I don’t recall the year that I made my first visit to the Bureau of Land Management Visitor Center in Big Water Utah. For several years I made frequent visits to the BLM Visitor Center in Kanab, and I made several stops at BLM Visitor Centers in Escalante and Cannonville Utah.
My interest in Big Water Visitor Center resulted from viewing the DVD Traces in Time while motorcoach touring through Southwest USA. Now, Big Water Visitor Center is a must see stop for my clients.
The highlight of the Paleontology exhibit is to meet and hear BLM Ranger Merle H Graffam. In 1999 while working with scientist and field crews from the Museum of Northern Arizona in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Graffam discovered a bone projecting from a rock. Excavation revealed the fossilized bones of a dinosaur. For ten years scientists reconstructed, examined and compared the dinosaur bones to previous discoveries made around the world. Then, on July 15, 2009 the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological London named Nothronychus graffami as a new species of dinosaur.
The 1.9 million acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, established in 1996 under the Antiquities Act of 1906, provides extraordinary opportunities for geologists, paleontologists, archeologists, historians, and biologists in scientific research, education, and exploration to study and preserve the paleontological specimens.
Big Water is located 18 miles north of Page Arizona along US Highway 89.
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Picture above of Nothronychus graffami of which Merle Graffam discovered.