Happy #fossilfriday! what i’m holding here is the cast of a skull of a troodontid dinosaur from the @museum_of_the_rockies. troodontids were a group of birdlike dinosaurs that lived throughout the cretaceous period, which lasted from about 145 to 66 million years ago. ⁣

at first glance, troodontids resemble something like velociraptor, with a sickle claw on the foot and a small gracile figure— but they come from completely different families! 😲 ⁣

troodontids are thought to have been quicker than dinosaurs like velociraptor, but with weaker feet, perhaps going after smaller prey like early mammals and lizards. they were remarkably birdlike with a feathery coat. troodontids built nests as well, and many fossilized eggs have been found. a few preserved baby troodontids have been found inside the eggs, which is an excellent opportunity for paleontologists studying growth and development in dinosaurs. ⁣




📚sources, dm me for links: norell et al. (1994), “a theropod dinosaur embryo and the affinities of the flaming cliffs dinosaur eggs.”; fowler et al. (2011), "the predatory ecology of deinonychus and the origin of flapping in birds.”; lü et al. (2010) "a new troodontid (theropoda: troodontidae) from the late cretaceous of central china, and the radiation of asian troodontids.” ⁣







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21 602 2 days ago
@traunfoto ・・・
yesterday's winter reflection at lake mcdonald.
i feel like i overshoot this composition in the winter time, but its very hard to beat! i spent the afternoon working on school work and i was watching the weather out my window. in addition, i was scoping the webcams of glacier throughout the day. i finally finished around three and the webcam showed glacier had a glasslike reflection with some incredible cloud formations hanging low. therefore, i got into my rig and raced over... thankfully, i snagged this shot with only one other photographer near by. it was such a stunning and peaceful scene. i wanted some pink and purples for sunset, but the clouds came shortly after.
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89 8,223 Yesterday
Memories from yellowstone.
112 9,832 4 days ago
Summertime in glacier national park is absolutely stunning! 🌸 — #staywild 📸: @traunfoto
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48 7,939 2 days ago
The lush landscapes tucked away on the trails of glacier np! 🍃 — #staywild 📸: @mardimar
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61 8,160 3 days ago
🇺🇸 📷 : @upstateface
site : lake placid olympic @mattberthou
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2 19 1 hour ago
Profile of a red fox. i never know the right social media day or who decides if it’s moose day or bear day or waterfall day so i’ll just declare this is as red fox day from glacier national park. i’m not there now but i wish i was!
have a great week! 😊
#glaciernationalpark #montana #visitmontana #wildlife #wildlifeplanet #animalelite #extreme_wildlife #wildlifephotography #exclusive_wildlife #nationalparks #findyourpark #naturesbeauty #nature #nature_brilliance #naturephotogrqphy #allnatureshots #redfox #fox
12 102 3 hours ago
Amazingness overload today up on the big mountain. nothing but gratitude for this day, the ability to ride epic powder and awesome friends. thanks @jocoleman12 for making this birthday weekend so rad.
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also, tree wells are no joke. look at the size of that thing!
1 31 7 hours ago
Amazing view!! it’s a beautiful time in montana! #repost @backyardmontana
pic by @ryancantyloupe
1 40 8 hours ago
Lessons learned today:
🔸walking 12 km / 7.5 miles through 30 cm / 11 inches of snow leaves you pretty much as a wreck. 🔸that only applies when you're 29. when you're much older, you keep running like an antelope.
🔸 these are no antelopes but bighorn sheep.
🔸 meeting wildlife is spiritual and makes up for losing both legs in the snow.
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3 77 8 hours ago
The ghost trees above 8,700’ on mount two top were an awesome sight to see! as we got higher up and deeper in to the forest it was crazy to see all of the trees fully encased in snow and ice!
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1 270 10 hours ago
I’m sure everyone is getting pretty sick of winter by now... so here’s a pic of summer... but with winter activities ⛷
2 188 10 hours ago
@michael.foushee ・・・
hold still and float, you’re on the placid glass, hovering in a reflected storm. shattered with each stroke, it will heal in the stillness. .
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featured tag #glaciernationalpark #tagresponsibly #keepglacierbeautiful #protectglacier #leavenotrace #glaciernps #exploreglacier #montana #bigskycountry #montanalife #montanamoment #visitmt #visitmontana #socality #montanalove #lastbestplace
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23 3,560 10 hours ago
We came to montana expecting to experience the beauty of nature in her many forms. what we’ve experienced in the past two days has been so much more! yes incredible vistas, gorgeous rolling fields, and stunning mountain view’s, but also incredible history, architecture, food, and drinks! all of these things seem to be combined with this overall hospitality that everyone seems to carry, making outsiders like us feel right at home! it’s only been two days but already montana is capturing a piece of our family’s heart! here are a few frames from today’s adventure exploring the state capitol building in @visithelenamontana #montanamoment #partner
12 642 10 hours ago
I am not a morning person. i want to be, but the night owl in me won’t allow it. so there are very few times i am up before the sun. today was one of those days i didn’t mind getting up extra early (5:30am). i mean... does it get any more dreamy than a sunrise elopement in glacier😍!?! bobbie jo and david are about the sweetest couple out there and had me wiping my eyes from behind the lens with their beautiful vows. it is always an honor to be asked to photograph these huge moments in others lives. but today felt extra special with just the bride and groom, their officiant (@kateberryjoyful ), and me. and now this wonderful couple will forever have my name immortalized as their witness on their marriage certificate (sorry that i write like an 8 year old boy). 😂

