Coelophysis from Ghost Ranch, New Mexico (Hydrostone Wall Mount)
Coelophysis (pronounced “See-low-FY-sis,”) fossils are found in Rio Arriba County, in northern New Mexico. The most famous locality in Rio Arriba County is a bonebed with hundreds of skeletons of Coelophysis at Ghost Ranch. Nearby fossil sites at Orphan Mesa and the Snyder quarry also yield fossils ofCoelophysis.
Paleontologists are not sure how the Coelophysis in the Ghost Ranch bonebed died. There is no real evidence on the fossils themselves of the cause of death. However, the fact that hundreds of complete skeletons are jammed together in one rock layer suggests a fast and catastrophic death of the dinosaurs. Furthermore, there is no evidence of weathering or scavenging of the fossil bones, so they must have been buried rapidly after death. The Great Flood of the Bible would be a logical reason for their sudden death.