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Fossil Discovered At Denver Construction Site Revealed To Be From A Torosaurus

06 Décembre 2017

"Not only is the fossil more complete and better preserved than I imagined, but it has also revealed itself to be something extremely rare", said Joe Sertich, curator of dinosaurs at the Museum.

After a month of cleaning and studying what looked like a triceratops' skull and skeleton, researchers have re-identified the fossil found at a suburban Denver construction site. The frill features were discovered after the skull was cleaned and compared to triceratops specimens at the museum.

The fossil nicknamed "Tiny" was found August 29 when workers building a public safety building in Thornton discovered a horn. In comparison, this type of fossil is much less common. The good news is, it's still a dinosaur - in fact, it's one that is very similar to a triceratops ... unless you're a seasoned paleontologist, that is. "The Thornton beast is by far the most complete, and best preserved, ever found".

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The Denver Museum of Nature and Science said Tuesday said the fossil turned out to be the rarer torosaurus, a close cousin of the triceratops. But after unearthing more of the skull it was realized it was a Torosaurus due to its long, thin, and more delicate frill (the bony part around the back of the head) with two very large holes. Currently, the museum is working on unearthing the rest of the fossil. The museum says the cleaning process is expected to take several more months.

After careful examination, scientists at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science have decided that the alleged triceratops bones unearthed in Thornton earlier this year are actually the bones of a completely different horned dinosaur: the torosaurus. Tickets for adults are $16.95, for kids 3-18 are $11.95 and for seniors 65 and older are $13.95.

Fossil Discovered At Denver Construction Site Revealed To Be From A Torosaurus