[N] 2003 Cedar Mountain Formation
The Cedar Mountain Formation revealed a new not yet named 15-foot-long probably carnivorous but possibly omnivorous dinosaur. Jim Kirkland recently uncovered in a Utah mesa a huge cache of well-preserved bones that belonged to a very bird-like meat-eating beast estimated to be between 125- to 150-million years old.
The bones of as many as 100 animals babies and adults, alike are scattered in the sediment of a red, flat-topped mesa in Utah, the 100-mile views from the top of which are as drop-dead scenic as the innards are rich in prehistoric matter. Most of the bones are extraordinarily
beautifully preserved. The skull material is pristine.\\\\\\\"
The new site is in the sediment accumulated in the 25-million-year gap at the bottom of the Cretaceous period in North America; in the pebble-mud-stone soils that formed at the end of the Jurassic and before the first deposition in the early Cretaceous. According to Kirkland these animals lived at the end of that gap of time.
The lineage to which this new dinosaur maybe belongs to that of the bird-like maniraptors in a primitive stage.