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UMMP Invertebrate Specimens
Specimens from the Invertebrate collection presented in Papers on Paleontology vol. 8.

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Eldredgeops rana crassituberculata presented in Papers on Paleontology vol. 8.

Egypt Whale desert

Birket Qarun Formation
Central 'qalah' or 'citadel' in Wadi Al Hitan in late afternoon light.

Dr. Gingerich in the field

Dr. Philip Gingerich
Field work in the western desert of Fayum, Egypt.

Russia Field Work

Specimen from recent field work in Russia.

Russia 2012 Mastadon tooth

Finds in the Field
Mammoth bones uncovered in Sakha Republic, Russian Federation.

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Quercus columbiana
UMMP specimen from Pickett Creek.

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Quercus prelobata
UMMP specimen from Pickett Creek.

Wilson Lesotho

Dr. Jeffrey Wilson
Cleaning up and preparing to mold the footprint of an early sauropod dinosaur.

Limestone Concretion - complete fish.

Limestone Concretion - complete fish
65-70 million-year-old limestone concretion containing a complete fish; skull, ribs, and fins are visible. Specimen found in Al-Inab, Jordan.


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The Snake that Ate the Dinosaur

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It’s 67 million years ago in what is now south Asia. A gigantic sauropod dinosaur female digs a shallow hole with one of her four huge feet and lays somewhere between six and a dozen six-inch eggs. She swings the tall stalk of her neck around to peer at the eggs one last time before she sweeps a thin layer of insulating leaves and dirt over the nest and moves away. The eggs, untended, lie in a shallow pit on the swampy bank of the river.  (more)...