Posts Tagged ‘fossil’

Fossils in the news

Enthusiasm at Dinosaur Journey Museum over the first National Fossil Day in October was cut short by the arrival of Ruby Adelaide Foster. To the new papa, John Foster – our paleontologist, and new mama, ReBecca Hunt-Foster – our collections manager, waiting for Ruby’s arrival was a bit more exciting than Fossil Day. Nevertheless, John [...]

National Fossil Day

“National Fossil Day is a celebration organized to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value.” The Museum of Western Colorado, in partnership with Colorado National Monument, was excited to offer fun activities both at Dinosaur Journey and at Colorado National Monument [...]

Big Jacket Pull at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry

On August 19th the Museum’s expeditions crew removed a large jacket containing the remains of a Apatosaurus vertebra and at least 3 (maybe up to 6!) ribs from the Mygatt-Moore Quarry. A backhoe from the City of Fruita was donated for the morning to help us remove this very large piece from the ground. The jacket separated from the ground successfully and is currently being [...]

National Fossil Day!

*please note: This post and some of the details have been updated Join us in celebrating the first ever National Fossil Day! October 13th, 2010 National Fossil Day is a celebration organized to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value. The Museum [...]

Mygatt-Moore Quarry: Week 1

It is officially dig season at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry! Our first dig was on May 25th and went very well. Dinosaur Journey volunteer and castmaker Dorothy found an Allosaurus tooth tip – our first of the year! On June 4th a beautiful Diplodocus tooth with wear facets on two sides was found in the quarry. This was the first [...]

Unveiling of New Dinosaur Exhibit: Fruitadens

This exhibit features a life-size, fleshed-out reconstruction of Fruitadens, one of the smallest adult dinosaurs in the world, found right here in the Grand Valley in 1976 by paleontologist (and Grand Junction resident) George Callison. Tiny adult dinosaurs are rare, and even more rare are plant-eating dinosaurs that weighed less than a house cat. Among [...]

Fossil Identification & Behind the Scenes Tour

Finding fossils is just scratching the surface… Bring in your fossil finds to dig deeper!! Saturday, July 25 during Dinosaur Days, 11 AM to 2 PM at Dinosaur Journey Museum The community is invited to bring their plant or animal fossil finds to be identified by the Museum of Western Colorado’s expert team of paleontologists from [...]

From Field to Collections and Study

Thus far we have not collected anything large that requires preparation (or removing the fossil from its surrounding rock and stabilizing the remains). Most of the remains we have collected have been relatively small (that will change this summer), consisting of small isolated bone pieces and a few hundred trilobites. We thought we would show a few of the trilobite [...]

Trilobite Trip II: The Return to Marble Mountains

So, you’ve all been waiting with bated breath to learn more about our trip, haven’t you?  Enjoy the photos from ReBecca.  As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words . . .

Trilobite Trip

We are headed out to the Marble Mountains of California to collect trilobites from the Lower Cambrian Latham Shale, below cliffs of Chambless Limestone. Last April the Museum took a collecting trip out and came back with more than 147 specimens for the Museum collections. While trilobites are invertebrates and are legally collectible from BLM land (reasonable amounts [...]