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Dinosaur fossil found at Denver construction site

Dinosaur fossil found at Denver construction site

On Friday, construction crews were working on Thornton's new Public Safety Facility when they came across the skull of the Triceratops.

Curators at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science said the bones had been in the ground for 66 million years, The Associated Press reported.

"My heart was racing", Sertich told the Denver Post.

This is one of three different triceratops skulls that have been found in the Front Range of Colorado.

Front Range is a mountain range in the Rocky Mountains that runs through Colorado and Wyoming. According to Sertich, as most of Denver is covered by parking lots, shopping malls and houses, it is quite unusual to get deep into the original rock layers. The curator explained on Facebook that after getting a call about the potential fossil find, which described it as possibly being a leg bone and a pelvis, he went down to the construction site, in the northern Denver metro area, and helped clean off the bones.

The triceratops, however, dates back to at least 66 million years ago, when the creatures are thought to have gone extinct after a six-mile wide asteroid collided with Earth. According to Sertich, knowing that this is a dinosaur find, he is ecstatic and over the moon. The wonderful discovery was made by construction workers at the East 132 Avenue and Quebec Street site on Friday.




"A lot of times these will be plowed up and they won't be recognized", Sertich said, referring to fossil finds.

Construction crews have stopped work in the area so scientists can expose the fossil, look for other bones and then extract them, the city of Thornton said.

Triceratops were large dinosaurs with two big horns and a smaller nose horn.

According to those digging the Thornton site, the fossil was in the ground for 66 million years before being stumbled upon, and potentially nearly lost. He hopes to see the fossil exhibited in his museum once it's dug up and preserved.

Construction crews have stopped work in the area of the fossil, officials with the City of Thornton confirmed.


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