BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Eighth grader Jonathan Charpentier is the newest dinosaur explorer for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. He found a Tyrannosaurus Rex tooth while hiking in southeast Boulder County.
“I never expected anything like this,” Charpentier told CBS4. “It was shiny and caught my eye, so I picked it up, but I had no idea it was going to be a dinosaur tooth. When I got home and washed it off, I knew it wasn’t a stone, it was something else. “
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Charpentier handed the tooth over to DMNS dinosaur curator Joe Sertich.
“I couldn’t believe it at first I thought, ‘There couldn’t be anything so interesting there by any means’ but something I felt said, ‘Email the museum and see if they say anything about it’ . ” Said Charpentier.
Sertich says Colorado is the main area of T-Rex.
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“Based on the area this tooth came out in, it’s what’s called the ‘Laramie Formation,’ which is sold between 68 and 68.5 million years. So it takes about two and a half million years for dinosaurs to become extinct,” he said Sertich. “This is one of the last dinosaurs to live here in Colorado.”
Charpentier’s discovery means a major dig for more dinosaur bones.
“It will probably spark a lot of new research, so we’ll go back to this area, maybe with Jonathan, and we’ll collect more bones and hopefully there’s more of a T-Rex out there I’m waiting for us to dig it up” said Sertich.
Part of the history of Colorado, Charpentier has some advice for other people who enjoy the outdoors.
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“Look out for these things because you can really find them anywhere,” said Charpentier.