While we were extremely excited about seeing the bones, we didn’t have an excavation permit — or the time — to work on that, so we covered the Suuwassea and spent the rest of the day looking around the area.
We weren’t expecting to find anything, but we ended up spotting about 200 pounds of bones and bone fragments lying on the surface, including entire tail vertebrae from two sauropods and bits of an allosaurus. It was amazing and completely unexpected, especially because we’d read all the literature on Suuwassea, and there was no indication any bones were left in the ground.
Our biggest priority this year is to go back, get the rest of Suuwassea and completely comb this area to make sure we have everything. Returning to this site is probably going to be the biggest excavation we’ve ever done.
[This article originally appeared in print as "Dinosaurs Under the Tarp."]