Storybook: Larkin Wyley’s Paleontology Adventure

By Artie Knapp (USA –

Illustration by divaDzine

BEFORE THE SUN had even broken across the horizon, young Larkin Wyley was anxious to start his day. Larkin was confident he was going to make a paleontology discovery so big and so grand, that it would put his name in the Kid’s Hall of Fame.

As his parents drove him to the digging site, it was hard for Larkin to contain his excitement.

“Just think, in a couple of hours I may be holding something millions of years old!” said Larkin.

“Well, that would be something, Larkin. But remember, paleontology is hard work. The most important thing is to just have fun today,” said his dad.

“And if things don’t turn out like you had hoped, that’s okay. Just keep at it,” said Larkin’s mom.

Larkin appreciated his parents’ advice, but quickly reminded them about the local farmer who had discovered a fossilized dinosaur egg many years before.

“Where there’s one, there’s sure to be more!” said Larkin with great excitement.

Then the Wyley family drove up a long country dirt-road, where Larkin’s grandparents owned land that stretched as far as the eye could see. And it was there that Larkin knew he would find his T-Rex.

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