Close-Up of Skeleton, Dinosaur National Monument Quarry

ID: SIA Acc. 12-492 [SIA2012-2789]

Creator: Douglass, Earl 1862-1931

Form/Genre: Lantern slides

Date: 1922

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Acc. 12-492, Image No. SIA2012-2789

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face of a quarry with a close-up of a dinosaur skeleton partially uncovered in the Carnegie Quarry at what is now Dinosaur National Monument. Scale can be realized by noting the man crouched in the lower right of the image. The Carnegie Museum excavated in the area between 1909 and 1922, at which time they abandoned operations. The United States National Museum (now the National Museum of Natural History) began excavating the area in 1923.


  • United States National Museum
  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History
  • United States National Museum Department of Paleontology
  • Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-1934 : Chicago, Ill.)


  • Lantern slide copied from photograph taken by Earl Douglass, Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
  • See Plate 2 in Charles Gilmore's publication, "On a newly mounted skeleton of Diplodocus in the United States National Museum," Proceedings of the United States National Museum No 2941, pages 1-21, 1933.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Acc. 12-492, Image No. SIA2012-2789

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  • Quarries and quarrying
  • Fossils


Dinosaur National Monument (Colo. and Utah)


Lantern slides

Local number

SIA Acc. 12-492 [SIA2012-2789]

Physical description

4 x 3.25;

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