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I am planning a trip with my 12-year-old grandson (and future paleontologist) to a dinosaur dig this summer, and would like to get some first hand advice on choosing a good outfit. We can go about anywhere in the U.S., several days to a week, but since we'll likely be flying we can't easily bring along much gear of our own. I've researched dozens of dig sites. Some sites were outdated, some sketchy on details, some had age limits or are already filled. PaleoAdventures and Hell Creek Fossils, Dinosaurs of the Western Slopes are possibilities, but I would welcome any comments on organizations to avoid, or ones you have had a good experience with.
Fruitbat posted a topic in DocumentsThese are a few of the pdf files (and a few Microsoft Word documents) that I've accumulated in my web browsing. MOST of these are hyperlinked to their source. If you want one that is not hyperlinked or if the link isn't working, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be happy to send it to you. Please note that this list will be updated continuously as I find more available resources. All of these files are freely available on the Internet so there should be no copyright issues. Articles with author names in RED are new additions since May 14, 2017. Ashwill, M.S. (1987). Paleontology in Oregon: Workers of the past. Oregon Geology, Vol.49, Number 12. Bedini, S.A. (1985). Thomas Jefferson and American Vertebrate Paleontology. Virginia Division of Mineral Resources Publication 61. Carrillo-Briceno, J.D., et al. (2016). Hermann Karsten (1817-1908): a German naturalist in the Neotropics and the significance of his paleovertebrate collection. Fossil Record, 20. Chow, M. and A.K. Rozhdestvensky (1960). Exploration in Inner Mongolia - A Preliminary Account of the 1959 Field Work of the Sino-Soviet Paleontological Expedition (SSPE). Vertebrata PalAsiatica, IV(1). Currie, P.J. (2016). Dinosaurs of the Gobi: Following in the Footsteps of the Polish-Mongolia Expeditions. Palaeontologia Polonica, 67. Ebersole, J. and L.S. Dean (2013). The History of Late Cretaceous Vertebrate Research in Alabama. In: Contributions to Alabama Cretaceous Paleontology. Ebersole, J. and T. Ikejiri (eds.), Alabama Museum of Natural History, Bulletin 31, Volume 1. Fernicola, J.C., S.F. Vizcaino and G. De Iuliis (2009). The Fossil Mammals Collected by Charles Darwin in South America During His Travels on Board the HMS Beagle. Revista de la Asociacion Geologica Argentina, 64(1). Geiser, S.W. (1946). Jacob Boll's Collecting in the Texas Permian: A Note and a Correction. Field & Laboratory, SMU, 14(2). Geiser, S.W. (1945). Collectors of Pleistocene Vertebrates in Early Texas. 1. William P. Huff (1811-86). Field & Laboratory, SMU, 13(2) Gingerich, P.D. (1980). History of Early Cenozoic Vertebrate Paleontology in the Bighorn Basin. Papers on Paleontology, Number 24. Glass, J.R., et al. (2016). Was Frozen Mammoth or Giant Ground Sloth Served for Dinner at The Explorers Club? PLoS ONE, 11(2). Gould, S.J. (1989). Wonderful Life. The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History. W.W. Norton and Company, New York and London. (entire book) Hayden, F.V. (1858). Explorations in Nebraska and Dakota. Catalogue of the Collections in Geology and Natural History Obtained by the Expedition Under Command of Lieut. G.K. Warren, Topographical Engineers. Jacobs, L.L., P.D. Vogel and J. Lewis (2012). Jacob Boll, Robert T. Hill and the early history of vertebrate paleontology in Texas. Historical Biology, iFirst article. Kearney, W.S. Defining a Discipline. George Gaylord Simpson and the Invention of Modern Paleontology. Kielan-Jaworowska, Z. and N. Dovchin. Narrative of the Polish-Mongolian Palaeontological Expeditions 1963-1965. Lay, M. Fossil Collecting Expeditions Led by the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology during the 1950's. Smithsonian