Geoscience Faculty and Students Participate in Dinosaur Excavation

Posted on 8/15/2018 9:33:14 AM

Several students and recent graduates from the Geoscience Department accompanied Professor Jonathan Warnock to central Utah for a summer excavation. The students conducted geological field work in addition to excavating bones at the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, a National Natural Landmark.

This was Warnock’s seventh field season at the quarry and his third involving IUP students. Students had the opportunity to collect stratigraphic data, work in the quarry itself, and also excavate several other field sites. The trip culminated with a day of sampling in the collections of the Natural History Museum of Utah.

2018_Cleavland_Dig_ParkerTwo IUP students dig in gray, rocky ground to uncover dinosaur bones

Left: IUP Geoscience student Shane Parker excavates a cluster of vertebrae and ribs. Right: IUP Geoscience students Josh Colasante and Justin Petricko work with a student from another university searching for new fossils below an already excavated location.