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British Columbia bones could be new dinosaur species

B.C. bones could be new dinosaur species

Randy Boswell ,  Canwest News Service
Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A previously unknown species of dinosaur may have been
discovered after a new study of seven bones found in
northern B.C. nearly 40 years ago revealed a "mystery"
about the creature's identity. 

The partial skeleton, estimated to be 70 million years
old, was recovered in B.C.'s Sustut River region but
went unexamined for decades before researchers in
Alberta and Nova Scotia recently probed the bones and
were unable to match them to any recorded species. 

"There are similarities with two other kinds of
dinosaurs, although there's also an arm bone we've
never seen before," said University of Alberta
paleontologist Victoria Arbour. "The Sustut dinosaur
may be a new species, but we won't know for sure until
more fossils can be found. It's very distinct from
other dinosaurs that were found at the same time in
southern Alberta." 

She hopes to lead an expedition to the discovery site
in search of more evidence.

In a research paper published in the latest edition of
the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, Arbour and
co-author Milton Graves, a Dalhousie University
scientist, describe how the bones were unearthed in
1971 by Kenny Flyborg Larsen, a geologist searching
for uranium deposits near the confluence of Birdflat
Creek and the Sustut River, northeast of Terrace, B.C.

Larsen kept the fossils until 2004, when he donated
them to Dalhousie's earth sciences department. The
bones were moved to the Royal British Columbia Museum
in 2006.

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Mark Pankowski