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Fossils Sites in the USA
Travel: Prehistoric Trails
By The Associated Press
The oldest wild west creatures were dinosaurs and other ancient animals, and
visitors to Wyoming, Montana, the Dakotas, and Nebraska can study their fossils
at a number of sites:
- The museum at Rock River, Wyo., displays finds of paleontologist Robert Bakker
from his work at the "Dinosaur Graveyard" at nearby Como Bluff in southeastern
- The Geological Museum on the campus of the University of Wyoming in Laramie
displays a Brontosaurus skeleton, and there's a full-size copper mold of
Tyrannosaurus rex outside the building.
- Western Wyoming College in Rock Springs has several dinosaur casts from around
the area, including a Tyrannosaurus rex.
- The Fossil Butte National Monument near Kemmerer, Wyo., contains a highly
concentrated number of fossilized fish and plants. Fossil Butte's Wasatch
Formation rises 7,500 feet above sea level with bright red, purple, yellow and
- The Museum of the Rockies at Bozeman, Mont., is one of the country's best
known dinosaur attractions, with displays of dinosaur eggs, embryos and nests
found near Choteau, Mont., an area now known as Egg Mountain. Egg Mountain is
replicated at the museum with life-size reproductions of 32 dinosaurs. Skeletons
and skulls of Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, and others are on display.
- The Carter County Museum in Ekalaka, Mont., has fossils, dinosaur bones and a
complete skeleton of an Anatosaurus, or duck-billed dinosaur.
- A recent Triceratops discovery is centerpiece of a new Visitors Center at
Makoshika State Park near Glendive, Mont. The park has a number of interpretive
trails and part of the Hell Creek Formation, a 65-million-year-old rock layer
that winds through the Badlands of Montana.
- You can watch technicians at the Dakota Dinosaur Museum in Dickinson, N.D.,
prepare a 2,000-pound Triceratops skull, found in North Dakota Bad Lands, for
permanent display. This new museum, completed last summer, also has ten
full-scale dinosaurs, including an Allosaurus.
- The Museum of Geology in Rapid City, S.D., displays an extensive collection of
Badlands fossils, including ancient camels, horses and a mother oreodon with
skeletons of unborn twins encased in her bones.
- About 100 Columbian mammoths have been left entombed en situ at the Mammoth
Site in Hot Springs, S.D. It's believed the 10-ton creatures were entrapped in
the watering hole over 26,000 years ago when they either slipped in or ventured
in without being able to retreat up its steep banks.
- Remains of exotic animals - three-toed horses, dog-sized camels, saber-toothed
tigers, giant pigs, rhinoceros-like titanotheres - can be seen at Ashfall
Fossil Beds State Historic Park between Royal and Orchard, Neb.
For more information, contact Old West Trail Country, in care of South Dakota
Tourism at 711 East Wells Avenue, Pierre, S.D. 57501-3369