Denver Fowler, paleontologist on the Dickinson Museum Middle, together with Liz Freedman-Fowler and their 4-individual volunteer workforce, returned to Dickinson on Aug. 28, 2017, with 38 jackets of fossils and smaller items of fossilized bone. Amongst them was a dinosaur that was beforehand unknown to the scientific world — a kind of nodosaur from seventy six million years in the past.
“This shall be a brand new species — it can want a brand new identify as a result of nobody has ever discovered one in every of these sort of dinosaurs earlier than. We’ve the cranium, which is crucial half to inform what species it’s,” Denver stated.
What they do know is the dinosaur is a relative of the ankylosaurus — a dinosaur with a membership on its tail and spikes on its physique.
“This one does not have a tail membership, nevertheless it has huge spikes on the physique and is a member of the identical household,” Denver stated.
Due to the ankylosaurus found within the space, they nicknamed the location “Akloymania.”
“It was higher than we anticipated and every part we hoped for,” Liz stated.
“It was one of the best area season I’ve ever had,” added Denver. “As a prospector, we discovered a lot, it was ridiculous. Day by day was utterly superb. Every single day was loopy discoveries. Subsequent yr, we can be making use of for 10 excavation permits.”
He expects the staff can be busy for no less than the subsequent three or 4 years on the identical website at Rudyard, Mont.
“You must watch out, too,” he added. “Should you discover a massive bone, you’ll be able to dig one meter sq. across the bone with no prospecting allow. So if the bones develop, you have to discover a good stopping place. You dig till you recognize what you’ve got acquired after which cowl up the location till subsequent yr.”
“It is to guard it for the winter,” Liz added.
“And admittedly, it is to guard the cows from stamping on it,” Denver added. “We have now to make it unattractive to the cows. If one thing type of appears fascinating, they’ll go over to it.”
The Fowlers labored on the Late Cretaceous Judith River Formation — badlands-like land owned by Dan and Lila Redding north of Rudyard.
“Often, how this works is you prospect an space, I discover a number of websites that look promising after which apply for a particular allow to dig a much bigger gap the next yr. We often comply with up on websites from final yr and search for new ones,” Denver stated. “Liz does the quarrying and I do the prospecting.”
“Denver likes to prospect, so he walks round and finds the dinosaur fossils and I want to quarry — that’s, I dig them up,” Liz stated.
Denver is employed by the Dickinson Museum Middle whereas Liz…