A walk near the Hoodoos turned into a real adventure for a couple of visitors.

Wanda Soder and Margie Hennessey were hiking near the popular tourist attraction this (Thursday) morning when they found what appeared to be a dinosaur fossil.

"We were just doing our usual little trail walk and we didn't go very far down the stairs when I saw the spongy part sticking out," recounted Hennessey. "We were following the path and I saw the ball joint. And I said that that looks like a ball joint because I could see the bone marrow in it. It was fossilized bone marrow."

"I learned at Dinosaur Provincial Park how to spot the bones," she explained. "Attached to that, of course, was this huge bone which looked like a leg bone or part of a leg bone."

Once they got over their excitement, the women called Drum FM as well as the Royal Tyrrell Museum, which was sending out a paleontologist to look at their discovery.

"I can't wait until my grand-kids see it (the bone)," beamed Sodar.

Dan Spivak of the museum said it sounds like the real thing, perhaps the leg bone of a hadrosaur, or duck billed dinosaur. They were sending out staff later in the day to have a look.

The rule for fossil collecting in Alberta is that anything still buried in the rock belongs to the government, which is the case with these remains.DINO1

 

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