NEW ADVANCES AND ADVENTURES IN DINOSAUR
PALEONTOLOGY IN THE NORTHERN BIGHORN BASIN
Founding Executive Director of the Bighorn Basin Paleontological Institute
Sunday, January 21, 2018 2:00 P.M. Room 319
American Museum of Natural History New York City
The 2017 field season was the first for the new BBPI, but also the culmination of years of work in that region by their team of paleontologists and geologists. They continued their work in the Jurassic Morrison Formation of Carbon County, Montana, at the northern end of the Bighorn Basin and one of the northernmost exposures of that famously fossil-rich unit. Work in the “Suuwassea area” continues with little opportunity for exploration beyond, thanks to the shear abundance of excellent and extensive dinosaur remains everywhere they turn. Fossil remains of Allosaurus, Camarosaurus, Suuwassea, stegosaurs, and crocodiles were all excavated in 2017, and will be top priorities in the coming season. As happens every year, though, they also enjoyed some nice surprises. Their team stumbled upon and have now inherited the famous “Mother’s Day Site.” Excavated previously for most of 14 years, this site yielded approximately 3,000 bones, almost exclusively from juvenile sauropods, and shows no sign of ending.
In discussing all of these exciting developments, Jason will also introduce you to his new organization and extend an invitation to join his team this summer.
N.Y.P.S. MEETING DATES FOR THE YEAR
These are the meeting dates of the New York Paleontological Society for the 2017-2018 season. We meet at 2:00 P.M. in room 319 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City (79th Street and Central Park West), unless otherwise specified. Our Annual Party will be held at the NYU Tandon (Polytechnic) School of Engineering in Brooklyn, N.Y. Due to changes in the museum’s schedule, the above dates may change (usually very unlikely), so check your Newsletter or the monthly meeting notice on this website.