PANGUITCH — Imagine a landslide involving a sheet of rock about 1 mile thick and larger than the entire state of Rhode Island traveling across the landscape at speeds up to 200 mph.
Two tiny wings entombed in amber reveal that plumage (the layering, patterning, coloring, and arrangement of feathers) seen in birds today already existed in at least some of their predecessors nearly a hundred million years ago.
You can’t find a fossil without breaking a few rocks. In the case of a tiny crocodile called Hoplosuchus, that involved some dynamite.
About 65 million years ago the Cretaceous era came to a dramatic end when a huge asteroid slammed into the Earth and likely jump started the mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs. In the wake of such devastation, plucky mammals in their underground burrows survived and eventually rose to the prominence they enjoy today.
Monument Valley is probably best known to many Americans from having been seen in more Western movies than any other location in the U.S. Most visitors to Monument Valley are immediately taken back to old John Ford films, including “The Searchers,” “Stagecoach,” and “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon.”
The Bureau of Land Management Price Field Office is offering a special opportunity for young scientists and their families to interact with professional paleontologists at work in the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry.
Newfoundland Mountains, Box Elder County, Utah
Photographer: Adam Hiscock
Ordovician-age Eureka Quartzite at the top of Desert Peak contrasting with dark colored shale and carbonate rocks of the southern Newfoundland Mountains.