AiA Field Trip to Ghost Ranch

Adventures in Anthropology field trip to Ghost Ranch organized by Leslie Cohen.
Tawa hallae IMG 4692.1  Dr. Alan H. Turner, assistant professor in the department of anatomical sciences at Stony Brook University and a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History, shows a young student from Albuquerque a Triassic dinosaur vertebrate he recently uncovered. IMG 4653  Dr .Michelle Stocker, vertebrate paleontologist from the University of Texas at Austin. She describes the area she is excavating. IMG 4606  The New Mexico state fossil Coelophysis, pronounced “See-low-FY-sis. IMG 4641  Dr. Sterling J. Nesbitt describes two dinosaurs found at Hayden Quarry site that have forced rethinking of early dinosaur evolution. The discovery of Tawa hallae a 6-13 foot long dinosaur with enough teeth to make life very uncomfortable if bitten. The following link is to a NSF video of Nesbitt discussing Tawa. Pronounced TAH-wah http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_videos.jsp?cntn_id=116038&media_id=66040&org=NSF IMG 4605  The New Mexico state fossil Coelophysis, pronounced “See-low-FY-sis.
tawa hallae2  Artists rendition of the dinosaur, Tawa. In 2009 a team of scientists led by Dr. Sterling J. Nesbitt unearthed one of the earliest known relatives of Tyrannosaurus Rex in the U.S. The two-legged predator Tawa hallae, was found on the Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. Scientists say it has shed new light on early dinosaur evolution. Feather like features cover Tawa which was named after the Hopi word for the Puebloan Sun God, and hallae honours Ruth Hall, founder of the Ghost Ranch Museum of Paleontology. Tawa lived 213 million years ago, while its most famous descendant the T. Rex did not appear until 68 million years ago. IMG 4602  A specimen from the Hayden Quarry with it's jacket removed. Dozens of dinosaur bones are shown. IMG 4590  AiA members Marie Garcia Shaffner, Alice and Richard Bernal and Dennis Cox. In the Ruth Hall Museum of Paleontology. IMG 4652  A jacketed specimen of a dinasaur bone almost ready for removal. IMG 4718.1  Removing material from the second Hayden Quarry. IMG 4648  Tom Campbell AiA member.
IMG 4667  Jim and Linda Wolcott AiA members. IMG 4661  AiA members observe excavations of dinosaur bones at the Ghost Ranch Hayden Quarry. Discovered by a hiker in 2006, the Hayden Quarry has become one of the most important paleontology sites in the world. IMG 4654  AiA members observe excavations of dinosaur bones at the Ghost Ranch Hayden Quarry. Discovered by a hiker in 2006, the Hayden Quarry has become one of the most important paleontology sites in the world. IMG 4662  Marie Garcia Shaffner viewing the excavation. IMG 4762.1  AIA Luncheon at the Inn at Abiquiu. L - R Leslie Cohen, Kathryn Linn, Destyne, Ann Cox, Dennis Cox, Linda and Jim Wolcott, Kym Campbell, Tom Campbell, Alice and Richard Bernal, Marie Garcia Shaffner and Jim Shaffner