2019-11-11 17:08:27 UTC
Ping Ryk Spoor -
did you see this one?
It has what you & Flint described, Montana fighting dinosaurs.
Was that part of the story in "Boundary" from you
'Millions of dollars are at stake for a Montana ranching couple after
the discovery of two fossilized ‘dueling dinosaur’ skeletons
By AMY BETH HANSON
ASSOCIATED PRESS |
NOV 07, 2019 | 3:59 PM
| HELENA, MONT.
One of two "dueling dinosaur" fossils is displayed in New York.
The discovery of two fossilized dinosaur skeletons intertwined in what
looks like a final death match could make a Montana ranching couple rich
beyond their dreams. Or they may have to share the wealth.
It all comes down to how the state Supreme Court answers a seemingly
simple question: Are fossils minerals? The Montana justices heard
arguments Thursday but did not rule right away.
The outcome is key to a dispute over ownership of the "dueling
dinosaurs," worth more than $5 million, and distribution of millions of
dollars in proceeds from the sale of other fossils unearthed from clay
and sandstone in a fossil-rich area of central Montana.
While someone can own what's on top of a piece of land, others can own
material like oil, gas and coal that's found below the surface. In
property sales, an owner can keep some or all of those below-surface
Mary Ann and Lige Murray own the surface rights and one-third of the
mineral rights on the ranch near the tiny town of Jordan, while brothers
Jerry and Robert Severson own two-thirds of the mineral rights after a
2005 property sale. Neither side expected to find fossils on the
property, and they're not mentioned in the contract, court documents show.
A few months later, amateur paleontologist Clayton Phipps discovered a
22-foot-long carnivorous theropod and a 28-foot-long plant-eating
ceratopsian believed to have died 66 million years ago. Imprints of the
dinosaurs’ skin were found in the sediment.
When the Murrays went to sell the "dueling dinosaurs" for what they
hoped would be at least $6 million, potential buyers wanted assurances
they owned the fossils. The Murrays sought a court ruling.
Both sides have seen rulings in their favor as the case has made its way
through four courts since 2013."