On October 2, 2015, we took time on a rainy day to visit The Utah Field House of Natural History Museum in Vernal, Utah. There isn’t anyway that I can cover the scope of this exhibit and I certainly don’t understand all that we saw. I took pictures and will try and give an overview of this fascinating museum.
Main Floor Exhibits
When working with fossils paleontologists must remove the fossils safely from the rock, identify the fossil and put the fossil back together after matching the pieces.
The Wreck of a Former World
Leaving the entrance area of the main floor you enter an area showing fossils almost exclusively collected around the Vernal, Utah, area.
One of the first exhibits are the bones of a Haplocanthosaurus.
This is the most complete skeleton ever found of this animal, but sadly they have been unable to locate its head. This dinosaur lived approximately 150 million years ago, making it one of the oldest dinosaurs found in the North America.
Measuring up to Stegosaurus
The Eocene Epoch
During the Eocene dinosaurs had become extinct, there were huge lakes and a warm climate. Plants and insects flourished. This is known because the fossil record is very complete. The body shape and diet of these animal fossils can be guessed about but we don’t know how they related to one another or how they sounded. We also don’t have too many fossils of forest plants so this is still an unknown.