Scientists have uncovered the fossilized bones of what may be the largest dinosaur that ever existed.
A massive dinosaur fossil has been unearthed in Alberta.
But it wasn’t an expedition of paleontologists who found it.
It was a pipeline worker.
A man was using a backhoe to move some earth for a pipeline that was being installed near Spirit River, Alberta. The worker hit something he thought was a rock.
He laid the piece of “rock” to one side, and kept digging, according to CBC News.
But it wasn’t rock at all. It was a huge fossilized skeleton—a tail, to be precise.
It was about two metres long.
The worker stopped digging and called in some experts.
Like many children, Daisy Morris loves to collect fossils.
Unlike other children, however, Daisy’s hobby has led to a pterosaur being named after her.
A pterosaur is a type of flying reptile closely related to dinosaurs.
The species Daisy discovered is now known as Vectidraco daisymorrisae, or “Dragon from the Isle of Wight.”
Daisy, who lives in England, was five years old in 2008 when she and her mother were taking a walk along the beach. She noticed some black bones—about 40 mm long– sticking out of the mud and she dug them out.
The family took the bones to a fossil expert at Southampton University in England.