Thursday, June 6, 2013

Trio of Triceratops

This fall, a rancher near Newcastle, Wyoming, noticed large bones eroding from his land. He alerted scientists from the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research who partnered with the Dutch company Naturalis Biodiversity Center to excavate beginning last month. During the Cretaceous period 65 million years ago, the area was likely a subtropical flatland and probably a Tyrannosaurus rex feeding ground. T. rex would normally eat the skin and bones of a triceratops – one of its favorite foods – and leave only the skull behind. But in this unprecedented find, the paleontologists have uncovered 3 complete Triceratops skeletons, 2 of them juveniles. President of the Black Hills Institute Pete Larson does not exaggerate when he remarks, "We have the opportunity to really rewrite the book on triceratops."

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