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Utah Travel Headlines Blog

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Grand Staircase Yields More New Dinosaurs

A dig in Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument has produced fossils from two here-to unknown dinosaurs. The Salt Lake Tribune has this extensive article about the find. Here are a few quotes:

"It's been a dream summer for paleontologists," said Alan Titus, paleontologist for the 1.9 million-acre monument in southern Utah.

“A 6-foot-long skull of one of the creatures, found intact, belongs to a beast similar to members of the ceratoid family, but has some distinctly unique features.”

“About a week before that discovery, the same group found the full skeleton of another ceratop-like dinosaur, including a partial skull, that also defies known species.”

“Fossilized skin impressions also were found, which can help tell about the anatomy of an animal more than bones alone.”

This is the National Monument’s 10-year anniversary. It was the subject of controversy when created, but has evolved into an important science laboratory and tourist playground.

New West takes this detailed look at the monument and its evolution.

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