Alberta construction crew makes ‘rare discovery’: the fossilized remains of a 68-million-year-old hadrosaur

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For the second time in weeks, construction crews have discovered the fossilized remains of a hadrosaur, a plant-eating duck-billed dinosaur that stalked the Earth about 68-million years ago.

The latest discovery happened in Leduc, a city south of Edmonton.

A crew helping to build a housing development found the fossils six metres below the surface and called the Royal Tyrrell Museum to report the find. The crew then helped museum staff carefully remove dirt and rock from the prehistoric buried treasure.

Museum curator Francois Therrien said this dinosaur was a teenager when it died and is about eight-metres long.

He said the fact that much of the skeleton was found intact makes it an important find.

“When you walk in the badlands of southern Alberta when you find dinosaur bones, nine times out of 10 it will be from a duck-billed dinosaur,” he said Wednesday.

Written By: John Cotter
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8 COMMENTS

    • In reply to #1 by Roedy:

      I wonder if the floods in Alberta have helped uncover fossils.

      Yes, some of our friends went fossil hunting in the banks of the Bow during the weeks after the floods. They just found small stuff. The river moved as much as it has in the last 100 years so lots of new territory.

    • In reply to #5 by obzen:

      I bet the property developers will be pissed off. The site will be locked down while they dig up the fossils.

      What a strange thing to say, how do you know the mind of the developer? How did you get that from an entirely pleasant article about people who quite clearly care about this, like most of us Albertans. 10% of the worlds dinosaur collection comes from Alberta, we must be declaring a few of ones we find although obviously we bury most of them for a quick buck. Best you keep your bigoted opinions to yourself.

      • In reply to #6 by alaskansee:

        What a strange thing to say, how do you know the mind of the developer? How did you get that from an entirely pleasant article about people who quite clearly care about this, like most of us Albertans. 10% of the worlds dinosaur collection comes from Alberta, we must be declaring a few of ones we find although obviously we bury most of them for a quick buck. Best you keep your bigoted opinions to yourself.

        It’s a bet. care to partake? I’ve seen that happen with some roman ruins. The area was cordoned for two years.

        What do you mean, bigoted? Do you even know what the word means?

        • In reply to #7 by obzen:

          It’s a bet. care to partake? I’ve seen that happen with some roman ruins. The area was cordoned for two years.

          A bet based on roman ruins not Albertan dinosaurs. Digging up a specimen is hardly the same as finding a roman courtyard, with attached spa. As i said we account for 10% (probably out of date statistic) of dinosaurs. Builders, developers, pipeline contractors have all stopped for dinosaurs this year – fact. Comparing it to something completely different and smearing a “developer” is…

          What do you mean, bigoted? Do you even know what the word means.

          This is a happy story, nothing you have said makes it anything else.

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