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    Dr. Laura Wilson, a paleontologist with the Sternberg Museum, holds up a fossil that was once a buffalo vertebrate while giving a presentation to Dighton elementary school students. (Record Photo)

Fossils are abundant for those who have a keen eye

When most people see a hole in the ground, Vance and Louise Ehmke see something much more.

They see a window to what life was like on the Great Plains thousands and even millions of years ago.

And they have the fossil collection to prove it.

“I always thought it was a pretty big deal to be a fourth generation farmer,” says Vance.

That was until informed by archeologists there were 400 to 500 generations of inhabitants in the region prior to the first Ehmkes settling in Lane County in 1885.

The Ehmkes, who live and farm in western Lane County, have discovered a wealth of prehistoric and early Native American evidence throughout their property.


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