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Lots of Fossils at Idaho Site

Fossil hip vertebrae from the Robison Bonebed. (Photo courtesy of US Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, and Earth Sciences Division, John A. White Paleontological Repository, Idaho Museum of Natural History.)
A research team that includes Montana State University paleontologist David Varricchio has uncovered the most productive and diverse dinosaur fossil site in Idaho.

MSU doctoral Student L.J. Krumenacker presented the results at the Rocky Mountain and Cordilleran sections of the Geological Society of America meetings recently in Bozeman, MT.

Krumenacker said in a news release that the site has produced over 100 fossils. He said that hundreds more are probably there.

Krumenacker and Caribou-Targhee National Forest paleontologist Steve Robison found the site in 2003, but a construction project last year moved some rocks and showed the incredible potential.

The site, in Bonneville County, Idaho, is about 98 million years old and includes fossils of several unknown dinosaurs along with hadrosaur, armored nodosaurs, a large raptor similar to Gigantoraptor and turtles, fish and some mammals.

The fossils are being curated in the John A. White Paleontological Repository at the Idaho Museum of Natural History.

The Montana State University has a complete article and illustrations.

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