Jurassic Dinosaur Dig Field Course in Wyoming to excavate Mesozoic Dinosaurs! Plans are be

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Jurassic Dinosaur Dig Field Course in Wyoming to excavate Mesozoic Dinosaurs! Plans are being made now to continue the field paleontology program in July 1995 and return to eastern Wyoming to excavate Upper Jurassic dinosaurs and other vertebrates near Sundance, Wyoming. If you have always had an interest in participating in a dinosaur dig--this is your chance! Information about the field course is detailed below in this announcement. For more information, contact Russ Jacobson at 217-244-2426 (weekdays) or 217-384-6983 (weekends and evenings) or fill out the form at the end of this announcement and mail to Russ Jacobson, Illinois State Geological Survey, Room 207, Natural Resources Building, 615 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL 61820 Description of field program Morrison Formation, Upper Jurassic, Sundance Wyoming: The field work in this option will include the excavation, collecting, and documenting of dinosaur and other vertebrates from multicolored mudstones of the Morrison Formation in exposures along I-90 in a roadcut west of Sundance, Wyoming. We will be operating two quarries in the Morrison Formation in this roadcut along I-90 for most of the two weeks. The Morrison is of Upper Jurassic age (150 million years old) and is one of the major dinosaur-bearing formations in the western U.S. Some of the vertebrate material already recovered from this site include: sauropods (long-necked dinosaurs), carnosaurs (meat eaters such as Allosaurus), other dinosaurs, crocodiles, and small mammals. The main goal of this years expedition is to continue expansion of two quarries in this roadcut. In these quarries we have already discovered at least two adult Camarasaurus s that we uncovered and partially removed some portions during the summers of 1993 and 1994. Camarasaurus is one of the well-known sauropod dinosaurs of the Morrison formation that was typically 40 to 50 feet long and is estimated to have weighted from 18-20 tons. The first specimen was found in the summer of 1992. During this next season we will concentrate on removal of the remainder of the first Camarasaurus and begin exposure and removal of the second one found during the 1994 season. Other work will include excavation and removal of other sauropod remains, particularly part of an Apatasaurus exposed and partially removed in 1994. In addition we continue to find remains of smaller dinosaurs (theropods and hypsilophodontids) each year we work in these quarries and we expect 1995 should be no different. Other small vertebrates are being found in these quarries, such as: small mammals, crocodiles, fish, and turtles and you will have an opportunity to remove and document these remains along with the dinosaurian remains we are removing. Requirements and Costs : Individuals (children 18 or under must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian), and families (children must be 12 or older & able to work under rugged conditions) are welcome. The fee for this expedition is $450 per person (note: children [12 to 15] with families of one or more paying adults qualify for special rate of $250 per child. No School groups please---families only). This fee covers only costs for handouts, purchase of field tools and supplies for use during expedition. What is not included in the $450 fee: The cost of food, and lodging are extra and basically are the responsibility of the participants. We may be able to provide a list of motels and campgrounds in the area or you can check with your local travel service for the latest info on lodging in the Sundance, Wyoming area. We do have a line on a campground near Sundance that we may be able to work out something for participants at--keep tuned. Camping fees are quoted at $8 per day at a campsite near Sundance and perhaps we can work out a 10-12 deal with the campsite. The campground has pool, showers, and place for camp fire. We are also looking into info about guest or dude ranches in area. Transportation is also not included in this fee, but individuals in the group may work out car pooling via a mailing list of participants that we will mail out. Dates For Expedition: July 17 through July 28, 1995. You should plan to arrive in the Sundance area on Sunday July16, 1995 The dig will commence on Monday, July 17, 1995 and will continue through Friday, July 28, 1995. We will have an orientation class the morning of July 17 at a yet to be designated site near Sundance, Wyoming. Leadership: Russ Jacobson (Illinois State Geological Survey) Steve Sroka (University of Illinois-Museum of Natural History) Staff from: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology-Museum of Geology. Registration: In order for us to make our own plans we have set up a number of requirements for registration in terms of dates and payment of fees. First, we have a limit of 15 persons maximum for the dig. Registration is on a first come-first serve basis. