GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- A rare fossil find near the Bookcliffs may shed light on creatures that once inhabited the shallow seas in Western Colorado that ran along the base of the Bookcliffs.
A local family discovered the backbone of an Elasmosaurid- which is a creature that had a long neck, ate a diet of fish and the later Elasmosaurids weighed up to several tons.
As soon as dig season is over August 30th the Museum of the West will excavate the remaining bones and working on restoring them.
Officials say there is quite a bit to dig and they only have touched the surface.
They also say fossils they find tend to be fish, but they have also found the largest and smallest dinosaur remains in the world here in Western Colorado.
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