Dinosaur fossils have been found at a construction site at Wind Crest, a continuing care retirement community developed and managed by Erickson Living in Highlands Ranch, CO.

Now, investigators from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science are exploring the area where a limb bone and several ribs from a horned dinosaur were uncovered, to try to determine the total number and type of fossils at the site. Work could continue for several days to weeks to determine the size of the bone bed and remove the fossils, the museum said. In the meantime, construction will continue.

“On behalf of the residents and employees of Wind Crest, we are thrilled to be part of such an incredible scientific discovery,” Wind Crest Executive Director Craig Erickson said. “We appreciate the invaluable expertise of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and our partners at Erickson Living and Brinkmann Constructors as we work together on this exciting opportunity for all of us to learn more about our earth’s rich history.”

Construction workers found the fossils and notified the museum, Brinkmann Constructors said.

The rock layer where the fossils are embedded is 66 million to 68 million years old, according to the museum.

In 2016, builders of Crestavilla senior living community in Laguna Niguel, CA, also uncovered various fossils, which subsequently were moved to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

The Wind Crest continuing care retirement community construction site where a horned dinosaur fossil was discovered. The fossil is being evaluated by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

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