"The most memorable and exciting aspects of the dig were the field and preparation lab discussions afforded by Tyler Lyson and Walter Joyce (Yale Peabody Curator). These allowed us to see the manifold connections among the excavation of fossils, geology, deep time, and theoretical models that allow relationships to be drawn among fossil forms and between extinct and extant life. MRF provided good supervision and ran a tight ship, but yet always conveyed a sense of joyful excitement about paleontology and its scientific potential. All things considered, my wife Pam, our granddaughter April, and I should like to join your dig again this year."
"An excellent practical exposure to how paleontology is 'done.' The
whole spectrum is available, from prospecting, through extraction and
retrieval to preparation of fossils for exhibition - including making casts and molds."
"There are many reasons I participate each summer; the sheer beauty of
the Badlands, the amazing people I get to meet and work with, and the
satisfaction that my summer vacation was not spent being lazy. But what it
comes down to is that first time you're out in the field working a dig site
and you uncover the fossilized bone of an animal that died over 65 million
years ago and you're the first human being to touch it!"
"Stopped in for a day dig last fall. I have been to a few other digs, and they do what they say. I was blown away by the types of fossils that we saw and that MRF has collected. The staff was friendly and explained it to us as we went along. Worth the experience, and the fees are a great deal. We were never able to really dig at the other places we attended in the past. We did it all at MRF."
"In the four years I have been digging with MRF, I have found the experience to be very rewarding. I continue to return there each summer because I have found the MRF staff are patient and friendly with new comers, and provide challenges to those with more experience. MRF has established a well rounded learning environment which is second to none. At MRF you experience Paleontology from excavation of the specimen in the field to its complete preparation in the laboratory."
"It's one frill after another!"
Prenocephale skull , 2006
Hell Creek Formation