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therizinosaur skeleton is now in its final resting place at the Museum of Northern Arizona


Flagstaff becomes home to 93-million-year-old rare dinosaur

by Matt Roberto on March 12, 2009

March 13, 2009 3:13pm

2000, after a once-in-a-lifetime find, the Museum of Northern Arizona
brought the most complete therizinosaur skeleton ever found to Flagstaff.

Though this specimen was found near Big Water, Utah, the 13-foot, one-ton,
93-million-year-old feathered therizinosaur   ...

To describe the curved, sickle-shape of its giant claws, the find was named
"Therizinosaurus cheloniformis," which is Greek for "scythe- or
sickle-reptile form."


David Gillette, a Museum of Northern Arizona paleontologist, and his crew of
researchers found a toe bone in layers of mud above the tropic shale.