A four year old dug out the bones of a 100 million years old dinosaur. The little boy was told by his father that the bones he had found belonged to a turtle when in fact they were dealing with a rare dinosaur. What his father didn’t realize was that his kid found 100 million years old dinosaur.
What would you say if your four year old would discover the bones of a 100 million old dinosaur? Wylie Brys discovered the ancient fossil in September 2014, while he accompanied his father in searching for marine animal bones, in a region where a new mall was being built.
Experts from Souther Methodists University, went to take out all the remaining bones and after a quick look they have classified the bones as belonging to a heavily armoured nodosaur. Dale Winkler, one of the palaeontologists who helped excavate the bones, were not expecting to find many pieces of the dinosaur left.But surprisingly enough they kept on finding more and more bones that connected to each other.
The palaeontologists were helped with a group of volunteers from the Dallas Palaentologists Society, who started to dig out the remaining at the beginning of April and discovered more pieces of the dinosaur. These has been the first nodosaur to ever be found for the past decades.
The incredible part of the discovery is that the bones can be as old as 100 million years, but the little boy didn’t know this at the moment of the discovery. The boy, told a newspaper, that his father had told him that they were the bones of a turtle after which he told him that it was actually the remaining of a dinosaur.
The father of Wylie is working as a zookeeper in Dallas, and digging for marine animal bones is on of their passion. The finding of the dinosaur be same a s a huge surprise for them as they weren’t expecting it. They are usually digging for different marine animals and most certainly not dinosaurs.
What is even more incredible is that Texas is not the place where scientists would expect to come across dinosaur fossils and the news came as a surprise to them, especially when they heard that a four year old had discovered the fossils of an 100 years old dinosaur behind a grocery store.
The bones will be taken to specialised facilities where they will be studied.
Children are starting to show high interest in scientific discoveries and technology nowadays is really helpful. For example, in 2011, a little girl of only 10 years old, called Kathryn Aurora Gray, has become the youngest discoverer of a supernova. She located the exploding star in the galaxy UGC3378 while she was assisting he father, who is an astronomer, in his work.
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