Listen

News 88.9 KNPR
Classical 89.7 KCNV

member station

KNPR

Trove Of Fossil Bones Of Clawed, Feathered Dinos Uncovered In Utah

A nine-ton block of sandstone chipped from a Utah mountain holds the biggest fossil trove ever found of the giant predatory dinosaur known as Utahraptor, researchers have said. 

Scientists have found the remains of six dinosaurs in the rock so far, and more may be trapped there.  Covered in feathers, with a huge sickle claw on each second toe, the Utahraptor looked similar to the Jurassic Park star dinosaur Velociraptor. 

The remains were excavated in a massive effort that has spanned more than a decade, led by Utah state paleontologist James Kirkland, according to National Geographic.  The recent finds include never-before-seen bones that are already changing scientific views of the Utahraptor anatomy.

Copyright 2015 KNPR-FM. To see more, visit http://www.knpr.org/.

Support comes from

You won’t find a paywall here. Come as often as you like — we’re not counting. You’ve found a like-minded tribe that cherishes what a free press stands for.  If you can spend another couple of minutes making a pledge of as little as $5, you’ll feel like a superhero defending democracy for less than the cost of a month of Netflix.