Seattle, WA (AP) It was a hot spot.
A geologist’s dream.
A treasure trove of fossil fossils.
But a week ago, the city of Seattle decided to close the treasure trove.
The city of Washington state is about to start removing the fossils it has in its possession.
The Seattle Times reports that Seattle will begin removing the remains of a large group of young dinosaur-like creatures that had been found in a cave at a popular spot for geologists.
The fossils were from the Late Cretaceous Period, about 65 million years ago.
The specimens are the largest to ever be unearthed from a fossil bed in the U.S. Seattle has been using the ancient cave as a temporary digs site, and the city hopes to eventually open it up to the public for tours.
The skeleton of a dinosaur has been found at a temporary excavation site in the Seattle City Cave (via The Seattle Post-Intelligencer).
The bones were found by an avid fossil hunter who, after seeing a large dinosaur bone in the cave, went on to find other bones in the area.
He found some other dinosaur bones that were much larger.
He also found a small, but still substantial group of dinosaur bones, but those were too small to be of interest to the general public.
So he took a chance and started collecting some bones from the cave.
That’s when things took a turn for the worse.
The cave has been closed since August and is expected to reopen next year, but there is no timetable yet for when the remains will be removed.
A spokesperson for the Seattle Department of Ecology told The Seattle Sun, “The City of Seattle has received a letter from the state that has requested the City take all necessary steps to ensure the City does not disturb any of the remains from the excavation.”
The bones will be stored in a safe and secured location, and are being stored in the city’s Fossil Conservation Office in Seattle, the spokesperson added.
A city spokesperson said that the bones will not be transferred to another city for processing.
It is unclear when or how the city plans to reopen the site, but a spokesperson said the city will “keep a close eye” on the process.
This article was updated at 10:53 a.m.
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