Possible Dino Bone Discovered in Laurel

Fossil may have belonged to an Astrodon

All the recent rain our region has seen in the past month may have helped some archeologists in Maryland make a prehistoric discovery.

Dave Hacker told WBAL-TV that he was checking a dig site in Dinosaur Park in Laurel, Md., earlier this month when he came upon a fossil. He said they believe it could be the end of a limb bone and may be more than 100 million years old.

Dinosaur Park has been home to a number of fossil finds over the years.

This latest discovery could belong to an Astrodon (a long-necked dinosaur), which happens to be Maryland's state dinosaur (yes, Maryland has a state dinosaur). Astrodons lived in Maryland during the Early Cretaceous period and grew to be up to 60 feet long and 30 feet tall.

Scientists from the Smithsonian Institution were called to help with the dig-up. They will analyze it and hope to officially identify it in the coming weeks.

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