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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Buried Treasure

Seventy-seven million years ago—nearing the end of the age of dinosaurs, although they still had 12 million years to go—a young duck-billed hadrosaur lay down to die just over the horizon from the vast inland sea that covered much of central North America. Dinosaurs did not ordinarily rest easy in death: they were torn apart by scavengers or washed downstream in a flood, and their bones were scattered and lost, at least until people arrived to dig them up.

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