Fos­sil found on fu­ture site of moun­tain bike route

The Denver Post - - NEWS - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

GRAND JUNC­TION» Colorado gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials say they found a di­nosaur fos­sil while they were con­duct­ing early sur­veys for a bike trail.

The Daily Sen­tinel re­ports ex- perts be­lieve the large lower leg bone be­longed to a duck-billed di­nosaur named hadrosaur that roamed in the Grand Junc­tion area 70 mil­lion years ago.

It was found on the open face of a boul­der fac­ing the fu­ture site of the 30-mile Pal­isade Plunge moun­tain bik­ing route that will go from the top of Grand Mesa to the town of Pal­isade.

The bone was re­moved from the site by a Bu­reau of Land Man­age­ment team, a lo­cal pa­le­on­tol­o­gist and a sed­i­men­tol­o­gist last week.

They sent it to a lab at the Mu­se­ums of Western Colorado, where it will be cleaned and stud­ied.

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