While exploring near the town of Drumheller in Alberta (often referred to as "Dinosaur Capital of the World" for its wealth of fossil treasures), paleontologist Darla Zelenitsky and her team came upon a nearly intact skull from one of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered.
Photo: University of Calgary
According to CNN, the 70-million-year-old skull, measuring nearly eight feet long, is one of the most well-preserved skeletal specimens (nearly 80% intact) of an adult Pachyrhinosaurus – one of three similar species, first catalogued in the 1950s. The big-headed herbivore recently got a big boost in popularity after its appearance in last year's big-screen release Walking with Dinosaurs.
Photo: 20th Century Fox
“It almost looks like some sort of mythical beast," said Zelenitsky, an associate professor of Geoscience at the University of Calgary, in a statement to the press. "Because it is so big... it makes for a very strange-looking individual." She went on to say that more work must be done to fully extract the rest of the creature's skeleton.
Photo: Eduard Solà Vázquez
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