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Final Days

On our last days in New Mexico, we hit another couple of promising basins, with little luck. Most of what we found was alive…

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Hi friends

So we collected all the materials we could from our surface permits, took in the beautiful views, and packed up and headed north to prospect the Crevasse Canyon Formation before heading back to Raleigh.

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See ya next year Moreno Hill.

Our short time hunting in the Crevasse Canyon Formation turned up a few promising things, including some beautiful dinosaur tracks.  Unfortunately these are two big to fit in our gear, so we’ll just have to bring equipment to get some 3D models of these beauties next year!

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Tracks (on the left) with some crazy human for scale

Now we’ll take everything back to the lab and begin the long process of cleaning and preparing the fossils we recovered.  Next year we’ll have some serious excavating to do on the sites we found, particularly Elk Run, from where we picked up a ton of bone from several individuals.  Stay tuned to find out more on what we found on our trip to New Mexico this year and visit for more info on our next trip to Montana in June!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Basin That Keeps On Giving

Once we’d found a basin with bone, we hit the area with a fine tooth comb, spending a week scouring the hillsides for more sites. In total we turned up a few fragmentary theropod bones, a very large upper leg bone in sandstone, some crocodile scutes, a few turtles, plant fossils, and one hillside with 42 vertebrae, limb and pelvic bones on the surface, and chunks of a very large, unusual looking turtle.  Next year we’ll go back to several of these hills and open quarries.  With any luck even better bones are still resting inside the hill.

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It’s like Christmas, a vertebrae on the surface every few minutes
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Excavating an upside down turtle
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Cretaceous croc osteoderms (skin bones)
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Petrified wood abounds here