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Construction workers unearthed a triceratops skull in Colorado

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A rare triceratops skeleton was discovered by construction workers in Colorado.

The bones and skull were partially unearthed last Friday at the construction site of a new public safety building in Thornton, Colorado.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science curator of dinosaurs Joe Sertich said it is one of three triceratops skulls that's been found along the Front Range and had likely been there for at least 66 million years.

“It is incredible to have this find occur in our backyard,” Sertich said in a statement. “We’ve found two dozen horned dinosaurs—including several new species—in the past couple of years outside of Colorado. Some are the largest and most complete skeletons ever recovered. Finds like this help us to understand dinosaur evolution and behavior.”

So far, crews have unearthed a horn and shoulder blade. Triceratops had two big horns over its eyes and a smaller nose horn.

Sertich said most fossils found in the Denver area are from the Ice Age roughly 10,000 to 12,000 years ago.

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Construction workers unearthed a triceratops skull in Colorado
This Monday, Aug. 28, 2017 photo provided by the city of Thornton, Colo., shows a fossil of a triceratops dinosaur discovered by construction workers on Aug. 25 in Thornton. Denver Museum of Nature and Science curator of dinosaurs Joe Sertich says the find is one of three triceratops skulls found along the Colorado Front Range and has likely been there for at least 66 million years. (Lisa Watson/City of Thornton, Colorado, via AP)
This Monday, Aug. 28, 2017 photo provided by the city of Thornton, Colo., shows workers unearthing a fossil of a triceratops dinosaur discovered by construction workers on Aug. 25 in Thornton. Denver Museum of Nature and Science curator of dinosaurs Joe Sertich says the find is one of three triceratops skulls found along the Colorado Front Range and has likely been there for at least 66 million years. (Lisa Watson/City of Thornton, Colorado, via AP)
This Monday, Aug. 28, 2017 photo provided by the city of Thornton, Colo., shows a fossil of a triceratops dinosaur discovered by construction workers on Aug. 25 in Thornton. Denver Museum of Nature and Science curator of dinosaurs Joe Sertich says the find is one of three triceratops skulls found along the Colorado Front Range and has likely been there for at least 66 million years. (Lisa Watson/City of Thornton, Colorado, via AP)

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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