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"Dinos' might in army sights"
Dinos' might in army sights (captioned in print version as "A frontal
assault on fossils")
By Joey Bunch
Denver Post Staff Writer
The landscape of southeast Colorado also crawls with history, but time may
be running out on public access to the past as Fort Carson considers acquiring
the land for war training.
This secluded valley is home to one of North America's richest dinosaurs
finds - more than 1,300 individual tracks; 35 sites have yielded bones.
"The great thing about this site is that it's here to see, and it's free for
the public," said U.S. Forest Service paleontologist Bruce Schumacher,
leaning against a rock after wading across the Purgatoire River - the River of
Lost Souls, as French explorers first called it.
Schumacher planted his bare feet near the beachball-sized tracks of a
brontosaurus left 150 million years ago.
"The history here is just layered on itself," he said.
But every map proffered by the Army has included Picket Wire Canyonlands in
the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site.
Karen Edge, Fort Carson's Piñon Canyon outreach coordinator, did not return
telephone calls for comment on the future of the Canyonlands.
We can always make war, but it takes a long time to make new fossils. I
would hope that the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology gets involved with
blocking the acquisition of this land.
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