THORNTON, Colorado (CNN) — A construction crew breaking ground on a new building got an old surprise, a very, very old surprise.
The crew unearthed an amazing find that’s remained hidden for 66 million years.
A rare triceratops skull and skeletal bones was discovered in Thornton, Colorado during groundbreaking at the site of a new public safety building.
Scientists confirmed the find. “As soon as I got on site…in the Denver area.”
Triceratops, like this one seen in the Smithsonian, were three horned, plant-eating dinosaurs.
Officials say once it’s out of the ground and cleaned up they hope to give it a new home at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.