UCMPs summer adventures (cont.)(page 3 of 7)
Wyoming. Working once again with Des Maxwell (University of the Pacific
and UCMP research associate) and a crew of several seasoned volunteers and UoP students, much of the time was
spent working on a specific bonebed to expose and excavate the bones of sauropods (probably Camarasaurus).
Dave removed a lot of overburden (a jackhammer was required) and mixed a lot of plaster for the jacketing of many
bones, including several pelvic elements, vertebrae, and a five-foot femur. This bonebed does not appear to be
purely sauropods, as a theropod ischium was discovered in the mix. The bones will be prepared at UoP, but their
final destination will be the University of Oklahoma, as part of an ongoing partnership. Maxwell anticipates
several more years of work ahead at the site and hopes to have a backhoe available next season.
to document the succession of fossil mammals that occur in this area and to tie collecting localities into stratigraphic sections. Also present were Montana geologists Debbie Hanneman and Chuck Wideman.
The Porcupine Cave collecting crew: Tony Barnosky, Liz Hadly, daughter Emma Barnosky, and dogs Laddie and Pepper. (photo by Clara Barnosky)