An update on the paleontological resources of Bears Ears National Monument by Robert Gay, a paleontologst who has conducted fieldwork in the monument since 2014. He shares that it was no small effort to get paleontoligical resources included in the 2016 proclamation and provides the explicit language. Bears Ears NM and others are currently under review for a reduction in size and Robert Gay points out the review report does not mention paleontology. Under Robert Gay new Triassic bonebeds have been discovered just outside the monument boundaries and that under the review, the monument cannot be shrunk but the boundaries expanded to protect known fossil localities.
A story on paleontology in Utah's big national monuments--Alan Titus's work in Grand Staircase-Escalante NM with possible implications for new Bears Ears NM. Twenty years as a NM, Grand Staircase-Escalante has yielded 12 named dinosaurs, 5 named marine reptiles, 15 species yet to be described, a possible new ecosystem for Laramidia during the Cretaceous, and current work on three tyrannosaurs. For Bears Ears NM the potential is for the continued discovery of earlier organisms (crocodiles, tetrapods), according to Rob Gray, including how life responded just after the Permian-Triassic extinction. Also, a sidebar on looting and destruction of fossil sites.