Institution. Lay, M. Fossil Collecting Expeditions Led by the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology during the 1940's. Smithsonian Institution. Liggett, G.A. (2005). Comanche National Grasslands Dinosaur Excavation Project. Field Seasons 2002, 2003, and 2004. National Park Service. Chapter 2. Historical Overview of Geological and Paleontological Studies within the White River Badlands. In: Discovery and Re-Discovery in the White River Badlands. Lucas, S.G., et al. (2007). Following in the footsteps of Isaac Lea's Historic Footprints. Pennsylvania Heritage Magazine, Summer 2007. McIntosh, C.B. (1988). The Route of a Sand Hills Bone Hunt: The Yale College Expedition of 1870. Nebraska History, 69. Members of the Union Pacific Expedition (1909). The Fossil Fields of Wyoming. Passenger Department, Union Pacific Railroad Company, Omaha, Nebraska. Monson, T.A., M.F. Brasil and L.J. Hlusko (2015). Materials collected by the southern branch of the UC Africa Expedition with a report on previously unpublished Plio-Pleistocene fossil localities. PaleoBios, 31. Murchison, C. (ed.)(1868). Palaeontological Memoirs and Notes of the Late Hugh M. Falconer, A.M., M.D. Vol II. Mastodon, Elephant, Rhinoceros, Ossiferous Caves, Primeval Man and His Contemporaries. Robert Hardwicke, London. (856 pages) Osborn, H.F., W.B. Scott and F. Speir (1878). Palaeontological Report of The Princeton Scientific Expedition of 1877. Contributions from the Museum of Geology and Archaeology of Princeton College, Number 1. Piccardi, L. and W.B. Massie (eds.)(2007). Myth and Geology. Geological Society, London, Special Publication 273. (350 pages) (Thanks to doushantuo for pointing the way to this one!) Quackenbush, L.S. (1909). Notes on Alaskan Mammoth Expeditions of 1907 and 1908. Bulletin American Museum of Natural History, Vol.XXVI, Article IX. Ray, C.E. (2005). An Idiosyncratic History of Floridian Vertebrate Paleontology. Bull.Fla.Mus.Nat.Hist., 45(4). Shuler, E.W. (1934). Collecting Fossil Elephants at Dallas, Texas. Field & Laboratory, SMU, 3(1). Sternberg, C.H. (1917). Hunting Dinosaurs in the Badlands of the Red Deer River, Alberta, Canada. A Sequel to The Life of a Fossil Hunter. C.H. Sternberg, Lawrence, Kansas. Sternberg, C.H. (1911). A Story of the Past or The Romance of Science. Sherman, French and Company, Boston. (Collection of poems by the author) Sternberg, C.H. (1909). The Life of a Fossil Hunter. American Nature Series, Henry Holt and Company, New York. (368 pages, 41.2 MB download) Sues, H.-D., R.W. Hook and P.E. Olsen (2013). Donald Baird and his discoveries of Carboniferous and early Mesozoic vertebrates in Nova Scotia. Atlantic Geology, 49. Sullivan, R.M. and S.G. Lucas (2011). Charles Hazelius Sternberg and His San Juan Basin Cretaceous Dinosaur Collections: Correspondence and Photographs (1920-1925). In: Fossil Record 3, Sullivan, R.M., et al. (eds.). New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin 53. (Note: due to large size, the article is split into two PDF files. Links to each are below.) Part 1 Part 2 Union Pacific Railroad Company (1899). Some of Wyoming's Vertebrate Fossils. Passenger Department, Union Pacific Railroad Company, Omaha, Nebraska. van der Geer, A. and M. Dermitzakis. Fossils in pharmacy: from "snake eggs" to "Saint's bones"; an overview. Hellenic Journal of Geosciences, Vol.45. van der Geer, A., M. Dermitzakis and J. de Vos (2008). Fossil Folklore from India: The Siwalik Hills and the Mahâbhârata. Folklore, 119. Veatch, S.W. and H.W. Meyer (2008). History of paleontology at the Florissant fossil beds, Colorado. The Geological Society of America, Special Paper 435. White, C.A. (1874). Preliminary Report Upon Invertebrate Fossils Collected by the Expeditions of 1871, 1872 and 1873 with Descriptions of New Species. Geographical and Geological Explorations and Surveys West of the One Hundredth Meridian, Engineer Department, U.S. Army.