The paleontologist in this case wasn't a professor with multiple degrees, but rather a 9-year-old girl who happened upon a small bone that experts believe belonged to a Cretaceous era raptor. The bone measures just about 1/2 inch long. Experts at the park think it was likely a vertebra from a raptor's tail. The bone is now on its way to the Smithsonian, where it will undergo further examination.
Full article by Jennifer Viegas on Discovery News