Well Monday was our very last day in the field and what a way to go. Monumental triumph comes to mind. After over 7 weeks of back breaking labor the field season was capped by rolling a 4000 pound plaster jacket containing a partial Camarasaurus.
The jacket contains its hips, lower legs, ribs and some of the backbone. We had outstanding help from the town of Hanksville, Mayor Curtis Whipple came out with his set of tractor and forks and Jeff Kiteley supplied the flatbed. We had observers from the town as well as the local BLM.Needless to say, the flip was textbook. Not one bone broke! We jacketed up the other side after the roll and in 30 minutes it was on the flatbed. I am currently on the road home so I will be short with this but what an awesome field
season, over 140 bones from 5 different sauropod dinosaurs (big long necked dinosaurs) were collected in over 7 weeks. In additional to this our intrepid educators gave tours to 577 people in 12 days. Stay tuned for a full report when i get home.