However, perhaps the most alluring aspect of the Grand Staircase for more junior paleontologists is what it could mean for their careers. That’s because there’s a good chance that anything they do discover there is going to belong to a new species. Digging in rocks that have yet to be explored often means finding something new, and that’s a huge draw for anyone wanting to make their name in the field.
Interestingly, though, it’s not the newness of this latest discovery that makes it so astounding. The remains discovered recently in southern Utah belong to a species already known to experts. However, sometimes it’s not the relevance of a given discovery, but rather the sheer size of it, that’s important.