Dinosaur skull takes flight
A 4500 pound dinosaur skull was moved via Army Black Hawks to a museum in New Mexico. The reason for the National Guard escort is that the area in which the skull was found, was not reachable by vehicle. From CNN:
If only the Pentaceraptops could have lived to see this day.
Strictly a heavyset ground dinosaur 75 million years ago, it would have never imagined itself taking flight. But on Thursday, military helicopters lifted its bones from New Mexico's Bisti Wilderness Area to a museum, including its 4,500-pound skull.
Had eyes been in the sockets of that skull, they would have bulged at the dizzying heights to which the New Mexico National Guard Black Hawk choppers lifted it on the way to its new resting place.
It was just a teenager when it died, the only adolescent of its species ever found, according to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Four years ago, scientists from the museum discovered the fossils of the young dinosaur along with those of a nearby adult on federal land.
Since the ancient bones were excavated from an area where vehicular traffic was not allowed, the National Guard deployed Black Hawks to fly the fossils part of the way to Albuquerque.
In another modern twist, the museum's Facebook page tracked the dinosaur's every move.
See the full story from CNN.
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