"This dinosaur has been laying here for at least 66 million years", Sertich told Fox 31.
The last major discovery came when another skull was unearthed in Brighton in 2005. Denver Museum of Nature and Science curator of dinosaurs Joe Sertich told the Denver Post a team from the museum arrived on the site on Monday and confirmed the rare find was a dinosaur fossil. "And so whenever a construction site like this gets down to the right level, like it did here in Thornton, rocks that pre-date the extinction of dinosaurs, right before the dinosaurs go extinct, you have things like T-Rex and triceratops walking around the landscape, and so this construction site hit the right spot at the right time".
"It is incredible to have this find occur in our backyard", Sertich said.
"We have the horn core and part of the eyes".
The triceratops might be one of the better known dinosaurs because of its distinct look.
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The triceratops find is a rare one, since most fossils found in the region are from mammoths and camels, animals that were prominent during the Ice Age 10,000 to 12,000 years ago, the Post reported. Sertich stated that crews were using a skid-steer loader to move ground when an object stopped them.
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science's scientists will stabilize the area, carefully expose the fossil, search for any other bones that remain hidden, and safely extract them. "This is just one of those lucky times that the right person was there and they noticed what was going on".
Triceratops were herbivorous dinosaurs which mostly lived in herds. One of the crew realized that the object may be a fossil, and they stopped work to investigate closer. The first skeleton was assembled and mounted in an exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in 1905.
The scientists said they hope the fossil will eventually be on display at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The city of Thornton is providing the site security, and it is away from the street, not visible to the public.
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