Wyoming Day 2

No rain today, and we were able to get in over 8 straight hours of digging. Linda found a second bone today, and we’ve now uncovered what appear to be two vertebrae (both shown above). Here are closeups of each:

I can’t quite match these up to any particular vertebrae yet. They have some similarity to the posterior cervical vertebrae of sauropods, but they seem to be too short, particularly the second one. A proximal caudal vertebra may also be a possibility (Any dinosaur people reading this?). Perhaps bolstering the caudal vertebra hypothesis is the chevron we found a few inches away:

We’ll probably remove the chevron tomorrow; the vertebrae need a bit more work first.

Tim found more of the local wildlife as we were walking back to the cars at the end of the day:

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3 Responses to Wyoming Day 2

  1. Doug says:

    Interesting shape of the one on the left. Is that a rib next to it?

  2. Gwyn says:

    Please tell me the scorpions are shy! Dear Husband and Kid #1 will be out there next week!

  3. Alton Dooley says:

    It might be part of the vertebra; it seems to be symmetrical with respect to the centrum. If it’s a rib it’s only a fragment. I’m not sure about it, though.

    The scorpions are very shy. The tend to hide under rocks; I’ve never seen one on the surface. When they’re exposed they run and hide again. I think they’re mostly nocturnal, so no worries!

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