Collaboration Breeds Success: Discovering Lost Worlds at Dinosaur National Monument

Four images of paleontological research in Dinosaur National Monument

Four images of paleontological research at Dinosaur National Monument. See below for detailed description.


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With the most complete geological record of any NPS unit, Dinosaur is a spectacular laboratory in which earth scientists can study ancient ecosystems. The Monument has extensive collaborative inventory, monitoring, and research efforts underway with museums and universities across the country. Those involved include outside Ph.D. researchers, graduate students, undergraduates, volunteers, interns, Geologists-in-Parks, and park research staff. Several Undergraduate Honors Theses, Master's Thesis and Ph.D. Dissertations in paleontology have been based in part or wholly on Monument resources. This work has resulted in many exciting new discoveries, numerous publications and presentations at scientific meetings around the country, and exciting new opportunities for interpretive activities. With new projects being added every year best is still to come.

Detailed photo caption, Clockwise from top left: Small fossil reptile skull reveals its secrets when enhanced through CT generated imagery. Upper right:  Geologists-In-Park interns mold a 190,000,0000 year old fossil reptile trackway in the backcountry of Dinosaur. Lower left: Researchers and students from Brigham Young University excavating a new sauropod dinosaur. Lower right: A delicate fossil trail made by a spider walking across a sand dune long ago in the Early Jurassic.