Thursday, July 10, 2008

 Not only was it mercilessly hot and windy today (pushing 100 degrees), we found very few fossils.  It is mind-boggling how hit or miss fossil discoveries can be. One area might yield numerous bones when another butte a few hundred yards away produces only weathered, cruddy bone or worse, nothing at all. 

 Ariel Revan marks the site of not-yet-identified dinosaur bones found yesterday. We haven’t decided to excavate this site for a couple of reasons. First, as you might see, the exposed bones are very weathered. We cannot be certain if there are better-preserved or in-situ bones behind the visible remains. Second, public land regulations allow us to only remove one-cubic meter of material –so excavating this site would require a larger excavation permit acquired through the Montana Bureau of Land Management.  

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