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