Researchers found the fossilized bones of what they think are dinosaurs during a July 2016 expedition that included paleontologists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the National Park Service, according to an online announcement that was made Tuesday.
“This marks the beginning of a multiyear project to locate, document and study dinosaur fossils in Denali National Park,” Pat Druckenmiller, the leader of the collaborative dinosaur project and a curator of earth sciences at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, said in a statement.
In 2005, UAF students found Denali’s first known dinosaur trackway in the Cantwell Formation near Igloo Creek.
Paleontologists have discovered thousands of dinosaur tracks since then, including those of hadrosaurs, also known as duck-billed dinosaurs, but they had yet to find any dinosaur bones, the researchers said.
Other dinosaur trackways that have been found in Denali National Park over the years belong to ceratopsians, therizinosaurs and flying reptiles known as pterosaurs, Erickson said.
No dinosaur bones had ever been found in the park, until now.