“It’s very strange to find something like the real thing, like a real dinosaur discovery,” he told CNN. “For a while it was my dream.”
Nathan is a seventh-grader in Calgary, about an hour and a half away.
Nathan and his father, Dion, found bone fragments in the area during a previous hike and thought they might be washed away from the hill.
They were just finishing dinner when Nathan went up the hill to look.
“He called me, he said, ‘Dad, you need to get up here,̵7; and as soon as he said I could tell by the tone of his voice that he had found something,” Dion Grushkin said.
Nathan said the fossil was very obvious, and it looked like “a scene in a TV show, a cartoon, or something else.”
Fossils are protected by law in Alberta, and the NCC said it is important that people do not interfere with any fossils they may find.
The crew has been working at the site for about two months and found 30 to 50 bones from a young hadrosaurus, which was about three to four years old, the report said.
Hadrosaur bones are the most common fossils found in the highlands of Alberta, but few skeletons of juveniles have been found, the report said. It has also been found in a layer of rocks that rarely retains fossils.
“This young hadrosaurus is a very important discovery because it comes from a time interval in which we know very little about which dinosaurs or animals lived in Alberta,” said Francois Terrien, curator of dinosaur paleoecology at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. . “The discovery of Nathan and Dion will help us fill this large gap in our knowledge of the evolution of dinosaurs.”
The fossils were very close to each other, so paleontologists removed large pieces of the surrounding rock from the walls of the canyon.
The bones were then covered with a burlap and plaster protective jacket so that they could be taken to the museum for cleaning and further study.
According to Karis Richards, communications manager for NCC, one of the fossil-rich slabs weighed about 1,000 pounds and was more than four feet wide.
Nathan had heard of the hadrosaurus before his great discovery, but said it was not the most famous dinosaur.
This is probably his favorite now – knocking out the insanely popular tyrannosaurus.
Nathan and his dad came to watch the excavations several times and were there on Thursday when the team took out the latest samples.
“It was a lot of fun to be there and watch them do their thing,” Nathan said.