He told CNN, “It’s so beautiful to find something real like real dinosaur discovery.” “It’s been my dream for a while.”
Nathan is a seventh grader in Calgary, about two hours away.
Nathan and his dad Dion found bone fragments in the area on a previous hike and thought they might have been washed down the hill.
They were just finishing lunch when Nathan climbed the hill to take a look.
“He called me, he’s like, ‘Daddy, you need to stand here,’ and as soon as he said that I could tell in his voice that he’s got something,” Dion told Rushkin.
Nathan said the fossil was very clear and looked like a “scene from a TV show or a cartoon or something.”
Remains are protected by law in Alberta, and the NCC said it is important that people do not disturb any relics they may find.
The crew has been working at the site for about two months and found more than 300 bones from a young Hadrosor who was about three or four years old, the statement said.
The statement said the most common fossils of hydrosaur bones are found in the badlands of Alberta, but few juvenile skeletons have been found. It was also found in a layer of rocks that rarely preserve fossils.
“This young hydrangea is a very important discovery because it comes from a period for which we knew very little about what kind of dinosaurs or animals lived in Alberta,” said François Thurrian, curator of the Royal Tyrell Museum of Dinosaur Paleocology. . “Nathan and Dion’s discovery will help us fill this huge gap in our knowledge of dinosaur evolution.”
The remains were very close together, so paleontologists removed large pieces of surrounding rock from the valley walls.
The bones were then wrapped in a protective jacket of burlap and plaster so that they could be taken to the museum for cleaning and further study.
According to Caris Richards, communications manager with the NCC, one of the fossil-rich slabs weighed about 1,000 pounds and was more than four feet wide.
Nathan had heard of the hydrosor before his big discovery, but said he was not the most well-known dinosaur.
It’s their favorite now – beating the wildly popular Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Nathan and his father had been visiting Digg several times since the discovery and were there on Thursday when the team was taking the last samples.
“It was great to be there and see them do their thing,” Nathan said.