Unearthing dinosaur fossils in ‘old guardrails’


MORRISON, Colo.
-- Archaeologists are unearthing 150 million year old dinosaurs fossils from boulders discovered near Dinosaur Ridge outside of Morrison.

A sampling of the fossils are on display at the Morrison Natural History Museum.

Over the weekend, museum volunteer and archaeologist Jamie Anderson was chipping away at a boulder, discovering pieces of dinosaur similar to a stegosauruses.

"A lot of the first examples of fossils that people might know of came from here, like the stegosaurus - which is the Colorado State Dinosaur," said Anderson of the hogback area in Morrison.

Anderson said the boulders came from Dinosaur Ridge near Red Rocks. For 50-60 years, the boulders were used as guardrails, she explained. But according to Anderson, when real guardrails were put in, "C-DOT delivered the boulders to the museum", where they are now being examined for fossils.

You don't need to be an archaeologist to drill for fossils, Anderson said. The museum allows its guests to as well (as long as they're being supervised).

"Another thing the museum tries to do is have a real hands on approach so visitors to the museum can do what I’m doing," she said.

To learn more about the fossil research being done at the Morrison Natural History Museum, watch Kevin Torres' 'Unique 2 Colorado' Report on it, by playing the video above.