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Dinosaur fossil found on future site of mountain bike route in Mesa County

Steamboat Springs resident Brian Stevenson rides the Zippity Do Da trail in April 2013 in the North Fruita Desert, a popular trail system in Mesa County also known as 18 Road.

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

The Daily Sentinel reports 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.