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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A New Utah Dinosaur Plus Fun In The Sun In St. George

Introducing "Dinosaur Joe," a baby duck-bill discovered in Grand Staircase-Escalante by a high school student on a paleontology field trip.

Grand Staircase is one of several great dinosaur spots in Utah. Lately that area has been a hotbed for fossil hunters, yielding new specimens and species on a regular basis.

Joe's story was told today in new outlets around the world. Below are excerpts from this article about the find, as published on livescience.com.
A dinosaur skeleton discovered by an eagle-eyed high-school studentturns out to be the smallest, youngest and most complete duck-billed dinosaur of its kind ever found.

(Student Kevin) Terris spotted a little sliver of bone sticking out from under a boulder and alerted (paleontologist) Farke, who thought it looked like a piece of dinosaur rib — nice, but not really worth the trouble of excavating.

"We were going to try to see if we could get something better," Farke told LiveScience.

He walked around the other side of the boulder and picked up what looked like a large cobblestone, turning it over in his hands. A dinosaur skull stared back at him.

In light of the skull, Farke thought it wise to go re-check Terris' discovery. A closer look revealed it to be a string of toe bones.

"We have the skull on one side of this boulder and the toes on the other side. That means the whole dinosaur skeleton has to be in between," Farke said. "So we got pretty excited."
Fun In The St. George Sun

KSL.com has this interesting article abut activities in St. George:

6 fun things to do in St. George this weekend

The article provides information about these activities:
  • St. George Art Museum
  • Snow Canyon
  • Historic District
  • Pickleball
  • Southwest Symphony
  • Tuacahn

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