Skeleton of toddler dinosaur found in Alberta


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Skeleton of toddler dinosaur found in Alberta
By Bill Kaufmann ,Calgary Sun
First posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 02:44 PM EST | Updated: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 03:08 PM EST
CALGARY - Seventy million years after it drowned in a southeastern Alberta river, researchers have found the rare, well-preserved remains of a toddler dinosaur.
At 1.5 metres in length and estimated to have died at the age of three, it's the smallest intact skeleton of its type ever unearthed.
The discovery of the young triceratops-like reptile was made by a team led by world-renowned University of Alberta paleontologist Dr. Philip Currie in the Dinosaur Provincial Park badlands near Brooks, Alta., 200 km southeast of Calgary.
Currie spotted what he thought was a turtle shell protruding from an eroded hillside.
That shape proved to be the horned frill on the back of the head of a chasmosaurus, a plant-eating dinosaur commonly found in Alberta.
To find such a tiny creature is a rarity, Currie told Everythingdinosaur.co.uk .
"The big ones ... don't get eaten," he said.
He said the skeleton was trapped in sediment linked to rivers, suggesting it drowned.
"I think it might have got trapped out of its league in terms of water current," said Currie.
The sediment preserved the remains to a degree that some of its skin texture is still visible in surrounding rock.
It's an animal that would have matured at age 20 with skulls reaching a length of two metres and a total weight of up to four tonnes.
Most of the skeleton was found intact, though its limbs were detached and plunged below into the earth.
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Remains of the toddler dinosaur discovered near Brooks, Alta. (Philip J. Currie, Robert Holmes, Michael Ryan Clive Coy, Eva B. Koppelhus)

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