a unique logistical challenge.

It all began on August 25, 2018, when 905 diggers gathered to look for fossils. Multiple collection zones were created across the park so the diggers could work in a coordinated fashion and dozens of unaffiliated volunteers were organized to monitor the dig. After that, the specimens collected had to be reviewed by unaffiliated paleontologists to make sure they were acceptable.

“It’s incredible how well things came together for our record attempt," Wesolowski said. "This new recognition cements Penn Dixie’s place in the geologic and paleontologic community, and we’re confident that we can provide an immersive educational and scientific experience, even in our new socially-distanced world."

A close-up of three diggers in green t-shirts, black shorts and caps working on a gray patch of land
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