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Iron Range fossil may open door to Minnesota’s dinosaur past

by Jon Collins, MPR, Oct 9, 2015

A dinosaur claw fossil — a little more than an inch long — was found on Minnesota’s Iron Range late this summer by a team of researchers at Hill Annex Mine. Mark Ryan | Courtesy Science Museum of Minnesota
A dinosaur claw fossil found on Minnesota’s Iron Range over the summer could help researchers better figure out what sort of dinosaurs lived in the state.

The fossil, described as a small claw bone, was found late this summer by a team of researchers at Hill Annex Mine on the state’s Iron Range. The bone is being analyzed by paleontologists at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

The fossil appears to have originated about 90 million years ago, toward the latter half of the Cretaceous period, said John Westgaard, volunteer project lead at the Science Museum of Minnesota. It’s one of only a handful of dinosaur fossils that have been found in the state.

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