InGen Database Description
The Kaiparowits Formation is found in the Kaiparowits Plateau in Southern Utah, and makes up part of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, alongside the Grand Staircase and the Canyons of the Escalante. This sedimentary rock formation dates back to the late Cretaceous period.
Even though paleontologists have explored less than a tenth of the formation, it has been the origin of many species, the majority of which were new discoveries. It has been theorized that the reason for this rich diversity is a bountiful dense jungle ecosystem that reduced the need for herbivores and the carnivores that hunted them to migrate. This isolation allowed a unique collection of fauna and flora to develop.