Last week, we returned from another amazing Field School. This year we had twice as many teachers! 19 K-12 teachers from Washington and Montana joined us in the Hell Creek badlands of eastern Montana to participate in on-going research into the extinction of dinosaurs and the rise of mammals.
Teachers arrived on the evening of the 26th, and we settled into camp. UW PhD candidate Dave DeMar had been keeping camp set up throughout the summer – 5 weeks already!
Have you ever heard that geologists lick rocks? It’s true! It’s a great way to determine the size of grains in rocks, which helps you identify them. (Just be careful what you lick!)
Day Two was our big dino dig! A morning rainstorm threatened to wash our plans away, but luckily it dried up early enough. We headed out a rugged road, then hiked the last mile to the dinosaur bone sites.
The dinosaur dig was a success – several hundred pounds of everyone’s favorites, including Triceratops and duck-billed hadrosaurs, were excavated and hauled back to the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.
To be continued…