Phoenix from the Ashes:
The Story of the Tyrannosaur
Mass Death Site,
The finding of a single tyrannosaur skull bone at the surface of a remote
badlands area in Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument led to the discovery of the most prolific, scientifically important Cretaceous age dino-saur sites ever found in Utah. To date, the remains of possibly hundreds of turtles and fish, several small raptor dinosaurs, hadrosaurs, and a minimum of four T-rex like tyrannosaurs (probably Teratophoneus curriei) have been excavated from the site. Known as the Rainbows and Unicorns Bonebed, it is
the only site in the southwestern US to yield substantial remains of multiple tyrannosaurs. The talk will take a detailed look at this amazing fossil treasure trove, and attempt to explain how such a remarkable deposit was created.
Dr. Alan Titus began his tenure as the GSENM’s paleontologist in 2000, where he continues to advance and support the rich paleontology within the monu- ment. Titus received his doctorate from Washington State in 1996, the year the monument was established. In July of 2014 Alan discovered the toe and partial skull of a tyrannosaur at a previously discovered turtle site. Further excavation indicated the treasure trove of fossils highlighted in this talk.