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Wortman Expedition to the Rocky Mountains (3rd : 1893)



  • Existence: 1893

Historical Note

The AMNH Department of Mammalian Palaeontology sent a third expedition into the Rocky Mountain region in 1893, led by J. L. Wortman. As the year prior, they continued working in the San Juan Basin making a significant collection of skulls and fossil mammals in Bridger Basin, Wyoming. Most notably, they found a complete skeleton of a large carnivore, the size of a tiger. The fossils were on display in two cases in the hallway of the Geological floor. (1, p. 13) O. A. Peterson, J. W. Gidley and Tom Nelson were part of the expedition team. (2) The Museum sent Peterson into the Uinta in the autumn of 1893, but owing to restrictions upon the Uncompahgre Indian Reservation he returned after having secured only a few fossils. (3)


(1) American Museum of Natural History Annual Report for 1893

(2) Annual Report from VP 1893

(3) Osborn, Henry Fairfield and Peterson, O. A., Fossil mammals of the Uinta Basin: expedition of 1894. Bulletin of the AMNH 7, art. 2 (1895).



Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Wortman, Jacob L; Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, 1893

 Record Group — Box: 1, Folder: 2
Identifier: VPA 101
Scope and Contents

Contains letters from Wortman to Osborn

Dates: 1893