Harrison Durant, a five-year biology student at the University of California, Mercedes, opened the 65-year-old skull in the barren areas of North Dakota.
"I can not express my excitement at this moment when we discovered the skull," Duran said in a press release from the school on Wednesday. "I've been obsessed with dinosaurs since I was a kid, so it was a pretty big deal."
North Dakota is part of the formation of Hell Creek, and this area is a treasure trove for finding fossils. The formation of a rock bed covers four states – Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Fossils date back to the late Cretaceous period, 65 million to 70 million years ago, and were discovered in 1
902 by paleontologist Barnum Brown. an experienced excavator and professor at the State University of Mavil in North Dakota. The two met earlier at a conference and became quick friends as they linked their passion for dinosaurs.
"I'm going out in the bad countries for years and on, but for this particular site this is the first time," Kjelland told CNN. Last year, he found another skull of Triceratops in the same area that is currently being revealed.