Zuni Basin Paleontological Project

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

Quarry operation at Zuniceratops site.


(left) Reconstructed skull of Zuniceratops.
(right) A humerus (upper arm bone) is unearthed at the quarry.

Museum Researchers: Principal Investigator Adjunct Curator Doug Wolfe
Location: Arizona / New Mexico Border
Age: Turonian, late Cretaceous, 90 million years before present
Geological Unit: Moreno Hills Formation, Dakota Sandstone, Mancos Shale
Discoveries Include: Zuniceratops, Nothronychus, coelurosaur, ornithopod, multituberculate mammal, crocodiles, several turtles, lizard, garfish, bowfin, petrified wood and other plant material, ammonites, and other marine invertebrates.
Comments: Rare examples of middle Cretaceous dinosaurs with other vertebrates. All new species of dinosaurs showing connections to Asian dinosaurs faunas.

Publications from Zuni Basin Paleontological Project

2010 A New Basal Hadrosauroid (Dinosauria: Ornithopoda) from the Turonian of New Mexico. Andrew T. McDonald, Douglas G. Wolfe, and James I. Kirkland. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 30 (3): 799-812.
2006 On a Hadrosauromorph (Dinosauria: Ornithopoda) from the Moreno Hill Formation (Cretaceous, Turonian) of New Mexico.
Andrew T. McDonald, Douglas G. Wolfe , and James I. Kirkland. Lucas, S. G. and Sullivan, R.M., eds., 2006, Late Cretaceous vertebrates from the Western Interior. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 35:277-278.
2005 Holotype braincase of Nothronychus mckinleyi, Kirkland and Wolfe 2001 (Theropoda: Therizinosauridae) from the Upper Cretaceous (Turonian) of West-Central New Mexico.
James I. Kirkland, David K. Smith, and Douglas G. Wolfe. The Carnivorous Dinosaurs. Edited by Kenneth Carpenter (Indiana University Press, 2005).
2001 Preliminary statistical characterization of a Zuniceratops Bone Bed from the middle Cretaceous (Turonian) Moreno Hill Formation.
Douglas G. Wolfe, Steve Beekman, Dan McGuiness and Thomas Robira. Mesa Southwest Museum Bulletin 8:64.
2001 First definitive therizinosaurid (Dinosauria; Theropoda) from North America. James I. Kirkland and Douglas G. Wolfe. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 21(3):410-414.
2000 New information on the skull of Zuniceratops christopheri, a neoceratopsian dinosaur from the Cretaceous Moreno Hill Formation, New Mexico. Wolfe, D.G., in S.G. Lucas and A. B. Heckert, eds, Dinosaurs of New Mexico. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 17:93-94.
1998 Zuniceratops christopheri n. gen. & n. sp., a ceratopsian dinosaur from the Moreno Hill Formation (Cretaceous, Turonian) of west-central New Mexico. Wolfe, D.G. & Kirkland, J.I. Lower and Middle Cretaceous Terrestrial Ecosystems. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 24: 307-317.
1996 Vertebrate Fauna form the Moreno Hill Formation (Late Cretaceous, Turonian) Near the Arizona-New Mexico Border. Douglas G. Wolfe and Robert K, Denton Jr. (abstract) Fossils of Arizona Symposium Proceedings 4:109.
1995 The Paleoenvironments of Cretaceous Rocks in East-Central, Arizona. Douglas G. Wolfe. Fossils of Arizona Symposium Proceedings 3:81-83.