Have you dreamed about unearthing dinosaur bones? Or discovering part of a T.rex or Triceratops? At Carthage, students who are interested in paleontology have the opportunity to participate in an annual month-long dinosaur-hunting expedition in southeastern Montana.
“Most students aspiring to be a paleontologist don’t get a chance to go out in the field and do work until graduate school. This trip is going to be very memorable for me because I had the time of my life doing what I love. I dove head-first into exactly what a career in this field will entail.”
Steve Hobe ’15
The trip is led by Carthage biology professor and noted vertebrate paleontologist Thomas Carr. Students have located and collected fossils in the Hell Creek Formation, a unit of rock deposited in Montana and adjacent states in the age of dinosaurs.
So far, Prof. Carr and his students have located four partial dinosaur skeletons including a rare juvenile specimen believed to be the smallest T.rex ever found. It is the only active excavation of a baby Tyrannosaurus rex.
Bones collected in the expedition are brought back to the Institute of Paleontology, where the fossils are prepared and conserved by Prof. Carr and his student volunteers.
Students who are interested in participating in the annual expedition should contact Prof. Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Undergraduate research in the paleo track: March Break 2014
Biology student Stephen Hobe (junior) spent three days at the Field Museum in Chicago to study two dinosaur skulls for his undergraduate research project. Steve’s interest is in the growth and evolution of crested duckbilled dinosaurs. Since the Field Museum has skulls of three crested duckbills, Steve spent a day and a half in the Field Museum’s collection room of fossil vertebrates to study their skull of the duckbill Corythosaurus casuarius. He spent the rest of the time in the public dinosaur gallery to study the skull of Lambeosaurus lambei, while answering the questions of an interested public!
Stephen Hobe (Biology, junior) after a day of studying the skull of Lambeosaurus lambei in the dinosaur gallery of the Field Museum on March 26, 2014.