James ‘Jim’ Adams

Adams spent a year excavating the most complete skeleton of a juvenile Stegosaurus.

Jim Adams at work

James ‘Jim’ Adams was a Museum Technician for Dinosaur National Monument. He was responsible for much of the reliefing of dinosaur fossils at the quarry. Adams had many other duties including cataloging, cleaning and conserving the specimens exposed at the quarry. Adams experience with the relief work at the quarry made his opinion valuable for the development of the interpretive program at the quarry. Adams was outspoken against an idea to install a closed circuit television channel that would allow visitors to ask museum technicians about their work on the quarry wall. Adams thought that this idea would severely alter the productivity of the technicians. Today Jim resides in Vernal, UT.

The “Baby” Stegosaurus Project

Adams spent a year of his employment at the Quarry Visitor Center excavating the most complete skeleton of a juvenile Stegosaurus.  Adams diligently removed the specimen from the quarry wall, and meticulously photographed, labeled, and provided an anatomical description each element. A press conference was held at the quarry visitor center for the “Baby” Stegosaurus (Adams, 1977). Adams prepared a presentation regarding the process of excavating, preparing, and describing the juvenile Stegosaurus for the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology annual conference. A formal publication was written by Peter Galton of the University of Bridgeport describing the juvenile Stegosaurus, in which Galton acknowledges Adams’ efforts. The paper was published in the May 1982 issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

A full biographical sketch on Jim was written by Sue Olsen, read it here.

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