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3 boys hunting for fossils unearthed a T-rex skeleton in North Dakota

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Three boys in North Dakota were out on a family hike when they came across something many adventurous kids only dream of finding: dinosaur bones.

And not just any dinosaur, but a young Tyrannosaurus rex.

The T. rex skeleton was discovered in 2022, when brothers Jessin and Liam Fisher, their dad, and their cousin Kaiden Madsen, were hiking in the Badlands near Marmarth and looking for fossils, according to a statement issued Monday by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, which is set to display the skeleton this summer.

The boys, who were aged 10, 9, and 7 at the time of the discovery, said in a press conference they had been going out to look for fossils for years. This time they were exploring the Hell Creek Formation, a rocky area that dates back 65.5 million years and is known for fossil formations, when they found some large bones sticking out of a rock.

Sam Fisher, the father of Cession and Liam, took photos of the bones and contacted an old high school classmate, Tyler Lyson, the curator of paleontology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, to identify them.

In the summer of 2023, the fossil finders and Lyson returned to the site to excavate the skeleton, which was located on federal lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. About 30% of the skeleton was preserved, the museum said. The initial dig lasted 11 days, and the paleontologists plan to return this summer to look for any additional segments of the skeleton.

The museum said the finding was significant because very few juvenile T. rex skeletons have ever been discovered.

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