Category Archives: Wyoming Excavations

The Paleo Lab Welcomes A New Intern! (A guest blog by Madison Pullis)

Hello everyone! I am one of the new interns invading the Virginia Museum of Natural History this summer. My name is Madison Pullis and I can be found in the Paleontology lab most days. I am from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa … Continue reading

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Sauropod dorsal vertebra

Volunteer Jim Slezak has been preparing some of our Morrison Formation dinosaur material over the last several years. He recently completed another specimen for us, the small sauropod vertebra shown above. 

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Wyoming Day 14

When Callan Bentley was visiting us a few days ago, he found a circular depression with an elevated rim in one of the sandstone beds near Two Sisters, and wondered if it might be a sauropod track. Tracks have been … Continue reading

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Wyoming Day 13

With hot temperatures and high winds that twice blew our tarp away, we had a fairly short day today so there’s not a lot to report. We successfully flipped the long bone that we top-jacketed yesterday (above).

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Wyoming Day 12

We set out this morning with our new, revised plan to remove the associated vertebrae we found yesterday. We were joined by Callan Bentley (above), a geologist from Northern Virginia Community College and author of the blog Mountain Beltway.

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Wyoming Day 11

In advance of an excavation, I usually develop a pretty clear plan of how large an area I’m going to remove. Generally,by 3 or 4 days into a two-week excavation I know how things are going to proceed; what order … Continue reading

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Wyoming Day 10

With clear weather this morning, we set off early with a reduced crew, as Brooke and the students headed off to do stratigraphic work. The rest of us went to the site to try and finally remove one of the … Continue reading

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Wyoming Day 9 – Red Gulch

As predicted, it was raining when we got up this morning. So, after breakfast at Dirty Annie’s we drove to the Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite, about halfway between Shell and Greybull, for a quick paleontology and geology lesson.

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Wyoming Day 8

The weather was beautiful today, and we made the most of it; 10 straight hours at the site. We accomplished a huge amount in that time, although it doesn’t really show in the photographs. Much of our effort was directed … Continue reading

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Wyoming Day 7

While today was mostly clear and sunny, heavy rain during the night prevented us from driving to the site. Instead, we drove an hour south to Thermopolis, to visit Hot Springs State Park and the Wyoming Dinosaur Center.

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