The Tapir Challenge

The dig at fossil site Haile 7G has been termed the Tapir Challenge. The size of the sinkhole combined with the already large number of Tapir fossils makes it a possible contender for the title of most taper-rich fossil site. In an effort to regain the title from Tennesse, Haile 7G is being excavated 7 days a week with the help of volunteers.

For those interested in becoming a volunteer here is some information about the process:

Digging takes place everyday of the week begginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m. Because of restrictions within the mine, volunteers must be taxied to the site from a parking lot. Arrival times are 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Departure times are 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Volunteers can arrive and stay for however many periods they wish.

You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer (age limit was set by the mine and no exceptions can be made)

To become a volunteer you must first fill out an application form (requires Adobe Reader. Check the availability of positions before you fill out the form.

If you have volunteered at the site before you do not have to resubmit an application. Simply contact Richard Hulbert at