Team of researchers bump into triceratops skeleton while digging at a construction site


A group of researchers from Denver Museum of Nature and Science began to dig out a recently found triceratops skeleton. While excavating holes for a recent public safety project on Friday, construction workers discovered the fossils. This was found at 132nd Avenue and Quebec Street in Thornton.

Dr Joe Sertich of Monday DMNS confirmed the information. He hinted that the crews discovered triceratops skeleton and skull which is about 66 million years old.

The excavation of the fossils remains

DMNS started the excavation of the fossil remains Wednesday while a group of curious onlookers observed from a construction fence. According to Rayna Duga, a 5th grader, he hopes to witness some bones.

Rayna Duga’s mother, Jessica Duga expressed excitement that the fact occurred in their presence. She added that they do units of palaeontology and archaeology, and seeing such in real life is an unusual and exciting thing to behold.
DMNS reported that they have found a shoulder bone, horns, a jaw bone and many vertebrae and tail bones, including the tail tip.

Dr Sertich said in a Face book live that they may stand out as a team that has ever seen one of the complete skeletons in Denver. He added that the triceratops skull is the fourth skull ever found in Denver. Sertich went on to say that the Triceratops in other western states is about twice the size found in their area. He hopes that the full skeleton if found, will help give answers to why the front range Dinosaurs are smaller.

The discovery site is out of bound for the masses, as it is a construction site under work. The discovered bones can’t be seen from the fences bounding the construction site or from the road. The bones will be taken to Denver Museum of Nature and Science once they are removed from the ground. Volunteers will start cleaning off the rocks and dirt on the skeleton at the Denver museum.