08/29/2013 08:47 EDT | Updated 10/29/2013 05:12 EDT

B.C. Duck-Billed Dinosaur Find Airlifted To New Home

It took several years to coordinate, but B.C.'s most complete dinosaur skeleton has a new home in Tumbler Ridge.

The plaster-wrapped fossilized bones of a hadrosaur, or duck-billed dinosaur, were recently airlifted from a dig site near the B.C.-Alberta border to the Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre.

Lisa Buckley, curator and collections manager with the centre, said she and her team discovered the fossilized skeleton in 2009 — the first hadrosaur find in B.C.

"Dinosaur finds in terms of skeletons in British Columbia are not that common. They're bordering on rare, to be honest."

Hadrosaurs, a family of distinctive-looking plant-eating dinosaurs, lived more than 65 million years ago.

But sadly, this duck-billed skeleton is missing that impressive feature.

"It does not have its head, no. And it's following a disturbingly frustrating trend with other duck-billed dinosaur skeletons. It's very common for their heads to be missing."

Nevertheless, the headless dinosaur is B.C.'s most complete dinosaur skeleton, and a major find.

It will be displayed at the museum in Tumbler Ridge.

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