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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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