Like many young kids, Harrison Duran grew up with a fascination for dinosaurs. His interest eventually led him to studying the prehistoric beasts at college. This, in turn, gave him the chance to participate in a paleontological dig at the Hell Creek Formation in North Dakota. During these works, the student was traipsing through the fossil-laden grounds when he noticed something poking out of the ground. This, as it happened, was a clue to a shocking discovery beneath the dirt.
Duran’s foray into the Hell Creek Formation wasn’t be the first time paleontologists had trekked out west for a dig. The rocks here formed during the Upper Cretaceous and Paleocene periods, making them between 56 and 100 million years old. But most interestingly of all, the place now contains the fossils of creatures that have long been extinct.