PLACES & TRIPS
ROBERT BAKKER, PH.D.
COMO BLUFF, WYOMING
AN EARLY LOCATION FOR DINOSAUR FOSSILS
Perhaps the most famous location for early (and later) dinosaur fossils is Como Bluff, Wyoming. Como Bluff is located about 18 miles East of Medicine Bow, Wyoming on U.S. Highway 287 (Wyoming Highway 30). It is in the Morrison Formation which covers parts of Wyoming, Colorado and Utah at least.
It was at Como Bluff where EDWARD DRINKER COPE and OTHNIEL CHARLES MARSH had some of their competition for fossils many years ago.
Famous Paleontologist, Robert "Bob" Bakker, PhD acted as lecturer and teacher for many folks who came to Como Bluff through DigDino, an organization to which he gratuitously donated his time for some years. Bob showed many of us how to properly extricate fossils from the Earth, how to secure and pack them for shipment. During a very early breakfast, when most of us were barely awake, Bob Bakker would lecture us through oatmeal, hotcakes and bacon, served in the dining room of Medicine Bow's famous "Virginian" Hotel, for about an hour, before departing for Como Bluff to the East.
Upon returning in the evening, dog tired, while trying to stay awake long enough to get through supper at the Virginian, Dr. Bob would again lecture us for about an hour, on dinosaurs of the world, and who was what during the Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous Epochs.
I will be putting a lot of pictures on this site, taken at the "Nail" Quarry and around Como Bluff, including not only the dinosaur dig, but also the other interesting fossils in that area, such as the wonderful and plentiful "Belemites", which are fossilized squid rear internal structures (lovingly called squid butts, by aficionados).