The eastern Montana badlands are one of the best places in the world to find dinosaur fossils and study related geology.
Dinosaur fossils have been found on every continent of Earth, including Antarctica but most of the dinosaur fossils and the greatest variety of species have been found high in the deserts and badlands of North America , China and Argentina .
The Late Jurassic Morrison Formation is found in several U.S. states , including Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Texas. It is notable as being the most fertile single source of dinosaur fossils in the world.
“Although a material’s mineral content may render the material rare and valuable , and therefore within the ordinary and natural meaning of ‘mineral,’ dinosaur fossils are not considered rare and valuable because of their mineral properties; rather, fossils are valuable because of characteristics other than mineral
Although many states have dinosaur sites, so far the states that seem to be the most prolific producers of fossils are Colorado , Utah , Wyoming , and Montana .
North America’s first identified dinosaur remains were found in Montana in 1854, near Judith Landing in the Missouri River Breaks National Monument. Naturalist Ferdinand Hayden found the remains of what paleontologist Joseph Leidy attributed to a duck -billed dinosaur called “Trachodon.”
about 65 million years ago
The first complete dinosaur skeleton ever identified has finally been studied in detail and found its place in the dinosaur family tree, completing a project that began more than a century and a half ago. The rocks in which it was fossilised are around 193 million years old, close to the dawn of the Age of Dinosaurs .
Other than birds, however, there is no scientific evidence that any dinosaurs , such as Tyrannosaurus, Velociraptor, Apatosaurus, Stegosaurus, or Triceratops, are still alive . These, and all other non-avian dinosaurs became extinct at least 65 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous Period.
Florida is one of the few dino -less states in the union because it was under water during the time dinosaurs ruled the earth. ” They weren’t here and they never will be here,” says Gary Morgan, a paleontologist with the Florida Natural History Museum in Gainesville.
In 1822, Mary Ann Mantell, who was married to geologist Gideon Mantell, discovered fossilized bones while on a walk in Sussex, England. Further examination found that they looked similar to an iguana skeleton , so the ” fossil reptile” was aptly named Iguanodon. That made it the second dinosaur to get a name.
“It is legal to sell dinosaurs in the United States. Some private collectors argue that the market for dinosaur bones has helped reinvigorate interest in fossils and palaeontology, leading to more discoveries.
However, any fossils taken from federally owned rock “may not be bartered or sold” later. But in America, fossils discovered on private property belong to the landowner. So if you, as a resident of the United States, find a dino skeleton on real estate that you own , you can legally keep, sell or export it.