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Dinosaurs of the Rocky Mountain West


Left Hand Grange Hall


Like the pages of an upturned book, nearly the entire history of dinosaurs and their lost ecosystems were revealed by the uplift and erosion of mountains across the Rocky Mountain region. The fossils of COlorado were among the first to be discovered over a century ago, revealing fantastic forms like the plated Stegosaurus and the giant, long-necked saurioids. However, numerous new discoveries along the Colorado Front Range, and elsewhere in the West, have begun to reveal new dinosaur specis and ecosystems that can teach us about life on a dynamic planet. Using the same techniques as early paleontologists mixed with new techonologies and enthusiastic volunteers, the Denve Museum of Nature & Science has leaped to the forefront of discovery.

Presenter: Dr Joe Sertich is the Curator of Dinosaurs athe Denver Museum of Nature & Science. He received his B.S. from Colorado State University, his M.S. at the University of Utah, and his Ph.D. at Stony Brook University. His research on dinosaurs and their ecosystems during the Late Cretaceous. His field-based research is split between the Gondwana continents of the souther hemisphere and western North America. He is one of the primary researchers on the Madagascar Paleontology Project exploring the latest Cretaceous of Madagascar and has expanded the search for dinosaurs to older deposits across the island. He is also working on several projects searching for the latest Cretaceous dinosaurs of Africa, including work in northern Kenya and Egypt. In North America, he leads the Laramidia Project, currently working to uncover a lost world of dinosaurs in the Cretaceous of southern Utah, northwestern New Mexico abd northwestern Colorado.

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