Wyoming Day 11

We took today off, since temperatures in the Bighorn Basin were over 100 F today. Instead we drove through Wind River Canyon and visited the Wyoming Dinosaur Center. We planned to eat our lunch at one of the picnic benches in the canyon, but the swallows nesting over the tables deterred us.

Here is a goody from yesterday’s work that I forgot to post; J. B. and Hunter found this gastrolith while trenching around one of the bones:

Like birds, sauropod dinosaurs had gizzards for helping to grind food. The gizzard stones preserve quite well.

If all goes well, tomorrow should be our last day excavating.

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2 Responses to Wyoming Day 11

  1. Brian Beatty says:

    Wow, I’ve always wanted to find a gastrolith! I wonder what the wear features on these things would look like when fresh from the gut? Hmmm….

  2. Alton Dooley says:

    They’re not uncommon … you’ll just have to come on out with us some time!

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