Ethan Warner-Cowgill

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Published on Jun 20, 2022

End of Phase I

All,The unpredictable weather, the blizzard of people coming and going, and the rivers of amazing discoveries have kept me from uploading consistent lab notes to this page for many days. To boot, m...

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Published on Jun 12, 2022

Days 14 and 15: More!

The ceaseless search continues. Yesterday we succeeded in retrieving a large dinosaur limb bone from the top of a tall cliff. Just around the corner we discovered another site containing multiple b...

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Published on Jun 10, 2022

Days 13 and 14: Trickling in… 

Days 13 and 14: Trickling in… Nicole here found her first dinosaur fossil yesterday! It's a piece of a hadrosaur. Her brother Ethan joins us as well, as he plans to study paleontology when he start...

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Published on Jun 08, 2022

Day 11 and 12: To collect or not to collect. 

Day 11 and 12: To collect or not to collect. 2 days ago we poked around some outcrop and found a few sites with bone exposed. We set about exploring these sites, digging small pits to determine if ...

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Published on Jun 06, 2022

Day 9: sand and hail

Day 9: sand and hail Yesterday we decided to explore the Lance Formation outcrops east of our normal field area. The Lance preserves the final ecosystem of dinosaurs that lived in western North Ame...

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Published on Jun 04, 2022

Day 8… a bust! 

Day 8… a bust! Today we used glue to help strengthen one of our hadrosaur specimens which was strewn about in a series of huge sandstone boulders. Other members of the team searched all around but...

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Published on Jun 03, 2022

Day 7: Duck Bill Extravaganza!

Day 7: Duck Bill Extravaganza!Today we continued prospecting in the badlands of the Almond Formation and made several more wonderful discoveries. Early in the day we located a thin band of ironsto...

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Published on Jun 02, 2022

Day 6

Day 6Today myself and 2 new volunteers hiked around all day looking for dinosaurs and found 0 new sites! However, we found some spectacular plant fossils. They were eroding from a layer of red iron...

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Published on Jun 01, 2022

Days 4 and 5: comings and goings… 

Days 4 and 5: comings and goings… Yesterday and today we said goodbye to some of our volunteers. They did a great job and found some outstanding fossils! We'll have many more volunteers coming up t...

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Matthew, thank you so much for your contribution. This will be a huge help for us when we're out in the wilderness! Your generosity has not gone unnoticed. I can't wait to share our discoveries with you!
May 23, 2022
Documenting the dinosaur ecosystem of the Late Cretaceous Almond and Rock Springs Formations
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Thank you Tut! Hopefully you'll be out there with us next time!
Jun 13, 2021
Exploring the poorly studied Late Cretaceous Almond Formation for dinosaur remains
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Elizabeth, thank you so much for the contribution! We had a very successful field trip thanks to your help.
May 27, 2021
Exploring the poorly studied Late Cretaceous Almond Formation for dinosaur remains
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Thanks Colin! Once we finish cleaning up our fossils in the laboratory we can start studying them and really see what they have to teach us. I look forward to share it with you.
May 27, 2021
Exploring the poorly studied Late Cretaceous Almond Formation for dinosaur remains
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Thanks for your donation and your support, Tut! We found a ton of great stuff thanks to you and other donors. You are welcome to come join us in the field later this summer if you are interested.
May 27, 2021
Exploring the poorly studied Late Cretaceous Almond Formation for dinosaur remains
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Thank you, Kathryn! You sent enough to keep Evan and Quinn fed for the entire trip! We were all very grateful. Evan and Quinn worked really hard and found a lot of great fossils.
May 27, 2021
Exploring the poorly studied Late Cretaceous Almond Formation for dinosaur remains
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Good question! Formation names usually derive from nearby bodies of water, towns, or people. The Almond formation, though, is named after an old stagecoach station from the wild west days. The area was actually an outlaw hideout for the 'Hole in the Wall Gang.' The legendary train robber Butch Cassidy, too spent time there. He got his name from working at a Butcher shop in a small town near the Almond formation outcrops.
May 26, 2021
Exploring the poorly studied Late Cretaceous Almond Formation for dinosaur remains
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I've compiled a list of overlooked cretaceous deposits that have great potential. If someone's primary goal is to find a flashy specimen to bring crowds into exhibits, they're going to go to the old haunts like the Lance or Cloverly. Meanwhile there are tons of places with huge potential that are passed over because the stakes are higher. Scientifically speaking, I'll take 1 shattered ceratopsid frill from the Almond than a bonebed of Triceratops from Hell Creek. It's entirely possible that we don't find a single thing in the Almond. If that's the case it will be because the fossils weren't exposed not because we didn't work hard enough.
May 02, 2021
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What a lovely quotation! Allow me to share one in a similar vein: “To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair.” -Walker Percy Your contribution is so huge for us Marilyn, thank you :)
May 02, 2021
Exploring the poorly studied Late Cretaceous Almond Formation for dinosaur remains
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Stephanie, you rock!
May 02, 2021
Exploring the poorly studied Late Cretaceous Almond Formation for dinosaur remains
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Helen, thank you for your contribution. It will go a long way! Maybe next time you can come out with us?
May 02, 2021
Exploring the poorly studied Late Cretaceous Almond Formation for dinosaur remains
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Michael, thank you so much for your pledge. We are so grateful. Fortunately we have managed to reach our goal thanks to you and others. We can't wait to share our finds with you.
May 02, 2021
Exploring the poorly studied Late Cretaceous Almond Formation for dinosaur remains
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