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In The Footsteps Of Sternberg


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In 1921, Charles Hazelius Sternberg ventured into the badlands of New Mexico to collect Late Cretaceous vertebrate fossils...

 

...pictured here (circa 1923) with pentaceratops...

 

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...and a shot of his Navajo assistants at "Sternberg's Hoodoo"...

 

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...fast forward to present day, I find myself with an amazing opportunity to walk in his footsteps...

 

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...I headed out to the badlands with friend and paleontologist Bob Sullivan. We set up camp...

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...and then hit the outcrops. The first find of the day was this nice Hadrosaurid toe bone...

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...followed by a "chunky" Basilemys turtle that had eroded out of a concretion...

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...next, up the gully, I found this very large Hadrosaurid tibia...

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...I did not have vinac with me at the time :( , but I will definitely be back...

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...back around the bend, Bob and I found some nice treasures...

...here's Bob working on a very cool juvenile Hadrosaurid toe bone...

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...while I was off finding this nice little theropod caudal vertebra...

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...and a first for me, an elusive lizard vertebra...

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...as late afternoon neared, we continued down the ridge of badlands. We entered a small canyon where I found another "first"...

...a partial dome of the pachycephalosaur, Stegoceras Novomexicanum...

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...these are rare little creatures and this is the fifth specimen found...Woohoo! :D ...

...back to camp 'cause I will have a drink to that!...

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...day two, I awake from my slumber...

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...coffee, breakfast, and back to the hunt...

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...looks like a good day...

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...Bob and I headed out to a ridge of badlands that looked "tasty"... indeed they were. The first find was a small chunk of Hadrosaur jaw...

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...along with an isolated rib bone...

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...and then a nice association of Hadrosaurid Ceratopsid thoracic vertebra, ribs and tendons...

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...what a great trip! I hope you all find yourselves on wonderful adventures.

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Happy Hunting!

-P.

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Awesome trip and amazing finds, know this was a trip to remember. Thanks for sharing your adventure----Tom

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Oh boy, would that I could! What a neat trip, and a great write-up; thank you :)

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Wow that is an adventure that would be tough to end once ya get out there.

Thanks for posting the beginning.

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Fossildude19

Excellent Photo-essay!

Thanks for the excursion.

Regards,

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Xiphactinus

Thanks for taking us with you. The Sternberg clan are some of my heroes!

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Awesome! The best kind of camping, too. Looking forward to seeing the final prep on some of your finds.

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fossilized6s

Good stuff! Looks like a great trip. Thanks for sharing!

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KansasFossilHunter

Wonderful trip, thanks for sharing and for all those great pictures!

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Uncle Siphuncle

my kind of trip! thanks for sharing

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Cool!

Oh boy, would that I could! What a neat trip, and a great write-up; thank you :)

Excellent Photo-essay!

Thanks for the excursion.

Regards,

Good stuff! Looks like a great trip. Thanks for sharing!

Thank you for taking the time. :) Glad you could enjoy it.

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