According to paleontologist Ryan McKellar of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, the turtle was found in 2016 near Grasslands National Park, next to the bones of a triceratops.
” The entire shell is tiny, about the size of a fist, and this is a rare example where all the bones are still jointed inside the shell. »
A team of paleontologists including Ryan McKellar recently published a paper on this specimen that has sparked the interest of scientists, according to the Museum.
Computed tomography was performed at the Canadian Synchrotron Light Center at the University of Regina.
” The new specimen is only the second of its kind to have been studied in North America, and our ability to examine the entire skeleton using CT scans has given us new details. »
The specimen was prepared for display in the collection of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Curator Emeritus Don Brinkman of the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta provided a description of the fossil that identified it as a new species.
The species was named
Leiochelys tokarykior Tokaryk softshell turtle, in memory of former Royal Saskatchewan Museum paleontologist Tim Tokaryk and in recognition of his extensive work on Cretaceous fossils in the province.