Shark Week Wyoming – Fossil Hunting
If you know your geology you know that Wyoming was once at the bottom of the ocean. It was also part of a gulf and under a huge lake. The continents drifted, and the climate continued its never-ending cycles of change.
What was once underwater is appearing on the surface today. There are so many interesting things to be found, like dinosaurs and seashells.
Today I saw a promo for Shark Week on TV. That got me thinking that the makers of Shark Week could do a Wyoming edition, if they wanted.
On a website called Fossil Form, there is a page title New Site For Shark Teeth - Wyoming. "So, I went and followed strata that I found on the shells," writes one Wyoming member of the website, "and started finding more stuff. Shark teeth lying on the ground and just eroding out of the sandstone."
Here is a photo of a rather sizable tooth found in Wyoming. There are many pictures like this one online.
Scroll down to page 31 of The Geological Survey Of Wyoming and you see a collection of teeth found many years ago.
Even the Paleon Museum of Glenrock has a few samples, seen here.
If that interests you then you'll want to visit Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists where they found evidence of Upper Cretaceous Sharks.
From Yellowstone in the Permian period they found fish bones and sharks.
There is a rock shop called The Rock Shed that features fossil shark teeth, ammonite, orthoceras, petrified wood ... found in the White River badlands in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Wyoming.
So much history to Wyoming. Most of it happened long before humans ever walked the earth.