Museum specimen named the oldest dinosaur fossil from Utah

A small fossil sacrum from the Museums of Western Colorado collection has been named the oldest identifiable dinosaur fossil bone ever found in Utah. The collaborative efforts of three paleontologists—Xavier Jenkins with Arizona State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Science, Dr. John Foster with the Museum of Moab, and Robert Gay with Colorado Canyons Association—have resulted in an article published in the Utah Geological Association’s journal, “Geology of the Intermountain West,” which identifies this fossil from the late Triassic Period (220-200 million years ago) as belonging to a small meat-eating dinosaur that roamed the area known as Utah. While it was assumed that Utah had these coyote-sized dinosaurs running around, evidence of their existence was not available until this specimen was found. The sacrum fossil is currently housed at Dinosaur Journey in Fruita. For more information, contact Dr. Julia McHugh, the museum’s curator of paleontology, at 858-7282 or visit www.museumsofwesternco.com.

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