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Rare Dinosaur Found

(From WBFF) --A retired Maryland farmer says all the rain the DC area has had exposed some new layers of the creek bed that runs through his property. Eroding soil allowed him to make a 58 million-year-old discovery. In Accokeek, Maryland, the farmland was once under water, millions of years ago. "The area here was the edge of the Atlantic ocean and not way over in Ocean City," paleontologist Peter Kranz said. Finding prehistoric shark teeth is nothing new in the area, but this new discovery is being called a "significant" paleontological find. According to Kranz, only two known specimens of the ancient reptile exist. Now a team including John Nance from the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomon's, Maryland are excavating the ancient reptile, which appears in be intact, and as big as 2 feet by 2 feet. Scientists say it looks a lot like a soft-shell turtle, which is its closest living relative today. "First we'll dig around the specimen in the creek and we'll create a pedestal around the bones," Nance said. "What we do from there is put a plastic jacket around it which helps protect it to keep it from getting damaged during transport."

 

 

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