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canada goose coats An historical side note: Early 20th Century NMNH paleontologist Charles W. Gilmore collected dinosaur fossils in 1914 at Judith River Formation sites less than 20 miles from this summer excavation site. He returned to Montana in 1928, collecting at sites of similar age located farther to canada goose outlet uk sale the northwest, along the Milk River. We haven canada goose outlet vancouver found photos from the 1914 trip, but this one from our archives shows his 1928 camp. canada goose coats

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