Construction crew unearths triceratops in Colorado
A construction crew has unearthed a triceratops skeleton and skull at a construction site in Thornton, Colorado.
Paleontologists from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science went to the construction site Monday to examine the skeleton, which was found Friday. Joe Sertich, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science curator of dinosaurs, says it’s one of only three triceratops skulls found in the Front Range area.
“A lot of times these will be plowed up and they won’t be recognized,” Sertich said. “We’re really lucky in this case that it was recognized as fossils and we got the call.”
The triceratops was at least 66 million years old.
“My heart was racing!” Sertich said. “As soon as we uncovered it and realized this was a horn of a triceratops and not just another leg bone or part of a hip, it made the site really exciting.”
Construction crews have stopped work in the area while scientists work. When the fossil is safely removed, the hope is that one day it will be housed at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.