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Utah's Fossil Trove Beckons, and Tests, Researchers

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Science  05 Oct 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5540, pp. 41-43
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5540.41

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GRAND STAIRCASE-ESCALANTE NATIONAL MONUMENT, UTAH-- It's one of the best places in North America to find remains of dinosaurs and other large Mesozoic vertebrates, yet most of this plateau has never been thoroughly prospected by paleontologists. That's about to change. Three teams of vertebrate paleontologists have started to survey the fossil diversity of parts of the monument. Despite frustrations with a lengthy permitting process and restricted access to field sites, they're finding relatively complete skeletons of new horned dinosaurs and other creatures.