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Marmarth Research Foundation: In the Hell Creek Formation of North Dakota

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In the Hell Creek formation of North Dakota

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MRF releases 2016 field work location

January 6, 2016

We had our most productive year in 2015. During the last two weeks of fieldwork alone we discovered 28 partial dinosaur skeletons (see photos). In 2016 we plan to return to this incredibly rich area to collect many of these skeletons.


MRF builds dining hall, modern lecture center

January 4, 2016

In 2015 with the help of several generous MRF volunteers we added an addition onto the MRF lab house.


Dakota at North Dakota Heritage Center

January 4, 2016

“Dakota” the mummified hadrosaur dinosaur that was found by Dr. Tyler Lyson in 1999 and collected by MRF volunteers in 2004 is now on display at the North Dakota Heritage Center.



Making of North America Nova Series

January 4, 2016

Dr. Tyler Lyson was involved in the Nova/PBS three part series “Making North America".


Anzu wyliei, the 'chicken' from Hell (Creek), captivates the world

March 26, 2014

A new dinosaur, crested and probably feathered, is described by MRF founder Tyler Lyson, et al. More at NPR and BBC.

Animation: Turtle Girdle Evolution

January 5, 2014

A new animation has been published based on the work of Dr. Tyler Lyson of the Smithsonian Institution. Watch it here. It shows how the bone at the front and center of the turtle shell is derived from paired shoulder girdle bones (cleithra, blue). More information about this research can be found in a 2013 article by Tyler Lyson et al.

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