10 Places You May Catch Paleontologists Digging Up Fossils
And even if you don't, you'll gaze on fossilized dinosaurs, rhinos and other reptiles in their natural context—instead of in a museum set piece
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10. Dinosaur Center
Wyoming Dinosaur Center: Thermopolis, Wyoming
http://www.wyodino.org/ ; (800) 455-3466
Since excavation began in the early 1990s, about 60 dinosaur fossil sites have been identified. Weather permitting, excavation continues at four to six sites at any given time.....[
9. Petrified Forest
Petrified Forest National Park: near Holbrook, Ariz.
http://www.nps.gov/pefo/ ; (928) 524-6228
This stretch of petrified forest, which runs along Interstate 40 in Arizona, was first discovered in the 1850s during a military expedition.....[
Mygatt-Moore Quarry: near Fruita, Colo.
www.dinosaurjourney.org ; (970) 858-7282
This quarry was first discovered in 1981, when the Mygatt and Moore families were taking a hike and, resting on a break, realized they were sitting on a dinosaur bone.....[
7. Mammoth Site
The Mammoth Site: Hot Springs, S.D.
http://www.mammothsite.com/ ; (605) 745-6017
Since 1974 nearly 60 mammoths--most of them Columbian mammoths--have been identified in this site, along with 47 other species of animals.....[
6. Florissant Fossil Beds
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument: Florissant, Colo.:
www.nps.gov/flfo ; (719) 748-3253
Nearly 35 million years ago, this region 35 miles (55 kilometers) west of Colorado Springs, was buried in 15 to 20 feet (4.5 to six meters) of volcanic mud, petrifying the redwood trees growing there.....[
5. Dinosaur State Park
Dinosaur State Park: Rocky Hill, Conn.
http://www.dinosaurstatepark.org/ ; (860) 529-8423
This lattice work of dinosaur tracks was discovered in the mid 1960s by serendipity. A worker operating a bulldozer, digging the basement for a new state building, flipped over a slab of gray sandstone and saw unusual-looking three-toed tracks beneath.....[
4. Dinosaur National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument: near Jensen, Utah
http://www.nps.gov/dino /; (435) 781-7700
Photo: Attached at SciAmPhotosDinosaurNational
Photo Credit: National Park Service
The most dramatic presentation of fossils at Dinosaur National Monument was closed to public view in mid 2006, after shifting earth damaged the visitor center.....[
3. Dinosaur Quarry
Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry: near Price, Utah
http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/price/recreation/quarry.html ; (435) 636-3600
Portions of 79 dinosaurs have been identified at this ancient bone bed, located 150 miles (240 kilometers) southeast of Salt Lake City.....[
Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park: near Austin, Nev.
http://parks.nv.gov/bi.htm ; (775) 964-2440
This remote site, 160 miles (255 kilometers) southeast of Reno, is believed to have been part of a coastline during the late Triassic period.....[
1. Ashfall Fossil Beds
Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park: near Royal, Neb.
http://ashfall.unl.edu/ ; (402) 893-2000
Roughly 260 skeletons, representing 17 species, have been identified at this northeastern Nebraska site, first discovered in the early 1970s.....[
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