Lemmon man stumbles upon fossil remains

Jim Uhrig of Lemmon SD was fixing fence at his job site about 13 miles South of Lemmon when he spotted something out of the ordinary.

In May of 2019, Jim Uhrig of Lemmon SD was fixing fence at his job site about 13 miles South of Lemmon when he spotted something out of the ordinary.

Jim Uhrig

Jim Uhrig, man who first noticed the fossil

Uhrig works for Grand River Grasing Co-op, which tends to government land.

He recalls going into some tough terrain one day with his co worker to fix some fencing when they were walking back to the side by side, he noticed something.

bone fragments brushed off some of the dirt found

bone fragments Jim found after brushing off the dirt

Jim asked his co-worker what he thought that was sticking out of the ground, either white colored rock or bones.

He walked over, dusted the mass off and decided it was in fact bones, and it was vertebrae. He reported his findings to his boss who then contacted the forest service to further investigate.

the head as it was being uncovered

the head as it was being uncovered

It was out of his hands after that but he is still amazed at the findings. Urhig says, “Well there very well could be more [bones] in this area. It’s only about 60 miles from where Sue the T Rex was found, near Faith, SD. It really makes you wonder what really is out there. I had been by that very spot 5 or 6 times and never noticed it before.”

Various pieces as they are being uncovered

Various pieces as they are being uncovered

According to The Associated Press, a seven-foot-long triceratops skull has been unearthed in South Dakota, a Missouri college has announced.

A geology professor and students from Westminster College were excavating fossil remains last year at the Grand River National Grassland when they were alerted of Uhrig’s findings.

The group found it was the tip of a triceratops horn, leading them to believe it could lead to a significant excavation. The professor returned with students and alumni this summer, and they unearthed a skull that weighed 3,000 pounds (1,360 kilograms).

scapula

scapula

The skull was transported back to Missouri, where Westminster College is hoping to restore it.

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