Lake Powell and the Ancient Real Estate - New Series on Paleontology

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Rankin Realty at Lake Powell, LLC

I've started a new series on my Lake Powell Real Estate Blog which I should have written a long time ago.

In 1998, my then 14 year old son David, discovered what turned out to be a great specimen of a plesiosaur. Plesiosaurs were water bound marine reptiles that lived at the time of the dinosaurs. Think - Loch Ness Monster - but this one had a very short neck and jaw bones 4 feet long.

Plesiosaur on display at the John Wesley Powell Museum


Over the next several years David would make more discoveries in the Tropic Shale by Lake Powell behind Big Water, Utah. One of the discoveries would end up being a new species of Plesiosaur called “Eopolycotylus rankini”. A new species of Therizinosaur was found in the same area which David is the co-discoverer "N. graffami" which is named after our neighbor.

Please follow the link to the story. This link is to the first part of what should end up at 8 or 9 parts to tell the story of how to dig a dinosaur, and how this large, pre-historic animals ended up in what is now the high, wind-blown deserts of Southern Utah.

Lake Powell Paleontology - Dinosaurs, Plesiosaurs, and much more in Glen Canyon and The Grand Staircase Monument - Part 1



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