Have you heard about Joe the Dinosaur?



Kevin Terris, with the skull of the baby Parasaurolophus nicknamed “Joe” that he discovered. Copyright Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology.

In the summer of 2009, a recent high school graduate from California named Kevin Terris was visiting Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument when he discovered what is now known around the world as “Joe the Dinosaur”. Terris and other students were volunteering for the Alf Museum, prospecting for fossils with two of their paleontologists, when he happened to notice what he thought looked like a rib bone sticking out of the ground. Dr. Andy Farke took a better look and to everyone’s surprise eventually found that there was an entire baby Parasaurolophus (PAIR ah SORE-AH-luf-us) buried just below the surface! Now almost seven years later the fossil that was named “Joe” in honor of Joe Augustyn, a long-time supporter of the Alf Museum, will make a journey to Tokyo, Japan to be a part of a year-long international exhibit on dinosaurs in the National Museum of Nature and Science. Why is “Dinosaur Joe” so important? Because it’s an entire fossil of a baby dinosaur, the finding provides groundbreaking information about how this type of dinosaur grew up which helps scientists to understand even more about what our world was like over 75 million years ago. Visit Joe’s website to learn more dinosaurjoe.org.

More than 20 new species of dinosaurs have been discovered on the fossil-rich badlands of the Kaiparowits Plateau on the National Monument after only 15 years of looking. What else will be discovered?


Silhouettes of adult and baby Parasaurolophus, relative to adult and baby humans. Credit: Copyright Scott Hartman (baby dinosaur), Matt Martyniuk (adult dinosaur), Andrew Farke (humans).






Who Are We?

Grand Staircase Escalante Partners is the 501(c)(3) friends group of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM, the Monument).The Monument covers more area than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined, making it the largest unit of the National Conservation Lands system. From glamorous dinosaur finds to discoveries of new plant species, the Monument holds a wealth of yet-to-be analyzed scientific and cultural data.

Mission Statement

Grand Staircase Escalante Partners is committed to preserving and protecting the vast landscape of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

About the Monument

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument’s vast and austere landscape embraces a spectacular array of scientific and historic resources. This is a high, rugged and remote region, where bold plateaus and multi-hued cliffs run for distances, defying human perspective. It was the last place in the continental United States to be mapped. These strikingly beautiful and scientifically important lands are divided into three distinct regions: the Grand Staircase, the Kaiparowits Plateau and the Canyons of the Escalante. The Monument encompasses 1.9 million acres of southern Utah canyons, cliffs and plateaus.

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