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Chief fossil preparator at Denver museum dies 

By: The Associated Press
September 12, 2017 Updated: September 12, 2017 at 7:36 pm
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photo - Mike Getty, chief preparator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science gives Saunders Construction, Inc. founder and chairman Dick Saunders a close look after exposing the post orbital horn of the Triceratops fossil that was found in Thornton. Getty died Monday after falling ill at the excavation site. (Photo by Joe Amon/The Denver Post)
Mike Getty, chief preparator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science gives Saunders Construction, Inc. founder and chairman Dick Saunders a close look after exposing the post orbital horn of the Triceratops fossil that was found in Thornton. Getty died Monday after falling ill at the excavation site. (Photo by Joe Amon/The Denver Post) 

DENVER — The Denver Museum of Nature & Science's chief fossil preparator has died.

The Denver Post reports that 50-year-old Mike Getty died on Monday after becoming ill at the excavation site of the newly discovered triceratops in Thornton. Getty led the public reveal of one of the dinosaur's horns on Friday.

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science did not say what caused Getty's death, but said it was not the result of a construction-related incident.

The museum, Saunders Construction and the City of Thornton will be developing a plan to continue the fossil excavation in the coming days.

Getty was credited with uncovering the remains of entire herds of centrosaur dinosaurs in the Dinosaur Park Formation in Canada.

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