Utah’s fossil record is dino-mite!

Reporters Leia Larsen and Benjamin Zack sat down with James Kirkland to find out what Utah looked like 100 million years ago and learn about the discovery boom happening right now.


James Kirkland, the state paleontologist with the Utah Geological Survey, goes through the bones of a Mierasaurus on Nov. 21, 2017, at his lab in Salt Lake City. The fossils were recently found in Southern Utah and belong to a species of dinosaur that was previously thought to only live in what is now Europe.

70 million-year-old fossil proves dinosaurs liked to cuddle

Dinosaurs have acquired a bad reputation of the past couple of million years for not being the most affectionate of species.


Teenage Dinosaur Fossil Discovery Reveals What Puberty Was Like for a Tyrannosaur

You may regret photographs of your awkward teenage years, but at least they won’t be fossilized for people to dig up 76 million years from now. Paleontologists are thrilled a dinosaur didn’t get quite so lucky, because it means they were able to discover a remarkably well-preserved tyrannosaur skeleton.


Man excavating Utahraptor herd turns to public for donations

LEHI — Scott Madsen has been working on one particular job for more than 15 years.

He’s had a long career as an expert in preparing fossils. His work is exceptionally delicate and he often spends hours at a time peering through a microscope, peeling back layers of rock one layer at a time.


Take in spectacular scenery at Red Fleet State Park

The Good4Utah Road Tour rolled into Vernal Wednesday. In this town, you can find something to do rain or shine. At the indoor Utah Field House Museum, you’ll find amazing state history, but when the sun is shining, Red Fleet State Park is the place to be.


Discover the prehistoric world at Utah Field House State Park

The Good4Utah Road Tour heads to eastern Utah and sets up shop in Vernal! The Utah Field House State Park strives to keep collectibles local and give you a glimpse back to prehistoric times.


BYU researchers name Utah’s newly discovered dinosaur after Moab

PROVO, Utah — The discovery of a new dinosaur unearthed in Utah was published this week, and BYU researchers have named the 32-foot herbivore Moabosaurus Utahensis in honor of the city of Moab.


Curious fossil could rewrite early days of the dinosaurs

How did the dinosaur become the dinosaur? Somewhere along the line, the ancestor of dinosaurs diverged from the ancestor of crocodiles, a momentous split in the evolution of vertebrates that ultimately set the stage for the age of dinos. But the details of that split remain mysterious, thanks to a dearth of fossils of early dinosaur relatives. Enter the newly identified 247-million- to 242-million-year-old Teleocrater rhadinus, a close relative of dinosaurs that also happened to walk on all fours and share some key features with the ancestors of crocodiles. These shared features, the authors say, suggest that it’s time to rethink what we thought we knew about dinosaurs’ earliest ancestors.


Utah Hike of the Week: Warner Valley Dinosaur Tracks

This short and sweet hike leads to a floor of sandstone that contains a display of dinosaur tracks. The tracks probably were left by the famous carnivore dilophosaurus and smaller megapnosaurus, paleontologists believe. In an interpretive sign at the tracks, officials with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management report that the consistent direction of the tracks suggests that the spot was part of a dino thoroughfare, perhaps alongside water, and petrified wood nearby indicates the area may have been wooded.


Before There Were Dinosaurs, There Was This Weird Crocodile-Looking Thing

Everybody knows about dinosaurs. How could we not? They’re everywhere, from museum halls and Hollywood blockbusters to city sidewalks where their modern, feathery representatives pick up crumbs with their beaks. But even while we adore the terrifying Tyrannosaurus and breathtaking Brachiosaurus, we still know next to nothing about the earliest dinosaurs that arose over 235 million years ago—and who exactly they evolved from.