New Mexico museum puts rare fossil on display

With hundreds of people jockeying to get a look, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque unveiled a rare dinosaur found in the New Mexican desert.

Pentaceratops.

Pentaceratops. Image by Kurt McKee / CC BY-SA 2.0

The remains of the baby Pentaceratops, which is described as a rhinoceros-like herbivore, include part of the dinosaur’s skull, teeth, a rib, an arm bone and what paleontologists believe is a vertebrae. Museum specialists will now begin the painstaking process of removing other bones from the rock that was airlifted out of the desert. Scientists believe the dinosaur has been encased in stone for 70 million years. Visitors will be able to view the process through windows in the museum’s preparation room. Fewer than ten Pentaceratops skulls have ever been found. Read more: nytimes.com

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