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"Extremely rare" dinosaur track fossils stolen from Capitol Reef NP

TORREY, Wayne County — National park rangers are trying to figure out who stole reptile track fossils dating back at least 200 million years from land at Capitol Reef National Park, and they credit an astute social media follower for noticing the previously undetected theft.

The set of reptile track fossils from the Triassic period was removed from a trackway within the park, park officials said in a news release. National Park Service rangers began investigating the theft earlier this year when park officials posted a photo of fossils on the park's Facebook page, said Shauna Cotrell, the park's acting chief of interpretation.

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