A 12 YO makes the discovery of a lifetime!
You may just be an amateur, but if you really keep looking you may get your goal some day. An aspiring palaeontologist has been a rage the world over after he discovered a dinosaur skeleton dating back 69 million years!
The Grade 7 student from Calgary discovered a rare dinosaur skeleton earlier this year at Horseshoe Canyon in the Badlands region of southeastern Alberta, on the Nature Conservancy of Canada conservation lands.
While hiking with his father in July, this 12-year-old boy Nathan Hrushkin stumbled upon a few bones protruding out of a rock. The father-son instantly realised that it was an extraordinary discovery.
Nathan, who has been interested in dinosaurs since he was six, often goes hiking in the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s protected site in the Albertan Badlands with his father. “I’ve always just been so fascinated with how their bones go from bones like ours, to solid rock,” he had said.
Nathan knows that the fossils are protected by law, so they contacted the Royal Tyrrell Museum. After that the excavations started and so far they have found between 30 and 50 bones in the canyon’s wall, all belonging to one young Hadrosaur, estimated to be aged about three or four.
The dinosaur is scientifically significant, the museum claims, because the fossil is about 69 million years old, and records from that time period are rare.
The Canadian Badlands are home to many fossils, and a dinosaur - named the Albertosaurus - was discovered by Joseph Tyrell in the late 1800s.