about


Painting by Time Robichaud

I am Craig Pfister, sole proprietor of Great Plains Paleontology. I discover, excavate, prepare, and sell fossils.

It all began 30 years ago as a freshman volunteer on a dinosaur excavation near Faith, South Dakota. It was eight weeks of mud, bugs and bones and by the end I was hooked. After college I decided to pursue commercial paleontology and with a old truck and an ample supply of good fortune I made it work. These days my typical field season consists of 2-4 months of camping, prospecting and excavating in the Hell Creek formation of Montana and South Dakota. A few of my more exciting finds have been 3 Tyrannosaurus rex specimens, Pachycephalosaurus, Ankylosaurus, and multiple specimens of Triceratops and Edmontosaurus. Of course none of this would have happened without the continued support and trust of my family, friends, and landowners. Thank you.