It didn't get much publicity

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Posted by Ballpark Frank ( on 20:55:07 05/29/18

In Reply to: Ooo!! posted by Dan M.


I learned about it when I started working for the Interpretive Division in 2000. The discovery had been made years earlier. I'm not sure exactly when. It is definitely within the park boundaries, since it was somewhere on the north end of Mt. Everts. My impression is that it was one of those areas where running water had eroded the landscape, leaving little min-canyons. We walked up one of them once, back in the mid to late 2000's in early December, in a warm/dry year. We were hoping to find marine fossils in the walls, but had no success. I have a suspicion that this formation may be the same one that is exposed along the foothills of the eastern Rockies. When I lived in Colorado, we used to find all sorts of marine fossils in exposed lenses in the eastern foothills between the Golden/Morrison area and Ft. Collins. I know that there was a large inland sea covering a wide area way back when.

When I think about it, there is a distinct possibility that the dinosaur find was deliberately not publicized, just like certain archaeological discoveries, to prevent the public from embarking on free lance expeditions, digging up the landscape.


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