Con­struc­tion crew un­earths tricer­atops in Colorado

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KUSA-TV, Den­ver

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.

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