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Sturgeon fossil discovered in Edmonton

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jan20,2024

A sturgeon fossil discovered in Edmonton

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The fossil made it possible to discover a new species of sturgeon.

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A 72-million-year-old sturgeon fossil has been discovered in Edmonton's North Saskatchewan River valley.

The discovery was made in 2022 by a couple of hikers who were walking near Capilano Park. They believed they had come across a fragment of dinosaur skin. University of Alberta paleontologist Philip Currie confirmed it was the fossil of a fish skull.

The discovery of the fossil was the subject of a study (New window) (in English) which was published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. The fossil is part of a new species of sturgeon that researchers have named Boreiosturion labyrinthicus.

Luke Nelson, a University of Alberta student who participated in the research, says the discovery fills a temporal as well as a geographic gap in knowledge about sturgeons. .

It was very exciting to be able to work on this fossil, because I #x27;grew up in Edmonton.

A quote from University of Alberta student Luke Nelson

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Philip Currie points out that fish fossils are not rare in Alberta. However, the majority of these are disarticulated. He explains that it is necessary to have very good fossils to be able to precisely define which animal the bones come from. In this case, the skull was in good condition.

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This is the first sturgeon fossil discovered from this time and geographic area.

Philip Currie is delighted with this discovery which provides additional knowledge about the ecosystem of which the dinosaurs were a part.

We probably only know about 0.0001% of the dinosaurs that lived in this world .

A quote from Philip Currie, paleontologist at the University of Alberta

This discovery highlights that It's not necessary to go to the Badlands to make interesting discoveries, it's even possible in Edmonton, he adds.

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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