Rare dinosaur fossil discovered in Canadian oil sand
Suncor Energy workers Michel Gratton and Shawn Funk found this rare specimen while mining oil sand in northern Canada.
March 30th, 2011
11:42 AM ET

Rare dinosaur fossil discovered in Canadian oil sand

Workers at an oil sand site in Canada have found a 110 million-year-old fossil of a dinosaur previously unknown in that area, Alberta's Royal Tyrrell Museum announced.

Employees of Suncor Energy, the parent company of Sunoco and PetroCanada, stopped work last week near Fort McMurray, Alberta, when supervisor Michel Gratton and shovel operator Shawn Funk found a large lump of dirt with an unusual texture and diamond patterns.

They sent photos to the museum near Drumheller, 400 miles south, which dispatched a scientist and a technician to check it out.

They were expecting a marine reptile fossil, but were surprised when it turned out to be an ankylosaur, a squat, four-legged, vegetarian dinosaur that was covered with bony plates and had a tail like a club.

"We've never found a dinosaur in this location," said Dr. Donald Henderson, curator of dinosaurs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, 85 miles northeast of Calgary. "Because the area was once a sea, most finds are invertebrates such as clams and ammonites. ...

"To find an ankylosaur is totally unexpected here," he said. "Finding one of these animals anywhere is a rare occurrence."

Royal Tyrrell scientists planned to return to the site this week to oversee the fossil's removal from the ground and take it back to the museum for study, museum spokeswoman Leanna Mohan said.

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  1. Jazz7

    Hey what u doing ?

    March 30, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jazz7

    k, I'm home. Saw your post at the RARE DINOSAUR thread , soooo good , you should start writing why deprive the world of you genius. Keep em coming. I had big problem with posting earlier CNN you stink, sometimes.

    March 30, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lol at hype

    The 2nd coming of JESUS is death. dnt believe the jews and their barnabas God Allah. gud and evil Jesus is life. The jews asked 4a killer 2b released, 2them. thats y we ben so blessed they just mad and hating it. Tsk tsk. Luks @ iran shame shame. Luks the other way.

    March 30, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. popeye

    @ Jiml /Peoples court/Is it true you have degrees in many, diverse fields? Then is it not also true you hold a masters in hokey/ology!OK MR.Jim state to the peoples court just what it was you learned in all those hokey/ology classes?WELL your honor I learned a little about $:hit & $:hit about nothing! "CASE CLOSED COURT IS DISMISSED" JUST BE NICE TO PEOPLE JIM I DON'T WANT TO DO THIS AGAIN."

    March 30, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz7

      And you were being nice about it , next time let him have it.

      March 30, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lol at hype

    And if they a master of slaves, they know anythng GOD has he has 4the jews 1rst. if God got judgement 4them iam sorry. But we all have our places. They already know how FATHER is.

    March 30, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. popeye

    you talk'N to me jazz7? Finaly got my post up ! As you can tell I don't like people being mean to someone for say'n what they think ,so maybe blog'n isn't for me.

    March 30, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jazz7

    No dont go away , the force needs u , my son 🙂

    March 30, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. popeye

    I'd rather write something sweet! Dang I wish I could have got that post up sooner!

    March 30, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. popeye

    Are you say'n your old enough to be my mom? lol

    March 30, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jazz7

    Sorry , which post are u talking about ?

    March 30, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. popeye

    Where did you go?

    March 30, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jazz7

    I would love to see your writting's some time , do you FB maybe you could post them there, by the way have you run into Herbert ? He is a real good egg.

    March 30, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jazz7

    I'm 46 how old are u ?

    March 30, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jazz7

    Once i have a thread open I keep it open till i leave so dont think I'm gone , I may be at a different one for a minute

    March 30, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. popeye

    8:33post no I pretty much had to give up face book. my girl freind gets well you know . But i dont have much written down any how but i would like to someday

    March 30, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
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