Category Archives: Paleontology

Collaboration with Fruita Monument High School

As Curator of Education I take the job of involving the youth of today in our Museums seriously. Even before coming to work for the Museums I was ensuring that tomorrow’s leaders saw the value and importance in museums and research through a high school paleontology program. I am proud to announce that this idea is now being carried forward here in the Grand Valley. In the fall of 2016, I began working with Billy … Read More

Bears Ears Follow-up

On Dec. 28, 2016, President Barack Obama used the authority assigned to him under the Antiquities Act of 1906 by Congress to declare a Bears Ears National Monument. Now, most of the public debate surrounding this area has focused on the wealth of ancient sites, artifacts, rock art, and tribal connections to the area. But the paleontological resources of the area are also highly significant (see my accompanying article about my trip to Washington, D.C. … Read More

Rob Goes to Washington

On Oct. 31, 2016, I was invited to speak in Washington, D.C., to the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the USDA Forest Service, and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Why? To provide information and expertise on the paleontological resources of southeastern Utah, an area that has been receiving intense scrutiny as one that needs additional protection for its natural and cultural resources. As a paleontologist who has spent almost all my career working … Read More

Bears Ears

In the sweltering deserts of southeastern Utah lies a treasure trove of natural and cultural history. Rocks dating back almost half a billion years are exposed in harsh ridges, deep canyons, and forested plateaus. Fossils of strange, sail-backed amphibians, plant-eating crocodiles, and enormous dinosaurs can be found across this region, while the remains of more recent life wait to be found. Sloths, bison, American horses, and other large animals roamed the land during the last … Read More

Dinosaur Journey Gets a Spring Cleaning

It’s that time of year again, time to sweep out exhibits and scrub down the dinosaurs – it’s the I ♥ Dinos Spring Cleaning Event at Dinosaur Journey. On Monday, February 22nd, twenty museum staff, volunteers, interns, and board members rolled up their sleeves and helped clean the Dinosaur Journey exhibit hall. We are very grateful to have such a strong showing at the clean up; it’s a big museum and we certainly could not … Read More

Revitalization Begins on the Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway

The Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway is one of the few scenic byways in America to span two states – Utah and Colorado. The byway connects Price, Vernal and Moab, Utah with Fruita, Colorado and travels through some of the most beautiful country in the region. First designated as a state scenic byway in Colorado in 1997, the Utah segment (also known as the Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Byway) was designated in 1998. The entire route (both … Read More

Education News

The Museums of Western Colorado, Mesa County Valley School District 51, and the Bureau of Land Management have teamed up to help students in the Grand Valley learn about the rich natural history of our area. The Museum is collaborating with our partners to create a traveling educational kit that will be used in seventh grade classrooms across the Grand Valley. The kit, which will debut in March, will contain casts and original fossils from … Read More

Two Big Feet and Jumping In: My First Days at Dinosaur Journey

My first days at Dinosaur Journey were fast, furious, and full of excitement – just the way I like it! When I arrived at Dinosaur Journey, the summer field season and Dino Dig program were already in full swing at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry. With the cooperation of the Bureau of Land Management and the untold hours of volunteer and dino digger work, a giant femur ofApatosaurus was nearing the end of its excavation. But before … Read More

More Big Femur Pull!

Our discovery in the news… Huffington Post, June 24, 2014 The Daily Sentinel, June 28, 2014  The Free Press, July 18, 2014 The Denver Post, July 21, 2014 National Geographic, July 21, 2014 CNN, July 24, 2014   Check out our videos of the pull on Facebook. Femur Pull – Part 1 Femur Pull – Part 2 Femur Pull – Part 3 You can also check out the Femur Pull Photo Album posted on Facebook here.  

Big Femur Pull

Volunteer Finds Massive Dinosaur Bone During Dig In Colorado The Huffington Post | By Macrina Cooper-WhiteJune 24, 2014 Think you need a fancy degree to do important scientific work? Think again. This week scientists confirmed that a huge dinosaur bone unearthed on a dig in Colorado is the largest apatosaurus femur ever discovered — and it was found not by professional paleontologists but by a volunteer named Kay Fredette. “Dorothy and I were working on some … Read More