April 19, 2017
Writer: Nina Janne
This new dinosaur discovered by Professor Brooks Britt in Moab, Utah is called the Moabosaurus. It lived about 125-million years ago and it belongs to a group of herbivore dinosaurs known as sauropods, which includes giants such as the Brontosaurus and Brachiosaurus, who had long necks and pillar-like legs.
"It's not like in the movies where you have a brush and you are brushing the sand off the bone," Britt said. "That only happens on TV. In reality, you expose part of the bone, find the perimeter of it, collect it in a solid block of rock, bring it back to the lab and then in the lab that's when you start seeing what it really looks like."
Britt said it took decades to uncover enough bones to put a full skeleton together. Once he and his team did, they realized this herbivore was 32-feet long. He eplained what that feeling is like going to the lab and working on it every day.
"It's like coming home and there is a box from Amazon for you every day," he said. "It's pretty fantastic."
Britt said he and colleagues are continuing their excavation efforts in eastern Utah. For now it's mostly lab work. However, he said there are still dinosaurs yet to be found.
"There are of course always new animals to be discovered," Britt said. "Some sights have been worked on for a hundred years or more and we still find new animals in them. People are finding new dinosaurs every year or couple of years."
For more information on the moabosaurus visit BYU's Museum of Paleontology.