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Castle River fossil discovery believed to be new dinosaur

11/12/2014 02:37 EST | Updated 01/12/2015 05:59 EST
Fishermen on southern Alberta’s Castle River have discovered what authorities at the Royal Tyrrell Museum are calling a potential new species of dinosaur.

Scientists believe the specimen belongs to a new species of hadrosaur (duck-billed dinosaur) that would have roamed Alberta up to 80 million years ago.

“Our understanding and appreciation of the natural world continues to grow with this remarkable find,” Maureen Kubinec, Alberta's minister of culture and tourism, said in a statement.

The discovery was reported to the museum and a 1,133 kilogram (2,500 pound) fossil block containing a partial dinosaur skull, neck and chest was airlifted out of the discovery site and carefully transported to the Royal Tyrrell Museum.

Paleontology staff say the skull is intact, which is surprising as fossils are typically found crushed and flattened. The bones will be researched over the next year.

It is believed that the fossil was dislodged by flooding in 2013 and marks an entirely new area to search for evidence of dinosaurs in southern Alberta.

Royal Tyrrell Museum staff ask that all fossil discoveries made by the public be reported to them so they can be properly researched and preserved.

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