Almost six years ago on March 21, 2011, it was an incredible day at work for a heavy-equipment operator at energy company Suncor, Shawn Funk. He was at field 17 miles north of Fort McMurray, Alberta when his machine’s bucket clipped something much harder than the surrounding rock. In 12 years of his digging career Funk never seen something similar. The excitement was huge:
That day they’ve found fossils of a dinosaur that was wandering on that piece of the Earth over 100 million years ago. And the greatest part is – the fossils were incredibly well preserved.
Paleobiologist Jakob Vinther, from the U.K.’s University of Bristol, said that the dinosaur is so well preserved that it “might have been walking around a couple of weeks ago, I’ve never seen anything like this.”
The remarkable fossil is a newfound species (and genus) of nodosaur, a type of ankylosaur often overshadowed by its cereal box–famous cousins in the subgroup Ankylosauridae.
The scientist got the chance to understand how the nodosaur looked like and how they moved thanks to remarkably preserved armor. Though the story of the fossils journey to scientific institutions was dramatic and full of challenges. scientists have been very intrigued and enthusiastic about the oldest Albertan dinosaur ever found, and worked hard in order to find out as much as possible from them.
What was the reason for admiration and excitement in scientific circles in past six years now is open to the public to do the same.
Source: National Geographic