Fossils of longneck dinosaur recently discovered in Royal Gorge region

Two leg bones from a longneck sauropod dinosaur were recently discovered in the Royal Gorge region and will be revealed to the public next weekend.

A person hiking a few months ago in the region, long famous for the discovery of prehistoric remains, stumbled upon a large tibia and fibula and reported them to the Bureau of Land Management.

An excavation team in coordination with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, BLM and the Royal Gorge Museum & History Center was then sent to the area to carefully extract the fossils.

They were then encased in a plaster jacket, which will be opened and revealed on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. for the public to view the preparation and preservation process.

Volunteers with the Western Interior Paleontological Society and museum paleo-volunteers will work on preparing and preserving the fossils in the Cañon City museum’s Program Room every Friday and Saturday over the next several weeks.

Fossil fans are invited to attend the opening of the casts and to watch the preparation process.

The Museum and History Center is in Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Blvd.

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