(AP) - Paleontologists are roaring over a decision by the University of Wyoming to close its Geological Museum to save money. The museum is small but has significant dinosaur specimens.

University officials say closing the museum and laying off its director and a part-time employee is expected to save about $80,000 a year. It's part of $18 million in cuts at the university amid declining state revenue.

The President of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, says closing the museum is horrifying. She says the recession has forced many natural history museums to reduce staff and hours, but this is the first one she's heard of closing altogether.

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