Ekalaka really is in the middle of nowhere.
Nathan Carroll and Jade Simon examine foot bones of a fast-moving, birdlike dinosaur in the paleo-lab at Montana State University. They consult with the Museum of the Rockies to confirm identifications of fossils in the Carter County Museum collection.
Jade Simon, a graduate student from Charleston, W.Va., is helping with the dinosaur collection at the Carter County Museum.
Tyrannosaurus rex stomped the subtropical delta in what is now Carter County as a seaway that covered much of the interior of the country began to recede 65 to 70 million years ago.