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A Pleasant Surprise for Canadian Sewer Workers: Dino Bones

DiscoblogBy Joseph CalamiaAug 24, 2010 5:09 PM


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Mutant turtles, we might have guessed, but Canadian drainage crews have found something else in Edmonton sewers: dinosaur bones. Experts from the Royal Tyrrell Museum are now working to confirm the bones' donors but suspect that the uncovered limb and tooth bones once belonged to T. rex cousin Albertosaurus (pictured below) and duck-faced Edmontosaurus.

Andy Neuman, executive director of the museum, told the BBC he was impressed that the crews acted as "good stewards" and reported the bones found while digging a new tunnel. Workers will now try to uncover other bones from the sewer tunnel walls. As the dinosaurs' names suggest, finding such fossils in the province of Alberta and its capital city, Edmonton, isn't all that rare--but Neuman says this is the first time the city itself has found the bones. Leanna Mohan, the museum's marketing coordinator, told the BBC that when it comes to finding dinosaur bones, not every find is significant:

"I can go out on a hike on a Sunday and find a dinosaur bone."

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Image: Wikimedia / Matt Martyniuk

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