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Dino discoveries: New fossils unveiled at Royal Saskatchewan Museum

Palaeontologists from the Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM) spent the summer digging for dinosaurs, and unveiled their big finds during an event Monday afternoon.

From new dinosaurs and marine reptiles in Grasslands National Park to wasps and flies found in Cretaceous amber in the Big Muddy Badlands, the new discoveries will be added to the provincial collection to be studied and researched for years to come.

“The museum collection continues to grow, as does the world’s appreciation of Saskatchewan’s fossil resources,” said an RSM news release.

Limb, rib and vertebrae bones from a juvenile Triceratops, and vertebrae and limb bones from a Triceratops and a Hadrosaur (duck-billed dinosaur) were found in the East Block of Grasslands National Park.

Numerous vertebrae from a Plesiosaur (marine reptile) were found in the West Block.

Over in the Big Muddy Badlands, new wasps and flies were discovered in amber from the Cretaceous era (a geological era which began 145 million years ago and ended 66 million years ago). The wasp is believed to be around 66-67 million years old.

Amber found around a dinosaur eggshell site was also discovered near Consul, as well as new plant fossils found while looking for Triceratops fossils.

“Fieldwork such as this contributes to the RSM’s status as an internationally recognized centre for research and teaching,” said the news release.

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