Alaska Trip Day 36
We hit the road at 7:30 AM, the town that we stayed at was quit poor and we decided to go down the road for breakfast. We travelled along highway 2 all day today. It is the same thing mile after mile, grain fields and hay fields. We saw a sign at Malta for a tour of a dinosaurs field station so we stopped to take the tour. It was a short tour but interesting. We were able to see the Brachyloposaurus called Leonardo which won the award below. We found a local motel and decided to stay the night as it was already past 3:00. We are trying to decide if we should head to Sturgis for the rally it start tomorrow. Took a few pictures today.
South Browning to Malta 250 miles
Photos courtesy of Judith River Dinosaur Institute in Malta, Montana
Since the mid-nineties, several world-class duckbilled dinosaurs have been discovered in the Malta area. Duckbilled dinosaurs (hadrosaurs) are named for their duckbill-like lips that were used to strip leaves off of branches. There are several types, including the Maiasaura (good mother lizard) discovered at Egg Mountain near Choteau in 1979. The duckbilled dinosaurs discovered in the Malta area are a type called Brachylophosaura.
1. The first discovery, called “Elvis”, is now on display at the Phillips County Museum on Highway #2 in Malta. Elvis was discoved in 1992 by Nate Murphy, the Phillips County Museum's Curator of Paleontology. The 32-foot brachylophosaurus was given the name Elvis because of its "pristine pelvis".
All of the Phillips County dinosaurs were excavated by the Judith River Dinosaur Institute, which is supported by the Judith River Foundation. The non-profit foundation was established by Nate Murphy in 2002 to recover, prepare, and display local dinosaur treasures. If it weren’t for the efforts of Murphy (shown in photos) and the foundation, it is likely that the dinosaurs found in this area would have ended up in museums far from Malta. Instead their presence will certainly provide a boost to the economy of this the small Hi-Line community. The Foundation is named for the Judith River Formation, a series of rock layers deposited over 65 million years ago near the edge of a shallow sea that inundated the Great Plains.