Kenosha Paleontologists Make Surprising Dinosaur Discovery

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“Inside here are portions of a Triceratops skull. What we’re looking at here are the horns, the left horn and the right horn.” Thomas Carr, director of the Carthage Institute of Paleontology in Kenosha, showed off a plaster jacket revealing part of one of his lab’s largest dinosaur specimens. It is there, on the lower level of the Kenosha Dinosaur Discovery Museum, that a team of researchers from Carthage College uncovers the prehistoric past, the treasures of the excavations – the dinosaur excavations. Carr has led several excavation expeditions to the Montana since 2006, but digs this summer revealed something that surprised even the paleontologist. It was a collection of small bone fragments discovered by a team member on the penultimate day of the excavation, and Carr immediately understood the significance of the find. “I recognized it was Tyrannosaurus Rex, and it’s a young animal,” he told WISN 12 News, “and that’s never happened before for the T-Rex. It’s a very rare animal. Juveniles are the rarest of the rare.” Carr discussed the discovery and the recent expedition with Brett Jackson, a paleontology student at Carthage College, and researchers Brady Holbach, Nathan Cochran and Dinosaur Discovery Museum preparator Megan Seitz, a veteran of eleven digging expeditions. Carr says the discovery of the T-Rex is now becoming a mystery. “We don’t really know what’s in the ground, but it’s a very good indication that there is something,” he said. That something could be a complete juvenile T-Rex skeleton. But he will have to wait to find out. The group’s next dig is scheduled for 2024. The public can see the fossil finds and researchers from the Carthage Institute of Paleontology at work at the Kenosha Dinosaur Discovery Museum. It is open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday.

“Inside here are portions of a Triceratops skull. What we’re looking at here are the horns, the left horn and the right horn.”

Thomas Carr, director of the Carthage Institute of Paleontology in Kenosha, showed off a plaster jacket revealing part of one of his lab’s largest dinosaur specimens. It is there, on the lower level of the Kenosha Dinosaur Discovery Museum, that a team of researchers from Carthage College uncovers the prehistoric past, the treasures of the digs – the dinosaur digs.

Carr has led several digging expeditions in Montana since 2006, but this summer’s dig revealed something that surprised even the paleontologist. It was a collection of small bone fragments discovered by a team member on the penultimate day of the excavation, and Carr immediately understood the significance of the find.

“I recognized it was Tyrannosaurus Rex, and it’s a young animal,” he told WISN 12 News, “and this has never happened before for the T-Rex. “It’s a very rare animal. Juveniles are the rarest of the rare.”

Carr discussed the discovery and the recent expedition with Brett Jackson, a paleontology student at Carthage College, and researchers Brady Holbach, Nathan Cochran and Dinosaur Discovery Museum preparator Megan Seitz, a veteran of eleven digging expeditions.

Carr says the discovery of the T-Rex is now becoming a mystery.

“We don’t really know what’s in the ground, but it’s a very good indication that there is something,” he said.

That something could be a complete juvenile T-Rex skeleton. But he will have to wait to find out. The group’s next dig is scheduled for 2024.

The public can see fossil finds and researchers from the Carthage Institute of Paleontology at work at the Kenosha Dinosaur Discovery Museum. It is open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday.

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