Scientists Blow Up Super-Hard Rock to Get to Dinosaur Skulls

By Andrew Moseman | February 24, 2010 11:23 am
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The new dinosaur was a long time in coming, and not just because it’s more than 100 million years old. The fossils came from Dinosaur National Monument, a park in Colorado and Utah. But this particular quarry wasn’t discovered until the 1970s and wasn’t excavated until the early 1990s. The skulls were found in 2005. Tantalized researchers, though, were stymied by rocks around the bones that were so hard that workers were unable to break through, even with use of a jackhammers and concrete saws [Los Angeles Times]. Naturally, they turned to explosives. For three days teams detonated explosions to loosen the rock without damaging the fossils.

Image: Brigham Young University

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  • http://theeternaluniverse.blogspot.com/ Joseph Smidt

    Yeah, BYU is definitely in a convient spot if you want to go fossil hunting. Utah is loaded.

  • Hanan Tahir

    Im 12 and i love dinosaurs. please keep me informed ty. dinos rock. i wanna be a paleontologist when i grow up to. happy findings. nice dino.

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