Walter Stein

Walter Stein

Belle Fourche, SD & North Port, FL



Walter Stein


Belle Fourche, SD & North Port, FL

Fossil Specialty (if any)

Late Cretaceous Theropods

Favorite Collecting Site(s) or Region(s)

South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming


I have helped excavate, prepare or discover well over 30 important dinosaur skeletons including a new species of giant North American Oviraptor (Anzu wyliei- excavator and head preparator), a potentially new species of Tyrannosaur (co-discoverer of “Sir William”) and multiple specimens currently housed in museums all over the world. I have also worked on numerous other vertebrate finds including, one of the largest mosasaurs ever found in Texas, the first ever plesiosaur bone bed from Montana and a very rare, short- necked plesiosaur (one of two of its species). In between, the big discoveries, I have authored a handful of scientific papers and have written two books on the study of paleontology; “So You Want to Dig Dinosaurs” (2001) and another called, “The Top 256 Rules of Paleontology” (April, 2009). I am passionate about the free, open and private pursuit of fossils, private property rights and preservation of North American fossils. Currently we are developing a new private paleontology museum in southwest Florida.

Affiliations and Relevant Organizations

Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences (AAPS)
Southwest Florida Fossil Society (SWFFS)
BS Geology 1994, Appalachian State University

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