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4 23 11 hours ago
What happens after vanlife is over? we chose to move to montana after traveling for a year and a half. find out why two nomads are making a new home under the big sky at thevanimals.com. 🏔 link in our bio. 🔗
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#flatheadphotography #flatheadlake #polson #visitpolson #missionvalley #missionmountains #thatsthespirit #vanlife #thevanimals #campinghiking #hikingtheglobe #hikingbangers #hiking_hobby #trekkingtoes #hikingheart #alltrails #optoutside #trailchat #liveyouradventure #doyououtdoors #hikingheartbeat
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2 78 13 hours ago
Am i the only one who looks at larches in the middle of february and thinks “those are my absolute favorite trees,” even though they’re completely bare right now? i can’t be the only one who has a life goal of having a larch in my yard someday, right? glacier’s solid-orange hills left me in awe as i waded through this rather-soggy meadow a few months ago. this was by far one of my favorite larch-hunting days 🌲 🏔 🍂 ⠀
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2 488 13 hours ago
Clark fork river
original name clark’s river given by
lewis and clark expedition taking place between may 1804 to september 1806. it was the first american expedition to cross the western portion of the united states. it began in pittsburgh, pennsylvania. the clark fork river is about 310 miles long and montana’s largest river by water volume. #lewisandclark #rivers #montanagram #bigskymontana #mypubliclands #montanavacation #visitmt #themountainsarecalling #visitmontana #montanafeatures #visitmt #capturemontana #montanacaptured #discover_earthpix #roamearth #wondermore #allaboutadventures #travelgram #welivetoexplore #roamtheplanet #moodygrams #nature_photobook #yourshotsphotographer #shotoniphone #keepexploring #places_wow
#latergram #igbest #landscape_lovers #lastbestplace #traveldeeper
8 171 13 hours ago
A big male bison leads a few buddies down the road in yellowstone. i’m gonna miss these guys as australia is calling me. an assignment has taken me to
photograph the devastating plight left by the bushfires across australia. stay tuned as i go from photographing bison in subzero temps to chasing kangaroos and koalas in the heat of summer down under. #americanbison #buff #yellowstone #yellowstonephotogrpaher .
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6 404 14 hours ago
I’ve never been in a place filled with so many perfect moments as montana - you know, when things line up so well that you just stop and wonder at the life you get to live.
6 143 16 hours ago
Have you checked out the @bigskydocfest yet? documentaries will be showing until the 23rd of this month in various locations around missoula! come out and experience stories from around the world 🌎 🎞 🎥 #visitmontana #bigsky #filmfestival #bigskydocfest
2 68 16 hours ago
Just kidding. it’s still snowing.
2 178 16 hours ago
Just kidding. it’s still snowing.
3 68 16 hours ago
Just kidding. it’s still snowing.
1 62 16 hours ago
Happiest of sunday’s to you from bozeman! having the sweetest of time exploring this fun city! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
started the day off with a gingerbread latte from @treelinecoffee with a slight dusting of snow! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
an afternoon dip in a hot springs before continuing the best eats and drinks tour of montana’s finest! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
hope you have the greatest day loves, and to see our travels.. be sure to follow along in stories ✈️✨🏔 #gracefulandfreetravels #bozemantravel #bozeman #weekendsworthit #ltktravel
32 391 16 hours ago
Blazed our own trail yesterday. i have wanted to try snowshoeing forever. did you know snowshoes can be rented at scheels?? we had such an amazing time. chris is on board with going again next weekend to a different area. whoot! whoot! 🙌 @billingsscheels
#hiking #adventure #beartoothpass #visitmontana #optoutside #livingmybestlife #montanamoment #billingsmontana #michigangirlinamontanaworld #hikingadventures #bestself #takeahike #mountains #explore #406 #montanalife #capturemontana #photography #snowshoeing #womenwhohike #nature #naturelover #scheelsbillings #winteradventures #beartoothmountains #redlodgemontana #silverruntrail
7 31 16 hours ago
@mhammersteinphoto
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13 2,665 17 hours ago
Montana, my beautiful boy, named for the largest and most majestic rocky mountain state.
did you know... the origin of the name “montana” comes from the spanish word for “mountainous.” montana is the fourth largest state in the u.s. with the 44th largest population.

