Click on any image to enlarge      [above left] The mud-covered badlands are almost uniformly gray in color. It was a bit monotonous, scenically, but the blues and browns of mammal bones, like this oreodont jaw, were that much easier to spot as a result.   [top right] Tom Caggiano discovers a nearly-complete tortoise shell, and has to perch on a steep-sided mud wall in order to excavate it   [center right] Man in landscape: those of us that enjoyed some solitude while collecting could easily find it among the maze of mesas and gullies  [bottom right] "I think they're just over that ridge!" Steve Balliet speculates on the location of all the complete, perfect mammal skulls that we haven't found yet.

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