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When the dino list roamed North America
In keeping with vacation season, I just got back from Arizona (Phoenix,
Prescott and Flagstaff), where I was able to integrate visiting friends and
family with dinosaur sightings. I toured the Museum of Northern Arizona in
Flagstaff, and Dave Gillette graciously showed me around the preparation lab.
The fossilized skin impressions from the (possible) _Parasaurolophus_ found
in Utah are on display until September 3, and I took a close look at those
diamond-shaped (and unfeathered) markings.
Dave also showed me the therizinosaur that was recently discovered in Utah
(see Tracy Ford's post on this at:
http://www.cmnh.org/fun/dinosaur-archive/2001Jun/msg00646.html ). The
preparation is continuing on this find, along with the _Coelophysis_ bonebed
section from Ghost Ranch, _Allosaurus_ material, a phytosaur, and many other
wondrous finds which will be prepped and published as time and money permit.
Hanging on the wall in Dave's office is Ned Colbert's "chair," which is a
wooden chair somewhat held together by duct tape. Dr. Colbert stops by the
museum from time to time.
The museum is beautifully set in the pines and has galleries of Native
American artifacts, an anthropology section, a paleontology section,
breathtaking Native American crafts in the gift shops, and many temporary and
permanent exhibits. The geology unit, where the study and preparation of the
specimens takes place, is across the street from the main museum and is not
generally open to the public.