|The author, picking away at hard rock|
|The beginning of opening the quarry|
The bones turned out to be from a single Avaceratops, one of the rarest horned dinosaurs in the Judith River Formation. We recovered what bones we could from the hard rock using hand tools, and plan on returning to the site at the end of the month with heavier equipment to get down to the bone layer. So far we've recovered parts of the skull and skeleton yet surprisingly no vertebrae. Hopefully much more of this animal is locked safely in deeper rock.
|The right squamosal|
|The same bone, showing the 3 characteristic bumps|
|Scapula and coracoid in preparation|
Check back with us and see how the excavation goes. We will be bringing in our trusty electric jackhammer and air tools to open up the quarry. We should know more about what is present beginning in October.