Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Imagining Iguanodons

By Blake Reher
Junior Member, Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society
Pebble Pup Program

Imagining Iguanodons
Giraffe height
Elephant weight
School bus length
Socializing in herds

Herbivore fare
Prominent snout
Beak-like jaw
Pointy thumb

Running and rummaging with two feet down 
Balancing tail, anchored to reach high into tree canopies
Front toes used like spikes and hooks to rip and tear plant food
Back legs for stability and defense

Lived long ago—found just recently:
Thirty-one Iguanodons discovered fossilized in 1877
Buried plant matter evolving into coal seams
Fossil study, visions emerging
Imagining Iguanodons

Original artwork by Blake Reher

Author bio: Colorado Springs has been home to Blake Reher all of his life.  Blake is a 7th grader at Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School. Blake is active in Boy Scouts, and karate but his real passion lies in paleontology and geology. Blake is a Junior Member of the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society. Blake has helped promote the Colorado Springs Pebble Pup program at many outreach programs, most recently at the Cool Science Festival at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Welcome! This is the gateway to adventure and discovery

Through this blog pebble pups and junior members of the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society can access their lessons, work on assignments and projects, and receive details about field trips in the Pikes Peak Region. This Internet program is also suitable for young people who are interested in Earth science but do not live near a rock club or gem and mineral society or for young people anywhere who want a deeper dive into these topics. The only requirement is that all participants must be members of the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society and must fill out the CSMS membership form (under important websites) and send their registration and membership fee in. Steven Veatch is the senior instructor and will need an email from you with your name, address, phone number, and permission from your parents to participate in this program.