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Paleontology

Looking for a Unique Paleontology Program?

Students learning vertical mapping Jerry Blount    Students begin their paleontology careers in the high desert of the Colorado Plateau with Field Paleontology in their first semester. Followed by Paleontology Lab Techniques in the second term students get over 200 hours of field and repository experience in their first two semesters. CNCC’s Paleontology Program keeps students engaged in the field and lab every term.  In addition students will take the necessary geology and biology courses that will prepare them to transfer to paleontology concentrations at the 4-year college of their choice. Small class sizes, hands-on learning, and research opportunities, students have a hard time finding reasons not to start their Paleontology career at CNCC.

Have an hour?: Visit the Colorado Northwestern Field Museum at CNCC Craig

Have a day?: Stay a day to participate in one of our community dig days or repository experiences.

Have a couple weeks?: Stay two weeks over summer to immerse yourself in our summer dig program.

Can’t get enough of it?: Start your path to be a career paleontologist with our two year Associate of Science Degree program in Paleontology (Includes Fall 2020 dig, Spring 2021 fossil lab, Summer 2021 dig, Fall 2021 dig internship or research, Spring 2022 internship or research)

 

Here is a glimpse of upcoming coursework for Paleontology 

Spring 2020

GEY 230 Paleontology Lab Techniques 3 credits: Open and begin curation processes on 1000-1400 pound jackets from the Walter (hadrosaur) dig that were helicoptered out of the site in summer of 2019.  Also unjacket specimens collected from the Fall 2019 Eocene fauna from Sandwash basin. (90 lab hours)

Summer 2020

GEY 229 Paleontology Field Techniques 3 credits (or non-credit): We will be working in the Jurassic of the Mesozoic era deep in the interior of Moffat County. Come dig in a large bone bed with sauropod dinosaurs, Allosaurs, and small critters of the Jurassic. 

Fall 2020

GEY 229 Paleontology Field Techniques 3 credits: Dig in beautiful and rugged Eocene strata of Sandwash Basin.  Discover turtles, crocodiles and mammals of this bygone era.  (112 field hours)

Spring 2021

GEY 230 Paleontology Lab Techniques 3 credits: Continued curation processes on 1000-1400 pound jackets from the Walter dig (hadrasaur) that were helicoptered out of the site in 2019.  Also unjacket specimens collected from the Summer and Fall 2020 Mesozoic and Eocene digs. (90 lab hours)


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Instructor of Science, Curator Colorado Northwestern Field Museum
Email: Liz Johnson
Phone: 970-824-1119 

About CNCC

Colorado Northwestern is one college in two Colorado communities. Depending on what you want to study, CNCC has the perfect surroundings and facilities to meet your needs. Founded in 1962 as “Rangely College,” CNCC now serves nearly 1,800 students on two campuses, two service centers and online. Our two main campuses in Craig and Rangely are 90 miles apart in the mountains and canyons of Northwestern Colorado, with two service centers located in Meeker and Oak Creek.

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