2021 A Season of New Discoveries!
2021 Field Report – August 1, 2021
The 2021 season was really good! Old friends returning and new friends made. Teams focused their efforts on exploration of new sites and did it ever pay off! We found 3 new quarries! One of the new sites produced stegosaur material, and another a large sauropod and the third the remains of Camptosaurus. This season was very unusual weather wise. Montana has experienced one of the hottest and driest summers on record. We were all smart and took advantage of the cool temps during the morning and evenings to work in the new sites. Now that these new quarries are established, I can’t wait to see what the winters snow and the spring erosion will show us. Yes, it was indeed hard work – something you will never see on a TV documentary. With that kind of effort…comes great rewards! Kudos everyone!
After doing these dig programs for 26 years one cannot help but think about the people you keep meeting and the many friends you make. The 2021 field season was made wonderfully possible by many of those people. To my dear friends and hosts for 18 summers Dave and Rosalie, thank you for sharing such a wonderous place. My friends in many geologic adventures Mark, Debbie and my dear Janet, thanks to you all for being there for me. You guys keep our prehistoric adventure all going.
Finally, I want to thank all of the 2021 team members that traveled from all points to have a chance at discovery with us. I hope that you went away a little more knowledgeable and having even more questions. Hope to see you again.
What’s Up for the Summer of 2022?
Bones!!! We’ll continue excavation of the 3 new quarries 4, 5 and 6 in 2021 to see what they will give up. The bones showing in quarry 5 look to be a large sauropod. We’ve jacketed and removed the skull and neck of a Camptosaurus in quarry 4, a trophy discovery due to its rarity. We will continue more excavation there and hopefully discover more of its body.
“Fossil hunting is by far the most fascinating of all sports, the hunter will never knows what his bag will be, perhaps nothing, perhaps a creature never before seen by human eyes! The fossil hunter does not kill, he resurrects. And the result of his sport is to add to the sum of human pleasure and the treasures of human knowledge”.
George Gaylord Simpson – paleontologist circa 1934.