A 3,000 pound Triceratops skull was excavated in South Dakota today


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A 3,000 pound Triceratops skull was excavated in South Dakota today



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  1. Serious question: How often are people finding new dino bones? Obviously archeologists are a thing and new discoveries are made, but is it a expanding field?

    Do we have a solid grasp by now of where most dinosaurs were and how to find thier bones, or is there still luck involved in this sorta thing?

    Asking because I LOVE dinos and would love to keep alive the dream I may someday accidentally find one in my backyard.

  2. Pictured from right to left: Dr. Sarah Chapman, Dr. Gwen Hemmer, dog named Ash, two research assistants, dog named Buddy, third Research assistant, food truck driver Billy Abrum. /s

    Edit: Thanks to /u/gallenstein87 this [Link](https://news.westminster-mo.edu/campus-life/westminster-college-undergraduate-researchers-discover-triceratops-during-annual-dig-2/) has their actual names!

    Edit: “/s” this was strictly satire for anyone who didn’t realize it. I don’t know anyone’s name. This comment was meant to make fun of how RA’s get screwed and that “Billy” sorta looks like he’s just chillin.

  3. > We were able to continue on a volunteer basis, camping safely outside the entire two months,” Schmidt [explained](https://news.westminster-mo.edu/news-releases/westminster-college-undergraduate-researchers-discover-triceratops-during-annual-dig/), adding that the group clocked in extra digging hours everyday — out of excitement.

    I’m beyond impressed! So cool to have such a great find in the midwest but also the dedication of these people to spend 2 months in tents and keeping CV19 in mind.

    Excited for Shady to be fully examined, studied, and dated!

  4. I know I am late to this, but actually that’s a crew I work with. I am a Westminster graduate and have gone for the last 7 years except this summer (my car was breaking down and could do the haul out there).

    My professor and friend, Dr. Schmidt (second from the left) invited me out and they have more to excavate and could only get the head this field season. This will be a long term project. It’s exciting but this site has not been that productive (except for some small bones) and in years past has been thought of getting a different site.

    Dr. Schmidt is a incredibly humble man and has been taking students out there like myself for years now. He started the Geology program from scratch and has done a wonderful job. Because he’s so humble, he didn’t talk about the funding needed. Westminster is a small school and the geology department doesn’t have room to let students work in such a colossal project. He is actually looking for around $8,000 in donations to fund renovations to accommodate space for this. So if you could donate anything would be appreciated. To donate, go to http://www.wcmo.edu/giving/. Scroll down to GIVE WESTMINSTER ONLINE. Fill the format and make sure “OTHER” is pulled from the drop down box under Fund and then type in Enviro Science – Dinosaur in the special instructions.

    To prove that I am not a scammer I’ll post some pictures of Dr. Schmidt and I in the field. Link below:

    https://imgur.com/gallery/Xk382ej

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