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A fluke dinosaur tooth find could help us understand the history of North America

Horned dinosaurs may have crossed an ancient land bridge.
fossilized tooth of a horned dinosaur

A fossilized tooth of a horned dinosaur found in Mississippi.

George Phillips, MDWFP Museum of Natural Science.

George Phillips was not expecting to find any dinosaurs in the Northeastern Mississippi stream. But as he hunted for fossilized crabs and mollusks, he came across a strange specimen—a ridged object about the size of a quarter.

As the Paleontology Curator at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, Phillips knew he held a dinosaur tooth

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