Friday, 12 April 2019

'Mission Jurassic' dinosaur hunt to get under way


By Jonathan Amos BBC Science Correspondent
25 March 2019
British scientists are about to undertake one of their biggest dinosaur hunts in decades.
They are joining US and Dutch institutions in exploring what is expected to be a treasure trove of fossils in the "Badlands" of Wyoming.
The US state has yielded some of the most famous specimens ever found, and the international group will excavate one square mile (260ha) of ground.
"It's an incredible site, mind-blowing," said Prof Phil Manning.
"In the UK, we rarely see anything like this - whole dinosaurs coming out of the ground. But that's what we've got here," the University of Manchester palaeontologist told BBC News.
"And the funding we have in place permits us to open up football pitch-sized areas at a time, if need be."

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