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Theres a geologist a metal worker a veterinarian and a computer technician who lives in a trailer almost as snug as his old cubicle They come from New Orleans California - even Germany - and just down the road Their enthusiasm is boundless though their experience and qualifications are limited In short they enjoy getting down on all fours - toothbrush and dental pick in hand - and digging in dirt for hours on end Bone fragments make them giddy words ending in saur evoke downright delirium They are kids in a candy store savoring the sweet taste of discovery And like children their pleasure is divulged in boyish smiles and delighted giggles Part Indiana Jones a little more like the Nutty Professor they are among a smattering of explorers conquering the new West by way of the old Grown men trading 9-to-5 jobs and steady salaries to dig for fossils in the foothills of Wyoming This is no hobby or weekend project For these entrepreneurs it is the ultimate business venture in an era of high-stakes stocks and dot-com millionaires - one that unites childhood fantasy and adult ambition --- If I could make a living doing this Bob Simon says with a wistful sigh thatd be awesome He is squatting on a sandstone hill high above a cattle ranch outside Shell a 50-person speck of town in northern Wyoming He wears a T-shirt splashed with pastel-colored dinosaurs a bronze belt buckle in the shape of an Allosaurus and a baseball cap with the insignia of his fledgling company Dinosaur Safaris He looks like he cleaned out a Jurassic Park souvenir shop Simon 44 has spent almost half his life - 19 years to be precise - as an oil and gas geologist for Chevron in New Orleans He earns a good salary owns a four-bedroom house and commutes regularly to Washington DC where
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