In the US city of Denver, workers at a construction site in a nursing home discovered the fossilized bones of Triceratops, which were originally taken to be fossilized roots.
About an unexpected discovery tells Fox31 Denver. Workers have been carrying out construction work in this place for the past five years. Until now, they found nothing interesting. But now the workers stumbled upon the fossils, which at first were mistaken for tree roots.
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Having doubted, they turned to experts from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Paleontologists examined the site and quickly established that the "roots" were in fact fossil remains of a supposedly formidable horned dinosaur, Triceratops.
In particular, the edges of this lizard, the bones of its limbs, parts of the skull and pelvis have already been found. Scientists have yet to conduct their further research to determine what species this creature belonged to. Science knows several species of herbivorous horned and armored triceratops.
To determine the type, paleontologists need to find at least one of the three bones that form a heavy shield on the head of the lizard. Part of the skull was able to lift out of the ground, and volunteers are engaged in its purification. It is preliminary established that the age of the animal found is 66-68 million years.
“At the moment we are not 100% sure that it is Triceratops,” says paleontologist Salvador Bastien. “We cannot rule out that this is a completely new species that no one has ever seen before. We were all surprised to see how these bones are massive. "
However, at the moment the museum calls the find "Triceratops".
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