Rare Dinosaur bone found in Colorado quarry
It was a groundbreaking discovery because the bone likely belonged to a creature that was 80 to 90 feet long, which is 15 to 25 feet longer than the average size.
Digging up the gigantic fossil was no easy task. Crews spent five years excavating the leg bone. When it was first discovered there was just a small piece of bone exposed; nobody had any clue how big it actually was.
Scientist believe the apatosauras was a herbivore that typically grew up to 69 feet long.
“You may have heard it referred to by its scientifically incorrect name, Brontosaurus,” the National Park Service said. “This sauropod (long-necked dinosaur) was discovered and named Apatosaurus, or ‘false lizard,’ because of its unbelievably large size. After Apatosaurus was named, other sauropod specimens were named Brontosaurus. It was later determined that both names actually referred to the same animal, Apatosaurus.”
From our partners
MORE FROM Aggbeat Online
Manufacturer news: Hlavinka Equipment opens Texas Hlavinda JCB division; Terex Washing Systems appoints new global sales director; Skelly and Loy promotes Aungst to VP of AMS; Luff Industries adds Riddell as territory manager; Caterpillar opens first Data Innovation Lab; Yokohama Tire Corp. will help build eco-friendly playground
SUBSCRIBE & FOLLOW
- Vulcan Materials to meet August deadline for restoring eastern hillside of Azusa rock quarry475 Views
- MSHA issues serious non-fatal accident alert, best practices in response to water truck accident452 Views
- MSHA Fatality Review Committee determines several fatalities are chargeable to the mining industry315 Views
- Excavator explodes into flames after engine malfunction on New York jobsite (VIDEO)279 Views
- Eric Olsen appointed future CEO of Lafarge Holcim merger254 Views