“It’s amazing to find something as real, as an actual dinosaur discovery,” he told CNN. “That was a bit of my dream.”
Nathan was a seventh-grader in Calgary, about an hour and a half away.
Nathan and his father, Dion, found bone fragments in the area during the previous hike and thought they could wash from further uphill.
They had just finished lunch when Nathan climbed the hill to look.
“He called me, he was like, ‘Dad, you have to get up here,̵7; and once he said I could tell in the tone of his voice that he had seen something,” Dion Hrushkin said.
Nathan said the fossil is very obvious and looks like “a scene in a TV show or a cartoon or whatever.”
Fossils are protected by Alberta law, and the NCC says it is important that people do not disturb any fossils they may find.
The staff worked in the area for about two months and discovered between 30 and 50 bones from a single hadrosaur child who was about three or four years old, according to the statement.
Hadrosaur bones are the most common fossils found in Alberta farmland, but few juvenile skeletons have been found, the statement said. It is also found in a layer of rock that rarely stores fossils.
“This young hadrosaur is a very important discovery because it comes from the time interval where we know very little about what kind of dinosaurs or animals lived in Alberta,” said François Therrien, curator of Royal dinosaur palaeoecology Tyrrell Museum, in the statement. . “Nathan and Dion’s search will help us fill this gap in our knowledge of dinosaur evolution.”
The fossils were very close, so paleontologists removed large pieces of surrounding rock from the walls of the canyon.
The bones are then covered with a protective burlap and plaster jacket, so they can be taken to the museum for cleaning and further study.
One of the fossil-rich widths weighs about 1,000 pounds and is over four feet wide, according to Carys Richards, a communications manager at the NCC.
Nathan heard the hadrosaur before his big search but said it was not the most famous dinosaur.
This is probably his favorite right now – beating the famous wild Tyrannosaurus rex.
Nathan and his father came to watch the excavation several times since the discovery and were there on Thursday when the group was extracting the last specimens.
“It was so much fun to be there and watch what they were doing,” Nathan said.