||In 2006, a team of
private fossil collectors from N.E. Montana happened upon one of the
greatest discoveries in paleontology history, named the "Paleo-Incident
Project"(PIP). This web site will follow the project from start to
finish. The project is estimated to take between 2-3 years.
The PIP has several goals. The main goal is to prepare the original fossils and create molds from those fossils to record all of the scientific information. A second goal is to involve dinosaur enthusiasts of all ages to participate in the project. Through online interactive media, the PIP will call on everyone to be involved. There will be web cam's to follow the project and chat rooms to talk with the fossil preparators and with the discovery team.
The PIP is just starting! Keep checking back as this site and the project grows.
Discovery Team & Story
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FIELD NOTES/JOURNAL Written by C. Morrow
This section will contain the field notes written by Chris Morrow while working at the site during 2006. The field notes will contain scientific information as well as thoughts by Morrow.
I had received a call from Clayton about two weeks ago. He mentioned that he found something that he wanted me to take a look at.
I have known Clayton for a few years now and he is one of those guys that has the gift of being in the right place at the right time when it comes to prospecting. Not everyone can find fossils, I have taken many people fossil hunting over the years and I can count the number of people who were good on one hand. It is hard to explain, but prospectors understand it very well. Anyway, a call from Clayton is always a good one.
Clayton decided to keep me in the dark about the find. I even called him a second time to make sure our date to meet was still OK, and no details on the find. The day before I left, I had a message from a reporter ( ) asking to speak with me about the discovery. This caught me off guard. Any field paleontologist knows that new discoveries, though very exciting, should be properly identified by several experts before bringing it to the media attention. This however is very rarely a reality in today's age of dinosaur excitement. So, I called Clayton and asked him if he knew anything about a reporter. He replied "maybe". He still did not give me any details, but asked if a reporter being there would be OK. I left for the quarry the next day.
I picked up Chad O'Conner in Jordan, Montana the next morning. After a cup of coffee, we headed to the site. On the way, I asked Chad what they had been up too.
Now, you have to know Chad to appreciate my comments. You see, Chad enjoys stretching reality to get a laugh. He is one of the best guys I have had the priveledge of working with in the field. He is new at the fossil business, but has the passion of a well seasoned prospector.
Anyway, his response was "nothing much." Now, knowing Chad, there is two things to figure out. One, is he fibbing and they found something cool, or being new at the fossil game, is what they found cool, but not what he thinks is cool. So I was still unsure of what to expect. After a long drive through the badlands, we arrived at the site. I parked on the hill above the site and could not see it. Clayton came over to the truck to say hi along with his friend and fossil hunter Mark. Mark was the first person to see the site! We made our acquantinces and Clayton asked Mark to get their video camera ready to see my reaction. By now, I was very excited to see what they had found.
Right before I saw the site, I had pretty high expectations for the find, but I never could have expected what was there.
To be continued!......
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|CK-Preparations will be
directing the preparation of the PIP project. Visit them online at
www.ckpreparations.com. If you have any questions for them, you can
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