The advance team spent the day opening the Hanksville-Burpee Quarry. This required a lot of shoveling and sweeping to remove the bones we had plastered last year. In a relatively short time large plaster “pods” began to emerge. Most of these jackets have partial sauropod (the big four legged,long necked/long tailed dinosaurs) skeletons like Diplodocus, Camarasaurus, and possibly Apatosaurus (AKA Brontosaurus).
was well worth it because by mid-day new bones were already being discovered. Doug Krueger found two large bones, most likely a sauropod fibula (shinbone) and a large hip bone. Bill Harrison (you might remember as one of Jane’s co-finders) came across a nice tail vertebra to the same dinosaur. By about 4:00 PM it got to be too much, most of us looked like six foot lobsters so we called it a day. All in all a really good start.
Text and Photos By Scott Williams