Bugs for hire

August 13, 2009 5:57:50 AM PDT
Have bugs - will travel.

That's what a Montana State University dinosaur researcher is offering.

Tom Evans is a graduate student at the school.

He maintains a colony of bone-cleaning beetles whose day job is to snack on animal bones that are part of his research.

But in their off-research hours, these beetles work overtime.

Evans rents them out to hunters who want their trophies cleaned.

Evans says he puts the bug money toward his research.

He's trying to establish better guidelines for how paleontologists determine the age and origin of dinosaur fossils.