Paleontology 101 – Class 3/6

13 Jun


Travel trivia

  • Miles drive: ~60
  • Commute time: ~90 mins; traffic was a pain this evening. Yay, Thursday?
  • Weather: ~80F, but still a great day. Looked like rain, but I think it’s going to pass on by today.

Day 3 Class Notes


  • “you really need a notebook in the field” 🙂
  • when you take a photo, put a scale in it
  • any survey on state land in CO must obtain a permit
  • almost all dinosaur eggs you see from China, were probably removed illegally
  • a lot of this lecture reminded me of Phillip Greenspun’s paper on moving dirt.

Things to note on a specimen

  1. who
  2. what
  3. where
  4. when
  5. put an identification number on it

Lookup geofencing for remembering archeological sites (which may be buried under new construction). The site stays preserved, but who will know about it in the future. “There is no institutional memory, unless someone writes it down”. Does the national historic record have a set of geo features online? ?

  • How do we keep from losing things?
  • How do we track things through time?
  • would QR codes help? or something similar?

Some of the comments on note taking remind me of Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash and his concept of gargoyles.


  • Steno’s Principles
  • Sand < Pebble < Cobble (sp?) < Boulder
  • Igneous rocks vs Sedimentary Rocks vs Metamorphic rocks
  • The Rock Cycle
  • Extrusive vs Intrusive
  • The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Lincoln’s Memorial is made from marble from Colorado.


Places to lookup or visit

  • La Brea Tar Pits


Jurassic West: The Dinosaurs of the Morrison Formation and Their World (Life of the Past)

Tracking Dinosaurs: A New Look at an Ancient World



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