Fossils for Bombs

May 29, 2007 at 8:09 am (frightening things)

This is so sad. The Army wants to use one of North America’s largest dinosaur fossil sites as a testing ground for bombs.

This secluded valley is home to one of North America’s richest dinosaurs finds – more than 1,300 individual tracks; 35 sites have yielded bones.

“The great thing about this site is that it’s here to see, and it’s free for the public,” said U.S. Forest Service paleontologist Bruce Schumacher, leaning against a rock after wading across the Purgatoire River – the River of Lost Souls, as French explorers first called it.

Schumacher planted his bare feet near the beachball-sized tracks of a brontosaurus left 150 million years ago.

“The history here is just layered on itself,” he said…

The Canyonlands’ rock walls have 1,000 drawings and carvings left by prehistoric hunters and gatherers: Comanche, Kiowa, Cheyenne, Apache and others who lived or hunted here.

I would love to visit before it’s obliterated. Oh, well…

Via Evolving Thoughts.


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