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summer field work progress 08
Dinosaur List Members,
Been a busy paleontological field season here on the Bliss Ranch.
With the HUGE rains this year giving us a late start, Hell Creek/Lance
has been good this field with our Triceratops site being worked with
several new large bones being exhumed from the muddy bentonitic lake
sediments they were entombed within. We are still cleaning (and will
be for years) the large plastered blocks of bones we removed last year
and now are adding more to our winter work load. Fortunately, new
local volunteers have magically appeared in my crew so there is
hope. I just removed another 5 foot long rib a few weeks ago in
beautiful condition which bring to 12 the number of different ribs we
have recovered in various states of preservation. This Triceratops
(now named Doug) seems pretty complete and at least partially
articulated. I even found the largest croc molar that I have found in
the sediments surrounding the tric skeleton. Go figure, well fed crocs.
I have opened several new microsites and improved several old ones
with heavy equipment removal of overburden for future fun in the sun.
More than a few rare Cretaceous mammal teeth have been found,
thousands of common Upper Cretaceous fossils, many common dinosaurian
teeth, some rare ones and even a couple of quite rare troodon teeth
came out under our Dinosaur Bed and Breakfasts guest's sharp eyes.
These were the first troodontids that we have collected not first
collected by harvester ants. We had more dinosaur hunting guests this
summer than we really wanted but fun was had by all. Those guests
were responsible for finding several pretty rare fossils that are now
housed in the ranch collection by site number. The
We even recovered some large Pleistocene mammal material as a result
of the 20 plus professional 4 wheel drive trucks that played at the
Bliss Ranch June 10 during the Petersen's 4 Wheel and Off Road
Ultimate Adventure. The vehicles loosened some alluvium which washed
away enough to expose the Pleistocene Fossils. I suspect more of the
fossils are there too but I'll wait a bit to tackle that excavation as
it is on a pretty steep waterfall. The trucks really helped me by
loosening the collapsed soil which washed away and left the fossils.
I wouldn't have found them with out the trucks coming here. Pretty
cool and newsworthy. So next year when we have the International
Tactical Rifle Championships here (Aug 2009), I hope the shooters are
as fossil productive!
My website has been totally reworked in a new format and I think you
will find it quite a bit easier to read and maybe even useful. It
reads like a book on your screen. I hope you enjoy seeing a long
series of pictures of identified (hopefully correctly) Hell Creek
Fossils in one place. Please go to www.wyomingdinosaurs.com . If you
don't have fast internet you might be out of luck though as this is
pretty current webpage technology (takes flash and is big) therefore
pretty much state of the art. There are still a few errors and the
site continues under construction for a few more months.
The season isn't over yet but a nip is in the air and the days are
Frank (Rooster) Bliss