Near Medicine Bow in Albany County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Crew working for paleontologists at Yale University and the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences found a multitude of dinosaur and other prehistoric animal remains in the late 1970s and 1880s, making Como Bluff the site of one of the most important discoveries of Jurassic fossils in the world. Dinosaur fossils from this region, including the now familiar Allosaurus, Stegosaurus, Camarasaurus, Diplodocus, and Apatosaurus (aka. Brontosaurus), did more than any other discoveries to make the public conscious of dinosaurs. Fierce competition ensued between paleontologists and academic institutions resulting in what is now known as the "Dinosaur Wars." In the late 1800s, hundreds of bones of dinosaurs and many other Jurassic animals, including some of the earliest known mammals were unearthed and shipped from this area. They now reside in such institutions as the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and the American Museum of Natural History. Fossil Cabin was constructed as a tourist
Como Bluff and Fossil Cabin are listed on the National Resister of Historic Places. Como Bluff is primarily on private land. Trespassing is not allowed.
Erected by Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Believe It or Not marker series.
Location. 41° 51.901′ N, 106° 4.398′ W. Marker is near Medicine Bow, Wyoming, in Albany County. Marker is on U.S. 30, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Medicine Bow WY 82329, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Albany County Train Robberies (here, next to this marker); Owen Wister (approx. 6.9 miles away); George A. Wyman (approx. 6.9 miles away); Rock Creek (approx. 8˝ miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is located on U.S. Highway 30, also numbered as U.S. Highway 287, at the Carbon/Albany county line.
Also see . . .
1. The World’s Oldest Building: The Fossil Cabin at Como Bluff - Wyoming State Historical Society. The historic Fossil Cabin on U.S. Route 30/287 about (Submitted on October 16, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. Literal skulduggery: The Bone Wars - On the Shoulders of Giants. I first heard about “The Bone Wars” a few years ago through reading Stephen Jay Gould’s Bully for Brontosaurus.... The two protagonists (or possibly antagonists) were the palaeontologists Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope. They were two competing fossil hunters, and between them described and named some of the most famous dinosaurs ever discovered. (Submitted on October 16, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
3. Fossil Cabin - Wikipedia. By 1936 Boylan had postcards printed, calling it the "Como Bluff Dinosaurium." In 1938 the cabin was promoted in Ripley's Believe It or Not as "The World's Oldest Cabin", although many common rock formations predate the era of dinosaurs. After the Ripley mention, Boylan also called the cabin the "Creation Museum" and "The Building that Used to Walk." (Submitted on October 16, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. • Paleontology •
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