Canadian Sewer Yields Dinosaur Find

EDMONTON, Alberta, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Fossil dinosaur bones unearthed in Edmonton, Alberta, are a significant find, researchers say, despite their somewhat mundane source — a sewer tunnel.

City drainage crews digging a tunnel in Edmonton, Alberta, found a tooth and other bones, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Monday.


The fossils were found last week in the Quesnell Heights neighborhood in the city’s west end, and researchers at the Royal Alberta Museum and the University of Alberta were called in, the CBC said.

Scientists said the fossils were parts of a large limb bone from a dinosaur known as Edmontosaurus, and a tooth that likely came from an Albertosaurus.

Researchers from the university and the museum found several more bones when they investigated the excavation, including a vertebra and a femur.

The bones will be taken to the Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta, for examination while researchers continue looking for more, officials said.

“We will work with the U of A paleontologist to ensure there is someone on site as the material is uncovered so the fossils are preserved without causing any project delays for the city,” Andrew Neuman, executive director of the Royal Tyrrell Museum, said.

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