InGen Database Description
Garden Park is located in Colorado and is now more formally known as the Garden Park paleontological Resource Area. The region is part of the larger Morrison Formation and dates to the Jurassic epoch, 160 million years ago. The region is known from the Jurassic finds and the Bone Wars of the late 19th century.
The upper unit of the formation is mostly mudstone, with some sandstone. The lower layer is red mudstone, but also with some thin sandstone deposits. Garden Park was formed by the erosion of rock as the Rocky Mountains were formed.
The Felch Quarry 1 site is noted for the number of holotype specimens discovered. Holotypes are single specimens from which the species is formally described.
The various quarries in the region have proved to be a rich source of dinosaur finds, as well as reptile, amphibian, mammal, and osteichthyes fossils.