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RANGELY I Glen Sutton, who retired from Chevron in 1986, donated a dinosaur fossil (an Apatosaurus femur) to the Rangely Museum and last Saturday, Sutton and his wife Frances were at the Rangely Museum for an open house, celebrating the new exhibit.
“This is a real addition to our museum,” Tom Collins, one of the museum directors at the open house said. “We are really grateful, people want to see dinosaurs.”
Sutton said he bought the property in Skull Creek, Colo., where the donated fossil was found, 30 years ago and became interested in dinosaurs after finding “parts” on his property.
Sutton said he has found part of a dinosaur tooth and will continue to explore his property for more.
“I really want to find a skull,” Sutton said. “This has all been a lot of fun.”
The Apatosaurus, which is sometimes mistakenly referred to as Brontosaurus, reached up to 70 feet in length and weighed up to 33 tons. The Apatosaurus lived in the Jurassic era, 156-144 million years ago.
Rangely Muesum director Brenda Hopson said the open house was well received and she was excited about the new exhibit and what it will do for the museum.
“This is the only dinosaur display in Rangely,” Hopson said. “It will help put us on the Dinosaur Diamond map.”
Hopson said Tyrell Thomas built the viewing top and Stewart Welding built and donated the metal stand for the exhibit.
“It’s a nice display to have,” Hopson said.