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article imageTreasure trove of dinosaur fossils found in bonebed near Edmonton

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 16, 2014 in Science
A massive trove of dinosaur remains the likes of which has rarely been discovered anywhere has been revealed in Monday's issue of the monthly 'Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences.' It details work in the Danek Edmontosaurus Bonebed south of Edmonton.
Dinosaur Bonebed near Edmonton
It is as a bonebed of dinosaur fossils that has produced a monumental cache of cataloged specimen, with no signs of running out. The site was first discovered in the 1980s but since 2006 palaeontologists and researchers from the University of Alberta have been putting in a sustained yearly evacuation of fossils at the site.
The exact location of the The Danek Edmontosaurus Bonebed is not being released but it covers a number of kilometres and includes an extinct riverbed. It contains the fossilized remains of dozens of different dinosaurs that Clive Coy, senior lab technician at the University of Alberta Laboratory for Invertebrate Paleontology, said are a rare concerted glimpse into the Cretaceous period.
All date from some 70 million years ago and, astonishingly, it appears many different species of dinosaur were traveling in a group when they died. “We have uncovered thousands of bones and teeth representing a mixed population of dozens of animals, young and old,” Dr. Coy said. “It looks like they were moving as a herd when something killed and buried them.”
Cretaceous period dinosaur species
The Edmonton Journal noted that while "all of the animals are from the same era, it is still unknown whether they died at the same time, or if some were drawn to the site by the smell of rotting meat."
Remains are there from many species, including the massive meat-eating Albertosaurs Sarcophagus, the duck-billed Edmontonosaurs, the huge three-horned Triceratops, the ostrich-like Ornithomimid and the relatively small, bird-like Troodon. Coy said that he and his colleagues have literally a lifetimes worth of work to at the bonebed.
“We will continue working on the site for our careers, and then years later researchers will likely go back and collect data that we are not looking for today and never even dreamed of.” he said. “You couldn’t uncover what’s there in a lifetime.”
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