Paleontologists recently dug up another piece of Western Slope history, a dinosaur tibia they believe to be from an Apatosaurus. Once recovered, the large tibia is sent to the working laboratory inside Dinosaur Journey in Fruita.
The fossils are like a puzzle, the more pieces you have the better story you can tell.
"Putting back together these large skeletons and kind of reconstructing the past piece by piece," said field director Tom Temme.
Kelsie Abrams, a field assistant, said, "I liked dinosaurs as a kid, so you want to do what you love. How many people get to say they get to play with bones all day?"
Their latest discovery is just one more fossil paleontologists hope will reveal many answers.
"It's a little bit like treasure hunting, so yeah you get that exhilaration of seeing something new," said Temme.
"Nine hours getting that thing out and it was so heavy, it took four of us," Abrams said.
"We'll take it to a big sandbox like this and we'll work on getting all bedrock out from around the bone that we know is in that jacket, usually using pin vices, dental picks, toothbrushes," said Temme.
They must take extraordinary care of the fragile discovery. Temme said, "Most of the time we're using really gentle tools."
Eventually sharing it with others who also like a good story dating back 150 million years ago.
"I really like talking to the kids, you know, catch them while they're young. i want to see more paleontologists in the future," said Abrams.
"I think it's fascinating that there's a completely different world buried under the rocks and I like to work on trying to uncover that for everybody to enjoy," Temme said.
Folks can visit Dinosaur Journey in Fruita and watch paleontologists and volunteers study the fossils.
They can also sign up to take part in actual site digs. For more information, click here