Earth Notes: Dinosaur Illustrator Margaret Colbert

Jan 10, 2018
Museum of Northern Arizona

What “happens inside one’s head” is how Margaret Colbert described her own artistic process. That humble observation belies the talent behind this woman’s expert illustrations of dinosaurs of the Colorado Plateau.

Earth Notes: Scutellosaurus

Nov 15, 2017
Margaret Colbert, TCU Press

During the early days of the Jurassic Period, about 200 million years ago, a small dinosaur named Scutellosaurus lawleri roamed the floodplains and forests of what would much later become the Colorado Plateau. 

Dinosaur National Monument, NPS

Many millions of years ago, dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes roamed the Colorado Plateau. They were common in the region when the landscape was mostly wet and tropical. We know this through fossil evidence, plus petroleum deposits created through the decay of ancient plants and animals.

Jeff Martz/NPS

Paleontologists have identified a new species of an extinct, crocodile-like creature in Petrified Forest National Park.

Victor Leshyk

A fossil discovered in southern Utah adds a turtle with a pig nose to the list of animals that roamed with the dinosaurs.