The following is from the April 11, 2007, edition of The Baton Rouge Advocate.

'Uncle Lou' digs dinos

Special to The Advocate

Not everyone can say their uncle has traveled the world digging up dinosaur bones.

Elizabeth Grace Sylvest, 8, and Mia Sylvest, 6,  of Baton Rouge can.

The sisters anxiously awaited their great-Uncle Lou’s visit to Baton Rouge recently when he was to talk about dinosaurs to their classmates at St. George Elementary School.

“My daughter was up at 6:30 this morning, she is so excited,” their mother, Jill Sylvest, said.

“Uncle Lou” is Louis L. Jacobs, a professor of geological sciences and president of the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

He has led and participated in expeditions around the world in search of dinosaurs.

While in Malawi, he and his team discovered hundreds of fossils and the remains of a new dinosaur, which he christened, the Malawisaurus.

Jacobs’ Baton Rouge visit on March 28 was to honor an invitation from St. George second-grade teacher Michele Scioneaux to speak to her students about paleontology — a word the first- and second- grade students had no trouble rolling off their tongues. He was scheduled to speak also to the LSU geology department that same afternoon.

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