Prospecting For More Dinosaur Bones and Tracks


In late September and early-mid October PRPRC palaeontologists and volunteers conducted a series of three short prospecting trips into some areas thought promising for new discoveries of dinosaur bones and fossil tracks. Each trip led to the discovery of new fossils and possibly a new site for future excavation.

For one of the trips Ridge Rotors provided helicopter support which was gratefully received.

 

No one said finding dinosaur fossils was easy.

 

A nearly complete long bone (possibly a tibia) from a hadrosaur found exposed on the surface.

 

Volunteer Charles Helm and his discovery of a large hadrosaur track that was just a bit too heavy to fit into a backpack.

 

Even though the days were still warm this time of year, the nights could get well below freezing.

 

An area with good rock exposure, but no bones.

 

A small bone called a 'chevron' that is a downward projecting spine in the tails of dinosaurs.

A fragment of fossil bone, but it is certainly easy to miss. This bone turned out to have bite marks on it.

 

Two laser scan images of the fragment of bone with bite marks.

 

Some of the bones and other fossils collected during the prospecting trips.