Dinosaurology is often an exasperating fierd of study, because so much of the past is buried beyond our reach. I have stood on the sediments of a dinosaur-bearing formation and felt palpable frustration at the knowledge that here and there, just a few yards underground, there are remains of amazingbeasts that will not be uncovered by erosion for another thousand years. Since we cannot dig up an entire formation, we must go looking for the telltale scraps that have come to the surface. usually, it’s hot, ver;z hot during a dig, and the insects can make it hard to appreciate the beauty of the badlands. Most remains are just bits and pieces, but these can tell us a lot. one claw of a distinctive sickle shape can show us that a certain kind of small killer lived at that place; a tooth can mean a tyrannosaur. Realistic dinosaur.
And then there are those spectacular sunsets, with a cool breeze whipping by, that top off the days that something really good turns up. For every once in a while the few pieces of bone lead to a nearly complete skeleton, or to a bone bed thick with dinosaur remains.