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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 am glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in. Of what avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map?"  ~Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) 

 

New Mexico Museum of Natural History Bulletins    

 

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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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"I am glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in. Of what avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map?"  ~Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) 

 

New Mexico Museum of Natural History Bulletins    

 

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

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"I am glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in. Of what avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map?"  ~Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) 

 

New Mexico Museum of Natural History Bulletins    

 

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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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"I am glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in. Of what avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map?"  ~Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) 

 

New Mexico Museum of Natural History Bulletins    

 

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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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"I am glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in. Of what avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map?"  ~Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) 

 

New Mexico Museum of Natural History Bulletins    

 

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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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"I am glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in. Of what avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map?"  ~Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) 

 

New Mexico Museum of Natural History Bulletins    

 

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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...

"I am glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in. Of what avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map?"  ~Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) 

 

New Mexico Museum of Natural History Bulletins    

 

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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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"I am glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in. Of what avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map?"  ~Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) 

 

New Mexico Museum of Natural History Bulletins    

 

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

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"I am glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in. Of what avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map?"  ~Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) 

 

New Mexico Museum of Natural History Bulletins    

 

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

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Happy Hunting!

-P.

"I am glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in. Of what avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map?"  ~Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) 

 

New Mexico Museum of Natural History Bulletins    

 

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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 :)

"There has been an alarming increase in the number of things I know nothing about." - Ashleigh Ellwood Brilliant

“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” - Thomas Henry Huxley

>Paleontology is an evolving science.

>May your wonders never cease!

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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.

It's hard to remember why you drained the swamp when your surrounded by alligators.

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Excellent Photo-essay!

Thanks for the excursion.

Regards,

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

~Charlie~

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

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my kind of trip! thanks for sharing

Grüße,

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Great trip & thanks for sharing it with us!

That would be a dream trip for me!

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:popcorn: John

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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.

"I am glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in. Of what avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map?"  ~Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) 

 

New Mexico Museum of Natural History Bulletins    

 

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