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New dinosaur fossils discovered near Grande Prairie


Researchers from the Philip J. Currie Museum discovered a juvenile hip bone of a pachyrhinosaurus in mid-June in a bone dump near the Pipestone River south of Wembley.

There were also vertebrae, ribs and foot bones.

The discovery gives scientists a better understanding of this rhinoceros-like horned quadruped. Everything we know about their behavior comes from fossils explains the curator of the museum, Emily Bamforth, who participated in the research.

The bone deposits help us understand how these animals lived together, how they behaved in groups, their social structures, and how they lived and died. »

A quote from Emily Bamforth, Curator, Philip J. Currie Museum

During their excavation, the researchers also discovered the tooth of a tyrannosaur and that of a small theropod. They think this bone bed is the result of a flood that killed these animals and caused them to descend in one place, near the Pipestone River.

We think this bone dump is a herd of pachyrhinosaurus, says Ms Bamforth. Not only do we have adults, but we have babies and teenagers . She points out that separating the bones will be difficult, as they are tightly packed together.

This bed of bones, which has been delighting paleontologists since the 1970s, inspired the opening of the Philipp J. Currie Museum in 2015.

Based on information from Kahmala Fida Mohatarem

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