The folks at SMU say a find like this is extremely rare, and for a five-year-old kid to have found it, may be more rare than the Dino itself.
The fossil bones of a 100 million-year-old dinosaur discovered at a shopping center construction site will be studied and identified by paleontologists at Southern Methodist University’s Shuler Museum of Paleontology.
The bones were discovered by a Dallas Zoo employee and his young son. The fossils have been transported to SMU’s Shuler research museum in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences.
The discovery of the bones, believed to be from the family of armored dinosaurs called nodasuaridae, was covered by local TV stations NBC Channel 5, CBS Channel 11 and Channel CW 33.
The story aired April 7, 2015.
Channel CW 33
Dinosaurs come in all shapes and sizes. Well, it also turns out so do Dino-diggers.
“Over the past few years, we’ve found a lot of really amazing things, but this is by far the most awesome thing we’ve found.”
Yeah, Dallas zoo keeper Tim Brys and his son Wiley hit the Jurassic jackpot while digging around a Mansfield shopping center development.
Wiley, who is just five-years-old, found something 100 million years in the making.
“He walked up here a head of me here and came back with a piece of bone. It was a pretty good size. I knew it was something interesting,” Brys said.
That interesting thing is what SMU paleontologists call a Nodosaur, a dinosaur probably as large as a horse, covered in armored plates.
Now this guy is headed to SMU to be examined.
“I don’t think it has hit either one of us just how amazing this is. I know it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity a lot of people never find something like this.” Brys said.
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