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New dinosaur species discovered with help from SDSM&T professor

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An assistant professor at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has helped make a very unique discovery.

Dr. Clint Boyd is part of a team of paleontologists that have recently published a paper on the discovery of a new species of dinosaur.

The earliest fossils of the small ornithopod were found in 2002 in the Kaiparowits Formation in southern Utah.

Boyd said discovering and identifying something new is an exhilarating experience.

"Finding a new species of dinosaur is pretty exciting because it's something that's never been seen before so you're the first–person ever to see that species. It raises a lot of questions. What exactly is this dinosaur? What are you looking at? What is it most closely related to and what are the most interesting aspects of it," said Boyd.

Although the dinosaur does not have a name yet, Boyd and his team do have an idea of what the name of will be, but are keeping it under wraps until the lengthy official naming process is complete.

 

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