NEWCASTLE, WYOMING - Paleontologists from the University of Wyoming have announced the discovery of a gigantic form of western chipmunk, Neotamias, at a ranch north of Newcastle, Wyoming.
The fossil skeleton, measuring 20 feet in length, was uncovered by rancher Norvin Morgan, or rather Morgan's dog, a Westie named Jello, who started digging frantically when they were out fixing fence last week.
"Yep, Jello just keep diggin' and diggin' and yelpin' and yelpin' until I had to quit working and see what he was frettin' about. One bone led to another and before I knew it he had uncovered the entire skeleton. I thought it was just another one of those Triceratops that was unearthed around here lately by those Paleo fellas, but turns out, this fossil is way more unique than that!"
Dr. Cyril Brittenbach, spokesman for the U.W. Department of Geology and Geophysics, explained, "This is a brand new addition to our understanding of forest animals in the Jurassic Period. We thought all the Jurassic mammals were mouse-sized, keeping a low profile by scurrying around in the night, or nesting in tall trees so they wouldn't get trampled on by large dinosaurs. We obviously were wrong and have more to learn!"
Paleontologists are scurrying to the site to determine if more undiscovered fossil skeletons might be in the area. Meanwhile, Jello was given a doggie treat by Mr. Morgan, so he would let go of the nice chipmunk tooth he was trying to chew on.
"Jello couldn't quite get a hold of that tooth - it was too big. Me and the missus are proud of Jello - he is quite a digger!"