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Paleontologists Uncover Nine-Ton Trove Of Utahraptor Remains

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Inside a nine-ton sandstone block pulled from a mesa outside of Moab could be the key to knowing how the carnivorous Utahraptor lived. But before paleontologists can figure that out, State Paleontologist James Kirkland says they are going to have to find a place where they can start chipping away at the block.

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Utah’s Dinosaur ‘Death Trap’ Reveals Trove of Giant Predators

Remember the family of Utah Raptors that arrived in a 9-ton ‘block’ in Salt Lake City a few months ago? Our Paleontologists here at the UGS have been working very closely on this project for years. Check out this wonderful highlight on their work so far, where you can see interviews from Utah State Paleontologist James Kirkland, and Paleontologists, Don DeBlieux and Scott Madsen.

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A nine-ton block of sandstone that was pulled from a Utah mountain late last year holds the biggest fossil trove ever found of the giant predatory dinosaur known as Utahraptor. Covered in feathers, with a huge sickle claw on each second toe, Utahraptor looked like a pumped-up version of the Jurassic Park star Velociraptor.

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And further reading in this article below…

Fossil treasure trove in quicksand reveals ancient dinosaur death trap

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Reports of what looked like a human arm brought Utah state paleontologist James Kirkland to a particular sandstone hill in 2001. But it turned out that his graduate student had actually found something entirely different — a veritable mass grave of Utahraptor dinosaurs. Now they’ve found the remains of six individual dinosaurs, and there may still be more inside of the 9-ton sandstone block they’re excavating.

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Late-winter ice still clings to the Colorado River near Big Bend, north of Moab. Boulders of Jurassic-age Wingate Sandstone and Triassic-age Chinle Formation line the banks of the river, eroded from the cliffs and ledges cut by the river as it has incised its channel over millions of years. Colorado River, Grand County, Utah Photographer: Adam Hiscock; © 2014

POTD January 6, 2015: Colorado River, Grand County, Utah

POTD 1-6-15 Colorado River, Grand County, Utah

Colorado River, Grand County, Utah
Photographer: Adam Hiscock; © 2014

Late-winter ice still clings to the Colorado River near Big Bend, north of Moab. Boulders of Jurassic-age Wingate Sandstone and Triassic-age Chinle Formation line the banks of the river, eroded from the cliffs and ledges cut by the river as it has incised its channel over millions of years.

Moab celebrates National Fossil Day with first Dinosaur Festival

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Dozens of adults and kids gathered on the lawn adjacent to the Museum of Moab last Friday afternoon, Oct. 10, to celebrate “National Fossil Day” during the first Moab Dinosaur Festival.

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Dinosaur Festival in Moab starts TODAY!

What does everyone have planned this weekend? If you are near Moab, the Dinosaur Festival kicks off today and tomorrow at the Museum of Moab and the Moab Information Center. Read more about it in this article!

moabsunnews.com

In celebration of the fifth annual National Fossil Day on Wednesday, Oct. 15, people in the Moab area are invited to go back in time Thursday and Friday, Oct. 9 and 10 at the Dinosaur Festival at Museum of Moab and the Moab Information Center.

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BLM removing 2 dinosaur tracks in Moab

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Bureau of Land Management workers are removing two dinosaur tracks in Moab to prevent them from being damaged.

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Skeleton of dinosaur first unearthed 155 years ago now being excavated

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The first dinosaur remains in Utah were discovered 155 years ago, but because of the difficult terrain the dinosaur had never been fully excavated. But crews are now working to complete the excavation.

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Public will see 125 million-year-old dinosaur tracks

ksl.com

The public will soon have a chance to see an extraordinary set of footprints left behind by dinosaurs 125 million years ago.

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Iconic Cobra Loses Head

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Climbers are mourning the loss of an iconic rock formation in the Fisher Towers area outside of Moab after the sandstone column toppled over on Thursday.

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USGS announces plans to conduct a three-year groundwater study in Moab

moabtimes.com

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) intends to sponsor and conduct a new comprehensive groundwater study of the Moab area, officials said this week.

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