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Animantarx newest species of dinosaur to make museum home

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College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum palentology curator Reese Barrick and state palentologist James Kirkland unwrap the protective packaging on the Animantarx ramaljonesi (animal fortress), a new species uncovered in the Carol RJ Dinosaur Quarry in the early 90s by Ramal Jones. The Animantarx is the first dinosaur found by using radioactivity of its bones. Jones invented a machine which searches for hot spots of radioactivity and was thus able to find the 90 million year old creature. Over ten years have passed from the actual discovery of the dinosaur to its placement in the permanent exhibit at the museum, which is very common. Analyzing, researching, naming can be an arduous process and must occur before the skelton can be reassembled. The Animantarx can be viewed on the second floor of the museum.

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