A pair of Tundras and a Land Cruiser are helping haul serious dinosaur bones

Toyota is lending a helping hand to a team of paleontologists from the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis who are surveying an undisclosed site in northern Wyoming. The team of scientists, led by world-renowned paleontologists Dr. Phil Manning and Dr. Victoria Egerton, are in the area looking for fossilized dinosaur bones. Toyota is supporting the expedition by lending a pair of Tundra pickups and a Land Cruiser to help carry the scientists, their gear, and whatever fossils they dig up.

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It’s not often that you hear about the world of paleontology on this site. Today’s an exception, though, because Toyota has found itself in the middle of a pretty exciting expedition. The Japanese automaker is supporting a team of scientists and paleontologists led by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ Scientists-in-Residence, Dr. Phil Manning and Dr. Victoria Egerton. Together, the team went to an undisclosed location in northern Wyoming where evidence of dinosaur bones and fossils were found.

Considering the terrain they had to go through to get to their location and the fragility of the discoveries they unearthed, the team needed vehicles that could navigate miles upon miles of some of the most unforgiving terrain in the U.S.

More importantly, the team needed rides that could safely haul their scientific gear, camping equipment, and their discoveries.

That’s where Toyota came into the picture. The car brand lent a pair of Tundra pickups and a Land Cruiser to the expedition, and the scientists, at least according to Dr. Manning, couldn’t have picked better rides for their scientific trip.

“It’s an off-road adventure through a rough and tumble world that existed millions of years ago, at a time when there was a saltwater sea covering the area we’re presently exploring,” Dr. Manning said. “What the sea left behind was rugged terrain and steep slopes that are extremely hard and sometimes dangerous to traverse.”

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It wasn’t just about the rugged, anything-goes terrain, it was also about carrying the fragile cargo they were discovering safely back to the museum. “Some of the bones we are discovering weigh hundreds of pounds and are brittle and very fragile. So, it’s imperative we excavate and transport them safely in vehicles that can smoothly handle the rough landscape.”

So far, the expedition has yielded benefits for all parties concerned. The scientists have already uncovered bones of a number of ancient animals, some dating back millions of years. They’re also on the trail for multiple dinosaur bones, which the plan to bring back as new exhibits in a section of the museum called the Dinosphere, one of the most immersive dinosaur exhibits in the U.S.

As for Toyota, the company’s involvement in the excavation extends past lending the two Tundras and the Land Cruiser to the team of scientists. The museum itself purchased a 2018 Highlander Hybrid for its personal use.

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Two of the biggest blockbusters of the summer movie season revolved around prehistoric creatures making a comeback in the modern age. In the wilds of the American West, Toyota supported a paleontology team from the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, as they embarked on an exciting journey through a long-lost world of dinosaurs.

Led by the museum’s Scientists-in-Residence, world-renowned paleontologists Dr. Phil Manning and Dr. Victoria Egerton, a team from the museum surveyed an undisclosed site in northern Wyoming. The expedition was supported by Toyota, through usage of a pair of Tundra pickups and a Land Cruiser. The trio of vehicles was pivotal in hauling scientific gear, camp equipment and fossilized/fragile dinosaur bones – all while navigating several miles of the most rugged, craggy, unforgiving terrain in the western United States.

“It’s an off-road adventure through a rough and tumble world that existed millions of years ago, at a time when there was a salt water sea covering the area we’re presently exploring,” Manning said. “What the sea left behind was rugged terrain and steep slopes that are extremely hard and sometimes dangerous to traverse. Some of the bones we are discovering weigh hundreds of pounds and are brittle and very fragile. So, it’s imperative we excavate and transport them safely in vehicles that can smoothly handle the rough landscape. We are very grateful Toyota is helping us preserve a very important slice of history.”

The venerable Land Cruiser has the distinction of being the primary vehicle in Michael Crichton’s best-selling 1990 novel “Jurassic Park.”

“That fact wasn’t lost on our team,” Manning said. “We experienced firsthand why Crichton selected the Land Cruiser for his book.”

The expedition has proven fruitful so far. The museum team has uncovered several ancient animals, some dating back several millions of years. The paleontologists are hot on the trail of multiple dinosaurs, and they aim to tell a tale of exploration when the full story of the site’s discovery is ultimately revealed to the world.

The dinosaur bones will make their 2,500-mile journey back to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, after they are extracted from the ground and prepped for travel. The 500,000-square-foot museum, which attracts around 1.2 million visitors annually, is home to Dinosphere, one of the finest immersive dinosaur exhibits in the U.S.

In appreciation of Toyota’s involvement in the dinosaur dig, the museum purchased a 2018 Highlander Hybrid for personnel usage. The Highlander is manufactured in the Hoosier state at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, in nearby Princeton.

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