Excavation in Thornton results into discovery of 66M-year-old skull

Excavation in Thornton results into discovery of 66M-year-old skull

American paleontologists have confirmed that fossils unearthed at a construction site near Marco's Pizza in Thornton, Colorado, belonged to a dinosaur that thrived in the area as many as 66 million years ago.

The paleontologists told reporters that the fossil was a 66-million-year-old skull of an adult triceratops – slow-moving herbivores that weighed more than six tones, and stood nearly 10 feet in height and 30 feet in length.

The site of the excavation is now being patrolled by security guards around the clock.

Todd Barnes, communications director at Thornton, said, “We scurried over the weekend to get security in place to make sure no one can take bones or damage them.”

Daniel Perez, 24-year-old general manager at Marco's Pizza, described the discovery of the prehistoric skull as one of the biggest as well as the most exciting things he ever experienced.

Scientists are of the view that the herbivores like triceratops moved slowly, which made them easy prey for bigger meat eaters like the gigantic Tyrannosaurus rex.

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