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Nipomo man awarded prestigious science fellowship

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Jacob Gardner, graduate student in MSU's Department of Earth Sciences (Photo courtesy: Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/Montana State University) Jacob Gardner, graduate student in MSU's Department of Earth Sciences (Photo courtesy: Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/Montana State University)

A man from the Central Coast has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

Jacob Gardner is from Nipomo but left the West Coast, where he was an avid surfer, to study dinosaurs at Montana State University. He will spend the summer in Beijing, researching how dinosaur and mammal locomotion evolved.

Gardner will be supervised by prominent Chinese paleontologist, Dr. Xu Xing, who's famous for naming more dinosaurs than any other living paleontologist.

"It's going to be thrilling to work with Dr. Xu Xing," Gardner said in a statement released by the university. "It is a rare opportunity."

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