Progress

Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.

Kahlil Gibran

Progress

The fossils recovered and cataloged each year range in size from large femora to tiny teeth.

Except for small unidentified bone fragments and short tendons, each is assigned an HRS field number which becomes its permanent identification.

Another measure of the progress during a season is the cumulative number of specimens catalogued by the end of each week's work.

 Week 1Week 2Week 3Season
2004308
+308
491
+183
727
+236
883
+156
2005*   755
 
2006194
+194
621
+427
982
+361
1182
+200
2007237
+237
569
+332
919
+350
1038
+119
2008248
+248
587
+339
837
+250
959
+122
2009249
+249
712
+463
1037
+325
1233
+196
2010349
+349
614
+265
975
+361
1185
+210
2011491
+491
1210
+719
1647
+437
1965
+318
2012368
+368
1043
+675
1435
+392
1633
+198
2013487
+487
1222
+735
1874
+652
2256
+382
2014208
+208
737
+529
1023
+286
1148
+125
2015325
+325
836
+511
1121
+285
1267
+146
2016194
+194
436
+242
955
+519
1226
+271
2017344
+344
859
+515
1481
+622
1736
+255
2018370
+370
1011
+641
1385
+374
1797
+412
2019562
+562
1323
+761
1995
+672
2252
+257
averages328.9
+328.9
818.1
+489.1
1226.2
+408.1
1407.2
+181.0

* weekly data not recorded

† season total is for the end of the regular expedition season—an additional 42 recovered after the group left for a total 1268

averages do not include weeks with zero bones recorded

Prior to 2004 the first week of the season was only a part week and the work in the quarries extend into the first days of the fifth week—weekly totals are therefore not comparable.

The week data are the totals at the end of work on Friday except for Season which is Wednesday evening or Thursday morning when all the quarries are closed—this number is also the total for the season.

Of course, these numbers do not take into account the number of participants in each week, off-days that may vary from year to year, inclement weather, etc.

Another measure is the productivity for each participant.

 bones
recovered
participant
days
ratio
 
2001  721  
2002  992  
20031002  4132.43
2004  883  5871.50
2005  755  6171.22
20061182  8061.47
20071038  6861.51
2008  959  7931.21
20091233  7601.62
20101185  8821.34
20111965  9961.97
20121633  7952.05
20132256  8312.71
20141148  6301.82
20151267  9931.28
20161268  7921.60
20171736  10961.58
20181797  13151.37
20192252  13451.67
 
 totals   25629 †143371.64

† bones total includes all years including 1995–2000, total ratio calculated only on years with both data

The participant days is the total number of days participants were on-site. It is not corrected for "days off"—Friday afternoons, field trip days, or Saturdays. The ratio is the average number of fossils recovered each day by a participant.

It should be kept in mind that this is still not necessarily the best measure of productivity. It does correct for different number of participants in different years, but does not take into account "days off" due to other activities or inclement weather. It does not account for different thresholds for size of tendons and bone fragments to be recorded and recovered in different years.

And finally, to compare to previous seasons, the year totals in order are:

 yearbones
recovered
  120132256
  220192252
  320111965
  420181797
  520171736
  620121633
  720161268
  820151267
  920091233
1020101185
1120061182
1220141148
1320071038
1420031002
152002  992
162008  959
172004  883
182005  755
192001  721
202000  222
211997    72
221999    55
231998      8

BONES RECOVERED