An oil pipeline crew in Canada unearthed a 100-foot-long fossilized dinosaur skeleton this week, when a backhoe operator excavating soil accidentally broke off a piece of the creature’s tail. Paleontologists who arrived at the site near Spirit River in Alberta on Wednesday were stunned by the discovery, explaining that it’s rare to find fossils preserved in one piece. The pipeline company has assigned its workers to help the paleontologists carefully remove the fossil, which remains partially buried about 1.5 meters underground.
Massive dinosaur fossil found near Spirit River. Estimated to be 30 metres long. Called a “significant find” #cbc pic.twitter.com/0mpy75k9HC
— Terry Reith (@TerryReithCBC) October 3, 2013