Dinoblaze. Chapter 1 - Eating Big Ferns
Blackfoot Indian Nation Heritage Days Welcome Song in Two Medicine Montana
Fairgoers in new-model cars ride through displays of Earth’s history at the 1964 World’s Fair in Queens, New York. Photograph by James P. Blair, National Geographic
Love this. I like living in the present and all, but I really wish I had been around for the 1964 World’s Fair. And all the rest of them, for that matter.
The wind was severe.
We had landed in a little cradle with sand encasing lots of fossil activity.
There was work to be done, so we tried to not let the wind bother us. (Even though it was blowing in our eyes and in our mouths. Proving once again, I look very good with the wind swept look.)
We had a couple major critters under our feet; we were not about to let a little wind deter us.
Here is what we speculate happened:
An herbivore, probably a hadrosaur was munching away and either it died on it’s own, or it was brought down by a meat eater, probably a tyrannosaur.
The tooth we found was shed from the meat eater while it was munching away away on the plant eater.
These shed teeth are also called “bullets”.
Then there was the time we randomly met famed paleontologist, Jack Horner at a pizza joint in Bozeman.
Pop quiz: anyone know what those pair of bubble-like rocks are at the bottom of this plate o goodies?
Anonymous asked: Jacob, Does Grandpa spit work on dinosaur bones?
An emphatic: Yes!
uhfred asked: How do crystals form?
It’s totally wacky.
Water drains through the soil into a limestone cave. This can take a while, as you can imagine. Roughly, five weeks.
Once it does, it takes the minerals and slowly forms them into crystals.
The different types of formations we saw in Lewis and Clark:
- flow stone
- soda straw
- cave bacon
- snake charmers
In the early days, Dan Morrison used to let people actually take the formations in the cave. He thought they they would grow back rather quickly.
It turns out they don’t! It’s been nearly 80 years and some of those formations have only regenerated a couple of inches.