Dr. Carl Baugh, Director of the Creation Evidence Museum, began his excavation project on the Paluxy River in Glen Rose, Texas in March 1982. Since that time, Baugh, along with teams of volunteers, has uncovered over 400 dinosaur tracks and over 80 human footprints in Cretaceous limestone. In 1984 a major dinosaur, Acrocanthosaurus, was excavated. Over 60 bones of this therapod were carefully removed and are being restored. This is one of the largest discoveries of this particular dinosaur. Other fossils, such as a 22-foot section of a
Lepidodendron, were also found on the Paluxy River.
Carl Baugh studies one of the early tracks in the Paluxy River bed.
Excavations at other sites in the United States have also yielded a wonderful collection of fossils. Future web site updates will include an on-going pictorial history of the excavations. The pictures below are from the early years.
Dr. Carl Baugh excavates the rib cage of the Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur in 1984
Excavation of the femur of the Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur by Dr. Carl Baugh and Robert Summers.
In June, 2000, we excavated 19 new dinosaur tracks...including 11 sauropod tracks. This is the first sauropad trackway found on the McFall layer.
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May, 2001 Colorado Excavation
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Each summer the museum opens its excavations to public participation for one week.The public digs are geared for adults. Children ages 14 and up may participate along with their parents under close supervision. Please call the Museum for a brochure and registration form on this year's dig event or call museum for July dig information.
Dr. Carl Baugh, Director of the Creation Evidence Museum, shakes hands with R.C. McFall, owner of the property where the excavations are carried out. Click here for Photo Gallery of 2002 dig.
The digs are hard laborious work. The limestone ledges are carefully removed using manual labor. The site must be cleaned and documented. Then the task of removing the clay layers begins using small hand tools. Instructions are given at each stage of the dig. Precise records, charts and graphs along with video and still pictures must be made. Those who choose to participate in the public digs do much of the work.
A team of volunteers removing a ledge of limestone, by hand, during the footprint excavation on the Paluxy River.
The museum is often asked to let small children participate in the digs. As one can see, the work described for a genuine palentological dig is not a job for children. The work is labor intensive, and the Texas sun in the summer is very hot, but the learning experience is one of a lifetime.
This photo was taken by the late Dr. Cecil Daugherty, in the 1970's. It shows a human footprint within a trail of dinosaur tracks in the bed of the Paluxy River in Glen Rose, Texas.
Excavated July 3, 1997 by CEM team on McFall ledge.
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