Local Alberta man unearths rare fossilized dinosaur “braincase”.
Have you ever found a bone? Well this man found one 65 million year old one! In the summer of 2015, retired Calgarian geologist, Donald Rae discovered a very rare fossilized dinosaur “braincase” near Morrin Bridge, Ab. This part of the skull is extremely rare and only a few dozen have been found. “It just looked like a pile of rocks when I found it, but I decided to take it home just to be sure” he said. Rae’s impressive collection has been building up over the years (below), and its all because of one small find in 2004 in the North west territories.
Rae says that he has come in contact with Phil Currie and that he wants to see it. “The fossil could be picked up by the government and given to the royal Tyrell because it is rare and might be a completely new dinosaur.” This brain case is very interesting, as you can see above, because the brain wraps around the bone when most others just wrap around part of the brain case. “You can see these little bowls and those are where the deferent compartment of the brain are. This fossil is very unique as it kind of looks like some rocks glued together.
These fossils are all very interesting, even the shells. We are so especially lucky that alberta had all the right conditions to get these special artifacts. Sometimes all you have to do is go on a little hike, but it can also be dangerous because of rattlesnakes and you can easily slip and fall of the cliffs to you death. If you are interested in fossils and prehistoric animals I would really recommend that you go to a APS meeting 1 or 2 times a month. Website: albertapaleo.org
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