montana offers almost 28 million acres of public lands, almost 30 percent of the state’s total acreage.
montana is home to seven state forests and 53 state parks.

montana is the only state in the u.s. with a triple divide, which allows waters to flow to hudson bay, the atlantic ocean, and the pacific ocean.

montana has more different species of mammals than any other state in the u.s. there are approximately 100 species of mammals, including elk, bighorn sheep, caribou, and bobcats.

the yellowstone river is the longest free-flowing (undammed) river in the contiguous united states. the longest river in the u.s. by miles, the missouri river, begins in montana at the “three forks” - the intersection of the gallatin, madison and jefferson rivers.

flathead lake is the largest fresh water lake west of the mississippi river.

glacier national park has 250 lakes in its boundaries.

for more fun facts:
https://www.visitmt.com/montana-stories/montana-pressroom/pressroom-resources/fun-facts.html

#montana #rockymountains #mountaindog #visitmontana #majestic #doglover #yourescuedme #mysouldog #bestpupper #instadog🐶 #youchangedmyworld #furbaby #dogsofinstagram #bestdogphotos #doggosofinstagram #dogsinnature #gsdlovers #germanshepherdlove #instashepherd #mygsd #dailydogfeature
14 45 17 hours ago
Selling the cts soon, who wants it?
3 295 18 hours ago
It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream 🧡
#bernwilliams #sunset #montana #lake #clouds #sky #travel #visitmontana #roadtrip #explore #dream #babbmontana
2 45 18 hours ago
Ice climbers in big sky, mt 🧊

🇷🇺Давно хотела подобную фотографию, чтобы показать вам этих удивительных людей, карабкающихся вверх по замерзшим водопадам.

Еще больше, конечно, хотелось бы попробовать это самой, но учитывая то, что я ни разу в жизни не пробовала даже самый примитивный скалодром, подобное хобби мне скорее всего светит нескоро 🤣

