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Phoenix From the Ashes: the story of the Rainbows and Unicorns Tyrannosaur mass death site
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) paleontologist Dr. Alan Titus will present a talk on Friday, February 23, at 7 p.m., at the Kanab City Library, 374 North Main St. It is free and open to the public.
The finding of a single tyrannosaur skull bone at the surface of a remote badlands area in GSENM led to the discovery of one of the most prolific, scientifically important Cretaceous age dinosaur sites ever found in Utah.
To date, the remains of possibly hundreds of turtles and fish, several small raptor dinosaurs, hadrosaurs, and a minimum of four T-rex-like tyrannosaurs (probably Teratophoneus curriei) have been excavated from the site.
Known as the Rainbows and Unicorns Bonebed, it is the only site in the southern United States to yield substantial remains of multiple tyrannosaurs. The talk will take a detailed look at this amazing fossil treasure trove, and attempt to explain how such a remarkable deposit was created.
Dr. Titus has worked as the monument paleontologist at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument for the last 16 years. He was the first full-time permanent paleontologist hired after the Monument’s creation and has overseen the entire Kaiparowits Basin megafaunal renaissance.
In 2013, he was honored with the naming of the horned dinosaur Nasutoceratops titusi in recognition of his contributions to the region’s paleontology.
Originally from Nevada, Titus has lived in Kanab for the last 16 years. When not looking for fossils, he enjoys hiking, skiing, mountain biking, and playing guitar in a classic rock cover band, named Mesozoic of course.
We look forward to seeing you there!