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'Discovery by little Nathan:' 12 year old makes fossil find in southern Alberta

BY , Oct 15, 2020 10:34 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

Nathan Hrushkin, left, helps Francois Therrien, curator of dinosaur paleoecology at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, assemble a plaster cast onto a fossilized dinosaur bone, which was discovered by Hrushkin in the Horseshoe Valley of southern Alberta in an undated handout photo. Experts say the 12-year-old Calgary boy's discovery will fill a significant gap in their knowledge of dinosaur evolution. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Dion Hrushkin, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

A 12 year old Calgary boy has found a young dinosaur fossil that paleontologists say can fill a significant gap in their knowledge of dinosaur evolution.

Nathan Hrushkin was hiking with his dad in the badlands of southeastern Alberta, when he discovered the fossil of a juvenile hadrosaur.

Since then, paleontologists have uncovered between 30 and 50 bones in the canyon's wall.

A Calgary based paleontologist is excited about the discovery of a young dinosaur fossil by a 12 year old boy which could help experts understand how dinosaurs lived through severe climate change millions of years ago.

Francois Therrien is a paleontologist with the Royal Tyrrell Museum and says the dinosaur that roamed Alberta 69 million years ago provides insight into an era of their existence that experts never knew much about before.

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