Paleontology of the Grand Valley

Ever since humans arrived in the Grand Valley, the paleontological resources of this area have fascinated their minds. Soon after the area was settled in the 1880s, paleontologists began arriving to investigate the mysteries of ancient life captured in the rocks. Paleontologists continue their research even today at the Museums of Western Colorado, as well as other institutions around the world, who are still unlocking the clues to the past, with new technology and new hypotheses. Discover the beginning of our paleontological story below.

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  2. I have a dinosaur claw that was found in southern Colorado on private property. I am trying to find out exactly what it is and if it is worth anything

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      Hi Fred, We’d be happy to look at pictures if you are willing to send us some. As a non-profit entity we cannot assign a value to fossils or any objects. Our curator of paleontology may be able to help you figure out what kind of claw you have however. Send photos and as much information about the land it was gathered on – general location, elevation etc to Any information you are able to provide will all be important information for our Paleontologist to help you figure it out.

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