The 2006 Paleontology Field Camp students in southern Nevada.
A plump Chuckwalla (Sauromalus ater
) takes in the afternoon sun near our campsite.
A small cactus grows in a tiny crack in the Jurassic Aztec Sandstone.
Dave Varricchio photographs some sidewinder tracks. Its about 7:00am, and already over 95 degrees.
Some of the field camp students taking refuge from 106 degree weather in the only shade available.
Hiking through a small slot canyon to get to the field area.
A juvenile gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus
) we encountered in a dry wash; this individual measured about four inches.
Excavating a paleosol horizon rich in caliche nodules.
A Desert Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma platyrhinos
) basking in the sun.
Field camp students and Frankie Jackson (right) Excavating a partial ornithopod skeleton.
Wet screening in the irrigation ditch behind a nearby museum provided a much needed break from searing temperatures. This is my favorite sort of paleontology.
This method yielded dromaeosaurid teeth, a sauropod tooth, crocodylian teeth, ornithopod teeth, Iquanodon
teeth, and dinosaur eggshell.
Sorting through and organizing the day's finds by lantern light.