Sauropods, other dinosaurs, discovered in Utah, USA


This video is called Dinosaur Tracks in Southern Utah.

From Deseret News in the USA:

An excavation team has unearthed a major dinosaur fossil discovery in southeastern Utah, the Bureau of Land Management announced Monday.

In three weeks of excavating the preserved river channel near Hanksville, a team from the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford, Ill., found four long-necked sauropods, two carnivorous dinosaurs and a possible herbivorous Stegosaurus. …

The Hanksville-Burpee Quarry is at least 145 million years old and contains the fossilized remains of dinosaur skeletons, animal burrows and large petrified tree trunks, Foss said.

The sandstone quarry has kept the fossils “exceptionally well preserved,” he said. Some fossils have had to be put back together, but many were preserved as complete pieces.

In Hanksville, local officials knew the site contained bones when the Burpee team began excavating last year, Foss said. “When they got out there, it was bigger than they anticipated.”

No new species have been discovered, and Foss said he doesn’t expect to find any at the Hanksville site.

See also here. And here. And here.

Video about early Cretaceous dinosaurs from Utah: here.

Scelidosaurus from Britain: here.

Sauropods: here.

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5 thoughts on “Sauropods, other dinosaurs, discovered in Utah, USA

  1. http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,5143,700237082,00.html

    Are dinosaur discoveries just tip of iceberg?

    By James Thalman

    Deseret News
    Published: Monday, June 23, 2008 12:23 a.m. MDT

    As news of a remarkably well-preserved cache of dinosaur bones was being heralded in media outlets around the world, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management paleontologist who had announced the find was taking a breath and urging others to do the same.

    No new species were turned up at the 3-month-old site, although a lot of digging is yet to be done. It is within the same Utah/Colorado border region where at least two previously unheard-of dinosaur species were discovered during the past 10 years. Scientists also do not know whether there are helpful data in the bones or if the find is just a nice stone snapshot of the animals whose lives ended there.

    Scott Foss believes further digging will reveal a tip of the iceberg of information that will help solve the ongoing mystery of how dinosaurs grew and lived prior to being driven extinct.

    For lay dinosaur enthusiasts, the site is already being described in blogs and e-mails as “a major find,” just by virtue of the contents being so legible. Foss and other scientists say they can’t help but have their expectations raised by the fossil bones of four long-necked sauropods — the plant-eating dinosaurs that were likely the largest creatures that ever have or ever will walk the earth.

    There are also two carnivorous dinosaurs and possibly a modern-day favorite among dinosaurs — a stegosaurus. Nearby, there are animal burrows and petrified tree trunks 6 feet in diameter. Some have their bark still attached. They are among the best-preserved specimens ever found.

    New dinosaur finds always create a buzz, especially such discoveries as the rotund, sickle-clawed Falcarius utahensis, which gave Utah its name-brand fossil and the movie “Jurassic Park” its most feared villain — one that relentlessly stalks its human prey through a modern stainless steel kitchen.

    The latest find is in the same area that yielded the first allosaur fossils — the Morrison formation, and that alone all but ensures the 50-by-200-yard site’s evolution into full-fledged quarry. The Western Illinois University group that made the discovery is already calling it that.

    It’s a given to Western Illinois University paleontologist Matthew Bonnan that the site will not only become as famous and integral to putting together ancient history as Dinosaur National Monument. “It’s the first time in a long time where we have logjams of bones of different species in one place,” he said.

    As important as what’s there are technological improvements that help ensure it is evaluated correctly, Bonnan said. Science has become much better at spotting formations indicating fossil remains, and technology, as it has virtually every aspect of life, has given scientists a new set of eyes and techniques unheard of even 10 years ago. Instead of looking for what’s different, researchers can look deeper, he said.

    Jack Horner, curator of paleontology at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Mont., said big finds are good reminders of why researchers got into the work in the first place. It’s both tedious and backbreaking, yet is somehow elegant and even noble, he said. And, unlike most other lab-based or theory-based scientific research, it’s literally down to earth and every so often there is a “eureka” moment like this one.

    Despite being gone for so long, dinosaurs have maintained a devoted and growing following of human beings worldwide who find a connection and fascination with them, from the magic cartoon liopluerodon now appearing on YouTube to the brachiosaurus found in Africa to the latest real-world evidence that has all but confirmed that dinosaurs survived the eons and are living among us today as birds.

    Finding the latest flock in their fossilized but native state is remarkable given that the site has already been picked over by scientists and souvenir hunters. But the site was free of any serious human depredation by virtue of being too far underground. Natural degradation was held in check by geological forces common at the time that sealed the remains in quick-hardening sandstone that formed in prehistoric rivers and dried up.

  2. Friday, Jun. 05, 2009 04:27 AM

    Scientists find more dinosaur bones at Utah quarry

    By MIKE STARK – Associated Press Writer

    SALT LAKE CITY — Scientists at one of Utah’s major new dinosaur quarries have found 60 to 70 new bones this spring, including what appears to be a 20-foot-long neck bone discovered this week.

    The latest finds are fresh evidence that the site near Hanksville could be a large and important source of bones in the coming years.

    “In some places you can’t work to remove one bone without finding four or five more,” said Scott Williams, collections and exhibits manager at the Burpee Museum of Natural History, the Rockford, Ill.-based institution that’s been digging at the site.

    Scientists hope the mix of dinosaurs, trees and other species in the area may help piece together what life was like 145 million to 150 million years ago, including details about the ancient climate.

    The site – called the Hanksville-Burpee Dinosaur Quarry – is a logjam of sorts, where dinosaur remains are believed to have been washed into place by an ancient stream. In some places, bones are “stacked up like cordwood,” said Jim Kirkland, Utah’s state paleontologist.

    Crews have been working to uncover bones in an area about 200 feet long and 100 feet wide, Williams said. But evidence of exposed bones stretches for about a quarter-mile.

    “We’re just literally scratching the surface,” Williams said. He said work at the site could last a decade.

    Free guided tours of the site will begin Sunday and are scheduled to last through June 20.

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