By Michael Innes
Over a interval of two decades, a sequence of hugely difficult paintings hoaxes were perpetrated at rigorously time periods, and in each one case, the sufferer has an outstanding explanation for retaining quiet. Inspector Appleby's curiosity is kindled through an a laugh dinner-party anecdote. whilst he enlists assistance from his spouse and son, the consequent research is actually a kin affair. The scenes shift rapidly among excellent stately houses and the not-so-glorious paintings gallery of the irrepressibly doubtful Hildebert Braunkopf.
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Calcium and phosphates, the original molecules that the bones were made of, were leached out and the silica took their place. The bones 55 DIGGING DINOSAURS became rocks. But although the materials changed, the essential structure remained. A fossilized bone that has undergone replacement—or mineralization, as it is also called—is like a baseball team that has had a lot of trades. The players change, but the positions remain. When you look at these fossils of baby dinosaur bones under a microscope, you can still see the canals for blood vessels and the minuscule structure of the bone itself, evidence of how it grew and what the physiology of the animal was like.
DIGGING DINOSAURS whether it's still there or not. So today in Montana you find patches of this shale. The portion of the Bear Paw shale that Bob Makela and I had gone to explore, looking for babies, is one such patch. Another patch forms the upper boundary of the Two Medicine formation. What the Two Medicine formation preserves, then, is the record of 12 million years of life on a coastal plain. During that time the plain grew and shrank as the size of the sea changed, but we know pretty much what the circumstances of life were for the dinosaurs that lived there.
And in the West, there's no politics like the politics of land. This land was owned by the Peebles family. The Brandvolds already had the family's permission for their own prospecting, and it seemed appropriate to go through them. On August 9, two and a half weeks after our first stop at the rock shop in Bynum, we took some shovels and burlap bags and went out to put a small hole in the Peebles' pasture land. We worked very quickly because we didn't know how long we'd be able to stay on the land.