Good tidings and well-wishes!
As I’d stated in an earlier post, this last week of mine was spent touing the roadside geology and paleontology of New Mexico and Arizona with the MCC geosciences department. Since the trip was pioneered by Dr. Hungerbuehler, naturally it sported a large Triassic bias, however, we were able to observe much more recent formations and deposits nonetheless.
Our first stop was the ever-popular New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque where we were immediately greeted by the famed cast of ‘Stan’, which always impresses.
It wasn’t long, however, before we hit the exquisite Triassic hall, wherein Dr. H immediately pointed out the museum’s phytosaur cabinet and utilized the display as an opportunity to discuss the cranial differences between Redondasaurus and Pseudopalatus.
The next day was primarily spent touring the famed Ghost Ranch with Alex Downs.
The above sign greeted us as we approached the ranch’s museum and is a reference to the area’s famed Coelophysis quarry. Ghost Ranch maintains a lovely museum, some photos of which I’ve included below:
Of course, the museum’s most captivating exhibit was a massive block containing dozens of assorted Coelophysis remains…so naturally, I neglected to snap a shot of it! We later visited Snyder Quarry and began prospecting, which resulted in a few isolated finds.
The next day marked my long-awaited return to Petrified Forest National Park near Holbrook, Arizona. Here we were treated to an exquisite tour of the park’s museum, lab, and dig sites courtesy of Paleo Errata’s Jeff Martz. Since we essentially re-explored everything we’d seen during the WAVP meeting, I used my camera sparingly.
Of course, being the gang’s astronomy buff, Donny was ecstatic to learn that we’d be visiting the Meteor Crater Site near Flagstaff. Though it wasn’t at all related to paleo, it was quite interesting nonetheless.
A great time was had by everyone, and we’re allready planning out next year’s trip.