Dinosaur Discovery in Highlands Ranch 2019

Video about the Dinosaur Discovery in Highlands Ranch 2019


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JULY HRHS Virtual Feature --Click the video link above to watch this interesting presentation.


Dinosaur bones from a TRICERITOPS were discovered at a construction site on the Wind Crest property in May of 2019.   


This 25 minute video (link above) is a first-hand account of what it takes to unearth a dinosaur in the middle of urban Denver, moving the huge bones to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and identifying it. The Highlands Ranch Historical Society is thrilled to share some behind-the scene photos and video from this big dig. Jamie Leary, CBS reporter and her cameraman, photojournalist Mark Neitro, tell all that went into it, from the physical labor to the long hours, days, and weeks it took to make a 26 minute documentary. Not all of it was easy as the smiles in the photos might indicate. It was hard work - the dig not included! Craig Erickson, Wind Crest Executive Director, tells about the cooperation it took between entities to make this happen. Natalie Toth, Denver Museum of Nature and Science Chief Fossil Preparator, explains the science behind this period of time and this particular triceratops. What was learned about its life? Even more exciting, we discover here, from this video, that bones were found from TWO other dinosaurs along with the main triceritops!  Pay close attention, to find out what the other two dinosaurs were!!


Jamie Leary, CBS Reporter

Jamie attended college in Montana. Her first job in broadcast journalism was rolling tape for the morning newscast at KPAX-TV in Missoula. She then continued to study journalism in Chicago receiving her Master's from DePaul University. Jamie returned to Missoula covering devastating forest fires, some of the biggest agricultural issues and some of the most odd, off-the-grid, crimes. They had a few dinosaurs there, but Highlands Ranch was her first dig. "I was told by someone that I would never be able to make it to the Denver news market from small-town Montana. However, I worked hard and landed my dream job in Denver (2015) as the morning reporter for KCNC-TV (CBS). I now am a reporter for the 10pm broadcast and while the hours are tough, it just might be the coolest job out there. Everyday I have the opportunity to meet some of the best people (sometimes not the best!) Denver has to offer."

Natalie Toth

Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Chief Fossil Preparator

Mark Neitro

CBS Photojournalist

Mark is a US Air Force Vet, Oregon State grad and long-time photojournalist for KCNC-TV.

Craig Erickson

Wind Crest Executive Director

Article Date: 
Monday, July 20, 2020