Little Snowy Mountains Dinosaur Project 2014
2014 Dig Program Dates.
$1,695.00 per week. (see sign up page for details)
Dig availability as of 11/2/13
Week 1 July 6th to July 11th. 65% Full
Week 2 July 20th to July 25th. 60% Full
Since 1993, JRDI has been dedicated to the preservation and education of Montana's rich dinosaur history through our field programs. Our six-day long dig programs are tailored with this mission in mind. If you are serious about any aspect of natural history and love the outdoors, you'll find this a rich learning experience. Our programs appeal to a wide audience: students, professionals and people from all walks of life from around the globe.
Each specimen we excavate has scientific value, so our digs are not for the casual vacationer. Even if you've never had any class room or field experience, you can still participate. We just ask you come willing to learn and receive instruction. Everyone helps both in the quarry and in the camp!
Sometimes our work is hot, dry and dusty, but it's always rewarding. Perhaps that's why so many volunteers return. We hope you'll join us in 2014. We look forward to seeing our old friends and making new ones. Please note: the minimum age of participants is 12 (sorry, no exceptions).
We receive annual inquiries from parents looking for a dig program offering their son or daughter a real field experience beyond the tourist day trip. Our liability insurance mandates the minimum age as 12. Unfortunately there are no exceptions no matter how mature the child.
If your son/daughter meets the age requirement and has always expressed an interest in pursuing a career in paleontology (or earth science), then our week long field programs are a great starting point for many an aspiring scientist. JRDI has hosted programs for the last 20 years with a real life experience that will teach them the sequence of steps in field paleontology from discovery to excavation, but also the responsibilities of being a paleontologist. We teach what is not taught through media or in a classroom.
2013 Field Report 10/22/13
This quarry has come a long way since we opened it in 2006 and has become the largest stegosaur bonebed in the world. Due to JRDI’s student intern’s research program we are learning so much about these fascinating creatures. For the first time we’ve been able to identify two different stegosaurs but of the same species and the only visible difference between them is the shape of their plates. One type has tall triangular plates and the other oval plates. What conclusion can we possibly draw from this? Could this represent male and female stegosaurs? The research is still ongoing and intriguing.
Another dinosaurian player entered the quarry in 2010 while removing overburden. A medium sized sauropod named Ava. Ava died shortly after our group of stegosaurs did. She is stratigraphically just above our stegosaur bone layer so she is spread out over some of the stegosaurs. The skeleton is associated with some of the bones articulated. This sauropod is actually lying on its left side with its limbs sprawled to the sides. The complete dorsal and cervical series articulated with the ribs lying across. The neck of the sauropod is nicely articulated and heading into the hillside so we hope the skull is at the end? We will find out in the 2014 season! This dinosaur, I believe, is the same as the Ralph specimen we collected in 2005-2006 not even 200 yards away from our current excavation. The animal is a camarasaurid of some kind but many of the features on the vertebrae and ribs prove it not to be Camarasaurus lentus and likely something new. These sauropods should have 22-24 ribs and some are approaching 6 feet in length. We have uncovered 14 to date!
This was the most fun we’ve had excavating a dinosaur in years. To see the absolute size and the relationship of the bones to one another, it’s truly a sight to see! I want to thank the 2013 team for their eagerness and full cooperation. Special thanks to Dave and Rosalie and family for allowing us on their land the past 10 seasons and their continued friendship and support. I want to thank staff (Evan, Wray and all the JRDI alum) for running camp so efficiently. To my interns, Evan and Wray, great job! Also, thank you Dean and Amber for the strat work and assessing the big picture of the northern Morrison formation. Even though Matt wasn’t able to join us onsite this summer he was missed. Thanks again one and all!
Upcoming 2014 Excavation.....
All the best.
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Put your back into it!
2013 Dig Photo Gallery
2012 Dig Photo Gallery
2011 Dig Photo Gallery