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required to register for the dig. The remainder of the fee is due on April 30, 1995 and if not paid your spot will be opened up for others on a waiting list. Lodging and food options will be up to you to arrange (choices include camping at about $8 per day, motels at $50 -$75 per day, maybe some guest ranches). If you have questions/problems about these lodging arrangements feel free to call Russ Jacobson at 217-244-2426. Total cost. Thus the total cost for participation in this expedition is as follows: $450 adults and $250 children ( 12 -15 -each child must be accompanied by parent or guardian paying full $450 fee) Orientation course: An informal orientation course will be held at the site the first day of dig. Registration Form-Dinosaur Dig: Name_______________________________ Age______ Phone___________________ Address_________________________________ City___________State___ Zip__________ Basic info: __I wish to register now for the field course. Enclosed is my $100 per person deposit. Please reserve me one spot on the dig per deposit paid. ($450 for those over 15, and $250 for those 12-15). I understand that this deposit is not refundable whether I decide to cancel my registration for the dig . I understand that by April 30, 1995 the balance of my fee is due ($350 adults 16 or older, $150 children 12-16). I also understand that this later fee is not refundable except in case of cancellation of dig by leadership. ___I wish to register now for the field course and pay my entire per person fee ($450 adults, $250 for children 12-15). I understand that for each person the first $100 of this fee is a nonrefundable deposit. The remainder is also non-refundable except in case of cancellation of the dig. (If you are registering for a family please fill out the information below) Write check to Russell J. Jacobson and note in check it is for Jurassic Dinosaur Dig for your and my records. Send check and registration form to: Russ Jacobson, Illinois State Geological Survey, Room 207 Natural Resources Building, 615 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, Illinois). Name Age Relationship to registrant ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ Do you have any special medical needs? If so please describe: Do you have any other information/special needs that we should be aware of?: Wavier of liability and Terms of Field Paleontology Course In Morrison Fm: (required as part of registration for dinosaur course to be held near Sundance, Wyoming, July 1995) I the undersigned accept the following: 1) I understand that the trip does not provide any type of medical or liability insurance to cover any possible injuries and accidents while I (and any family members) are participating in this field expedition. I agree to be responsible for carrying my own medical and liability insurance for myself and any family members who attend this expedition with me. I agree to provide my own liability, medical (and auto insurance if driving own vehicle) insurance. I will provide proof of self insurance to leadership at the spring orientation meetings if required by the leadership. I understand that I should carry my own first aid supplies so that I am prepared should some type of emergency situation arise. 2) I understand the trip does not provide any insurance for my vehicle. In the event of vehicle trouble or accident I agree that I assume all responsibility and will not hold the leadership (Russ Jacobson and Steve Sroka) or their employers (Illinois State Geological Survey or Museum of Natural History-University of Illinois), or relatives liable for any injuries that I (or my family members) may incur as a result of travel to the site of this field expedition or for any thing that may happen to my vehicle. 3) I understand that conditions in the field may at time be hazardous and that some of the following situations may exist or be encountered while working at the dig site: a) Weather may be extremely hot (in the 90s or higher). b) Weather may be unpredictable at times (windy or stormy) c) Some work may be on steep slopes where there is a risk of slipping or falling. d) The excavation work may at times be strenuous and difficult (especially while excavating rock material from the specimens) e) Rattlesnakes and other types of sometimes hostile wildlife may be encountered (especially while on trips to locate other sites). f) The sites are located along stream and road cuts and thus hazards may be created by working at such sites. 4) I understand that the $450 (or $250) fee for this trip is non-refundable except in case of cancellation of the dig and that the first $100 is a totally non-refundable deposit. I understand that this fee of $450 (or $250 fee for children 12-15) and does not provide lodging, transportation, or food. I am responsible to pay for my own lodging and food for myself (and family) and find transportation to the dig site. 5) I understand that the $450 (per person) fee covers lecture and leadership costs, pre-expedition arrangements, and the purchase (by leadership) and use (while on the expedition) of rock excavation equipment (such as picks, and shovels), and some fine bone excavation equipment and bone preparation supplies (consolidants, glues, plaster of paris, plaster bandages, newspaper, aluminum foil, etc). No other equipment will be provided for use while on the dig (see # 8 below). 