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Willow Tank Formation Fieldwork, NV

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.