There were three of them, one of them probably a child, and at least one met a gruesome end at the hands of a terrifying predator.
About 67 million years later, a Wyoming rancher led scientists to their remains. Now experts are digging out one of the most complete skeletons yet of a Triceratops, the three-horned, plant-eating dinosaur that was one of the last of the giant reptiles.
"There's only three other skeletons that will match the completeness of one of the specimens we're excavating right now," said paleontologist Peter Larson, president of the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research.
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Hope the finder gets to keep these fossils this time!
The Larson’s are legendary in the fossil-hunting world. There are also a lot of amateur fossil hunters all over the United States dedicating their lives to making new discoveries in paleontology too. As Pete said, it’s addictive. And nothing is more exciting than reaching into the earth and pulling out a specimen that scientists have never seen. If this sounds like an adventure to you, check out a fossil club near you!
Mike Searle, Tampa Bay Fossil Club