6) I understand that no additional equipment is being provided by the expedition. I will be responsible for bringing my own gear such as: first aid kits, canteens, proper clothing for hiking and excavation work (in the hot summer sun--and for stormy days). I understand that canteens and other containers for water/drinks are a necessity in such a hot and arid climate and that I am responsible for bringing my own supplies to deal with this need. 7) I understand that this trip does not provide transportation for the $450 fee, transportation will be my own responsibility. It is my responsibility to travel to the site including driving to and from where I am staying. I understand we cannot park our vehicles on the I-90 shoulder (where the dig is located) and that we have to park our vehicle south of the site on ranch land and walk to the site (including crawling under or climbing a fence). 8) I understand that no collecting of fossil material from the site will be allowed. All specimens will be deposited in the collections of the Museum of Geology pursuant to its collecting permit for the quarry site. Collections from other places are governed by the permission given to the Museum of Geology. 9)I understand that a porta potty will be provided in close proximity to the dig site for use by participants in course and its leadership. 10) I (and my family members)do have medical and liability insurance:check here ___ 11) I the undersigned realize that these conditions outlined above may exist (as well as others not anticipated), but by signing below I accept full responsibility for any injuries or hazards encountered (for myself and any family members attending). I agree that I (or any relatives or family members) will not hold the leadership of this expedition (i.e. Russ Jacobson, Steve Sroka), their employers (Illinois Geological Survey, University of Illinois, or any staff from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology), or relatives and families of the leadership responsible or liable for any injuries that I (or my family members) may incur as a result of participation in this field expedition. 12) I understand the following tools are required to be brought by me and will not be provided by the leadership of the dig: Rock Hammer, flat trowel, hand awl (like ice pick), couple good 2 inch paint brush (natural bristle), one whisk broom, set of hand steel chisels,notebook. 13) I understand that the $100 per person deposit is non-refundable since this money will be used early by the dig leadership to make financial arrangements. 14) As the parent or guardian of any 12 to 15 year-olds on this trip I realize that I will be required at all times to supervise my child. The leadership will treat your child as any other member and provide training but you will be required to provide any basic supervision after such training is received, the leadership is not providing any special shepherding of your children once they have received their training. 15) I realize that this dig is a serious scientific enterprise, it is not a vacation and that sometimes tedious and strenuous work may be necessary. All members of the team will be expected to carry their share of the work (including children) at the site in order to ensure the success of the expedition. We want this to be fun but want to emphasize that it is also serious work. 16) I agree that I understand all the terms outlined above. By signing below I hereby agree and accept these terms for both myself and any family members who will be attending with me. Signed ____________________________ Date_________________________ Recommended Items for dig: Some items you may want to have for the dig include the following noninclusive list: a) Hats (for sun) & sunglasses b) Sunblock (rating should be high enough for prolonged exposure) c) insect repellant d) canteens e) first aid kit f) hiking boots g) Bedding (if camping) h) Raingear - Thunderstorms develop mainly during afternoons in Black Hills but all day rain may occur, and hail is also a possibility. i) Hiking stick (for exploration of nearby area as time permits for additional dinosaur sites or in evening). k) Materials passed out at meeting (book, articles, etc) l) gloves m) long sleeve shirt (for sun and cool days) n) Coat/sweatshirt (in case of cold days or very cool nights) p) camera or video camera (optional for your own documentation of dig experience). q) flashlight. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Russ Jacobson INTERNET:jacobson@fred.isgs.uiuc.edu 207 NRB, 615 E Peabody 217-244-2426 Home Phone: 217-384-6983 Illinois Geological Survey DINOSAUR RUSS: who lives, eats, Champaign, IL 61820 breathes and smells dinosaurs!!! =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

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