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Midmorning with Aundrea - October 30, 2019 (Part 2)

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Midmorning with Aundrea - October 30, 2019 (Part 2)
Midmorning with Aundrea - October 30, 2019 (Part 2)

Break away from your everyday with Aundrea Self!

Kids, phones, and social media.

A look at the trends.

And, singer- songwriter Allison Moorer talks about putting her pain in paper.

Plus, we're on the road with Steve Hartman.

A discovery in colorado springs is drawing the attention of scientists around world.

They believe they may have found a fossil that could bridge a gap in the earth's history from 66-million year ago.

Bill folsom reports..

Corral bluffs... open space on the edge of colorado springs... now a fossil find shows a link to history from 66-million years ago when a massive asteroid hit the earth and unleashed a wave of destruction.

Dr. ian miller/paleontologist: "brought the age of the dinosaurs to a fiery and cataclysmic end."

The end of the dinosaurs is also the beginning the of the mammals and plants from just after the destruction.

Dr. ian miller/paleontologist: "we have very little about how life emerged in the first million year after the end, mass extinction."

Dr. tyler lyson/paleontologist: "we made this big discovery right on the edge of colorado springs in an area called corral bluffs."

Two paleontologists from the denver museum of nature and science along with a team of volunteers went to corral bluffs hunting fossils.

No success -- changed quickly with a shift in thinking and action.

Dr. tyler lyson/paleontologist: "the aha moment was when i picked one of the concretions up and i cracked it with my rock hammer and opened it up and saw a mammal skull staring back at me.

And i was floored."

A million years of earth's history with a lot of unknowns... suddenly with complete skeletons, skulls, and fossilized plant life.

Dr. tyler lyson/paleontologist: "a complete game changer."

Dr. ian miller/paleontologist: "a paleontological trifecta."

Dr. tyler lyson/paleontologist: "for the first time we were able to document the recovery an entire eco system right after the earths last mass extinction."

You can see fossils from the find now on display at the denver museum of nature and science.

When we return, all it took was a little help from his friends.

Steve hartman is next.

Mid morning will be right back.

There was a time when he was on top of the world.

Everyone remembers coy featherston as one of the nicest guys around.

All it takes is one detour for life to get off track.

And as steve hartman reports, all it takes is one good heart to get it back on the rails again.

Life has its ups and downs, but rarely do you see a swing as dramatic as what 66-year-old coy featherston just went through.

"i'm speechless sometimes because of how it happened," he said.

Coy, who used to work as a concert lighting director and graphic artist, says he still hasn't fully processed his good fortune.

"i was beginning to lose hope," coy said.

A month ago he was homeless.

Now he's here.

How does that happen?

Coy featherston, 68, who has been homeless since 1995, sits with all his belongings at his camping spot on guadalupe street and west 21st street in the west campus neighborhood on tuesday september 10, 2019.

"it was just through friends.

They started coming from everywhere," coy said.

"i figured i could find him," s leea mechling.

Leea was his first blast from the past.

She started looking for coy after seeing his picture in the local austin, texas, newspaper.

Leea says if not for the caption, she would have never recognized her high school friend - the talented football player who was once voted "best all- around boy."

Coy was everyone's friend - which is why leea felt compelled to return the kindness.

"and i came and looked here at this church," leea said.

After three days of searching, she found him right here.

"i said, 'hi, coy, it's leea, du remember me?'

And he said, 'of course i do!'" leea recalled.

"i was relieved because it was someone that i knew," coy said.

And it wasn't just leea.

"it's really shocking when you find that an old friend that you've known is living in your same town on the street," said paul judd.

All these old friends saw the same picture in the paper and had the same response.

"yeah, i got him a phone and put him on my cellphone plan," said j.d.

Allen.

"get him some dental work done.

We got his social security done," said pat judd.

"he lives with me.

He can stay there as long as he wants," said don vanderburg.

"whatever it takes, we're going to turn him around," said pat judd.

Fortunately, his friends say coy doesn't have any drug or alcohol problems. they say he ended up on the streets of austin after a series of unfortunate events and some mental health issues.

And once he started spiraling, there was just no crawling out on his own.

"i don't know if i'd really gotten through it without my friends.

Make friends now," coy said.

"you may need them some day.

You may be glad that you have them - because it can happen to anyone."

A friendly reminder, from one of the richest men on earth.

We'll be right back to wrap things up.

That and more on the next midmorning.

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