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Museum of the North researchers discover dinosaur fossils

Posted: September 26, 2013 - 12:03am

Researchers for the University of Alaska Museum of the North have found a major new site for dinosaur fossils along the Yukon River. A recent trip netted about 2,000 pounds of dinosaur footprints for the museum’s collection, according to earth sciences curator Pat Druckenmiller.

“There aren’t many places left in the world where paleontologists can just go out and find thousands of dinosaur footprints. This is the kind of discovery you would have expected in the Lower 48 a hundred years ago,” Druckenmiller said in a release.

The discovery is significant in that the Yukon River fossils are geologically older than other major sites in the state and they preserve a record of dinosaurs previously unknown in the state. The museum is working with villages and Native corporations along the Yukon River to share information about the discovery with local communities and to coordinate future exploration.

For more information, visit www.uaf.edu/museum.

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