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South Bend Chocolate Company president digs up dinosaur

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The president of the South Bend Chocolate Company has a unique hobby, and it doesn't include any sweets.  Mark Tarner digs up dinosaurs!  He's been fascinated with the pre-historic creatures for years.

"This is something that we can touch but they're almost super-human....and it just touches the human imagination," says Tarner.

Tarner had the chance to be a part of a dinosaur dig earlier this summer in Montana.  He was able to unearth a rare duckbill dinosaur with skin impressions.  This is only the fourth ever found with skin on it.

"The skin impressions are really important because they show where the muscles were and the true shape of a dinosaur outside of the bones....so that is potentially game-changing for paleontologists," says Steve Bodi, Tarner's brother-in-law who also helped in the dig.

They found the Endomontosaurus also known as a duck-bill dinosaur in Montana. It's over 40 feet long and weighed 20 tons.

"If we dig this out and it has webbed feet that can change the whole picture for this line of dinosaurs, this whole family," says Bodi.

Mark and Steve have only unearthed part of the dinosaur but they can't wait to get back to it.

"Now we're going back in May as soon as the snow goes away in Montana and we'll be working on removing it and bringing it home to South Bend," says Bodi.

The Smithsonian in Washington DC has expressed interest in Mark and Steve's find.  They plan on meeting with paleontologists sometime in the next couple weeks.

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