Cretaceous Dinosaur Fossils from the Bliss Ranch
In the summer of 2003, Frank and Chris Bliss discovered our first fossil producing sandgravel bed from the Hell Creek Formation which is uppermost Cretaceous (65 million years old). The whole ranch has parts of this formation exposed on it and various sections have amazing fossils within. The hard work of course is getting them out of the ground intact and in good shape. The 3 inch hand claw from a carnivorous theropod dinosaur probably Saurornitholestes sp.) to the left is one of the last fossils to come out of the ground during the 2003 summer field season. Our ranch has several types of fossil deposits from thickly packed bone deposits to unsorted stream bed load deposits (microsites) that contain numerous types for fossils from the last of the dinosaur era. The following pages have numerous photo’s of just a few of the many thousands of fossils we have discovered here.
I have a Masters Degree in Geology and a BS in GeoBiology and have been a field paleontologist starting in 1980. By paying my dues and walking many hillsides, so far, two large bone sites and 15 productive microsites have been located within 3 miles of our ranch headquarters. We have had many dozens of “dino” interested visitors to date to the ranch including college academic groups, school groups, boy scouts and 4H groups that have really enjoyed the location. I will periodically update this site so check back for updated images. By the way, I do not allow unattended collecting (trespassing) on my ranch and any such tresspassing individuals will be dealt with just within the limits of the law.
If you want to participate in my excavations, I am now scheduling limited stays at our Bed and Breakfast.
Contact me at [email protected] if you like to be professionally outfitted for a personalized dinosaur dig. Brand new, very nice private guest quarters await you on our dinosaur dude ranch. I am doing this on a very limited basis and it is a very high end, exclusive paleontologic experience. The food is excellent, the beds comfortable, and the activities are unobtainable elsewhere with your family and myself one on one for the stay. We are a licensed, inspected Bed and Breakfast facility in the state of Wyoming.