Between 1910 and 1916, during the second great dinosaur "bone rush" in North America, the famous fossil hunters Barnum Brown and
Preparations for the 2010 expedition have been underway for quite some time. The Dinosaur Hunting by Boat in 2010 blog has updates and photos stretching back through last year showing the step-by-step construction of the boat. The scow they have created, based on the boat Brown's crew used called the Mary Jane, is nearly finished, and the crew will soon set off on their journey along the river. As the paleontologists stop and retrace the ground once prospected by earlier crews they hope to clear up some mysteries about where particular fossils came from, information essential to fully understanding some of the famous specimens the Brown and Sternberg crews collected.
If all goes as planned, the crew should reach Canada's Dinosaur Provincial Park around the beginning of August, and there will be public and private events to celebrate the trip. As they go along, however, the scientists hope to provide semi-regular updates about their progress and special events on their blog. While some paleontologists would prefer to hold on to the few comforts they can take into the field (one field scientist I mentioned the scow trip to scoffed and said he wouldn't go out into the field without his air-conditioned truck), I think the recreation of the scow expeditions is exciting, and I look forward to hearing about its progress as it winds down the Red Deer River.