Where We Are Working
Dinosaurs from northwestern Colorado include the iconic Denver Museum of Nature & Science Allosaurus, currently on display in the Museum’s permanent Prehistoric Journey exhibition and several important finds from the area currently under study in the earth sciences collections. Additional fieldwork in the region has focused on relocating past localities for future excavation and research.
Garden Park, Colorado
Dinosaur fossils from the Garden Park Fossil Area north of Cañon City, Colorado, fill many of the large museums of the eastern United States and include many discoveries that were the first of their kind. Spectacularly complete skeletons from the area, including the Kessler Stegosaurus currently on display in the Museum’s permanent Prehistoric Journey exhibition and the Small Stegosaurus collected by Museum scientists in the early 1990s, make this area an important source of historic information and new discoveries.
Comanche National Grassland
Led by USDA Forest Service regional paleontologist Bruce Schumacher, important new discoveries of dinosaurs continue to be made in an area better known for Jurassic dinosaur tracks. This includes a partial skeleton of a giant Apatosaurus under preparation and study at the Museum, among other dinosaur remains from the region.
Led by dinosaur collectors Chris Weege and David Schmude, numerous significant discoveries of sauropod dinosaurs, a small ornithopod dinosaur, and older marine ichthyosaurs have been made in recent years near the town of Kaycee, Wyoming. Ongoing work and donations to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science have significantly expanded our collections of Jurassic sauropod dinosaurs, with at least five skeletons currently being excavated and prepared.