2011 BLM Paleontological Resources Highlights
BLM Specialists Receive Unique Opportunity to Study Rare Tracksite in Tanzania.
BLM Wyoming Regional Paleontologist, Brent Breithaupt, and Geographic Specialists with the National Operations Center, Neffra Matthews and Tom Noble, were invited to Tanzania to assist with documenting the 3.6 million year old human footprints at the Laetoli Tracksite. Learn more about their work here.
Pachyrhinosaurus perotorum , a new ceratopsian (horned) dinosaur, was originally collected in 2006 from the Colville River in the National Petroleum Reserve and formally announced in 2011. Learn more here.
Dinosaur skin impressions were originally discovered in the Jurassic Morrison Formation in 1983 at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry in the McInnis Canyons NCA and formally described in 2011. Learn more here .
The 2 nd
Annual National Fossil Day celebration was held on the National Mall with support from ESO and WO staff. Learn more here .
Seven institutions conducted excavations in eastern Montana during the 2011 field season including sites containing triceratopsian and hadrosaurian dinosaurs as well as microvertebrates including mammalian fossils.
Inventories and other finds continue around the state in support of management actions that have identified more tracksites, microvertebrate fossils, and hundreds paleontological localities.
Dinosaur trackways at Red Rock Canyon NCA
were originally discovered in 2010, but announced in November 2011. They are the first documented tracksite in Nevada. Learn more here
The earliest evidence of Castor
(true beaver) in North America was found on public land near the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in the Pliocene Rattlesnake Formation. Learn more here
, a new sauropod dinosaur, from the Early Cretaceous Cedar Mountain Formation, originally discovered in 1995 in the Hotel Mesa Quarry, and formally described in 2011. Learn more here
Inventories of three wilderness areas have identified numerous tracksites in the Navajo Sandstone, Kayenta, and Moenave Formations.
Over 25 new specimens of Teilhardina brandti , one of the oldest known euprimates (suborder of modern primates), are reported from earliest Eocene strata of the southern Bighorn Basin, Wyoming. Learn more here .
Studies continue in the Bighorn Basin on the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) and the impacts of climate change on the ancient life and the environment. Robert Kunzig, environmental editor for the National Geographic Magazine, summarized the latest research in the article, Hothouse Earth, in October 2011. Learn more here.
BLM Wyoming Regional Paleontologist, Brent Breithaupt, and colleagues, Neffra Matthews and Tom Noble, Geographic Specialists from the National Operations Center, were invited to Tanzania to assist with documenting the current status of the 3.6 million year-old human footprints at the Laetoli Tracksite. Learn more about their work here.