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“Inside of here are portions of a Triceratops skull. What we are looking at here are the horns, the left horn and the right horn.” Thomas Carr, director of the Carthage Institute of Paleontology in Kenosha, showed off a plaster jacket revealing part of one of the largest dinosaur specimens in his lab. It is there, on the lower level of Kenosha’s Dinosaur Discovery Museum, that a team of Carthage College researchers are uncovering the prehistoric past, the treasures of excavations — dinosaur digs. Carr has led several dig expeditions to Montana since 2006, but this summer’s dig turned up something that caught even the paleontologist by surprise. It was a collection of small bone fragments discovered by one member of the team on the next to last day of the dig, and Carr immediately knew the significance of the find.” I recognized that these are Tyrannosaurus Rex, and it’s a young animal, ” he told WISN 12 News, “and we’ve never had that happen before for T-Rex. It’s a very rare animal. Juveniles are the rarest of the rare.” Carr discussed the find and the recent expedition along with Carthage College paleontology student Brett Jackson, and researchers Brady Holbach, Nathan Cochran and Dinosaur Discovery Museum Preparator Megan Seitz, a veteran of eleven dig expeditions. Carr says the T-Rex discovery now becomes a mystery. “We don’t really know what’s in the ground, but this is a very good indication that there’s something,” he said. That something could be a full juvenile T-Rex skeleton. But, he’ll have to wait to find out. The group’s next dig is scheduled for 2024. The public can see the fossil finds and the Carthage Paleontology Institute researchers at work at the Kenosha Dinosaur Discovery Museum. It is open 12 to 5 pm Tuesday through Sunday.

“Inside of here are portions of a Triceratops skull. What we are looking at here are the horns, the left horn and the right horn.”

Thomas Carr, director of the Carthage Institute of Paleontology in Kenosha, showed off a plaster jacket revealing part of one of the largest dinosaur specimens in his lab. It is there, on the lower level of Kenosha’s Dinosaur Discovery Museum, that a team of Carthage College researchers are uncovering the prehistoric past, the treasures of excavations — dinosaur digs.

Carr has led several dig expeditions to Montana since 2006, but this summer’s dig turned up something that caught even the paleontologist by surprise. It was a collection of small bone fragments discovered by one member of the team on the next to last day of the dig, and Carr immediately knew the significance of the find.

“I recognized that these are Tyrannosaurus Rex, and it’s a young animal,” he told WISN 12 News, “and we’ve never had that happen before for T-Rex. It’s a very rare animal. Juveniles are the rarest of the rare. .”

Carr discussed the find and the recent expedition along with Carthage College paleontology student Brett Jackson, and researchers Brady Holbach, Nathan Cochran and Dinosaur Discovery Museum Preparator Megan Seitz, a veteran of eleven dig expeditions.

Carr says the T-Rex discovery now becomes a mystery.

“We don’t really know what’s in the ground, but this is a very good indication that there’s something,” he said.

That something could be a full juvenile T-Rex skeleton. But, he’ll have to wait to find out. The group’s next dig is scheduled for 2024.

The public can see the fossil finds and the Carthage Paleontology Institute researchers at work at the Kenosha Dinosaur Discovery Museum. It is open 12 to 5 pm Tuesday through Sunday.

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