By JOHN TREANOR, KSNV
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) - A group of students at the University of Nevada Las Vegas discovered a new dinosaur species just outside of Las Vegas.
Dr. Josh Bonde is understandably excited. He told KSNV that the bones and rocks they found are 100,000,000 years old. Bonde is confident that after they submit their findings for peer review these bones will officially belong to a new species of dinosaur.
Bonde believes it’s a duck-billed dinosaur, fifteen to twenty feet long. It is the first unique dinosaur to come from Nevada. Like many great discoveries, this one happened by chance. UNLV students stopped for a sandwich.
“We called it ‘Frankies death march site,' because one of the research associates death marched a bunch of students a few miles in and when they stopped to rest there were bones poking out of the hill," Bonde explained.
Those bones were sticking out of the sandstone, mother nature begging those students to find them. That was 2008 and today the hard work continues.
Bones are carefully exposed from the rock. Piece by piece, Nevada history uncovered in the basement of the museum.
“The way we go find this stuff is like old-timey prospecting,” Bonde said. “We just wander over hills and look. 'What if we didn’t go over that hill? What if it was three feet to the left?'”
You can watch researchers expose those bones in person at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.