UC Merced Biology Student Discovers 65-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Skull

Imagine being known as the kid who discovered a 65-million-year-old triceratops on a dig in North Dakota.

Forget the resume header. If I was this guy, I’d have it tattooed.


A college student who has been a fan of dinosaurs since he was a child was part of a team of excavators who recently dug up the partial skull of a 65-million-year-old triceratops buried at a North Dakota dig site.

Harrison Duran, a student at the University of California, Merced, and Michael Kjelland were on a two-week paleontology dig when they found the remains at Hell Creek Formation in June. — NBC News

You’ve got to see the photograph to appreciate just how cool this find really is.

Needless to say, UC Merced is extremely proud. The School of Natural Sciences congratulated Duran last week on a job well done.


Congratulations to @UCMerced_NatSci undergraduate, Harrison Duran, for being featured on ⁦@CNN⁩ to highlight this very memorable paleontology dig! https://t.co/eoM0aSWTkX
— UC Merced Nat Sci (@UCMerced_NatSci) July 26, 2019