The boy and his father were helped by a team of paleontologists from Southern Methodist University to unearth the dinosaur bones.
Tim Brys, a zookeeper at Dallas Zoo, and his 5 year old son Wylie were digging a patch of land behind a store at Debbie Lane and Matlock Road when they came across an unexpected discovery.
At first, the man and his son did not know what it was, but they later found out that it was actually the bones of a dinosaur that lived 100 million years ago.
Wylie, the 5 year old boy, said that at first his father thought they had discovered a turtle and now he’s telling him it’s actually a very old dinosaur they’ve come across.
After they found the bones, the zookeeper and his son continued digging to see what else they could find, hoping to find some remnants of ancient marine life in that area, which is known to have been underwater during the Jurassic period.
Brys said that his son discovered a bone that was pretty big and that’s when he knew they had found something very interesting.
According to Dale Winkler, a paleontologist at Southern Methodist University, the newly discovered fossils could belong to a rare species of dinosaur known as a nodosaur.
This particular species is known to have inhabited the Texas area during the Jurassic.
Winkler said that the nodosaur dinosaur was approximately the size of a pony and resembled an
“armored beach balls that floated out to sea.”
Michael Polcyn, one of Winkler’s colleagues, said that it’s very rare to find the bones of a dinosaur buried in this area.
The fossils were discovered in September but it took more than seven months to get all the necessary papers to dig up the bones. Once the researchers had permission they started digging.
All the bones were placed in plaster and burlap to keep them protected. After that, the fossils will be taken to SMU, where the scientists will clean them and try to assemble the bones, before beginning to study them.
Winkler said that it will take months before the bones are completely clean.
Polcyn added that if the boy and his father hadn’t discovered the dinosaur bones, chances are that this dinosaur would have remained buried forever.
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