Its been busy, busy, busy,…so busy I have had trouble getting to my blogs. The last week of our Jurassic Journey program ended with a bang…..literally. Another week of finding new bones and plastering up “old” bones kept everyone moving. In fact a couple awesome finds include a partially
articulated sauropod tail. These caudal vertebra are pretty huge, coupled with the other new find; a large sauropod femur (I’m betting its going to be nearly 6 feet) makes me think we might have a near-adult. Its some kind of diplodocid…..maybe a big Apatosaurus?
rare treat on Friday. We were invited to accompany the BLM to an old Uranium mine south of the Henry Mountains. Three sticks of forgotten dynamite were found in some mines that have not been worked for over 30 years. So we got to help the BLM and the St. George Bomb Squad locate
the sticks and blow them sky high. Sometimes I think I have the best job in the world. Now we gear up for the next week of removing bones, doing tours and having fun……at work.
The quarry tours are going crazy….over 200 people had taken the tour by the end of the week. Awesome…. We had a pretty diverse crew, Bruce and Jeanette Kelly, Steve Landi, Glen Palmer were all veterans, but we had our fair share of newbies too. I’m happy to say that Burpee Field Programs continue to be a destination for other museum institutions. In the past we have had volunteers and staff from Field Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Indianapolis Children’s Museum, Carnegie and now we can add the Museum of World Treasures in Wichita, Kansas who send out their Director of Education.