Sunday, 17 September 2017

Triceratops Skull, Skeleton Discovered Together in Rare Find

By Sarah B. Puschmann, Staff Writer | September 8, 2017 11:56am ET
A construction crew in Colorado was forced to stop work on a new fire and police station recently when one of the workers hit something unusual: a pair of bones from a Triceratops that lived more than 65 million years ago.
The fossils were found by the construction crew in Thornton, Colorado, on Aug. 25.
More bones have since been excavated by Joe Sertich, a vertebrate paleontologist from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science who is overseeing the excavation, and his team. The crew, which has been working since Aug. 30, has discovered major parts of the skull, including parts of the lower jaw and mouth, both of the horns above the eyes, and portions of the braincase. But in addition, the team has also found bones from the rest of the Triceratops' body, including vertebrae, ribs and a shoulder blade, Sertich told Live Science in an email. [Tiny & Old: Images of 'Triceratops' Ancestors]

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