‘Secret location’ of dino skeletons found in South Dakota Badlands

July 30th, 2010 - 2:49 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, July 30 (ANI): A palaeontology team is hoping to find a Triceratops skeleton from a ’secret location’ they’ve found in the South Dakota Badlands.

Phil Manning, from the University of Manchester, and his team believes there are at least three skeletons of this iconic dinosaur gently weathering in 65-million-year-old rocks at the undisclosed site.

“We have been working on the exceptional preservation of soft tissue and the biomechanics of dinosaurs from the Hell Creek for over five years now, but this is our first major Manchester-led expedition to this very promising field area,” Discovery News quoted Manning as saying.

The site represents one of the last slices of geological time for dinosaurs before they all went extinct.

“The bones of Triceratops will make a perfect large quadrupedal dinosaur model to study dinosaur locomotion,” said William Sellers from The University of Manchester.

“Many have compared them to rhinoceros, but our work indicates these animals moved quite differently from these modern herbivores,” he added. (ANI)

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