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Dinosaur fossil found on future site of Colorado mountain bike route

By: The Associated Press
August 2, 2017 Updated: August 2, 2017 at 2:51 pm
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photo - A scientific team works to extract a dinosaur bone from the likely pathway of the Palisade Plunge bike trail. Clockwise, from left: Kyle Turchick and Eric Eckberg with the Bureau of Land Management, sedimentologist Ryan King and paleontologist Josh Smith. Photo courtesy Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.
A scientific team works to extract a dinosaur bone from the likely pathway of the Palisade Plunge bike trail. Clockwise, from left: Kyle Turchick and Eric Eckberg with the Bureau of Land Management, sedimentologist Ryan King and paleontologist Josh Smith. Photo courtesy Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. 

GRAND JUNCTION — Colorado government officials say they found a dinosaur fossil while they were conducting early surveys for a bike trail.

The Daily Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/2wlUbBK ) experts believe the large lower leg bone belonged to a duck-billed dinosaur named hadrosaur that roamed in the Grand Junction area 70 million years ago.

It was found on the open face of a boulder facing the future site of the 30-mile (48-kilometer) Palisade Plunge mountain biking route that will go from the top of Grand Mesa to the town of Palisade.

The bone was removed from the site by a Bureau of Land Management team, a local paleontologist and a sedimentologist last week. They sent it to a lab at the Museums of Western Colorado, where it will be cleaned and studied.

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Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com

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