Okay, so I finally uploaded my photos on Flickr (link at the end)!
Just for a bit of a recap, I was in Dinosaur Provincial Park for 3 weeks on a dig with the University of Alberta, so anything we collected and catalogued (200+ individual fossils; can't recall how many exactly) goes to their collection to be prepared for future study. The pictures are mainly of things that are now at the U of A waited to be stored or repaired and made to look pretty.
We camped out on land belonging to an incredibly nice and awesome farmer on the banks of the Red Deer River, in a remote area in the eastern portion of the park; that is, not in the core where all the touristy stuff takes place. We prospected and did some digging in both the area where we camped, and in the park core itself.
In the core, we would trade off between working in a quarry or prospecting. The quarry housed a type specimen of a Corythosaurus excavatus
skeleton, from which the the skull had been taken by the Sternbergs around 1920. The location of the quarry was subsequently lost. To make a long story short, it was was found in the 1990's but not recognized for what it was, and so they left the skeleton due to its poor condition. I believe it was last year that some newspaper was found below the quarry and dating to 1920, and they were able to connect the quarry to the skull that had been collected around a century ago. Ergo, we went back in to salvage whatever we could of this Corythosaurus excavatus
(which of course has been sunk into casuarius
I mostly prospected and never came back empty handed. The microsites were super fun because you can get a really great sample of the fauna that were around in the area. We found tons of croc teeth and scutes, turtle shell, gar scales, champsosaur bits, myledaphus (ray) teeth, some sharks teeth, a couple of mammal teeth (woot!) as well as plenty of dinosaur teeth, claws, and bone fragments. It was pretty hard not to find anything, which is why we had to use discretion in choosing what to take and what to leave behind. Really, we're bloody fortunate to have a choice at all! Of course, we also got plenty of the big dinosaur stuff, like bits of skull, limb bones, pelvic bones, etc.
So I'll leave it at that for now. If you have any questions about the dig or any of the pictures or whatever, feel free to ask!www.flickr.com/photos/rhodepho…
Note! Whenever I say Tyrannosaur or Tyrannosaurid, it's because it's pretty much impossible to tell if it's a Gorgosaurus or a Daspletosaurus.