Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Jason Young, Dinosaur Hunter.
Image by Syncrude via
the Calgary Herald
A story I missed over the past while, there have been some more dinosaur finds at Syncrude! :O

They have apparently found some elasmosaurs. I didn't even know that was a thing, and there is apparently some contention on whether they actually have. The Herald says they just "resemble" elasmosaurs and starts implying there's more than one and then starts talking about them as a single fossil. This website says there were two and that they were elasmosaurs, not just similar to them. Not to be outdone, the Toronto Sun describes the find as "a virtual cemetery" of  the creatures, where a cemetery is apparently defined as "three or more" since they say there were three of them found.

When it was alive, scientists think this elasmosaur
had skin and stuff so it wasn't as scary as it looks here. 
Elasmosaurs were about 14 metres long and weighed on the order of 2,000 kilograms. It was a member of the plesiosaurs. They had very long necks.

A plesiosaur was found at Syncrude last November. At the time they said that was the 10th dinosaur fossil found in the mine.

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