Paleo Prospectors

Dear Fellow Fossil Collectors:

Thank you for your interest in our 2016 field season of Paleontological survey and excavation in Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. The 180,000 plus acres (9 ranches) that we will be collecting on have many excellent exposures that range in age from the Middle Cretaceous (c.90 million years ago) to the Late Cretaceous (c.65 million years ago) to the Oligocene (c. 31 million years ago). The majority of our ranches are in the Pierre Shale, Hell Creek, Lance Creek and Judith River Formations located in Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. A list of representative fossils recovered from the ranches include the following:
  • Triceratops
  • Several types of crocodile
  • Edmontosaurus
  • Numerous types of fresh water turtle
  • Torosaurus
  • Pachycephalosaur
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex
  • Ankylosaur
  • Dromaeosaurs (Raptor)
  • Struthiomimus

  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you really dig up dinosaur bones?

    Yes, we do. Every year collectors come out to find their own dinosaur bones with our trained field guides along to help.

  • Can I keep what I find?

    Unlike other field trips on the market today, you will be able to keep almost everything that you find (up to a maximum of $4,000.00). Only individual bones valued at over $1,500.00 and articulated bones are excluded. In all cases, however, if you cannot keep your find, you will receive a finders fee of three percent after the final sale of the object. In most cases each participant finds several hundred bone fragments, ten or so mostly complete bones and an occasional tooth and claw.

  • Where do you go to dig up bones?

    We primarily work in Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Montana.