Once again I teamed up with Dave to go on a fossil dig. This time it was to Wyoming, to meet up with the UNO Lance Dinosaur Expedition led by Kraig Derstler of The University of New Orleans. The site was located in Northeastern Wyoming. This trip incompassed both the best and the worst of any and all my fossil trips.
We met the UNO group at the Lance Formation 2 weeks into their dig.
The crew had already removed the overburden, which went from that
ridge in the upper right of the picture to the area where Kim is
standing. They named the Triceratops "Cecilia", from the Simon and
Garfunkle song. That became the theme song of the trip. "Oh Cecilia,
you're breaking my...back!"
Brian and I found some exposed bones near the Triceratops dig.
Since we found them it was our job to do an evaulation of the site.
We dug trenches around the bones to determine the extent of the site.
The only tools we used was our pocket knives. I found a few fossil
leaves while trenching in the shale.
Since time was running out we abandoned the new bones and
concentrated on getting Cecilia excavated and wrapped for transport
back to New Orleans. I still don't know what those other bones were.
The land owner had found a few fossil bones over the years, including
this Pachycephalosaurus (meaning thick-headed reptile) skull. These
dinosaurs are know as the headbangers.
More of the land owner's fossils: In the forground is a Triceratops
horn (left) and verterbra (right). Behing those are several T-Rex
foot and ankle bones.
As you can see here, we finally did get all the bones back to
UNO. Kim is standing by the horns and frill. Dr. Derstler holds
Cecilia's jaw bone.
Photo is from The Times Picayune, by Matt Rose.
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