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Large Duck-Bill Dino Needed Helicopter To Escape Utah

  • 24-11-2009 11:36pm
    Registered Users Posts: 30,747 ✭✭✭✭ Galvasean

    Okay, the headline makes it sound madder than it is. Basically a fairly complete Gryposaurus skeleton is going on display in the Salt Lake City Museum. It represents what is probably the largest animal to have lived in Utah some 75 million years ago (late Cretaceous), measuring in at some 30 feet (9 meters) long.
    Late Cretaceous dinosaur fossils were helicoptered out of The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah this week. The bones transported from the site represent a Gryposaurus monumentensis, an ankylosaur, a pterosaur, dinosaur-era turtles and a crocodile, along with other species that lived in Utah 75 million years ago.

    “It was one of the most robust duck-billed dinosaurs ever,” said Utah Museum of Natural History paleontologist Terry Gates of Gryposaurus, which means hook-beaked lizard. “It was a monster.”

    Full article here.