Tracking down a duckbill

On Monday Eric and I ventured back to the Book Cliffs in order to find the location from which the bones of a new duckbilled dinosaur were excavated about 20 years ago. We drove to Thompson Canyon, parked, then started our climb.

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The site was supposed to be about 400 feet up the cliffs, only a quarter mile from the road. Piece of cake right?

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The first 50 feet of the climb was easy, then the grade went to near vertical. It was an awesome climb as we passed through an ocean then beach and ended up in an estuary.

We never found the site, but got some good prospecting in, finding some bone scraps.

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We did not want to go back down the way we came up so an adjacent canyon was the route. Easier it was, but easy it was not.

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In addition to narrow slots we had to squeeze through, the wildlife decided to pay us a visit out of bush, only 6 inches from my boot. Luckily Eric and I descended unharmed and with hope that our next locality will be just as inspiring.

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