Low water in Great Salt Lake reveals ‘rocks that are alive’

We hope you all had a great and safe Thanksgiving! Who ate so much turkey that they feel like a turkey? I think I do. Here’s a little something to help you kickstart after a long, holiday weekend—
A couple of our geologists here at the UGS helped a team of researchers collect microbialites from Great Salt Lake for the Natural History Museum of Utah. Read more about these living rocks in this great write up.

As Utah’s Great Salt Lake continues to drop during recent years of drought, something strange and wonderful is coming into focus in the shallows and exposed lake bed.


Behind the Scenes

Don’t miss out this weekend! This Saturday and Sunday, November 14–15, the Natural History Museum of Utah will be opening their doors to show what happens behind the scenes. See artifacts, and learn about the museum’s current research, and discover how they care for their collections!


Natural History Museum of Utah Starts Digitizing Dino Bones

The Natural History Museum of Utah is bringing dinosaur bones to life. Learn more about their new project!

Want to see a dinosaur face-to-face?


Utah museum welcomes a hair-raising look at ‘Extreme Mammals’

Make way for the tall, small, and furry! The Natural History Museum of Utah is presenting their latest exhibit “Extreme Mammals” this Saturday! Check out the article for more information on the exhibit.

People take mammals for granted.


Natural History Museum of Utah offering behind-the-scenes look

Patrons will have an opportunity to view the ancient artifacts and rare scientific collections behind the scenes at the Natural History Museum of Utah, in a special event on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 15-16.


The ‘indescribable’ fun of digging dinosaurs in Utah

Jeanette Bonnell likes to play in the dirt. The 62-year-old retired human resources specialist is also pretty handy with a dentist’s drill.


Grand Staircase book details monument's paleontological wonders

A 656-page book chronicling the paleontological discoveries and success evidenced so far at Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument has been published, even as new discoveries continue to unfold on a near daily basis.
“I am here to emphasize that we are just getting started at the Grand Staircase,” said Alan Titus, the monument’s paleontologist. “We have a great big sandbox to play in.”




Utah paleontologists probing for signs of dinosaurs’ rise

For paleontologists Randall Irmis and Andrew Milner, the tiny stuff matters, especially when you’re exploring the dawn of big reptiles. Microscopic fossilized pollen, two-inch fishes, even the color of the rock that bones are embedded in say a lot about the landscapes dinosaurs roamed, the climate, what they ate and what their prey ate.