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Ya Dig?

The more I learned about the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' discovery of the mystery dinosaur in Utah, the more amazed I became that the fossils were discovered at all.

That’s because while it is easy to find the full femur bone of a creature that lived 98 million years ago, it’s not that simple to spot a piece of a bone laying on the rocky ground.

Mystery Dino

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences researchers discovered fossils of an unknown dinosaur while working in Utah. Using only a few bones, they'll learn the creature's size, diet, age and other features, and this mystery dinosaur could become the museum's first holotype, the example with which other species are described.

Dinosaur GPS

Paleontologists working in the field looking for fossils have always faced a painstaking process that required a lot of luck to be successful. But using Landsat satellite imagery, a UNC Greensboro scientist is replacing luck with educated efficiency in the quest for fossils.

Digging Dinos

Watch as a paleontologist and her team of volunteer paleontologists uncover the remains of a new type of dinosaur. Evidence suggests that the desert mountains in Utah, where the bones were found, was once a lush wetland. Researchers use specific methods to carefully uncover the details of not only what the world was like in the past but also how this individual lived, died and rotted.