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El Paso Girl Scouts first to dig up dinosaur tracks at Mt. Cristo Rey

By: Gina Benitez
EL PASO, Texas

A group of El Paso Girl Scouts are the first to dig at a site with 100 million years of history.

"There's actually a bunch of tracks. Tons and tons of tracks that have been laid out by dinosaurs. Since this used to be a beach, that's what's really cool," said Katalina Salas, a senior at UTEP.

The site is at the base of Mount Cristo Rey. Before today, no one, besides researchers, had ever dug for dinosaur tracks there.

""The girls are actually doing paleontology, so that's really cool because they get a hands on experience with science," Salas said.

A group of area Girl Scouts, from 7 to 17, made up the first group to dig for the tracks.

"What they're doing is digging up tracks for us because we are going to try and open this as a park. This would be a good experience for all El Pasoans to see that there's actually natural history here that occured occurred millions of years ago," Salas said.

"It's really cool because I didn't know that El Paso would have something like this," said Trinity Arteaga, a girl scout with Troop 136.

"We have a friend over there that found one that was really big and then we found two other ones," Arteaga said.

The tracks were originally discovered by geologist Eric Kappus, who accompanied the girls on their dig today.

The untapped potential of the site, organizers say, can shed brand new light on the city.

"It's amazing. Just knowing that we're actually walking on dinosaur footprints is fantastic and being able to share that with my family, and my community and being able to tell them that, it's not just El Paso. There's a bunch of things here that happened millions of years ago. It's great," Salas said.



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