When Kevin Terris was on a high school field trip in Utah, he made a find that is now the subject of a research paper.
The find is the youngest and most complete specimen of a Parasaurolophus dinosaur. The specimen has been named 'Joe,' after Joe Augustyn, a contributor to the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology. Terris' find was the subject of a paper recently published in the open access journal Peer.
"I decided to pop under it, and I looked up and saw a small bit of bone sticking out… Initially, it didn't look like too much. It looked like a rib, and ribs don't hold a whole lot of scientific value. … But then as we were walking away, we flipped over a bit of loose rock on the other end and found this skull just sitting there." Kevin Terris, paleontology student at Montana State University
Parasaurolophus, a herbivore duck-billed dinosaur, lived about 75 million years in what is now western North America.
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