I am Lari. I've been highly interested in paleontological studies since a young age. In the 7th and 8th grade I was part of the ONLY junior high level paleontology class in the United States. The class is held withing the walls of Lowell Junior High School located in Bisbee, Arizona. My old paleo teacher (no offense!) was none other than Heidi Johnson (Mrs. J to us students). She knows a great deal of other paleontologists. We even had the pleasure of meeting our paleontological hero (lol) Bob Bakker (thnx jmjoyce) at a convention in Tucson, Az. That was a historical moment in our young lives. Us students felt like we were meeting and shaking hands with a celebrity! We were even more shocked when we realized Mrs. J and Bob were friends!
We collected fossils (once we found a huge ammonite outside Bisbee, Az on a paleo field trip!) and a vast aray of rocks and minerals. I literally have a couple of box fulls. From trilobites to dino dung, it's all great. So, I look forward to getting to know some of you fellow paleophiles!