Есть тут скалолазы? Решились бы на такое?
3 96 19 hours ago
“to appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” ❅ ❅ ❅
officially have found my new winter activity — cross country skiing. dog friendly, minimal people and free — what more do you need?!
2 114 19 hours ago
Council grove state park, missoula mt. had a fantastic hike here,along the clark fork river. it’s also historically important, in 1855, at this location, the hellgate treaty was signed between the u. s. government and the salish, kootenai, and pend d'oreille indians to create the flathead reservation. #montanastateparks #historicsite #montana #getlostinmontana #travelmontana #406 #montanamoment #montanalife #montanalove #bestofmontana
#montanagram #mypubliclands #montanavacation #visitmt #visitmontana #montanafeatures #visitmt #capturemontana #montanacaptured #doglovers #mymontanamoment #roamtheplanet #keepexploring #places_wow
#latergram #igbest #landscape_lovers #lastbestplace #traveldeeper #travelgoals #travel_captures
9 143 19 hours ago
❤really feeling the love this weekend!
friday nate surprised me with dinner at @tupelogrille so we got all dressed up and had a much-needed night out together. then saturday we both went skiing for the first time! i definitely liked skiing more than snowboarding and since nate only snowboards, both us newbies were learning together and laughing when we would fall and could not get up😆 there was definitely a point where i just laid there sprawled out in the snow with my legs and skis all twisted up like a fricken pretzel and just laid there so incredibly uncomfortable but too tired to move just yet. 🤦‍♀️ i
also may or may not have gotten stuck on the lift and they had to stop it so i could get off haha
i am feeling it today, folks. i worked muscles that have been dormant for a good 5 years😂
thank you @nate_barnettsfa for pushing me to try new things and for making me laugh so hard i about p*e my pants. one of the best valentines day yet!
hope you all had a great weekend and got to spend the holiday of love with your favorite person🖤


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#montanablogger #montanagram #mountainlife #folkscenery #adventerouscouples
10 113 20 hours ago
An absolute deluge of photos but there were so many i liked... so fun to shoot dr. dog and michael nau, thanks to @logjampresents for letting me shoot! shot #onassignment for @montanakaimin
6 39 20 hours ago
It's a long weekend so it's best to stay "hydrated" out there!
our favorite local beer from @philipsburgbrew is available everyday at the discovery lodge! **must be 21 or older to purchase or consume alcohol
2 309 21 hours ago
The thing i find so wonderful about living in the united states is that there is so much diversity to the landscape. from deserts of the southwest to the rigged snow capped peaks of places like @glaciernps. as a young person i always felt like the only way to see anything extraordinary was to go to another country but i’ve spent the better part of my adult life just exploring places like this that are closer to home. i haven’t even begun to scratch the surface. do yourself a favor and plan a trip within the country this spring or summer. you won’t regret it. .
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27 848 21 hours ago
(5) #gnppup🐶 happily adhering to leash laws, even if we step all over our leash for photos🤪
(peep that #glaciernationalpark @pendletonwm collar😉)
21 233 22 hours ago
Love, montana. ⠀

locally roasted espresso from @fieldheadscoffeeroastingco and milk from kalispell kreamery⠀

📸:@_memyselfandgrace #latteart #amazingcrepes #visitmontana
0 37 22 hours ago
"peace on earth" by @cawdreynancy. this beauty is a dye on silk and measures 32"x16" (framed 46"x29")
stop by @cypressyard today from 10a.m. to 2pm for brunch and say hello.
the gallery/cypress yard are at 204 wisconsin ave. in whitefish mt.
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what is your favorite feathered friend?
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1 48 22 hours ago
Frosty morning ❄️
2 44 22 hours ago
"to appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold." - aristotle
#montanalife #quotesoftheday #sundayvibes
3 20 22 hours ago
Jim tinlin is working the riffle water on the mallards to two leggins float section.
#bighorntroutshop #dryflyonly #montanamoment #southeasternmontana #visitmontana #flyfishermanmagazine
0 32 22 hours ago
Vantop moment4 action camera giveaway!
i have teamed up with @vantop_official and some other amazing travel and adventure accounts to give you guys the chance to win the amazing vantop moment4 action camera! scroll to check it out!! all you have to do is complete these quick steps below and you are entered!
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1) like and save this post⁣
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35 285 23 hours ago
Another red barn in the bitterroot
4 125 23 hours ago
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. photo by @james_photography89 .
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4 281 3 weeks ago