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Lufkin museum owner, team brings back more dinosaur bones

Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Dr. Neal Naranjo's dinosaur digging team has been to their Montana dig site five times now, and they still come back with new pieces.

"This was three days," Naranjo said. "One, it was found. And, then we started clearing the area."

The team mapped out a small fraction of the 38,000-acre ranch and soon found out that the dinosaur was most likely a triceratops. 

"It really makes the whole critter come to life because everybody knows him for his two brow horns and his one nose horn," Naranjo said.

Based on where the bones were found and the type of dinosaur, Naranjo said he believes that the triceratops lived about 68 million years ago.

One of its vertebrae was particularly well preserved.

"If you get one that's this nice, it's really phenomenal," Naranjo said. "A lot of the times they're all smashed and broken."

Naranjo didn't miss a chance to celebrate.

"Luckily, most adults still have Christmas in them, just like when they were little kids," Naranjo said. "Every bone is a Christmas present."

A previous trip resulted in an almost full skeleton of a hadrosaur, but Naranjo said he knows that was a rare experience.

"It takes a long time and you have to be very meticulous with what you do and how you do it," Naranjo said. "One day you may find one bone, the next you might find 10."

Other bones included another vertebrae and a portion of the pelvis. These will soon be displayed in a makeshift dig site at the museum.

The team also included eight junior rangers that had been studying bones at the museum for about three years.

Naranjo added that all eight ended up finding dinosaur bones.

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