Giant dinosaur skull discovered in Alberta

Darla Zelenitsky, assistant professor at the University of Calgary, and a research assistant is...

Darla Zelenitsky, assistant professor at the University of Calgary, and a research assistant is seen here with this massive pachyrhinosaur skull uncovered near Drumheller. Handout photo

Renato Gandia, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 4:19 PM ET

CALGARY — What looked like a small bumpy rock exposed at the surface, turned out to be a giant dinosaur skull.

Darla Zelenitsky, assistant professor at the University of Calgary, and her assistant uncovered a massive pachyrhinosaur skull in Drumheller last October.

“We kept excavating over the course of days and we realized that it’s a good chunk of a skull of a pachyrhinosaur,” Zelenitsky said.

“We were all pleasantly surprised to see the specimen because it didn’t really look like much in the beginning and it turned out to be a large portion of the skull of a dinosaur.”

The last discovery of this type in the region dates back to more than 50 years ago when only a partial skull was collected.

Pachyrhinosaurs were four-legged horned herbivores that lived about 70 million years ago in areas now part of Alberta and Alaska.


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