Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Hanksville-Burpee Quarry

Hanksville-Burpee Quarry is a paleontological excavation site near Hanksville, Utah where scientists have found a large mix of remains dating between 145 million years ago to 150 million years ago. The remains deposited in this one location provide a unique opportunity for scientists to study the paleoecology of the area in the late Jurassic period.
The Hanksville dig site used to be an ancient river, and when dinosaurs would die the carcasses would be washed down the river and deposited along its banks.

Now some 147 million years later scientists and volunteers from the Burpee Museum are unearthing them.
The fossils date to the late Jurassic period and are mostly made up of Sauropods, the long neck dinosaurs. A very rare armored dinosaur called Mymoorapelta was discovered, one of 8 specimens ever found.