Taken from slightly different angles, these before (left) and after photos show the recent damage to the dinosaur fossil, Photo courtesy National Park Service.

Taken from slightly different angles, these before (left) and after photos show the recent damage to the dinosaur fossil, Photo courtesy National Park Service.

The National Park Service is offering a reward for information leading to the conviction in the case of a damaged sauropod sample at Dinosaur National Monument, which skirts the Colorado-Utah border. The section of leg bone appears to have been chiseled from the fossil and removed. Here’s the NPS account of the damage:

Rangers Discover Damage and Theft of Fossil 

Dinosaur, CO — Rangers are seeking information related to recent fossil damage and theft on the Fossil Discovery Trail at Dinosaur National Monument.

On Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, a park ranger leading a guided walk discovered damage to a fossilized humerus bone from a sauropod dinosaur located along the trail. The damage was not evident the previous day.

Rangers are requesting that anyone with information on the fossil damage to contact the monument at (435) 781-7715. A $750 reward will be provided for information that leads to a conviction.

The Fossil Discovery Trail is a 1.2 mile trail that runs between the Quarry Visitor Center and the Quarry Exhibit Hall where the famous wall of dinosaur bones is located. The trail is unique as it is one of the few places where visitors can hike to see and touch unexcavated dinosaur fossils and fragments in situ; or still in place. It allows visitors to experience what it may have been like for paleontologist Earl Douglass when he discovered the first fossils in what is now the monument. While the fossils have limited scientific value, they have a great value for the educational experience they provide to visitors and students who hike the trail.

Visitors are reminded that all fossils, rocks, plants, animals and cultural artifacts located within Dinosaur National Monument are protected and may not be collected.

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