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Triceratops fossils found in Colorado are 68 million years old

 
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Triceratops fossils found in Colorado are 68 million years old
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DENVER, Colo. — Several weeks ago, construction workers digging near a Denver, Colorado, retirement home made a startling discovery: dinosaur bones.

Paleontologists from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science quickly got to work identifying the partial skeleton found in Highlands Ranch, a short drive south of Denver.

Now, they say it was an adult triceratops buried in the bedrock — and the fossils were 68 million years old.

“It’s always exciting to get a call about possible fossils, and I can’t wait to share more details as we continue to dig,” Tyler Lyson said, according to the museum’s press release. “Finds like this, while relatively rare, are a great reminder of how dynamic our planet is and how much more there is out there to discover.”

Believe it or not, Denver is a fossil hotspot, especially when it comes to triceratops. In 2017, horned dinosaur fossils were uncovered at Thornton, a Denver construction site, and were revealed to belong to a triceratops relative, the torosaurus.

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Re: Triceratops fossils found in Colorado are 68 million years old
Nice find but Colorado is chock full of Jurassic/Triassic fossils.





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