The Monsters of Navajoland

Tuba City Dinosaur Trackway

Native Americans have lived alongside fossils and tracks left by extinct creatures for far longer than paleontologists have known about wooly mammoths, cave bears and dinosaurs. I had always wondered what native people thought about huge bones and giant footprints, so when I stopped to visit the Tuba City Dinosaur Trackway in Arizona on a recent road trip, I asked my Navajo guide if his tribe had any legends about dinosaurs. To read his answer check out my guest post “The Monsters of Navajoland” over on the popular science blog The Last Word On Nothing.

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at
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