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#1 Crisp

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 16:38

Massive dinosaur fossil unearthed by Alberta pipeline crew

 

30-metre fossil found by pipeline inspection crew working near Spirit River

 

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A 30-metre-long fossilized dinosaur was found by a pipeline crew working southwest of Spirit River, Alta., on Tuesday. (Supplied)

A massive dinosaur fossil has been found by a pipeline crew near Spirit River, Alta.

The 30-metre-long fossilized skeleton was found Tuesday when a backhoe operator working on the Tourmaline Oil Corp. pipeline installation moved some earth, inadvertently breaking off a piece of the fossil.

Thinking he had simply chipped off a section of rock, the backhoe operator laid the piece to the side and turned to resume excavation work.

That’s when he saw the exposed fossil in the embankment in front of him.

As soon as he saw the fossil, the operator stopped digging and work on the site was shut down until experts could be brought in, said Art Wegner, speaking for the Acuren Group Inc.

Palaeontologists from the Tyrell Museum and National Geographic arrived at the site Wednesday and will soon be joined by Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Initiative head palaeontologist, Dr. Matthew Vavrek.

The fossil was found buried about 1.5 metres deep in the Saddle Hills area southwest of Spirit River.

 

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#2 M_Lyons10

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 16:41

It's always amazing to me when we find stuff like this.  As much as I know that these massive creatures walked the planet, it's still incredible to see something like this.



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Posted 03 October 2013 - 16:45

It's always amazing to me when we find stuff like this.  As much as I know that these massive creatures walked the planet, it's still incredible to see something like this.

 

I feel the same way. It would be so cool to find something like that. 



#4 Torolol

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 17:14

so, why earth critter decided to evolve a spine?

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 21:16

Basic vertebrate evolution 0.5

http://animals.about...ebrateevolu.htm

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 22:23

I wonder what it is? Looks kind of like a big fish, a whale maybe?



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Posted 03 October 2013 - 22:36

Most likely some kind of Supersaurus. They've been found with lengths up to 34 meters.