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Utah fossil discoveries are rewriting our understanding of fearsome tyrannosaur dinosaurs

Dr. Alan Titus with bones from immature and adult tyrannosaurs found in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Today on “In the Hive,” new research from fossils found in Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is challenging commonly held beliefs about the behavior of ancient tyrannosaur dinosaurs. In 2014, paleontologists surveying a section of the fossil-rich Kaiparowits Plateau stumbled across a veritable treasure trove of fossilized animals from ancient Earth. A wealth of different kinds of fishes, seven different species of turtles, a giant alligator and then, on the same acre of land, what one researcher called ‘a pile of tyrannosaurs.’

So why were these supposedly-solitary predators all piled together in a remote and protected section of Southeastern Utah?

In the second half of the show, as part of an ongoing series of conversations, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill discusses the verdict against a former Minneapolis police officer convicted of the murder of George Floyd.

Dr. Alan Titus, Bureau of Land Management paleontologist
Dr. Dave Oleyar, Director of Long-term Monitoring & Community Science for HawkWatch International
Sim Gill, Salt Lake County District Attorney

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