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Retired Smithville couple 'digs up' second career of finding dinosaur bones

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Posted at 6:44 AM, May 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-20 08:18:33-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bruce and Judith Wake are good at finding dinosaur bones.

"I consider it to be a lot of fun and very adventurous," said Bruce.

"You never know what you are going to find," adds Judith. "Or how much you are going to find."

They've both found a lot of bones, including fossilized bones from 200 different dinosaurs.

"We do a pretty good job of finding things, and I think it’s because we move slower," Judith said with a laugh.

For almost 20 years they've been going to remote locations in Montana to dig for dinosaurs.

They team up with universities and private land owners.

The couple has turned their basement into a museum with the bones on display everywhere.

"We have a frill from a triceratops," Bruce said as he walked through his collection. "A large tooth from the a Tyrannosaurus Rex. A scoot from an Ankylosaur."

The list goes on and on.

They said they do it because they love to learn and explore — fitting for a couple of retired teachers.

Not only do they find the fossils, the couple also goes to schools and volunteers at events to help educate kids and inspire them to get outside and explore.

"I see kids now that are not experiencing these sort of things and they are missing so much," Bruce said. "I try to bring it to them if I can."

Bruce and Judith have already booked this year’s trip to Montana.