Ghost Ranch, New Mexico

In the 1940s, paleontologists from the American Museum of Natural History discovered rich fossil beds in the high desert of northern New Mexico. The area, called Ghost Ranch, would shed new light on how dinosaurs evolved. The 12,000 feet of rock layers preserve the entire age of dinosaurs, beginning when they first appeared on Earth. Today, paleontologists are still discovering valuable fossils in these rocky badlands.

Image credits: main image, courtesy of Giant Screen Films; Sterling Nesbitt: courtesy of AMNH; Sterling Nesbitt: courtesy of AMNH.