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Utah Natural History Museum nominated for top in nation

FILE: Fossil displays at the Natural History Museum of Utah. The museum announced discovering a new species, named after James Madsen Jr.: Utah's first paleontologist.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The Natural History Museum of Utah is among the best in the nation, ranked in the top ten in a voting contest run by USA Today.

The contest runs until Feb. 17 and is set to determine where the top science museums in the country are — with Utah currently in slot six as of Saturday.

That places the museum, which recently announced the discovery of a new dinosaur species, ahead of other famed museums located in Washington, DC, and San Francisco.

Voters can submit their votes until Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. MST.