As thunder boomed and lightning illuminated their small camper, Kathy Wankel couldn’t help but think that after years of being buried, the few fossilized bones she and her family had dug up that day, and carefully swaddled in towels and an old sweatshirt, did not want to be moved.
NEWCASTLE, Wyo. — Somewhere south of Newcastle, amid the wide-open prairie and rolling hills, rests a mass grave. A femur here. A tooth there. A tip of a tail barely poking through the ground somewhere else.
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, S.D. — The Badlands feel like they haven’t been spoiled by human hands.
CASPER, Wyo. — Like many children, I grew up with an affinity for dinosaurs. Brontosaurs was my favorite. It was the biggest, an important superlative in my book, and its name started with a "B;" an important coincidence for a child whose name also began with a "B."
Some kids grow up collecting baseball cards.
Ferdinand V. Hayden was the first to discover dinosaur fossils in North America.
Macalester College students research what may be the site where Ferdinand V. Hayden found what became the first dinosaur fossils in North America when he got off a steamboat near Judith Landing on the Missouri River.
Macalester College students spread out across a hill in the Missouri River Breaks this summer to scour the ground and rocks for fossils.
Kristi, Lucy and Ray Rogers often explore the Missouri River Breaks by canoe.
These were some of the fossilized teeth that Hayden brought from Montana.
Tents line a campsite along the Missouri River during a Macalester College research trip this summer.
A vertebrate is embedded in a sidehill in the Missouri River Breaks. Fossils can often be found atop the ground because of how the river has eroded away the covering soil and rock.
These are some of the first dinosaur bones found by Ferdinand V. Hayden when he scoured the Missouri River Breaks in 1855.
ALLEN L. COOK SPRING CREEK PRESERVE, Wyo. – A century ago, fossil diggers descended upon tracts of short-grass prairie much like this one and tore into them with picks and shovels.
POWELL, Wyo. — Cliff Manuel, chairman of the Bighorn Basic GeoScience Center in Greybull, Wyo., will present a public program about dinosaurs and other fossils that have been found in the Bighorn Basin on Tuesday, March 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Northwest College's Fagerberg Building, Room …
CASPER, Wyo. — Researchers have identified fossils found in Wyoming that they say are from the earliest known North American primate.
Billings Gem and Mineral Club invites the public to “rock” with them at the Billings Hotel & Convention Center, 1223 Mullowney Lane, where the annual Gem and Mineral Show and Sale will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
GREAT FALLS — Sleeping on dinosaur sheets and taping up dinosaur posters in his room, Kellen Bradt dreamed he’d be a paleontologist when he grew up.
“The Janus Stone”
Deep in the treeless Missouri River Breaks, the rugged gumbo knobs look melted, like the stub of a dirty candle burned too long.