Alberta pipeline workers discover dinosaur fossils

The skeleton of a duck-billed dinosaur was discovered by workers excavating for a pipeline...

The skeleton of a duck-billed dinosaur was discovered by workers excavating for a pipeline southwest of Spirit River, Alberta, on Sept. 30, 2013. (Royal Tyrell Museum photo)

Kirsten Goruk, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:18 PM ET

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. — A Tourmaline Oil crew on Monday uncovered a piece of fossilized dinosaur.

The crew was installing a pipeline in the Saddle Hills area southwest of Spirit River. Workers were digging about 1 1/2 metres into the ground when a backhoe operator scraped something that wasn’t dirt or rock.

“I think what’s really the most significant thing about the story is that this pipeline company that encountered this animal contacted the appropriate authorities and were a good, corporate responsible company by doing what is not only required, but what they should do,” said Andy Neuman, executive director of the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alta.

Construction on the site has come to a halt while a crew of specialists from the museum, as well as Matthew Vavrek, the Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Initiative’s head paleontologist, work on moving the fossil.


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