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There will be one of the world's biggest ever dinosaur digs. Paleontologists (people who study fossils) will go to a site in the USA known as the Jurassic Mile. The site is roughly 2.6 square kilometers in size. The dig is called Mission Jurassic. Researchers from the USA, England and Holland will join the team. They will try to find bones from dinosaurs that lived 150 million years ago, in the Jurassic Era. Scientists have already found many interesting things in the past two years. They include dinosaur footprints, plant fossils and the bones of a 30-metre-long Diplodocus.

The bones will go on display at the world's largest children's museum. A professor at the museum and co-leader of the dig said: "This is an area that hasn't been...extensively studied....The hope is to find...new species of dinosaurs and the animals and plants that lived around them." Another museum professor said: "This site offers a rare opportunity to build a picture of what the real Jurassic ecosystem would have looked like 150 million years ago." He hopes to find fossils from plants, invertebrates, ancient crocodiles, mammals, lizards and sea life.

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