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Amazing Utah fossil field is revealing new dinosaur species


(KSL) In a geologic wonderland of south central Utah, dinosaurs happen.

If you know where to walk and what to look for at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, bones of the former masters of Earth turn up regularly.

"I was walking out here last September between monumental rainstorms and saw some bone fragments on the ground, and that is what we look for," said Scott Richardson, a paleontological technician for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the agency that oversees the monument.

Richardson discovered what is thought to be a previously unknown species of dinosaur similar to a triceratops, the latest in an extraordinary series of dinosaur finds in the area over the past 15 years.

Now, the monument's spectacular bounty of fossils is getting national attention with a story in National Geographic magazine.

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